Sleep under the stars on your next trip to Walt Disney World at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Become one with nature during this truly unique experience, which offers guests the perfect blend of outdoor living and Disney charm – just around the corner from Magic Kingdom.
The accommodation options at Fort Wilderness are very different from any other Walt Disney World resorts. Standard hotel rooms in a typical hotel campus are non-existent here. For guests in the mood for more camping adventure, Fort Wilderness offers several options that will satisfy RV travelers and hard core enthusiasts. Campsites of varying sizes can accommodate everything from tents to pop-up campers to larger motorhomes. Sites vary in size of accommodation and prices also vary a bit depending on location within the resort. All pitches have sewer connections.
Guests who want more of a “glamping” experience can enjoy beautiful, rustic cabins that sleep up to six adults, as long as one guest doesn’t mind dozing in an upper bunk bed (and what kid or kid at heart wouldn’t I like that?). All cabins have full kitchens and bathrooms, and all Fort Wilderness sites – whether cabins or campsites – have charcoal grills for guest use. . The PlanDisney PDF pocket guide offers more details on the different room types.
Relaxing water taxis efficiently transport guests to Magic Kingdom and the resort town of Seven Seas. Fort Wilderness is sprawling, but the grounds are dotted with bus stops that can transport guests throughout the resort and outside the resort to other WDW destinations.
Rustlin’ up some grub is easy to make, with several fun food options. Restaurant at the end of the trail offers an assortment of American barbecue dishes for dinner and an assortment of breakfast favorites in the morning. Nearby, Crockett’s Tavern serves plenty of drinks and a few small bites. P&J’s Southern Takeout is a quick service place offering more barbecue options, as well as a selection of pizzas, burgers and salads (gulp). Breakfast is also available at P&J’s.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, combine food and fun in a high-energy dinner show. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review (reopening this summer) plays several times a night at Pioneer Hall. The six brilliant Pioneer Hall Players combine for lots of song, dance and comedy, while guests eat – you guessed it – other American barbecue favorites.
Settlement Trading Post is the main destination for station-specific goods and some basic groceries. Meadow Trading Post also offers a small assortment of treats for guests. While both merchants offer the basics of cooking, eating, and drinking on-site, customers can also consider outsourcing some errands ahead of time. Several local options will be happy to deliver the groceries directly to the station!
Sun-thirsty guests can cool off in the resort’s two different pools. Meadow Swimmin’ Pool is the main swimming destination, with a 67-foot-long corkscrew slide, hot tub, and frontier fort-themed splash area for kids. The nearby Meadow Snack Bar will keep tummy satisfied. Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool also offers a whirlpool spa, but no food splash area.
Outside of the water, Fort Wilderness really shines with plenty of fun entertainment options. Ranch Tri-Circle-D offers horseback riding, pony rides, carriage rides (including a Christmas sleigh ride) and the chance to meet some of the ponies and horses that roam Main Street, USA Archery lessons are available at the Bike Barn.
One of the loveliest and most exciting things to do in Fort Wilderness is simply exploring the campsites. Whether on foot, by bike or golf cart (which are available for hire), you won’t be disappointed with the creativity that guests put into decorating their own campsites. For an extra special treat, visit the campground during Halloween or Christmas time! Walkers and runners will love getting lost in the grounds of Fort Wilderness. Create your own route through cabins and campsites, for as long a loop as you want.
The night welcomes Chip ‘n Dale to their Campfire Sing-Along, and of course guests can still watch the movies under the stars. Or head to Fort Wilderness Marina to watch the Electric Water Pageant.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience. Even if you don’t plan on staying at the resort, consider coming to dinner and seeing a show, and hanging out a bit to explore this treasure.
planDisney Pocket Guides are especially helpful for guests considering staying at a resort they’ve never seen before.experimented. Pocket guides take the form of 5-14 page PDF slides, easily printable and saveable on smart devices. They offer effective snapshots of station basics, including:
- Transportation options
- Room sizes
- Food and drink options and locations
- Swimming pools and recreational activities
- tips from the planDisney panel
See the full list of planDisney Pocket Guide summaries here.
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