On October 1, 1971, the Walt Disney World Resort officially opened, including Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Fort Wilderness was one of the very first resorts to open at Walt Disney World yet you rarely hear people talk about this gem of a resort!
In 2018 my husband and I bought our very first pop-up camper. I was excited to start this new adventure with our four kids and I began researching all of the campgrounds that we could stay at. One campground that I never had to do any research on was The Fort. In high school I had many fun memories camping there with my best friend and her family. I remember riding our bikes around the campground, hopping on the golf cart to take a tour of the different sites, checking out the arcade and the pools. We had the time of our lives! I was so excited to start making new memories at The Fort with my sweet family! Fort Wilderness has SO much to offer whether you’re the camping type or not.
At Fort Wilderness you can sleep under the stars in one of 799 camp sites. I don’t know about you but I just love listening to the crickets at night! If camping isn’t your thing, then maybe “glamping” is! There are 409 cabins located at Fort Wilderness. The cabins are all fully furnished and can sleep up to 6 adults.
Recreation & Activities
Whether you are just visiting for the day or have planned to stay an entire month, (yes, families do this!) Fort Wilderness has plenty of activities for you to enjoy!
Rent a canoe, kayak, boat or a bike right there on property. ($13-$45)
Take a Segway tour. ($90)
Shoot some hoops on the basketball court.
Enjoy a volleyball match at Meadow Recreation area.
Play games at the Davy Crockett Wilderness Arcade located at Pioneer Hall or head to the Daniel Boone Wilderness Arcade near the Meadow swimming pool!
Hop on a horse ($55) for a ride around the campground or if you’d rather just relax, hop on a private horse-drawn carriage ($55) or a wagon (Adult-$12 Child 3-9yrs $8) for a scenic ride around property!
*Please note that the Tri-Circle-D Ranch is currently closed and will reopen in spring 2020. All carriage and wagon rides will currently remain closed and will reopen in spring 2020.
Take a dip in one of the amazing pools on property. Meadows being the most popular location with a big slide and a neat splash park for your little ones.
Chip ‘N Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long where you can eat corn dog nuggets and fries from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar, roast s’mores, play games, sing songs and watch a movie under the stars. All of this fun starts at 7pm nightly, weather permitted.
Tip: If you don’t have your own s’mores kit, don’t worry! The Chuckwagon Snack Bar has some for sale! Also, I suggest arriving 20-30 minutes early where you may find your favorite chipmunk brothers playing games and taking photos with fans prior to their performance!
Cast out your rod while setting sail on Bay Lake during the fishing excursion.
Take a woodshop class while sipping on some wine at Crockett’s Tavern. Don’t mind if I do!
Hop on the water taxi to spend the day at Magic Kingdom or you can explore Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and other surrounding resorts.
Watch the Electrical Water Pageant on Seven Seas Lagoon.
Tour the campground! Especially around the holidays as many of the campers will decorate their sites. While there is bus transportation throughout the campground, my favorite way to get around is renting a golf cart, riding a bike or walking. We have seen turkeys, peacocks, deer and armadillos just to name a few. So much beauty is found here and it’s easier to spot these amazing creatures when you aren’t riding on the bus.
Dining at Fort Wilderness
P & J’s Southern Takeout
Trail’s End Restaurant
Meadows Snack Bar
The Chuck Wagon Food Truck
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
*All dining locations are included on the Disney Dining Plan except for Crockett’s Tavern.
*The Disney Dining Plan can be used for Category 2 or Category 3 seating for the 4 pm and 6:15 pm showtimes of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The Disney Dining Plan can only be used for Category 1 (closest to stage) seating at the 8:30 Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (subject to availability). Each show requires 2 Table Service Credits off of your Dining Plan.
If you choose to cook at your campsite, you can find your fixin’s at the Settlement Trading Post. Say hello to Gloria while you’re there!
As you can see, there is just so much to do here and this isn’t even all of it! I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee and warm breakfast sandwich from P & J’s Southern Takeout, head down to the beach, which is just a short walk away, grab a seat and watch the sun rise. Peaceful, quiet mornings at The Fort will keep you and your family coming back again and again.
Article Written by, Hayley Stewart. Hayley is a homeschooling mom of 4 who has been married to her husband David, for almost 14 years! Her family loves Disney (and FL weather) so much that we made the move to the magic just 8 months ago. Hayley and her family love traveling, visiting the Disney parks and sharing her experiences with the world! You can follow Hayley on Instagram- @thestewarttribe.
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