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Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

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Corporate Description: The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort offer wonderful opportunities for outdoor diversions and family fun. Situated on more than 700 acres of lush pine and cypress trees, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is a picturesque … see full wiki

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Fort Wilderness offers two choices to camp; plus an entertaining personality to enjoy.

  • May 5, 2010
Rating:
+4
The Fort Wilderness Resort is two [click] two [click] two resorts in one. Okay, maybe a doublemint commercial was not the best analogy to come up with, but the Fort Wilderness Resort at Walt Disney World is in fact two types of accommodations in one very large footprint. Plus the food and entertainment is more enjoyable than most other Disney resorts.

Your choices include a variety of Campsites for those who like to brave the great outdoors, or at least like to drive up with their bedroom attached. And the there are the Cabins, a little more of civilization but still sitting within the 750 wooded acres of cypress and pine.


As Disney recognized when Fort Wilderness opened in 1971, camping (and quasi-camping) with the whole family is a lot of fun, and in most cases much less expensive to them and the guest than camping out in fully-constructed buildings with indoor plumbing. Today with 800 feature-rich campsites and over 400 cabins (air conditioned, of course) guests are surrounded by nature and the wildlife who also enjoy the World (i.e. rabbits and ducks and deer oh my). More than anything to many, it is the only resort that has options for guests to bring their pets.

Fort Wilderness Campsites
The cost of campsites cost a little more than your typical KOA, but the roughing is made easier by the benefits provided. For example, Disney improvements have included on some sites a wider campsite entrance and a little more paved area with the site. There is a pull-through check-in and space… lots of space, even for a larger vehicle.

Large Vehicle Site  © Disney

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort offers four different types of campsites, and since I’m not a camper, I’ll just give you the official line on each of them. By the way, the maximum occupancy is 10 for all of these. (There is a place for groups of 20 or more using tents-only at Creekside Meadow campsite.) Standard for all includes high-speed internet access for an additional fee, a cable television connection and safe deposit boxes at the Reception Output upon request.
  • A Full Hook-Up Campsite: Accommodates one RV plus one tent; Accommodates 2 tents; Accommodates equipment up to 10' by 60' (some sites) Water; Electricity (20 amp/120 Volt, 30 amp/120 Volt, 50 amp/250 Volt outlets); Sewer; Charcoal grill; Picnic table.
  • A Tent/Pop-Up Campsite: Accommodates one pop-up or van camper-type vehicle plus one tent; Accommodates 2 tents; Located in 1500 and 2000 campsite loops; Water; Electricity (20 amp/120 Volt, 30 amp/120 Volt, 50 amp/250 Volt outlets); Charcoal grill; Picnic table.
  • A Preferred Hook-Up Campsite: Preferred Hook-Up Campsite; Accommodates one RV plus one tent; Accommodates 2 tents; Accommodates largest types of motor homes and travel trailers; Premium location; Pets allowed in some loops; Water; Electricity (20 amp/120 Volt, 30 amp/120 Volt, 50 amp/250 Volt outlets); Sewer; Upgraded charcoal grill; Upgraded picnic table
  • A Premium Campsite: Accommodates one RV plus one tent; Accommodates 2 tents; Accommodates largest types of motor homes and travel trailers; Premium location; Extra-large, concrete parking pad; Pets allowed in some loops; Water; Electricity (20 amp/120 Volt, 30 amp/120 Volt, 50 amp/250 Volt outlets); Sewer; Upgraded charcoal grill; Upgraded picnic table
Now one of the more important features: air-conditioned comfort stations throughout the campsite loop featuring private toilets and showers, laundry facilities, phones and ice machines.

The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort 
The Cabins are a little less rustic but the same outdoor surroundings and resort comfort of home. We’ve travelled to Fort Wilderness several times to partake in the activities that abound such as the restaurants, entertainment and of course, the Segway tour.

Fort Wilderness Cabin © Disney

Each cabin is approximately 500 square feet and includes new carpeting, furniture and fixtures. All cabins have one bedroom, one full bath, living area, private patio, charcoal grill, picnic table and a fully equipped kitchen. Housekeeping is provided and there is air-conditioning.

Inside Fort Wilderness Cabin © Disney

There is so much as Fort Wilderness to do, that most deserve their own article in the future, but first below is a drawing of the Cabin.


Len Testa of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World produced an in-depth view of the Wilderness Cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort.



What does it cost?
Like every Disney resort, the answer is... it depends. The chart that describes 2010 campsite and cabin rates is actually pages long. There are different rates depending on tent, full hook-up, preferred or premium campsites and cabins. Then it depends on when you stay, for example, value season, weekdays or weekends, holidays (and which holidays). But you will find for a tent hook-up site the range is $44 - $84 a night and for a full hook-up site is is $59 - $101 a night and prices rise up to $74-$116 for a premium campsite.

Now with the cabins, that's a different story. These are more expensive than a regular moderate room due to the number of people who can stay. It's like two rooms in one (sorry, I can't get doublemint out of my mind). The range here is $270 to $410 a night. The low rate for each of these is value season and weekday and the high rate is New Year's weekend. There are plenty of choices in between.

What more is there to do?
First off, Pioneer Hall (the center of guest traffic) attracts visitors from every resort, so make your ADRs. The Trail’s End Restaurant for example is the best buffet value in Walt Disney World. And the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review dinner show, which a great event for everyone and something you just need to do at least once (or twice with friends). For a drink stop at Crockett’s Tavern. But remember; when you travel here from someplace else, it will take a while so plan for up to an hour to get there… no kidding.

Trail's End Restaurant © Disney

Just a little on Trail’s End. The breakfast, lunch and dinners here is more food than you will ever finish in a sitting. I mean breakfast is nice with eggs and cereals and biscuits and waffles and pastries. But when you start getting to lunch for the chili, fried chicken and pulled pork and for dinner with pasta, pork ribs, shrimp, hand carved meats and more; I’m in smorgasbord heaven. This is in my view, the best buffet deal at WDW.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Dinner Show © Disney

 
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I introduced the Tri-Circle-D Ranch in my Segway article, but it’s here that the carriage, wagon and horseback rides are housed. Fort Wilderness is directly on Bay Lake, which is the most direct way to get there from many places including the Magic Kingdom and Monorail resorts?

Fort Wilderness Pool © Disney

So water craft rentals like SeaRaycers and pontoon boats are available as well as catch-and-release fishing expeditions. Plus there is plenty of swimming, like the Meadow Swimmin’ Hole including a wet play area for the small ones, plus a whirlpool, regular pool and the beach.

Fort Wilderness

Then there is the Mickey's Backyard BBQ Dinner Show, an all-you-can-eat Disney Character dance party with Mickey, Minnie and friends for an outdoor picnic in the middle of the covered, open-air Pavilion at Fort Wilderness. Country-western music, line dancing, rope tricks and kid-friendly fun along with a buffet of barbeque smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, corn on the cob, watermelon and more.

Mickey's Backyard BBQ Dinner Show © Disney

Many a guest will come to enjoy the nightly Chip ‘n’ Dale Sing-A-Long and Marshmallow Roast (and S’mores) after which you get to enjoy an outdoor screening of a Disney movie. It’s located in the Meadow Recreation Area. Over at the Bike Barn (where we got lost finding) is the Segway rental but also a place to rent a bike (who would have thought!).

Chip 'n' Dale Sing-A-Long © Disney

There are a lot of other diversions such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, tennis, volleyball, trails to expore and even archery. There are also arcades and onsite babysitting and child care.


But during the Christmas season, the campsites at Fort Wilderness light up with decorations just like home, well maybe a little bit more and in some cases, really overwhelming; all done by the residents of the park who seem to spend a great deal of time here during the holidays.

For a full tour of Fort Wilderness, DIS Unplugged brings you this video:



All in all, we find ourselves going to Fort Wilderness for food and entertainment, and it may be time when bringing the family to make it a camping or cabin trip.

Bruce at A World View

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