Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a deluxe camping resort with tent and RV campsites and free-standing cabins with full kitchens that can accommodate up to six guests, plus one baby in a crib. This is one of the original Disney resorts and is the most economical option in the Magic Kingdom resort area. Fort Wilderness is unique in the way it blends "real Florida" with all the imagination and wonder of the Disney World theme parks. The campground has so much to see and do that it really is a destination in itself. In fact, many guests camp at Fort Wilderness every year and do not step foot in the theme parks. Even if you never plan on staying here, it is worth putting on your itinerary for all the recreation offerings, Dining options, character opportunities and holiday season decorations.
Fort Wilderness Pro & Con
Advantages - Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground is a great option for larger families and guests with tents, pop-up trailers and RV's. The campground definitely has a more laid back and relaxing pace that than the busy Disney World hotels. Being able to prepare some or all of your own meals can save a lot of money. The campground has a very nice pool area with water slide, lots of on-site activities and boat transportation to take you directly to the Magic Kingdom. You can view the Electric Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach area. There is a nightly Campfire program that includes a Sing-Along with Chip and Dale (free) and outdoor "Movie under the Stars". The campground's "Pet-Friendly" campsites are the only place on Disney property that guests can stay with their pets. Guests at the campsite receive free parking for one motorized vehicle; additional vehicles and parking at the cabins are subject to Disney's regular parking fees.
Disadvantages - The campground experience doesn't appeal to everyone - it is either your thing or it isn't. The resort is HUGE (did we mention that it is REALLY BIG?) with its own internal bus system which means that guests without cars need to allow extra time for transportation to the Disney World theme parks. Taking advantage of the resort's many recreational activities may also require a bus ride as they're not all within walking distance from your site or cabin. While it is a wonderful, clean campground, it is not cheap and campsites are often excluded from many Disney discounts and promotions; though the cabins are usually included in promotions. Because of the size, the resort refillable souvenir mugs included with the Disney dining plans are almost useless here. The swimming pools do not provide pool towels.
Types of Accommodations at Disney's Fort Wilderness
Cabins: There are 407 air-conditioned cabins, including 13 handicap accessible cabins, with rustic styled decor. Each cabin has one bedroom, one bathroom, a full kitchen, dining area and a living room area with a couch. They can accommodate up to 6 guests + 1 baby, in a crib. Although this is a campground, the cabins receive daily maid service just like the other Disney World hotels. The cabins measure 12-feet by 42-feet and are certainly more spacious than most hotel rooms but may feel a little cramped for people accustomed to spacious condominiums. Each cabin, includes:
Parking for 1 car and 1 golf cart
Wood Deck with picnic table
Bedroom has one double bed and one set of twin-size bunk beds
Living area includes a couch, 2 chairs, color TV and DVD player
Living area also has a double-bed sized Murphy bed
Dining area with table and six chairs.
Full-size refrigerator with icemaker
4-cup Coffee Maker with 1 filter-pack of coffee
10-cup Coffee Maker stored in the cupboard
Utensils for six people (teaspoons, soup spoons, forks, salad forks, knives and steak knives)
Iron and ironing board
Dinnerware for six people (drinking glasses, cups, bowls, dinner plates & salad plates)
Serving and cooking items like a can opener, serving utensils, knives, pitcher, glass measuring cup, etc.
Pans and baking dishes
Potholders, sponges, and dishtowels
Dish soap, paper towels and trash bags
Bedding (blankets, pillows, sheets)
Wall-mounted hair dryer
vacuum cleaner, broom, and sponge mop
Free transportation to the Disney Parks
Guests at the campsite receive free parking for one motorized vehicles; additional vehicles and parking at the cabins are subject to Disney's regular parking fees.
Campsites: There are 20 camping loops with 788 campsites. The sites have brush and trees to give you a little space from your neighbors. All of the sites are "back-in" sites that can accommodate vehicles between 25 - 60 feet in length. Tent sites have a sandy pad. You must provide the length of your RV along with details like number of slide-outs or awnings at the time of booking to be sure you get an appropriately sized site for your needs. There are 15 conveniently located and wonderfully clean Comfort Stations with restrooms, showers, and coin laundry facilities. There are several pet-friendly loops. When you make your reservation, you must note that you are traveling with a pet and there will be an additional fee for pets. Tent campers - remember that Florida has all kinds of extreme weather including heat, high humidity, cold temperatures, rain, and lightning; be sure that you're prepared for these conditions so that you can enjoy your Disney vacation. Each campsite, includes:
All site have electricity and city water
90 partial hook up sites typically for tent and pop-up trailers
695 full hook up sites that electricity, water, sewer, cable, and high-speed Internet
Premium sites can accommodate RVs that are 45 feet long or longer.
Preferred sites are closer to main activity areas
No extra charge for use of comfort station showers
Free transportation to the Disney Parks
Free Resort and Disney Theme Park Parking for registered resort guests
Recreational Activities at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground
Meadow Swimmin' Pool with Waterslide
Wilderness "quiet pool"
Daily resort activities
Boat rentals available at the onsite marina
Canoe and Kayak Rental
White sand lake Beach area
View of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from beach
2 lighted tennis courts
Horseshoes and shuffleboard
Basketball and Tetherball courts
Archery Experience - 90-minute class ($39 per person)
Tri-Circle-D Stables - trail rides, pony rides (extra cost)
Tri-Circle-D Stables - free viewing of the horses
Wagon rides and carriage rides (extra cost)
Catch-and-release fishing excursions (extra cost) & canal fishing (free). Equipment rental available.
Davy Crockett's Wilderness Arcade
Daniel Boone's Wilderness Arcade
Parasailing (extra cost)
Restaurants at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground
Trail's End Restaurant
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue Dinner Show
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Crockett's Tavern (Snacks)
Meadow Snack Bar
Trails To Go
Shopping at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground
Settlement Trading Post - souvenirs, sundries, and some grocery items.
Meadow Trading Post - souvenirs, sundries, and some grocery items.
For more extensive grocery needs, you can save time and money by having snacks, bottled water and other food items delivered directly to the campground by Garden Grocer - Click HERE for more information.
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Transportation
Guests may use Disney's Magical Express - a shuttle bus service included in your reservation - between the Orlando International Airport and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Disney buses are available to take resort guests to the Theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.
An internal bus system runs throughout the resort, providing transportation between the campsites and the various amenities. The internal bus system will also take you to the Outpost bus stop, where you catch the Disney Transportation to the parks
Boat transportation is available to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort and Wilderness Lodge at the Settlement Marina.
Our Opinion of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
We're divided in our opinions of Fort Wilderness - Steve (co-owner of Build A Better Mouse Trip) is NOT a fan. He feels that camping should be camping but a Disney World vacation should be a Disney World vacation centered around the theme parks. He really doesn't like the extra transportation time required by the internal bus system. On the other side of the fence is Annette (Steve's wife and company co-owner) who LOVES the campground because it feels real in the midst of the largely artificial (though totally amazing) aspects of the Disney World. There is no doubt that there is a lot to do at the campground and that it has been a popular choice since Disney World opened in 1971. If you want to hit the ground running early and spend most of your time at the theme parks, you'll probably be happier at a traditional hotel. If you are looking for a vacation experience that includes theme parks but also includes quieter family activities and some down time, you may find that Fort Wilderness is a perfect fit.
Let us help you make a reservation and great memories at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort
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Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Address & Phone Number
4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trail
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000