Enjoy the magic of the great outdoors while visiting Walt Disney World. This Resort officially opened in November 1971. Choose to stay in one of 409 air-conditioned rustic Wilderness cabins or choose one of the 788 shaded and spacious campsites, where guest with tents or recreational vehicles can stay. This Resort resides in over 700 acres of Disney property surrounded by flourishing vegetation and trees and offers the most recreational facilities and activities than any other Resort.
The idea of the campground layout is built around a series of twenty loops. Each loop contains a different number of Wilderness cabins and campsites. Fifteen Comfort stations are placed strategically throughout the campground. They are all air conditioned and give campers access to amenities such toilet facilities, private showers, ice machine, laundry facilities, ice machines and pay phones.
Campers generally want to be near the Settlement Trading post on the north end of Fort Wilderness. This allows them to be close to the marina, beach, Pioneer Hall, the tavern and guest services (Loops 100, 200, 700 and 400). Others may want to be near the center of the campground which is home to the Meadow Trading Post, the campfire program, main swimming pool, tennis courts and bike barn (Loops 1400, 1300, 600, 1000 and 1500).
For the campers that are looking for a bit more piece and quiet, may want to be a little further away from the action (Loops 1800, 1900, 1700 and 1600). Loop 300 is the best loop of all being the only one to offer both a lovely setting and proximity to key amenities. The best Loops for tents and pop-up campers are Loops 1500 and 2000 with 1500 being closest to the pool, convenience store and campfire program. Stay at least 40 yards away from the loop entrance as these camp sites are always close to one of the main traffic arteries within the Fort Wilderness Resort. Guests staying in cabins are situated in Loops 2100 to 2800, where Loop 2100 is closest to the center of the campground and Loop 2800 is close to the south end of the resort near the entrance.
The Wilderness Cabins are approximately 12 feet by 42 feet and are designed to look like log cabins. Thirteen of the cabins are handicapped-accessible. Inside the cabin a simple yet accommodating design that give the feel of a forest lodge. The bedroom comes with a double bed, bunk beds, a dresser, nightstand, vanity, and lots of closet space. There is also a vacuum cleaner, iron, ironing board, pillows and blankets found in the bedroom. In the hall closet is where the portable crib, broom, dustpan and mop are located. There is a full bathroom with tub and shower. The living area includes a TV and VCR, sofa, pull-down Murphy bed, a dining table that seats six, kids table and chairs, telephone, a safe, and window seat. The full kitchen is stocked with amenities such as a refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, tea kettle, flatware and dishes for six, casserole dish, oval platter, can opener, knives, a skillet, 2 saucepans, fire extinguisher and even a dishwasher so there is more time to spend with the family. Even the outside of the cabin is fitted perfectly for any camper with a wood deck, picnic table and charcoal grill.
With 788 conventional campsites, there is sure to be many perfect spots to pitch a tent or stay in an RV. Each site is approximately 25 feet wide and is fairly secluded with brush and trees between the sites. There is room to park an additional vehicle per site. Each campsite has a picnic table and charcoal grill. All of the campsites have electricity and water hook ups and are a combination of paved driveway and sandy pad. 90 lots are partial hookups for tent campers and trailers. 695 sites even provide sewer.
There are two types of campsites at Fort Wilderness. Preferred sites are situated near the Settlement Trading Post, Pioneer Hall and marina areas and include cable TV hookup. Non-preferred sites are farther away from the Pioneer Hall and marina and don’t include cable hookup. Multiple tents and campers can stay on one site but, there is an extra charge per person where there are more than two adults per campsite.
Services & Amenities:
- Concierge desk
- Babysitting and child services
- Self parking
- Laundry facilities and services
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 1 pm at the Reception Outpost and is essentially the same as other Disney Resorts. At check-in time you will receive a Fort Wilderness Gazette, and resort IDs. The gazette contains lot of useful information about the campground, a map, transportation information, internal phone number, and various activities and services. If the cabin is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your cabin door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
Crockett’s Tavern is a casual dining restaurant located in Pioneer Hall. The menu features pizza, quesadillas, smoothies and full service bar.
Trail’s End Restaurant also located in Pioneer Hall, provides some hearty meals at this frontier buffet.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is a dinner show not to be missed. It is an all-you-can-eat buffet complete with a live country band, line dance instructor, and of course appearances by Disney Characters. This buffet is held on certain evenings at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Reservations are required so book early.
The Hoop Dee Musical Revue is a buffet style dinner show held at Pioneer Hall. Get ready for a foot-stompin’, hand clappin’ time at this lively musical comedy revue. Reservations are required so book early.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
There are two pools to splash in which are The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and Wilderness Swimmin’ pool.
Bay Lake Beach
Soak up the sun on a white-sand beach.
Play a variety of video and pinball games at Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade at Pioneer Hall and Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade in the Meadow Recreation Area
Climb, slide and play at the outdoor activity areas located at Pioneer Hall, the Meadow Recreation area, Creekside Meadow and the marina and beach areas.
Spend some time on the lake with a Pontoon Boat, Canopy Boat or Sea Raycer by Sea Ray, or sign up to receive professional instruction at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Center.
Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. Catch and release only.
Rent a bike or electric cart and enjoy the path to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Tri-Circle-D Ranch and Farm
Enjoy trail riding on horseback or sit back and enjoy wagon and carriage rides.
Stop by Meadow Trading Post to rent a movie or two.
Enjoy a scenic one mile run along the bike path to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
Bring your own equipment and play a game or two on the hard tennis courts.
This program is open to all Disney Resort guests and is held near the Meadow Trading Post in the campfire area. The night begins with a sing-a-long and marshmallow roast around the campfire. Chip and Dale will make an appearance to visit and sign autographs. Then watch one or two Disney animated features on a large outdoor screen; this all depends on what season it is. If it is raining the event will be held on the porch of the Meadow Trading Post.
Basic groceries, limited camping supplies, and souvenirs can be found at the Meadow and Settlement Trading Posts. The Chuckwagon is where all the goodies for a night around the campfire can be found. Roasting marshmallows and sticks, pizza, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and refreshments can be bought here.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.
Things to Know:
Camping gear can be rented at Creekside Meadow.
Pets are allowed at campsites in Loops 1600 through 1900, 300, 700 and 800, but must be kept within those areas. There is also an additional charge per day for a pet.
Watch the Electrical Water Pageant nightly at the Fort Wilderness beach and marina.
Old time steam trains used to run in Fort Wilderness back in 1973. These trains were transportation for the guests around the campground up until 1977, when they were decommissioned. Two of the old steam train cars were repainted and made into ticket booths at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney.