Op-Ed: The most wonderful time to run at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

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Christmas at Disney's Fort Wilderness

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At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, it is the most wonderful time of the year for…running! Yes, running! Guests of the resort take holiday décor to a new level when camping during this festive season.

Mickey and Pluto Inflatables
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Whether in a tent or RV, the glow of the lights, the billowing Christmas and character inflatables, or the creative Disney Christmas theming, all of this put together makes the miles fly by when you need to log a runDisney training run.

Star Wars Christmas Inflatables
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Disney has several running trails throughout the parks and resorts, but this one is best going off book and safely following the sidewalks and roadways, to enjoy the holiday cheer of the most resourceful Disney Guests.

Hidden Mickey Wreath
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Tip: For safety ­­­— be sure to run against traffic as you check out the holiday decorations.

So how do you get there? If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort this time of year, take the bus over to Fort Wilderness. You’ll be dropped off at the Outpost Depot. Run the Fort Wilderness trails from there all the way to the Settlement and around a few loops and back to reach that 5-7 mile running distance.

Santa, Sven and Olaf
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Tip: Going early morning or just before sunset allows for the beautiful light displays.

Not sure you want to run that much on vacation? No problem! Once you’ve arrived at the Outpost, take a second bus up to the Settlement Depot and start your run from there and you can either run several loops and come back again to catch the bus or run back to the settlement, which is about 1.2 miles.

If you’re staying on a monorail resort, you can also grab a boat ride from Magic Kingdom Park or Disney’s Contemporary Resort and start your run from the waterside near the Settlement Trading Post.

Abominable inflatable
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Tip: If running after dark, be sure you wear reflective clothing or running gear.

Those of you who have long been running Disney resort trails, just know that If you’re going for a run right now the trail between the Fort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is currently closed for the construction of the upcoming Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. You can take a sneak peek and see how construction is coming along. Just look above the fence line by the Settlement bus stop as you approach on your run. I can’t wait for that one to be completed in 2022!

Mickey, the Grinch and Minion
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(Yes ­­­— that is Mickey & Minnie Mouse hanging out with The Grinch and a Minion. At Christmas we all get along!)

Whether running to work off the Christmas goodies throughout the resort or keeping up your Marathon training, all the inspiration you need awaits you at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. And if any of you reading this are responsible for this delightful inspiration ­­­— thank you for the joy-filled miles!

Where is your favorite place to run at a Disney Resort? Let us know in the comments!

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