Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Your Complete Guide

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground; magically themed camping as you’ve never experienced before.

The Walt Disney World Resort offers accommodations for every kind of budget, need, family size, and lodging desires! From luxurious resorts that will transport you all the way to the French Riviera, like at Disney’s newest DVC Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, to camping sites and cabins where you can bring your tent, RV, or glamp it up in style, like at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

If roughing it in comfort is your vacation style, you’ve landed in the right place. Here, we will be providing a full overview of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. From the accommodations to the activities, we will cover it all!

campsites at fort wilderness resort
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So, go ahead and grab your smores kit, as we dive into all the details you want to know about Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

In this Resort Guide, we will cover:


Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Overview

Tucked away and surrounded by 750 acres of pine and cypress forest, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground offers all the comforts of home with all the fabulous amenities you can expect from a Disney resort.

Whether you choose to stay at one of the roomy cabins or bring your own tent or RV to park, you’ll be able to enjoy all the Disney magic during your stay!

With recreation areas that will immerse you in nature, long lists of activities like biking, horse riding, archery and more, tennis courts, splash-tastic pools, a campfire sing-a-long with Chip n’ Dale, you’ll almost not want to leave. Almost! Don’t forget, you’re still at Disney; where theme park adventures are waiting!

Once you arrive, you are able to check in to this resort right from your vehicle, a resort exclusive! There, you will be provided with a map that will guide you to your campsite or cabin so you can enjoy your magical stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Campground Map
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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Location

Located just 4 miles southeast of Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground offers all the outdoor magic of nature along with the pixie-dusted Disney touch.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Map
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The Pros and Cons of staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Pros:

  • Location: Very close to Magic Kingdom
  • Affordable: Campsite rentals are the most inexpensive way to stay on property
  • Great value for larger families or groups
  • Unmatched Recreation Offerings
  • Fantastic dining and entertainment
  • Amazing Firework views
  • Special events during the holidays
  • Pet-Friendly Resort

Cons:

  • Transportation can be challenging with multiple bus stops to your destination
  • Very Basic accommodations / does not offer luxurious comfort
  • When camping, bad weather can be more of a challenge than with a stay at a regular resort
  • Recreation areas can be a far distance from the campsites
  • Added cost of resort transportation/golf cart rentals

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Campsites and Cabin info

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground offer several accommodation choices for guests; from a tent or pop-up campsite to larger lots for big RVs, to fully equipped cabins.

Currently, there are 847 campsites and 363 Wilderness Cabins. Here is a breakdown of what each of these lodging options will offer:

Tent or Pop-Up Campsite

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Campsite
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Campsites accommodate a tent or a Pop-up and up to ten guests with 1 pop-up van or pop-up trailer and up to 2 tents. These sites will also accommodate equipment on a level concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet.

Full Hook-Up Campsite

These campsites offer room for an RV plus a tent. They can accommodate equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 50 feet and also offer sewage hook-up. Full hook-up campsites sleep up to 10 Adults.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Preferred Campsite
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Preferred Campsite

The Preferred Campsite offers a site that is close to the marina, which offers spectacular fireworks views! This campsite offers room for an RV plus a small tent. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 45 feet and provides sewage hook-up.

Premium Campsite

Visiting with a larger RV? This is the campsite for you! The Premium Campsite accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet and sewage hook-up. This site also sleeps up to 10-adults.

Premium Meadow Campsite

For the best campsite location on this resort, the Premium Meadow Campsite is closest to Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation Area, Bike Barn and the Campfire Area. Perfect for your larger style RV, this campsite accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet for up to 10-adults and also provides sewage hook-up.

Each campsite offers running water, electricity, barbeque grill and a picnic table and parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Wilderness Cabins

The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
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Love the idea of vacationing in the wilderness but not keen on sleeping in a tent? Then the Wilderness Cabins are for you!

These fully-equipped cabins have one Queen Bed, one Bunk Bed, and one Double-Size Sleeper Sofa sleep up to 6-guests (plus one child under age 3 in a crib) and offer all the comforts from home. With a full kitchen and a private porch, just imagine all the magical memories you can make when you choose to stay at this resort!

Fort Wilderness Cabin floorplan
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The Wilderness Cabin Amenities include:

  • Toaster
  • Kitchen with dishwasher and 2 counter-top burners
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet – Free WiFi Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Convection microwave oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Telephone with voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Checking-in to the Resort

Guests visiting Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground often journey in from far distances. For this reason, Disney offers some flexibility with their check-in at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Check-in time for Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Campsites is 1 pm. Check-in for the Wilderness Cabins begins at 3 pm.

If you arrive prior and your site or cabin is not ready, you can park your vehicle at the complimentary parking lot near the Reception Outpost. You can then kick off your magical vacation and enjoy Disney’s complimentary bus transportation and visit one of the four Theme Parks or Disney Springs to enjoy your day. Upon your return, simply move your vehicle to your assigned space and enjoy your stay at the resort!

Guests can also choose online check-in to speed up the process upon arrival. However, if you happen to arrive before or after you anticipated, Disney will take good care of you once you arrive!

Dining at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Ready for a rootin’ tootin’ dinner fare? How about some all-you-care-to-enjoy down-home cookin’? Well, YEE-haw! You’re gonna love the dining options at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground!

Table-Service Dining

Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review
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Get those spoons ready! They’ll serve as more than just eating instruments when you visit this rowdy mess hall! This country jamboree, sans bears, will have you slapping your legs to the beat of some spirited tunes by the Pioneer Hall Players.

While you enjoy the hilarious countryfied shenanigans, your dinner feast will include buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, a tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Soft drinks are included with your meal and for guests 21-years of age and older, unlimited draft beer, wine, and sangria. ChEARs!

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Dinner Show requires prepayment. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Guests can book these up to 180-days in advance. There are three seating areas to choose from. Categories 1 and 2 are on the first level. Category 3 is located on the second level of the building. It is important to remember that there are no elevators for Category 3.

Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue PRO-TIPS:

  • Choose level-one seating for a better chance to make it into the show
  • Alert your waiter if you’re celebrating anything during your visit
  • Don’t miss the bottomless Alcoholic Sangria (Please drink responsibly!)
  • Pin trade before the show at the hut
  • Make sure you have your stretchy pants for the hearty all-you-care-to-enjoy feast!

Trail’s End Restaurant

Trail's End Restaurant
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This tasty buffet is probably the best bang-for-your-buck on property! Eat brunch and dinner to your heart’s content at this all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. With Old West-and Deep South offerings served up with rustic-cabin ambiance.

Quick-Service Dining

P & J’s Southern Takeout

This quick-service restaurant is perfect for those nights you want to give the ole’ grill a break! Located right next to Trails End at Pioneer Hall, grab some bomb-diggity fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese and get those bellies full and happy for more Disney fun!

This location also serves breakfast with classics like Mickey waffles, the bounty breakfast with all the breakfast essentials like eggs, french toast sticks, bacon, sausage, potato barrels, and a biscuit, Pork Belly and Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches, muffins, oatmeal, coffee and more!

The Chuck Wagon

This RV-style food truck serves up camp classics like burgers, hot dogs and s’mores

kits. You can find The Chuck Wagon parked at the Campfire theater where you can enjoy Chip’ n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long. Make sure you grab a build-your-own s’mores kit for the festivities when you visit!

Crockett’s Tavern

This walk-up window next to Pioneer hall offers frontier-inspired modern-day moonshine and savory snacks.

Nachos, jalapeño poppers, chicken wings, and drinks make this for a perfect late-night snack spot!

Meadow Snack Bar

Sunbathing and swimming can build up your appetite. Thankfully, you won’t have to travel far to satisfy your cravings when you’re lounging at the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool!

Enjoy a light meal or pick-me-up snack at this quick-food counter. You can also refill your resort refill mug at this quick-service location. So, don’t forget to grab those before you come over, ya hear?!

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Amenities and Activities

Fort Wilderness Recreation
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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds has the most extensive and unique list of recreational activities of any other resort on property! From Horseback riding to archery and segway exploration, you definitely won’t be at a loss for fun things to do.

Here is a complete list of the recreation offerings at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:

Pools

Meadow Swimmin’ Pool

The Meadow Pool Fort Wilderness

The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool will have your entire crew having a splashing-good time on any hot sunshiney day in Florida! Featuring a nod at the old water park, River Country’s old water tower is set as the fixture for the 67-footlong corkscrew waterslide.

Related: Do You Miss River Country? Experience Its Last Remnant at Walt Disney World

Even the tiny tots can have all the aquatic fun at the fort-themed splash pad area fully equipped with little slides and tons of water fun!

The Meadow Splash Pad Fort Wilderness

For a quieter, more tranquil swim, visit the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. This leisurely pool also offers a whirlpool spa for the adults. You’ll definitely want to enjoy that spa after a few fun-filled days at the theme parks!

Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long

Chip' N Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long

Resort and visiting guests can join nutty friends Chip ‘n’ Dale for some old-fashioned family fun as you roast marshmallows around a crackling fire. This hidden gem is a special treat for kids of all ages!

Disney movies play under the stars after the sing-a-long at the open-air Campfire Theater.

 

Archery Experience

Fort Wilderness Archery

Have a Disney’s Brave fan in your family? Let them feel like Merida with this archery training experience. Learn how to aim and send an arrow straight into the bullseye of the target. This will be an experience they won’t forget!

This experience is for guests ages 7 and up. The experience lasts 75-minutes and is currently priced at $45 per person. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ups are welcome pending space availability. Be sure to arrive 15-minutes before your reservation time.

For guests that are not staying at the resort, plan to park at the entrance to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and take the Yellow or Orange Line buses to Bike Barn.

Fishing

Enjoy Guided Fishing Excursions, where you can venture out to Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon for some catch-and-release outings all year long.

This activity is suited for guests of all ages and includes everything you need to experience this fishing adventure. Guests can choose between a 21-foot Sun Tracker pontoon boat that can accommodate up to 5 guests or a tournament-style NITRO® bass fishing boat for one or 2 people.

Book a 2 or 4-hour excursion, and if you need a little more time, an extra hour may be added in person at the Marina. Solo anglers may book an afternoon excursion at a reduced rate.

Bike Rentals

Experience the beauty of the outdoors by bike! Bike Rentals are available for $20.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Fort Wilderness Canoe Rentals
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Hei Hei! Is the sea calling you? Then to the sea you must go, or you’ll never know how far you’ll go!

Guests ages 11 and up can experience the tranquil waters of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort by canoe. Here are the details provided in Disney’s Website:

  • Rental location: The Bike Barn at the Meadow Recreation Area
  • Hours: 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily
  • Price: $13.00 per hour 

Boat Rentals  

When in Florida, do as the Floridians do! That’s how that saying goes, right? Well, either way, when you’re surrounded by water, it’s only logical to enjoy it! So, why not do so with one of the Boat Rentals available at the Walt Disney World Resort?

Boat rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests must be 18 or over to rent a boat. Don’t forget to wear complementary life jackets provided. They are not optional!

Here are the boat rental choices you can experience during your visit:

  • Sea Raycer by Sea Ray® – seats up to 2 Guests; $32 per half-hour
  • Boston Whaler® Montauk – seats up to 6 Guests; $45 per half-hour
  • Sun Tracker® Pontoon boats – seats up to 10 Guests; $45 per half-hour

Basketball Courts

Burn off some of that tasty Disney food by shooting some hoops at one of several basketball courts located throughout Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Basketballs are available in a designated box at each court. If the box is empty, simply call Housekeeping from a Comfort Station phone and a basketball will be delivered to the court.

Volleyball

If volleyball is more your thing, enjoy a friendly match on a sandy court located at Meadow Recreation Area.

Complimentary equipment is available at the Bike Barn for all Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel.

Resort Arcades

Fort Wilderness Arcade

There are two arcades at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground; Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade and Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade.

Let your little Mouseketeer gamers enjoy both the newest and the classic family-friendly games at the arcade!

Find Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade by the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and  Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade is located at Pioneer Hall.

Jogging Trails

Get your miles in as you jog through lush meadows and pine and cypress groves. You can even explore neighboring resorts like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge when you go the distance!

Maps are available from the Concierge.

Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

Ever been on a Segway? No better time to try!  Go “Wild” on 2 Wheels!

Take in Florida’s natural beauty while gliding along scenic back roads. In a quick two-hour circuit, you’ll be able to see Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the stables of Tri-Circle-D Ranch, and glassy Bay Lake.

Learn trivia and more about your stops thanks to a Cast Member that will guide the way! This unique tour will have you laughing, learning, and exploring all at once. And we know it’s one you won’t forget!

Holidays at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground 

Experiencing the holidays at Disney is like nothing else. And Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground joins the fun like no other resort on property!

During Christmas and Halloween, guests join the fun by decorating their campsites and RVs for the season. Campers spare no expense when decorating their areas and it’s a sight to be seen!

From haunted houses to massive holiday inflatables, you won’t believe the creativity Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground guests showcase during these special times of the year. It’s truly the best time to stay at this resort!

Tri-Circle-D Ranch Activities*

Pony Rides

Youngins’ ages 2 and up can enjoy a ride on one of the cute Fort Wilderness resident ponies for $8.

Horse-Drawn Carriage and Wagon Rides

Take in all your surroundings as you travel through the beautiful outdoors in fun and romantic Horse-Drawn Wagon or Carriage rides.

During the holidays, you can enjoy the Holiday Sleigh Rides. This cozy sleigh ride will make get you in that holiday spirit as you enjoy the woodland beauty in a decorated sleigh with lights and garlands.

Holiday Sleigh Rides are available during the month of December. Each ride lasts 25-minutes and costs $84. Carriages fit up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 small children.

Horseback Riding

Experience Disney like never before! Ride through the idyllic wilderness, surrounded by wildlife like deer, rabbits, ducks, and armadillos, as you horseback ride through this Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Guests ages 9 and up can enjoy 45-minute horseback trail rides. Currently, the cost is $55 per person.

 *Tri-Circle-D Ranch is currently closed for refurbishment. For Reservations, updates, and more information, call (407) WDW-PLAY.


Resort Transportation

Disney’s Magical Express

Enjoy complimentary resort transportation as soon as you land at Orlando’s International Airport! With Disney’s Magical Express, you can step right into the magic as soon as you arrive.

Disney Buses

This classic mode of transportation can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go within the Walt Disney World Resort. Pro-Tip! The My Disney Experience app has current wait times so you can plan your bus trips more easily and get to your destination as quickly as possible!

Disney Water Transportation

Breeze to Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Disney’s Minnie Van

Disney’s version of a ride-sharing service is adorable and convenient. Use the Lyft app to request a Minnie Van and see cost estimates for your desired ride.

Pro-tip! Minnie Van will get you closest to Pioneer Hall!

Disney Skyliner

Enjoy Disney’s newest mode of transportation, the Disney Skyliner! These adorable gondolas will swoop you high in the sky to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

This transportation option is as convenient as it is fun! We recommend taking flight even if just to enjoy the ride and the views. Explore other resort hotels and dining options on property via the Skyliner. It will add more magic and adventure to your visit!


Disney Extras

Guests at Disney Resorts, you can enjoy some extra pixie dust to make your stay even more magical!

Extra Magic Hours

Resort Hotel Guests exclusive playtime at the theme parks! Check the times on your My Disney Experience app so you can plan these times during your stay.

Early Access to FastPass+

Resort guests can make their FastPass+ reservations up to 60-days before they arrive.

PRO-TIP! Your FP+ booking window will open 60-days before you arrive plus the days you are staying (up to 10). So, lock in those popular attractions for your last days first to ensure you score those coveted FastPass+ for attractions like Slinky Dog Dash and Avatar Flight of Passage!

Complimentary MagicBands

Customize your MagicBand color before you arrive through your My Disney Experience. NEW options are now available to upgrade your complimentary MagicBand for a small fee. Availability is limited, so check back often.

Related: Resort Exclusive MagicBands Revealed for Grand Floridian and Riviera Guests

Enchanting Extras

Celebrate a birthday with an in-room celebration, order a customizable cake, book a VIP tour to peek inside the magic, limited-time events, nature tours, and more! Visit the Enchanting Extras site to learn more about the magic you can add to your stay!

We hope you found this information helpful as you plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! If you need assistance planning that enchanted and unforgettable getaway, be sure to reach out to our friends at Academy Travel for a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your magical vacation.

See ya real soon!

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