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Fort Wilderness

Staying in fancy hotels isn't for everybody, and for those people Disney has the Fort Wilderness campground and cabins. While expensive for a campground, the site does keep you outdoors while staying within easy reach of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Camp activities such as marshmallow roasts, watersports, and campfire singalongs will keep you busy even when not in the parks. If sleeping on the ground is a bit too much for you, then 400 deluxe cabins are also available with their own kitchen, deck, and grills.

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  • Address: 4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
  • Resort Phone #: 407-824-2900
  • Resort Fax #: 407-824-3508
  • Reservation #: 407-934-7639
  • Date Opened: November 1971
  • Resort Category: Value
  • Room Information
  • # of Buildings: 407 individual cabins
  • # of Rooms: 788 campsites, 407 cabins
  • Room Rates: See the official Disney page for Fort Wilderness for current room rates.
  • Services Information
  • Concierge Service: No
  • Valet Parking: No
  • Room Service: No
  • Internet: No
  • Laundry: There are 15 self-service laundry rooms available in each of the comfort stations around the campground.
  • Pools and swimming: Two basic pools are available to resort guests only. The larger pool is near the Meadow Trading Post and another smaller pool is with the cabins (though available to all guests).
  • Gym and Exercise: No
  • Spa: No
  • Turndown service: No
  • Smoking:
  • Owner's Locker
  • MousePlanet partner Owner's Locker provides a highly useful service for repeat Walt Disney World visitors. It will allow you to to store a large amount of your "only-in-Florida" belongings on-site between your visits. Owner's Locker will deliver your locker to your resort early on the morning of your arrival and pick it up the day that you leave. Your locker will stay in climate-controlled storage until you return on your next visit. Owner's Locker delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Some of the many things that Owner's Lockers have been used to store are full-sized liquid containers to avoid the TSA hassle, clothing, holiday decorations for annual visits, pool playthings, and more. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
  • Transportation Information
  • On foot: No other destinations are within walking distance, though you will get plenty of exercise walking around the campground.
  • Bus: There is bus service both within the campground and to other Walt Disney World locations. Intra-resort buses connect the various campground loops to the main activity areas of the camp. Direct routes are available for Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Settlement Depot. Outpost Depot has busses that go to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, the water parks, and Downtown Disney. All other locations will require transferring.
  • Monorail: No
  • Ferries: There is a ferry that connects Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness, Contemporary Resort, and Wilderness Lodge.
 
Dining - Hide Section
  • Mickey's Backyard BBQ— An all-you-can-eat picnic BBQ featuring live music, line dancing, and occasionally Disney characters.
  • The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue— Very popular dinner theater combining all you can eat country vittles with country-western entertainment including comedians, singing, and dancing.
  • Trail's End Restaurant— Serving home cooking as a buffet for breakfast and dinner and a table service restaurant for lunch.
  • Other dining — Like take-out options such as pizzas or quesadillas are available at Crockett's Tavern.
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  • Archery — Enjoy a 90-minute archery session for $25, equipment included. Archery guides are on hand to provide instruction and advice.
  • Bike Barn — Bike Barn is the central location for equipment rental at Fort Wilderness. In addition to camping equipment and golf carts for transportation, you can also rent bicycles, watercraft, and fishing equipment.
  • Campfire Program — The nightly campfire program is open to all Walt Disney World resort guests. The evening starts with a sing-along and marshmallow roasting along with a visit by Chip & Dale. The evening concludes with an outdoor screening of a Disney movie.
  • Electrical Water Pageant — A nightly show on the lake involving light-decorated barges, visible from the Fort Wilderness beach and marina.
  • Petting farm — A small petting zoo with farm animals is open during daylight hours.
  • Tri-Circle D Livery — Guide horse tours are available throughout the day. The cost is $32 per person and riders must be at least 9 years old.
  • Other entertainment: The campground has two arcades (Davy Crockett Arcade and Daniel Boone Arcade). Sport activities include volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, and shuffleboard.
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The following are recent reviews for the Fort Wilderness from our Reader Review system. Click the Show All Reviews link to see every review for this location. To browse all reviews in the system, please see this page.


Average Reviewer Rating: 4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Number of Fort Wilderness Campground Reviews: 19
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3.0/5.03.0/5.03.0/5.03.0/5.03.0/5.0   June 15-20, 2012
Reviewer: Liv4sun Asheville, NC     June 20, 2012
Our first time at Fort Wilderness, after reading alot about it. First impression was not great. You pull in to register, they give your all your paperwork and directions to your campsite and then you are on your own...no escort, no nothing. We found the campsite, whice was nice and large. It was asphalt and sand area with a picnic table, grill and water hose. The restrooms are very clean as is the campgrounds...but disappointed as you never see any Disney workers if yoy hae any questions or need anything! The transportation service was great...buses every 10-15 minutes and the boat to Magic Kingdom. You surely need your bikes or you can rent a golf cart for $60+ a day. The large pool has life guards, but the smaller one doesn't. The prices in the campground at the stores are extremely high, so make sure you get everything you need outside of Disney...for example, a six pack of Coke cans was $8.00 and the marshmallows, graham cracker and hershey bars for the campfire were $10 a package. The camp loops do permit pets for an additional $5 per night and the pets are in special loops. Not sure if I would stay here again as the prices are a bit high for camping!!!
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   January 22-29th 2009 & February 20-26th 2010
Reviewer: DisneyfanMae (maemcgarry@yahoo.com) Erie, Pa     April 21, 2011
Fabulous! The first year that we came as a family (2 adults, 10 years, 9 years and 4 years old) we really struggled to find accomidations that could house 5 people and was still affordable. Our "affordable" options were narrowed down to The Cabin's at Fort Wilderness, and Port Orleans. I can't comment on Port Orleans because after just ONE stay at the cabins we are HOOKED!
Check in was smooth and simple, both visits the cast was friendly and efficent, and our cabin was never "musty or dusty" as I have read in other forums. It trully is a get a way facility, and we really love the separated units. Every year we have our children take the full size room in the back, they actually fight over who gets the top bunk! Now Disney could accomodate a little better by adding more dresser space. My husband and I always end up ethier living out of our suit cases, or out of the cupboards next the the (uncomfortable) Murphy bed. We love the set up for the price. We find our selves drawn to the cabin look since we have stayed there.
Our next trip is actually comming up in September, same place!
A must do at least one time is the "Hoopty Do Review" and may I add that if you have young ones try to be the first in line waiting, they will pick you child to be the "bell ringer" and they get a special certificate and everything for it. It really was just one of the many Magical Moments we experienced not only at Disney but at the Fort Wilderness Cabins!
The campfire with Chip and Dale, is awesome, and the pools are also a gem. (I think my kids would prefer to just play on the water slides all day!) One thing about the full sized kitchen with a large fridge and dish washer is that it lacked a pizza pan. They sell frozen pizzas in the out post but didn't suppy a pan. We called the front desk and within moments there was a knock at our door with a Pan! I have nothing negative to say, just give them a try and decide for yourself!
Year three heeeeere we come >>>sqeals with excitement!<<<
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   March 15 - 22, 2008
Reviewer: cobaltman Philadelphia     March 30, 2008
My family loves Disneyworld and having vacationed there many times since my childhood, I find Fort Wilderness to be the most varied and accomodating resort on the grounds. My wife and I camped there five years ago and this time joined my father, sister and little nephew in a wilderness cabin.
Our flight was delayed several hours and we arrived at the outpost (check-in desk) around 3:00 am. They had just shut down the computers (why?), but, luckily, my father had instructed them to register us early and set aside our keys. It wasn't a great start, but the circumstances surrounding our arrival weren't Disney's fault. A castmember took us directly to our cabin in a park van. We finally slid into bed by about 3:30. [check in service: 3.5 planets]
The cabin was cute and tidy. We four adults and one peewee ended up being a little oversized for the place, but a couple with kids -up to four small ones- could probably get by comfortably. The bedroom had one modest-sized bed and bunkbeds. Along with a closet, tv and dressing stand, it made for a very practical, comfortable space. The bathroom was attractive and clean. The shower's water pressure was decent and the (excuse me) toilet's power was reminiscent of a jet plane's. Our housekeeper made a fresh toothbrush holder out of a washcloth everyday, which was very nice. The kitchen was small and seemingly efficient. We only made coffee, but could have probably cooked good, simple meals if we had wanted. I would recommend making a simple, eyeball tally of the pans and utensils before beginning a meal, though. There were some there, but it was a very spare collection. Our small living room doubled as our bedroom. The murphy bed was very easy to use, but it was small and uncomfortable. A tv, dining table and small activity table completed the room -along with charming decorations and facsimiles of original concept art for Fort Wilderness and other frontier-style Disney locations. The outside deck was sturdy and plain, and the charcoal grill was of the old-fashioned type, like you may find at your local metropark. Had we not spent nearly every waking hour at the parks, I am sure we would have found the cabin a pleasant place in which to have a barbecue and a few drinks.
[cabins: five planets]
Fort Wilderness campground is a lush and beautiful area that artfully balances real wildlife with cheerful theming. You probably won't see an alligator on the grounds, but armadillos are abundant (exotic to me, at least) and lovely birdsongs can be heard day and night. From the Outpost on down to the Settlement area -including the Meadow Trading Post and swimming pool areas- Disney has created a delightful frontier theme that incorporates recognizable motifs from the old west and the old mid-south. Some of it is very bluegrass Kentucky and some of it is very California goldrush, but the overall effect is seamless and familiar. Any day spent on the grounds offers the chance to relax like at no other Disney resort. Easing into a front-porch wooden rocker or whiling away the time engaged in pleasant conversation around the cracker barrel aren't the kinds of fantasies most people go to Disneyworld to fulfill. Nonetheless, escaping the bustle for a day or two quickly appeals to many visitors, and Fort Wilderness offers an attractive, old-timey way to wind down.
Getting around FW was not difficult. Footpaths lead in all directions and busses take folks the length of the grounds every 15 minutes or so. Fort Wilderness' ferry service to the Magic Kingdom beats any other method of transport in that it offers a wonderful view of the old Treasure Island, Wilderness Lodge, the Contemporary and much of the Magic Kingdom area.
A day spent exploring the Fort Wilderness grounds and participating in the many activities offered there would be a day well spent.
[Fort Wilderness grounds: five planets]

A stay at a Fort Wilderness cabin receives my heartiest recommendation. Please give it strong consideration against booking a hotel room at one of the other Disney resorts. The bustle of a large and noisy lobby has little on the natural tranquility offered throughout the FW grounds. Furthermore, Disneyworld buffs will find the Fort -one of the very early resorts on Disneyworld grounds- less changed from the early 70s than any hotel on the property. They really got it right from the start.
 
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