Explore Walt Disney World’s Most Underrated Resort: Fort Wilderness
It’s time to talk about Walt Disney World’s most UNDERRATED place to stay. The Campsites and Cabins at Fort Wilderness offer a ton of accommodations, dining options, recreation, entertainment, and MORE for guests of all ages. This massive resort has so much to offer that you could spend several days here and not once step foot inside the parks. All without being bored!
Fort Wilderness offers 4 types of campsites, plus cabins. First, consider the tent or pop-up campsite. These sites have room for a pop-up camper or
camper van-type vehicle, and up to 2 tents. At these most basic campsites, there will be a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet and they will sleep up to 10 adults.
Next, there is the full hook-up campsite or preferred campsite. (These are similar to standard and preferred
room rates at traditional resorts.) These campsites have room for an RV plus a small tent. In addition, the sites offer a sewage hookup. Regular full hook-up campsites feature concrete pads up to 10 feet by 50 feet. Conversely, preferred campsites feature concrete pads up to 10 feet by 45 feet and are located close to the marina. These, too, sleep up to 10 adults.
And finally, the premier sites. The Premier campsites and Premier Meadow Campsites are made for the huge RV that is probably nicer than my house. They come with sewage hookups on concrete pads up to 18 feet by 60 feet, and sleep up to 10 adults. The Meadow sites are close to the Meadow Trading Post, Recreation Area, Bike Barn, and Campfire area.
The final type of accommodation at Fort Wilderness are the cabins. These cabins sleep 6, have a full kitchen, outdoor patio with grill, and give you a taste of camping without sleeping on the ground!
Fort Wilderness is a pet-friendly location, even with relieving sections and play areas. You will be charged $5 per night for each pet and you must register in advance. Most guests at Fort Wilderness decorate their campsites, and it really adds to the atmosphere! Plus, it’s a lot of fun to see the decor!
Along with your usual amenities, like free Wi-Fi, free Walt Disney World transportation, early admission to theme parks, Fort Wilderness has some unique amenities. First, you can actually rent an RV to use while on vacation. And they will set them up for you, including sewage hookups. Second, you can rent golf carts to use on the campgrounds. Trust me when I tell you Fort Wilderness is MASSIVE. You’re going to want a golf cart. However, there are internal buses.
Fort Wilderness has 15 comfort stations, featuring bathrooms, laundry rooms, ice machines, and resort information and notices. And finally, guests may use
recreational vehicles at the Fort, including golfcarts, bicycles, surrey bikes, segways, skates, and kick and electric scooters.
If you are like me, you’re only here for the food! And Fort Wilderness is not lacking in the area of eating! Guests can choose from table service, quick service, snacks, and even a dinner show!
For those looking for a meal to take back to their campsite, consider P & J’s Southern Takeout. This quick service location, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serves comfort foods, like fried chicken, and is the perfect dining experience for camping! Conversely, for a sit-down, table-service meal, for breakfast or dinner, head to Trail’s End Restaurant. This family-style all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant is a rather quiet place to have a delicious meal. And it’s pretty delicious, too! Crockett’s Tavern is a lounge and bar serving small bites and featuring a full bar. Here you’ll find your typical bar food. And tasty cocktails, many with moonshine.
Next, the Meadow Snack Bar, found at the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, serves classics, like sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, etc. Your typical pool snack foods. The Chuck Wagon is a food truck located outside of Pioneer Hall, also serving snack classics like burgers, nuggets, and ice cream.
And finally, for a real treat, consider a dinner at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue! This dinner show serves all-you-care-to-enjoy picnic favorites, like fried chicken, ribs, macaroni & cheese, and STRAW-BERRY SHORT-CAKE!
When it comes to recreation, Fort Wilderness cannot be beat! There are a TON of activities available at the Fort. In fact, it’s my most highly recommended place to send people looking for Non-Park Day Activities!
First up, let’s talk swimmin’ pools! Fort Wilderness has two pools. The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool is the main pool area, and it will be the busiest pool at the resort.. Here, guests can enjoy a 67-foot corkscrew waterslide. Adults and kids alike can rest their weary limbs in the whirlpool spa, and the smallest campers can enjoy a Fort-themed water play area. You’ll also be able to snack at the Meadow Snack Shop. Guests looking for a quieter, more leisure swim can head to the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. In addition to the large leisure pool, guests can also enjoy a whirlpool spa.
Next, bring your s’mores ingredients and your singing pipes for Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long! This is generally followed up with Movies Under the Stars.
Then, head to Tri-Circle-D Ranch, home to 90 of the happiest horses on earth. This Ranch is home to Appaloosas, Arabians, Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, and Quarterhorses. And, of course, Shetland Ponies. The horses can be found at 2 locations. First, the stables near the Settlement Area. Open 10:00am-5:00pm, guests can walk through and visit the horses. This is also where you’ll find the pony rides. Next, Trail Blaze Corrall, near the main entrance of Fort Wilderness.
ARCHERY & MORE
Also, the Fort Wilderness Archery Experience will teach guests aged 7 and up how to hold and fire a compound bow. The cost is $45 for a 75-
minute session. And, because class sizes are limited to ten people, guests receive personalized advice from archery guides. But there’s even MORE! Guests can rent canoes and kayaks, bicycles, surrey bikes, and pontoon boats. Get active on jogging trails, basketball, and volleyball courts. The smallest campers will enjoy the various playgrounds all over the campgrounds, while tweens and teens will love the TWO arcades! Or perhaps you’d like to tour Fort Wilderness on a Segway?!
And I’ve not yet mentioned the wagon rides or holiday sleigh rides! In order to end the night in the most perfect way possible, head to the beach and catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electric Water Pageant!
While camping isn’t for everyone, Fort Wilderness has a lot to offer it’s guests. Campsites and Cabins book quickly, so if you’re interested in staying at the Fort, you’ll need to book ASAP! Contact me today for your FREE Walt Disney World Vacation Quote!