Disney's Fort Wilderness: A Hidden Gem, Not a Diamond in the Rough

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort  & Campground is an original resort (opening November 19th, 1971) to Walt Disney World.  This resort sits on 750 acres of lush Florida foliage that gives it a pre-theme park Florida feel.  There is something special about this resort as compared to others on Disney property.  Guests don’t seem to be in as much of a hurry at Fort Wilderness. It’s not uncommon to see campers who just met sharing a cocktail around the evening grill and kids riding bikes around the loops.  “The Fort,” as it is adoringly called by its repeat guests, is more than a place to stay but is an outdoor destination unto itself with a relaxed culture.

Where to Stay: Camper or Cabin? 

The most popular accommodation is the traditional luxury campsite that can accommodate almost any size camper and RV. Most sites offer an abundance of shade and close proximity to “comfort stations” with all of your shower and bathroom needs, plus laundry rooms.  Don’t worry if you don’t have an RV or Camper. For this reason, there are a few local camper rental companies that will set up a camper just for you and your family, so you don’t miss out on the fun.

In addition to the campsites, there are cabins. The cabins sleep a family of six with one queen-size bed, a bunk bed set, a pull-out sofa couch, a full kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, stovetop, microwave/convection oven, and dishwasher.  It also has one full bathroom and plenty of room. If you drive a car to “The Fort,” you can park directly outside of your cabin, which is a wonderful convenience as compared to large parking lots. 

Who said you have to cook when you camp?

Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to cook, right! Fort Wilderness has several quick service options, including food trucks, family-style meals to go, and the biggest bang for your buck dinner at Trails End.

Activities for the entire family

Fort Wilderness offers many outdoor activities for Disney resort guests. For instance, there is a great pool and a slide (with Fort Wilderness history) as well as a splash pad for little ones. The most popular activities are archery, horseback riding, canoe rental, biking, and wagon rides.   Don’t miss the Tri-Circle D Ranch, where all of Walt Disney World’s horses are maintained, loved on, and live.  

Holidays at The Fort

Fort Wilderness campers (both campsites and cabins) are also known for their lavishly decorated sites during Halloween and Christmas.  If you are visiting anytime between October and the New Year, I highly recommend renting a golf cart and taking a tour. You will be amazed. 

Suppose you are looking for a new Disney adventure or prefer a slower-paced feel with rich Disney history for your next family vacation to Walt Disney World. If that is the case, I recommend a stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  Make sure to contact one of our outstanding agents here at Wishful Wanderings Travel for your next Disney Vacation. You can request a quote today!