By: Mlb Destinations August 2019
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Arrival to Fort Wilderness
Arriving to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort is a nice little drive in with the lush landscaping and beautiful flowers that are added to this little country paradise nestled in Central Florida. Fort Wilderness is a campground that has been a part of Walt Disney for many years and has been a yearly tradition for our family. We have visited several times per year for over 15 years now. It never gets old, every time we visit, it is another great memory! As you come in to the property you will be greeted by a security personnel that will check your drivers license and verify your reservation. You will be directed either to the right and circle around to walk in the guest services building or you will go to the left and do the drive up check in. No matter which way you go, you will have a Disney Cast member eager to help you get started on your magical vacation! When you check in you will be given some paperwork which includes a map of the campground and a direction of where to find your place you have reserved whether that be a cabin or campsite. You will also be given a form to take to the Golf Cart attendant if you are renting a golf cart during your stay. You will also be given a magic band which is your ticket to the world: it is your key to open your door, an easy swipe when you shop since your credit card on file is attached to it, and it is your tickets to the park, also you can use it to open the gates when coming in and out of the resort. It is light and comfortable on your wrist. Your magic band can get wet and it can also be kept for souvenir.
Tip: If you go to your reservation online prior to your trip you can design your band to the color you prefer, otherwise you will have what is available at check in.
Golf carts are available for rental at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf cart rules are the same as driving a vehicle and is enforced by Orange County Sheriffs Office. You will see local sheriffs riding through at times along with Walt Disney security. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age to operate the golf carts and hold a valid drivers license. Rules of the road apply and they appreciate the same courtesy for buses too. Do not pass a bus, when you see a car or bus behind you find a safe place to gently pull over so the vehicle can pass by and then move back along. The rules are placed on top of the steering wheel. Always remember to charge them when not driving them. You will have electrical outlets at the Trails End parking, cabins and campsites to charge them. During our trip this last time we entered into the Golf Cart Parade for the 4th of July!! What fun! The cart as of July 2019 was $68 per day to rent, that can change without notice. It is very much advised to place your reservation for your cart with the Bike Barn when you book your reservation for the resort to be sure you are guaranteed a cart. The Bike Barn’s phone number is (407) 824-2742.
Campsites come in different options. There is a Tent or pop up campsite that will allow for two tents and a pop up camper or vehicle camper. Up to 10 Adults are allowed.
There is a Full Hook Up Campsite the accommodates a RV plus tent. Sewage hookup is available. Allows up to 10 Adults.
A preferred Campsite that allows for a RV and one small tent. Sewage hookup available and is Close to the Marina and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium campsite is for a larger RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft. Allows up to 10 adults. Sewage is available and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium meadow campsite is for a larger style RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft, sewage hookup available, up to 10 adults and is located by Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation, Bike Barn and Campfire area.
Each campsite loop will offer a full service restroom facility that has showers and changing areas. A launderette will be available and ice machines. Bus stops are nearby too!
Tip: You will need your magic band if you use the restrooms after certain hours to unlock the doors and the door to the laundry! Don’t forget the band!
Tip: Prices will vary depending on dates that you go. There will be a rate calendar where the description of the site is online when booking. Visit the website below to book your next vacation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground! https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/
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The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are really a nice retreat for a single person all the way to 6 adults. Each Cabin offers a driveway for one vehicle, parking rates apply per night. An outside power outlet, patio deck, BBQ Grill, Water Hose, Picnic Table. Inside you will find a full kitchen with sink, stove NO oven, Microwave with Oven, Full Dishwasher, trash can, recycle can, pots and pans, utensils, dishes to serve 8, coffee cups, drinking glasses, a pitcher, silverware, BBQ grill utensils, can opener, mixing bowl, measuring cup, Full refrigerator with ice maker, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, garbage bags, lots of cabinet space to store goods in. There is also a booth table with chairs for dining. Anything you need that is not in the cabin, call guest services and usually they can find it for you. Items will vary with stay and what is available. The cabin has a full bathtub with shower, installed complimentary shampoo conditioner and body wash in shower, towels, toilet paper, blow dryer, garbage can, drawers to store things, hooks to hang up clothing. In the living room area you will find a couch that pulls out to a bed, your linens for the bed was in the cabinet that is next to the couch. If you need extra linens contact the housekeeping department and they will bring you what you need. There is a coffee table and a sitting chair, full screen tv and drawers for clothes along with 2 separate cabinets that sits between the large tv. In the back bedroom, you will find a Queen size bed and a bunk bed, tv with drawer area, closet with room safe and area for storage, you can also slide suitcases under the bed. There is an alarm clock, plenty of lighting and a separate door that goes outside. The cabin sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. **The video above this paragraph is a full cabin tour for you to view**
Pools: There are two pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground resort. Meadow swimming Pool is the Main pool and is located in the center of the resort, it has a water slide, plenty of lounger chairs, table with umbrella and chairs and picnic tables under the pavilion for eating. There is a snack bar and is nearby to the tennis courts and volley ball net. This pool area does have lifeguards available along with a kids splash area and hot tub. Large restrooms are available.
Wilderness swimming pool is in the cabin vicinity and is near a basketball court. It is a quiet larger pool with plenty of lounger chairs, a few tables with umbrellas and chairs are available. There is a hot tub and NO life guard is present at this pool. There is a handicap assist chair if you need that to lower you in the pool. There is a vending snack machine, restrooms and launderette is in the same building.
Archery: Archery is available and is for ages 7 yrs old and up. 90 minute sessions and may be booked by calling 407-939-7529. (407) WDW-PLAY.
Carriage Rides, Holiday Carriage Rides and Wagon Rides are available by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.
Pony Rides: Pony Rides are given to guests that are no taller then 48 inches and under 80 pounds. The child must be at least 2 years old to ride. For more information contact: (407) 824-2832.
Bike Rental: You may rent bikes by contacting the Bike Barn when you arrive at Fort Wilderness, they are first come first serve. There are bike trails and jogging trails. For more information contact the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
Chip N Dale Campfire Sing a Long: Every evening by the Meadow Pool there is a outdoor campfire sing a long (weather permitting). You will find a snack bar selling all kinds of goodies like popcorn, drinks, Smore kits and sticks etc. There is also a food truck that is usually there that will sell different menu items. A chip n dale meet and greet, a sing along entertainer, and there are two fire pits to roast marshmallows on. There is also a MOVIE on the big screen that starts after the sing a long. The Bike Barn will have a schedule of the movies or it will be in your information packet they give you when you check in.
Other recreation found through the Bike Barn is Volleyball, Basketball, shuffle board,Kayak rentals, canoe rentals, fishing poles. ( Catch and release only) More information is available by calling the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
There are 2 arcades that are located at the resort. One is at the Meadow Swimming Pool and the other is located in the Trails End building.
Food and Drink
There are 2 retail stores at the resort. Each store offers up a variety of snacks, food items, ice, alcohol and beer, souvenirs, home items, clothing, ice cream and other items for sale.
Meadow’s Pool Snack Bar: Offers light snacks, sandwiches, drinks and other refreshments. It is located at the Meadow’s Swimming Pool.
Crockett’s Tavern: Offers Bar Service with Draft and Bottle Beer and wine along with liquor spirits and snacks.
Trails End Restaurant: This full service restaurant has a full Buffet meal offered for Breakfast Brunch and Dinner. Meal price includes drink. Reservations are recommended. There is plenty of seating and accompanies P&J’s Southern Take Out which offers Breakfast Lunch and Dinner items to either dine outside in the picnic tables or take back to your campsite or cabin.
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: This is a 2 hour dinner show that is sure to get you some good laughs from what I am told. I do plan to attend this dinner show one day. If you have done it before let me know in the comments how you liked it! To book a seat for this dinner show please call (407) WDW-DINE to make your reservation. Prices vary with seating section. This is a prepaid show and 2 seating times should be available.
Fireworks and Electrical Parade
Every evening you can go to the Marina and watch the fireworks that are shot from The Magic Kingdom. The electrical parade will also be every night. Be sure to take your bug spray so you do not get eaten by mosquitos. If you take the later Wagon ride with a group it will stop at the Lake for an up close view of the fireworks. The Magic Kingdom always has great fireworks!!! Do not miss them!
At the Marina you will find a variety of different watercraft for rental. They offer jet ski’s, mini speed boats, up to 6 person Montauk Boats and up to 10 person Pontoon Boats. You may get information on pricing and availability by visiting the Marina. They also offered charter catch and release fishing too.
Transportation at the Fort
You can choose from a variety of transportation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf Carts are available for rental to provide you transportation within the resorts. (Golf Carts are not allowed off premises)
Bus Transportation is available throughout the resort with stops located in walking distance. Bus runs in 20 min intervals. Buses run between theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Water Transportation: At the Marina you can go to the Boat Launch and find two areas of water transportation. One side will take you to the Magic Kingdom resort and the other side will take you to the Resorts available from Fort Wilderness which are The Contemporary Resort and The Wilderness Lodge Resort.
If you wish to take the Monorail to another resort or to the Magic Kingdom Park, you will need to water taxi to The Contemporary then catch the Monorail on Level 4 at The Contemporary resort. The Monorail will then go to The Transportation Area, The Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and The Magic Kingdom then back to The Contemporary Resort.
We have always had a Magical time at Fort Wilderness, it has been a yearly tradition for our family with so many memories! If you and your family have a chance to visit I highly suggest it. Any information you may need for reservations or just information you may find it on the website at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com
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