Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

    When I told my family and friends that I was going to Disney's Fort Wilderness located in Orlando, and that I had never been before, their reaction was the same: shock.

    After spending the weekend in one of their comfortable cabins, I understand. Everyone should experience this Disney-Meets-The-Great-Frontier property.

    Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is 740 acres of forested pines and cypress sprinkled with RV sites, camp sites, one-bedroom cabins and plenty of Florida theme parks experiences.

    How to Explore

    There are plenty of ways to explore. A visit to the Bike Barn will yield your choice of kayaks, canoes or bikes (yes, they have helmets). Rent by the day or by the hour and GO! We rented a canoe and paddled the serene waterways spying all kinds of birds along the way. We also rented bikes, and I have to tell you, we are not a biking family – but it was the best day ever. The trails are paved, the sidewalks wind and in true Disney style, you can spot “Hidden Mickeys” made out of pine cones in the middle of nowhere along a trail.

    They also have segway tours and the best investment you can make while here is a golf cart rental. It makes getting to the Campfire Sing-A-Long (with Chip n’ Dale) easy and fast. If you don’t want to rent a cart, you can catch a Disney bus. There is no driving of cars around the property – and it was a mile from our cabin to the restaurants, beach, stables and trading store.

    Dining Options

    If you like country cooking and barbecue, you will be in heaven, as we were.

    • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review – an indoor all-you-can-eat & drink, root-n-tootin show
    • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – outdoor, good old-fashioned feast with all the fixins’ and plenty of singin’, line dancin’ and rope trickin’ fun
    • Trails End Restaurant – open for buffet breakfast, sit-down lunch or buffet dinner (best shrimp and grits ever)
    • Crocket’s Tavern – drinks and appetizers in a rustic bar setting

    The cabins each have their own charcoal grill so we grilled burgers each night (and each morning, a Disney cast member would come and clean our grill). Got to love that!

    More Fun

    Cool off in the Meadow Swimmin’ Hole with its giant waterslide. Have lunch at the snackbar. Swim and relax. There is also a smaller pool closer to the cabins. You can also enjoy:

    • Horseback riding
    • Wagon rides
    • Disney crafts
    • Bass fishing charters & pole rentals
    • Tennis, basketball & arcades 

    The Marina

    I must say, this is my kind of camping. My spouse wants to rent an RV and come back for a month. The boys agree. Not sure we could ever really disappear into the wilderness for that long, but it sure is nice to dream.

    To make your reservations at Fort Wilderness, call 407-W-DISNEY or log on to their website.

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