written by Colette Gill, specialist in Disney Destinations
Disney’s Fort Wilderness – The Happiest Campground on Earth!
Does your family enjoy camping? How does the ability to get away from it all while still having a whole ‘World’ of fun nearby sound? The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World may be the ideal place for your family vacation. Whether you like to head for the woods and set up the tent or you enjoy all the comforts of home in your 45 foot RV, there’s a perfect site for you at Fort Wilderness. Each site has a charcoal grill, picnic table, water supply and electricity. The upgraded sites also come with cable hookup for your TV. WIFI is available at all the sites. And some pet friendly sites will even accommodate little Fido or Fifi! They’ll have a great time visiting their own park, Waggin’ Trails Dog Park. The campground is divided into loops, and each loop has an air-conditioned comfort station equipped with rest room facilities, showers, a coin operated Laundromat, an in-house and public phone and an ice machine. If you run out of supplies or just need a special souvenir for someone, head to one of the two general stores on the property, the Settlement Trading Post or the Meadows Trading Post.
There are several playgrounds located throughout the campground for the little ones to enjoy. You can spend the day hiking or biking; you can rent a canoe or a Sea Racer; go for a trail ride on horseback, or just pay a visit to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch where the horses are stabled that pull the streetcars down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Spend a relaxing afternoon lounging by the quiet pool, or let the kids enjoy the corkscrew waterslide and the fort-themed kiddie area at the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool. In the evening, you can see the fireworks from the lake at the Magic Kingdom on select nights – they even pipe in the music. There’s also a nightly water-pageant presented on Bay Lake, right by the dock where you can catch the water taxi over to the Magic Kingdom.
Each evening, Chip and Dale pay a visit to the campground for a campfire sing-a-long complete with marshmallow roasting, special activities for the kids, and a Disney movie ‘under the stars’. Because the crowd is generally small, the kids get plenty of one-on-one time with the comical chipmunks so have your cameras ready!
The campground has several choices for dining. The Hoop-dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ are both located at this resort. The Trail’s End Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style and also has take-out available. There’s a snack bar located by the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and if you’d like an adult beverage – head over to Crockett’s Tavern.
Want to stay in the campground, but don’t have your own equipment? No problem – Fort Wilderness provides fully equipped Wilderness Cabins for you to enjoy. Each is complete with a deck that holds a picnic table and a charcoal grill; a kitchen/living room combination complete with stove, fridge, coffee maker, dishwasher and all the dishes and utensils you’ll need; a full bath; and a bedroom with a double bed and a bunk bed. There’s also a Murphy bed in the living room section that folds up out of the way during the day – so the cabins can accommodate up to six people. Full maid service is provided on a daily basis.
Every campsite and cabin in Fort Wilderness has full access to all areas of Walt Disney World. There are internal buses that run continually throughout the campground, external buses that go to all other areas and Theme Parks, and a water taxi that goes to the Magic Kingdom, The Contemporary Resort Hotel and The Wilderness Lodge. If you bring your own vehicle, it’s parked right at your ‘door’ – there’s no long walk to the parking lot if you need to drive anywhere. If you choose to drive to the Theme Parks, because you’re a Disney resort guest, the parking is complimentary.
There truly is something for everyone at Fort Wilderness. From fishing excursions to wildlife watching, you’re sure to please everyone’s tastes. So what are you waiting for? Let us help you plan your perfect camping experience at ‘The Happiest Campground on Earth’.
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