By: Melissa Lockhart, Owner of If You Can Dream It Travel
When you think of a vacation to Walt Disney World, do you think of having a relaxing camping getaway? With a stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, you can experience the great outdoors in a way you never imagined. Set on 750 acres, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is the most charming campground you will visit. Don’t own a camper? Don’t love tent camping? Don’t think camping is for you? Keep reading because there are options you may not have thought about. We will explore those later on in this article.
Fort Wilderness boasts many unique amenities. There are two pools located on property. The Meadow Pool has a slide as well as a children’s water playground. You can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, bike riding, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, boat rentals, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. You can visit horses and ride ponies at the Tri-Circle-D stables. You can also book an archery experience as well as horseback riding.
With a stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, you are just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom. Talk about a prime location! There are many other transportation options at Fort Wilderness. You can take a bus to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s water parks, as well as Disney Springs. Because the campground is so large, you have the option of taking an internal bus around the resort. But there is also a more exciting option. You can rent your very own golf cart to transport your family around the property.
If you head down to the beachfront, you are able to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks over Bay Lake without the crowds. They even pipe in the music too. Each night you will be able to see the Electrical Water Pageant from there as well. This is a beloved nighttime delight.
Fort Wilderness is home to the Hoop De Doo Revue dinner show. They also feature the Chip and Dale campfire sing-a-long. As far as dining options go, there are a few quick service options around the resort. They also bring food trucks in during select weeknights.
Now, onto the accommodation options. One of the key benefits of staying at Fort Wilderness is that you can stay in your own “home” if you have a camper. You can hook your camper up and relax on your site. If you don’t own an RV, did you know that you can rent one? There are companies that will deliver and set up an RV for you. All you have to do is show up. A campsite reservation can hold up to 10 people. If you are traveling with a large party and would like a more cost-efficient option, this might be the way to go.
The cabins at Fort Wilderness are another hidden gem when it comes to searching for resort accommodations. They can hold up to 6 people. The cabins even have a full kitchen, full bathroom, living room, and deck. It is far from “roughing it.”
Reservations fill up quickly so it is recommended to plan ahead while staying here. All in all, the campsites and cabins are great options when it comes to planning your next Disney vacation.