Inside The Magic: Fort Wilderness
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a themed camping resort within Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The site officially opened on November 19, 1971.
Fort Wilderness is designed with a rustic theme with tree-lined winding roads which loop around to the various regions. Part of the resort is filled with campsites, where visitors with tents or recreational vehicles can stay. The remainder of the lodging area is filled with cabins, which are designed to look like log cabins.
- Opening Date: November 19, 1971
- Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
- Resort Category: Campground
- Address: 4510 N Ft Wilderness Trail Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
- Phone: (407) 824-2900
- Fax: (407) 824-3508
From 1973 through to 1980, Fort Wilderness featured a 3½-mile long steam-powered railroad (titled the “Fort Wilderness Railroad”) that provided transportation around the resort grounds to campers and guests visiting the nearby River Country water park. The railroad was removed in the early 1980s. Some of the track is still in place around outlying areas of the campground.
The resort hosts two dinner shows, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. Other amenities include playgrounds, two heated swimming pools, a buffet, the Trail’s End Restaurant, as well as other activities, such as fishing, horseback riding, and a 2.3 mile paved and sand exercise trail that runs from the petting farm to the Wilderness Lodge. There are showers, a laundry room, restrooms, and a newspaper outlet located in the Comfort Station on every loop
The campground features a free nightly Campfire Sing-Along with Chip ‘n Dale where a Disney Cast Member leads songs in an outdoor amphitheater while the characters Chip ‘n Dale go to seated audience members, signing autographs and posing for photos. Two firepits are available for roasting marshmallows and making S’mores. Guests may bring their own marshmallows and roasting sticks or kits can be purchased at the snack shop. Following the sing-along, a Disney children’s movie is shown on an outdoor screen. Also at night the Electrical Water Pageant passes the beach and marina.
Trail’s End Restaurant American down-home cooking and hearty vittles are served in this rustically decorated restaurant.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Mickey and his country-western friends Cyclone Sally and Tumbleweed Will treat you to an evening of down-home hospitality. Sing, dance and enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat dinner.
Spa and Recreation:
Tri-Circle-D Ranch Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground offers guided tours on horseback, carriage, or wagon through the lush natural wilderness of Central Florida.
Electric Cart Rentals Explore the more than 700 acres of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in an electric-powered cart. Daily and weekly rentals are available at the Outpost. Advance reservations are highly recommended. To reserve a cart up to one year in advance, call (407) 824-2742. (Fee applies.)
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long & Movie Every evening, Resort Guests can gather around the campfire for songs and fun (including roasting marshmallows) hosted by Disney’s famous chipmunk pals, then watch a classic Disney movie under the stars.
Bike and Watercraft Rentals Rent a bike and cruise around the wilderness. Or, spend time on Bay Lake in a pontoon boat, canopy boat or Sea Raycer. You can also sign up for professional waterskiing or wake boarding instruction at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre. (fees apply)
Bay Lake Beach Soak up the sun or kick up the sand on a white-sand beach along tranquil Bay Lake.
Arcade Play a variety of video and pinball games at Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade at Pioneer Hall and Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade in the Meadow Recreation Area.
Tennis Bring your tennis gear and hit the courts. If you’d like one-on-one instruction, private lessons are offered daily at the Grand Floridian Tennis Center. For reservations, call (407) 621-1991. (Fee applies.)
Other Outdoor Activities Work up a sweat playing volleyball, tetherball or basketball. Take it easy with a game of horseshoes or shuffleboard. You can even try your hand at archery.
Playground Climb, slide and play at outdoor activity areas located at Pioneer Hall, the Meadow Recreation area, Creekside Meadow and the Marina/Beach area.
Electric Water Pageant This magical aquatic parade of multi-colored fish, turtles, whales and Americana like stars and flags drifts past Fort Wilderness beach at 9:45 p.m. nightly.
Fishing Go down to the marina and reserve a fun-filled, catch-and-release fishing trip for the entire family. (Fee applies.) You may also fish in the many canals running through Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Trails Run the 2.3-mile rugged Fort Wilderness Exercise Trail.
Movies Under the Stars Watch Disney movies under the stars at select Walt Disney World Resorts. By the pool or on the beach, you’ll have a unique experience only Walt Disney World can provide. For more information go to the Guest Information desk in the lobby.
Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Wilderness Back Trail Adventures offer tours of the stunning surroundings of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on a Segway Personal Transporter. Guests must be at least 16 years of age for this 2-hour tour. Fee applies.
Pools Go for a dip at Meadow Swimmin’ Pool or Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool, serenely situated among towering trees. Ask a Cast Member about planned pool activities for children. Be sure to try out the brand new water slide and hot tub at the Meadow Swimmin’ Hole!
Haunted Carriage Ride During this 25-minute narrated nighttime carriage ride through the woods of Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort, experience chilling sights and sounds inspired by the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. October 1 to 31, 2010, nightly from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For pricing and availability, please call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground transportation options include water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas and attractions.