5 Things We Love About Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

During my youth I spent many a summer riding my bike and splashing in the water at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Campground. Set within 750 acres of beautiful pine and cypress forest Disney's Fort Wilderness is a year round retreat for good old fashioned family fun. So wonderful are the childhood memories I just had to share with you 5 things that We Love about this unique Disney destination.

Affordability - Hotel rooms can be expensive, but if you're willing to "rough it" you can pitch your tent at this luxury campground starting at just $54* a night. Basic sites accommodate up to 10 people and include a parking spot, water, electric, a charcoal grill and picnic table; as well as the privileges of being a Walt Disney World Resort Guest like complimentary on site transportation and extra magic hours.

Camping Is Easy As This Luxury ResortCamping Is Easy As This Luxury Resort

Horseback Riding - One of the most unique offerings available on WDW Property you can get back to nature by booking a trail ride. It was what I looked forward to all year as a girl. Guests ages 9 and up can book a $45 minute guided tour to explore the area's natural beauty for $46. Height and weight restrictions apply.

Go Horseback RidingGo Horseback Riding

Carriage Rides - Not ready to saddle up yourself? Perhaps a romantic carriage ride for two is more your speed. Travel along scenic river banks and dense woodland on a 25 minute horse drawn carriage ride costs about $45. During the month of October this fun trip gets a spooky overlay, and for the Winter Holidays the carriages become "sleighs" decorated with festive lights and garlands.

Holiday "Sleigh" RideHoliday "Sleigh" Ride

Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue - Fort Wilderness is home to a hootin' hollerin' good time as the stagecoach brings some of the funniest entertainers in the Wild West to Pioneer Hall for a magical Dinner Show! Down home cookin' is mixed with comedy, music, dancing... and a heapin' helping of audience participation two to three times a night. Make your Advance Dining Reservations early for this one, tickets for this family extravaganza start at $55 per adult.

Hoop-Dee-Doo  Musical RevueHoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Camp Fire Sing-a-long - My most magical memories are from Disney's original movies under the stars, this camp fire sing-a-long at the Meadow Recreation Center. Join everyone's 2 favorite chipmunks for a thrilling night of songs, s'mores, and a Disney Movie. Movies, fun and fire are free... bring your own marshmallows!

Sing-A-Long with Chip and Dale at the CampfireSing-A-Long with Chip and Dale at the Campfire

Do you have magical memories of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort? Have you spent many a night singing Disney songs around a roaring fire? Leave a comment and let me know what you love about this most unique resort!

*As with all things Disney, prices are subject to change.

Poppet wrote on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 20:20:

This is such a great place, especially for families. My parents were BIG into camping when I was a kid so we stayed in our pop-up camper here several times per year. Some trips we just hung out at Ft W and never went into the parks. There so much to do to keep you entertained. Loved the horseback riding. Also back then they had River Country, so that was a MUST DO every trip. It also helps we only lived 3 hours away from WDW, so we were able to make trips more often.

coreyp wrote on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 18:07:

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I know that this is one of, if not the only, place where pets can stay. How restricted are pets throughout the Fort Wilderness grounds? Could we walk our dog down to see the horses? To the lake front next to the boat launch?

Brett wrote on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 17:04:

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We are going in 140 days and will be tent camping. We camp a lot as a family and decided to take on Disney this time. We go every year but stay in a resort. This time we are looking for something different from our regular Disney stays.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 12:50:

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reat question Corey, I'm not entirely sure. I think pets have to stay in their loop, but I haven't stayed there for a long time. Post a question in the forums, I think that there are people who have stayed more recently.

Bob wrote on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 19:13:

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Yes pets have to stay in the loop you are in.

Angela922 wrote on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 00:06:

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I stayed a year ago with my two MinPins. There is a dog park at Fort Wilderness. I walked my dogs all over...I did walk them down to the barn area with the horses, but carried them to the fence to greet one. Lots of sidewalks and places to walk your dog. I also took mine down to the beach to watch the fireworks....and to the campfire sing-a-long and movie; even had our pics taken with Chip & Dale!! My dogs are small/medium sized though and I had enclosed doggie carriers or their bike trailer if they started to act up or get barky. Not sure how receptive cast members would be with larger dogs.

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