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Enjoy a Magical Camping Experience with Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground

by Leap on March 1, 2023 161 Orlando

When some Disney-loving friends of ours gushed that we HAD to hop to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground, we were intrigued. Camping under the stars, while only a boat ride away from Cinderella Castle, definitely sounded amazing! "It's not like anything else on property," they promised — and they were toadally right! Flora, the kids and I made our first visit to the Fort in 2017 in our RV and immediately fell in love. We've visited once a year since!

Whether it's taking family bike rides to check out the local baby turkeys, visiting with the resort's working draft horses or hearing the sound of banjos near the Settlement, the campground truly makes us feel as if we live in Frontierland during our vacation. The Fort provides a peaceful retreat from the fast pace of the parks — while also providing plenty to do for busy tadpoles. If, like us, camping out at Disney World has your curiosity piqued, we've got you covered! Here's everything you need to know about the Fort Wilderness Campground, whether in a tent or RV, including what it's like, which type of site is right for you and what to bring ... plus, our tried-and-true tips for hoppy campers!

Overview of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground feels like a hidden Disney gem. Opening in 1971, the Fort has been around nearly as long as Walt Disney World. Nestled on Bay Lake, the campground spans over 750 acres, complete with towering cypress and pine trees. If you want a visual of how big the resort actually is, hop into your My Disney Experience map! Location-wise, Fort Wilderness is located next to Disney's Wilderness Lodge and close to Magic Kingdom.

Fort Wilderness in Disney World — Bike Barn

There are three main areas to the resort:

  • The Settlement — Featuring the boat launch to Magic Kingdom, as well as Pioneer Hall (home to the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue), Tri-Circle-D Ranch, P & J's Southern Takeout, Trail's End Restaurant and shopping at the Settlement Trading Post. There's also a bus stop at the Settlement Depot; during peak travel times to Magic Kingdom, a bus may also be available. This is also where you'd catch the internal bus loop to hop to other areas around the resort.
  • The Meadows Area — Home to the resort's feature pool, Wilderness Swimmin' Pool, plus Meadows Trading post, Chip 'n' Dale's Sing-Along/movie amphitheater, and the Bike Barn, which rents out bikes, canoes, fishing equipment and more.
  • Outpost Depot — Bus transportation to EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, water parks and Disney Springs. This is also where trail riders saddle up at Trail Blaze Corral. Reception Outpost is in this area, as well —where you'll begin your stay at check-in and where you can rent golf carts.

Fort Wilderness offers both camping and full cabin suites. Campsites and cabins are organized into loops, and most are pet-friendly — so you can bring your dog along, and even have Waggin' Tails Dog Park to enjoy! (Doggies on golf carts will make your day.) While we are focusing on camping for this guide, be sure to check out all the details on the resort (and the cabins) in our ultimate guide to Fort Wilderness!

What Is It Like to Camp at Fort Wilderness Campground?

Arrival

When arriving, you'll first pass through security who will verify you have a reservation. You'll then head to the Outpost, where you'll officially check-in (all from the comfort of your own vehicle!). The cast member will detail the park's policies and give out your goodies, including a map, recreation schedule and maybe even some Mickey Mouse stickers. Welcome home!

The check-in time for Fort Wilderness camping is 3 p.m., though sometimes your site may be ready ahead of time. Once you've got your assigned site, you'll proceed forward through the campground. (If you're a little early, or your spot isn't quite ready for you, there is overflow parking at the Depot. If you have more than one vehicle with you, this is also where you will park it.)

From the main entrance, you'll first pass the cabin loops, then Full Hook-Up, Premium Meadow and Preferred. The one site type we haven't yet stayed in is Preferred — as the campground's original sites, they were made with '70s camper sizing in mind, which means ours is not an easy fit.

Along the way, you'll also see several hook/unhook areas for those of you pulling other toys or vehicles, or those who need to unload the back of a toy hauler. Note that ATVs are not permitted — just golf carts.

Which Site Is Right for Me?

Disney Campground - Fort Wilderness Camping - Tents

Fort Wilderness offers three types of RV sites: Premium, Preferred and Premier. All campsites are fully equipped, though they do vary in size to accommodate different rigs of various sizes.

Like the rest of Disney World, there is outstanding attention to detail at the Fort Wilderness Campground. Our campsite had a paved parking area and a large, well-packed sandy pad for pitching a tent or parking a pop-up tent camper. The pad is very solid, as it took some effort to pound our metal tent stakes in place. Water and multiple electrical outlet hook-ups are available at each pad — perfectly disguised to look like a tree stump.

Each loop has a comfort station, so bathrooms and showers are never too far away. The merchandise shops offer basic food and supplies, though we highly recommend bringing your own groceries. There are two pools on-site — the main Meadows feature pool and a quiet Wilderness pool closer to the cabins. Laundry is located by the quiet pool, so Lily and Tad tend to tag along to swim while we wait for clothes to finish. But you don't need to be near them — the machines will text you when your time is up!

Full Hook-Up is wonderful, but after six days of trekking gravel into the rig, Flora decided it was time for an upgrade. My glamping wife has most enjoyed the Preferred sites, which are all concrete. They are roomy, and some sites back up to creeks. While drinking her coffee outside one morning, I heard her excitedly exclaim, "just like Pocahontas!" and turned to see kayakers paddling past. (Pro? Con? You decide!)

Fort Wilderness Cabins - Biking Around

Look at a map and think of location, while keeping in mind your options to get around. There are perks to being closer to the marina (closest to the Settlement!), but there are drawbacks too (further away from Meadows recreation and the Outpost). The same can be said for most loops, so it comes down to your family's preferences.

The Frog Fam has found the Meadows location to be our favorite, since it's equal(ish) distances from the Outpost and the Settlement, but close to the recreation Tad and Lily are most excited for. Generally, we bike to the pool and will use the golf cart to get to either the Outpost or the Settlement, depending on what we are doing. (Frog Family tip: If you have access to a golf cart, your frog legs will appreciate being able to hop on at either the Outpost or the Settlement after being on the go all day at the theme parks).

Benefits

Just like any Walt Disney World Resort hotel, Fort Wilderness offers on-site benefits such as complimentary transportation, free theme park parking and advance dining reservations, up to 60 days in advance for the entire length of your visit. Fort Wilderness guests can also take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, which grants access to any Disney World theme park 30 minutes early, every day. Resort guests are also able to book Individual Lightning Lane selections beginning at 7 a.m. each day.

In our opinion, the biggest perk to staying on-site is simply never having to leave the Disney "bubble." If you have an RV, you can expect all of the amenities of a traditional RV park or campground, such as comfort and laundry stations ... but make it Disney. That's to say, there are magical touches around every corner, and it is impeccably clean. But be warned: Once you've been, you may be hooked!

What to Bring to Fort Wilderness Campground

Fort Wilderness at Disney World — Golf carts

We highly recommend bringing or renting a golf cart. Since Fort Wilderness campground is so large, it's much easier to travel around via cart. Various Orlando companies offer cart rentals, or you may rent them directly from Fort Wilderness. Know that Disney allows golf cart rentals one year in advance of your cabin reservation. Unreserved carts may be available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Same-day golf cart rentals are typically very limited or unavailable during busier times (especially on the weekends) so we highly recommend booking ahead of time.

For extra fun decorating, bring something to differentiate your golf cart (especially if you are renting from Disney, as they all look alike). You'll see all sorts of themed golf carts — last visit we even saw 'Mater from "Cars"!

Supplies-wise, you'll want to consider bringing extra items such as a broom and dust pan, bikes, signs and laundry supplies (though Disney does offer tiny sizes for purchase). Some campers bring chalk to chalk the walk, or even little trinkets to give out, rocks or geocaching to hide. For tent campers, you'll need to bring all your tent supplies — extra items like air mattresses are a big help as well as laundry lines or racks for towels (or wet socks and clothes after a rainstorm). To save some more money, bring your own smores and hot dogs if you want to participate in the roasting.

Comfort stations and laundry rooms are accessed using MagicBands — so you'll want to order at least a basic one if these are in your plans for your trip. (We have not tried MagicMobile to enter yet — let us know if you have!). If you are a light sleeper, consider earplugs or a white noise machine. You will likely be able to hear the fireworks at night, but if you have pets with you who are sensitive to fireworks, be sure to bring their thunder jackets or other comfort items.

Activities at Fort Wilderness Campground

Believe it or not, some folks camp for a week or two and only go into the parks a handful of times. There is SO MUCH to do at the Fort that it's a destination in itself. Many campers, especially around Halloween or Christmas, decorate their sites. "Looping," aka taking golf cart rides around the loops to check out the decor, is a favorite pastime. There's also swimming, fishing, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, bike rides, walks, horseback riding, archery, kayaking ... the list goes on. During the holidays, there are even golf cart parades, pumpkin carving contests and trick-or-treating.

There is an activity schedule detailing everything going on, including some at an additional cost, such as tie-dying. More officially, you can catch Hoop-de-Doo, Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-Along, a food truck roundup, fireworks from the beach and the Electrical Water Pageant.

On top of the sites being the most affordable on-site option, you also save money when camping by having your own kitchen. (Let's not even get into how awesome it feels to have your own bed at the end of every night!)

Holidays at the Fort

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground - Halloween Decorations

As if there isn't enough to do at the Fort already, holidays at Fort Wilderness are truly a sight to behold. You can find campsite decorations around the loops year-round (really, we've seen inflatables in June!), but Halloween and Christmas are especially festive. Fort Wilderness sprinkles some seasonal activities to the mix during these times, too, including pumpkin carving contests, sleigh rides, trick-or-treating, golf cart parades and more. For New Year's Eve, the Fort held a huge beach party with a DJ, special games and even some special guests in their tuxedos.

Fort Wilderness Campground Tips

  • Be ready for weather. If you're in a tent, take the time of year you're visiting into consideration (and perhaps bring a small heater or AC unit to make things more comfortable).
  • If you're in an RV, keep your awning in mind — we've seen several casualties due to wind or rain while folks were in the park or sleeping and left it out. (One of them maybe being our own. Oops!)
  • Bring a pop-up for your golf cart. (Weather! No one wants to come sit on a wet golf cart.) We usually pop a dry towel or two under our seats just in case.
  • Resort TV 1 works with cable. Hooray!
  • Get to the beach early to watch the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Post up and park front row in your golf cart.
  • Watch out for critters! Those squirrels at the Fort are crafty and will try to get into anything you leave out.
  • No matter the time of year, go "looping" to see the other sites. You'll see fun decorations, meet other campers and get to know the grounds. Mommy Frog's favorite looping story is when we were looping in a golf cart, and another camper came running after us exclaiming that she had sangria to share. Needless to say, we made a stop (and a new friend!). This isn't unusual — you'll find campers with coloring sheets, trinkets for kids or food or beverages out to enjoy with other campers who stop to say hello.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World — Bus transportation

  • The Disney campground is very large, so if you choose to use Disney transportation, you will first need to take a bus from your loop in the campground to another location, either the boat dock for a ride to the Magic Kingdom or another bus area for transportation to the rest of Disney World. After doing this for one morning, we decided it was quicker and easier to just drive to the parks, especially since we always arrived well in advance of park opening. Alternatively, if you have the space, you can bring your bicycles or rent an on-site golf cart to get around the Fort.
  • Plan for "off" days to enjoy the resort. There is so much to do and enjoy.
  • Book in advance! We cannot stress enough how quickly this amazing place books up. Hoppy camping!

What questions do you have about camping at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground? Leave any of your thoughts or comments below! And check out the Where to Stay in Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline for more tips!

Related: Tips for Preparing to Visit Disney World with Kids

Related: Ultimate Guide to Fort Wilderness at Disney World

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Jun 28, 2023 at 1:47 p.m. Kathy Says...

If you are staying at a cabin at the campground, are you able to go visit the

Wilderness Lodge property to check it out, have lunch, use the pool, watch the fireworks etc.?

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Jun 28, 2023 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

You're certainly welcome to hop over to Wilderness Lodge to explore, eat and hang out. However, pool hopping is not allowed.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 29, 2023 at 3:04 p.m. Casawmom Says...

I read on Disney.go this morning that check in for camping is 3:00, and there is no longer early park entry.

Please tell me their site needs to update their information!

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May 3, 2023 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casawmom!

Yes, the check-in time for the campsites is 3 p.m. If you complete mobile check-in through the My Disney Experience app, you can indicate an earlier arrival time and they can try to accommodate the request (no guarantee the site will be ready though!). If you arrive and your site isn't ready, you can park in the overflow lot out front and head into the parks. As for Early Entry, Fort Wilderness guests have access to the Early Entry benefit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 25, 2023 at 2:15 a.m. Andrea Says...

If I’m staying off property and wish to attend the campfire sing a long, can I drive there and park free of charge?

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Apr 25, 2023 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

In the past, we've been able to park there and just say we're attending the campfire singalong. You'll want to factor extra time to take the internal bus to the Meadows Area. However, it's possible you may be asked for a dining reservation in order to park at the Fort, particularly during peak periods.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 23, 2021 at 3:57 p.m. DT Says...

We have reservation for a group of 10 at a pop-up site. Have you heard of anyone parking 2 small pop-up campers on 1 site? We have stayed with 1 popup and 2 tents, so there is plenty of space for 2 small popups.

The Disney website states: "Room for a pop-up camper or a camper van-type vehicle, and up to 2 tents". That seems like plenty of 'room' for 2 small popups and doesn't specifically say only 1 popup allowed per site. What do you think?

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Dec 29, 2021 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DT!

We have not seen or heard of two pop-ups on the same pad, but the Fort would be able to best advise you! Their direct line is (407) 939-5277.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2021 at 6:39 p.m. Mark upham Says...

Are the pools heated

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Oct 5, 2021 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Yes, the pools are heated (and there are hot tubs, too!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2021 at 12:58 p.m. Jenny Says...

If Im staying in a cabin with my own car, can it be parked by the boat dock for free while we spend the day at MK? Wondering if our car can easily be used around the Fort without fees.

Second can we get amazon grocery deivery to he cabins there?

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Jun 22, 2021 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

You absolutely can get Amazon grocery delivery there, and the Fort also offers its own grocery stocking service so that your fridge can be full and ready for your arrival :) There is no car parking at the marina — only golf carts or bikes. Most areas around the Fort are the same way, so we'd highly recommend either renting a golf cart or taking the interior bus loop. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2021 at 2:36 p.m. Alicia Says...

Hey,

Are gas grills allowed at fort wilderness campsites?

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Jun 1, 2021 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia!

Yes, they are.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2021 at 1 a.m. Courtney Says...

I have been trying to get a hold of the fort wilderness lodge but to no avail. Am I allowed to bring additional guests into the campground for the day? If so, is there an extra cost?

We will be traveling to FL to visit magic kingdom for 2 days but I was hoping to have a friend and her kids come for the 3rd day to enjoy the campground.

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Apr 22, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Day visitors are allowed! There's no additional cost as long as they aren't staying overnight. When they arrive, they'll need to let the guard know that they are visiting and what site you're in. They may be asked to park at the front of the campground in the overflow parking lot, so you may want to be ready to hop up to get them once they arrive :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Dona Says...

Does Fort Wilderness have an age restriction on RVs?

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Mar 12, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dona!

It does not! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 7, 2020 at 5:23 p.m. Shelley Says...

Do campers/guests of Fort Wilderness get discounted park admission like at the resorts? Or do you have to buy regular tickets? Thanks in advance!

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Dec 7, 2020 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley!

You can make a vacation package with your campsite reservation, just like the resorts :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2020 at 4:21 a.m. Melissa Says...

Campground question-Has anyone ever had to have multiple reservations in order to get the week? If so were they able to put the dates together on one site vs moving? Also I missing one day right in the middle any suggestions? Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2020 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

We'll open this one to the Frog Pond to weigh in as well, but yes, we've heard of folks having to book more than one campsite reservation - we'd suggest calling Walt Disney World directly so that they can merge your reservations (and maybe help with that middle day that's missing!). The number to reach them is (407) 939-1936.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2019 at 9 p.m. S R Says...

How safe is it to stay there? With everyone leaving to the parks during the day, that leaves all of our stuff behind for grabs, right?

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Sep 25, 2019 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You'll find that the campground is very safe. Folks coming over by boat are relegated to the Settlement, which is not an easy walk to the camping/tent loops (the exception being the 100s), and if you try to enter from the front of the campground, security won't allow you in unless you are camping there (verified by MagicBand). If you're in a trailer or RV, of course, lock your doors for safety; if you're in a tent, we recommend keeping valuables in your vehicle and locking it while you're gone. Security also roams the premises regularly to keep an extra eye out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2019 at 4:52 a.m. Jennifer Says...

We've stayed at FW in 2017 in an RV, but are considering tent camping next time around... -- I was wondering if Disney allowed the larger bell style tents. They are about 16ft round... not sure if the sand area would accommodate. --Or basically, what size is the largest tent you can fit on a site?

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Sep 23, 2019 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

The tent sites have concrete pads that are 10 feet by 25 feet, and can generally fit up to two tents - so we think this should be okay, though you may be partially on the sand and partially on the pad!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 1:08 a.m. Joni Davino Says...

Wondering if anyone has any idea how to get one day I ve been trying since last Dec. I have dec 1-5 and 7-10. But can t get the 6. There is no waiting list and we check everyday anytime of the day even early early am and no luck. Really don t know what to do

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:33 p.m. kyle c Says...

call them directly get the properties front desk number and see if they can squeeze that day or move someone around. They have done it for me multiple times.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joni!

Our best advice is just to keep trying! Others in the Frog Pond may have some suggestions, as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. Cheryl Jones Says...

Hi there. I have been trying for weeks to get a Preferred Campsite anytime in December. I literally have been going online and checking about 5 times a day. Is there a trick to this, besides booking a year in advance to doing this??? Getting pretty frustrated with it and wondered if there is a time of day that the system drops those who cancel. Any help would be appreciated.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 10:11 p.m. Sallie lee Says...

We’ve been trying to get a campsite for our 35 ft RV at the campground for ANYTIME for the past 6 years and have been unsuccessful. I would love to know of any tricks

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Jul 20, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. Joan Says...

Just do what you are doing , checking multiple times a day, but usually the best time to pick up sites will be as you get closer to the dates you want to travel and people who booked way in advance start to cancel. We have done that numerous times and have never had a time when we were unable to get sites for the weeks we want.

We also will pick up just one day at a time and keep adding to our reservation as sites become available, but if you do that it is best to call customer service to put the days together on one reservation.

Hope this helps.

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Jul 18, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl!

The campsites tend to book up pretty far in advance, especially for the holidays (a year to a year and a half in advance, per one friendly Fort security guard). You're able to make a room only reservation at 499 days out, so we suggest making a reservation as soon as you're able. For this December, your best bet is just to continue checking in the chance that someone cancels their reservation. Fingers crossed for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 30, 2019 at 10:34 a.m. Bob Volmut Says...

Yes. The perks staying at Fort Wilderness are excellent. We go twice a year but realize that cost for campsites Fort Wilderness is probably the most expensive campsite in the country. Our 16 night campsite in April 2020 will be over $3,850 plus the newly instituted additional overflow parking fee for our additional car $320. Total over $4,150 which translates to over$250 per night for our stay

The KOA about 6 miles from Disney World entrance is $83 per night total for our camper and extra vehicle. Even with that huge difference unless you book any holiday at least 6 months in advance at Fort Wilderness you may not get a reservation

I just tried to book a November around Veterans dat and nothing was available

End result—- most people feel the extra cost is worth the stay at Fort Wilderness since campsites are definitely in demand

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May 24, 2019 at 12:56 a.m. Kerin Martinez Says...

Hi! I have wanted to stay here for AGES. Vacation time and life and availability all seem to be lining up... in July... Are we insane to think we could tent camp in Florida in July? Our family loves a good camping trip, but we usually head out of Texas to cooler climates for our summer camping...... I just have no experience as to what July in Florida is like! Thoughts?

Thanks!

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Jul 19, 2019 at 4:26 p.m. Harriett Says...

I live in Florida and you DO NOT want to tent camp in July! It is brutally hot and humid....think wearing a full length wet wool sweater in a sauna. People do it and if it's your only option I would purchase a portable air conditioner for the tent.

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May 24, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerin!

It's on our bucket list, too! We are actually going to be there next month, but we'll be in a trailer with two AC units (because Florida in summer!) If the camping portion is a must and you'll be tent camping, we'd recommend aiming for some of the cooler months - really, any time from November to March or so should be manageable in the tent. If July is the only month you can make it work, it may be worth looking into the cabins - same area, sleeps 5, but comes with AC so that you and the family can stay cool! We hope this was helpful (and that you get to check Fort Wilderness off of your list soon!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2019 at 5:01 a.m. sylvis Says...

This may be a silly question, but are there tent tht you can rent? I see the canvas tents in the pictures, so I'm wondering if that is possibility.

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Apr 24, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvis,

Not a silly question at all! There ARE tents available for rent, but they are first come, first serve, so we recommend calling ahead. Another option is to ship your tent ahead of time.

Hoppy camping!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. Beverly M. Says...

My family is planning to visit Disneyworld next year and is looking at camp wilderness since there will be around 10 family members. We are looking at renting a large size RV so would we be able to stay in the camp wilderness resort?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beverly!

Yes, Fort Wilderness would be where you'd "park" your home for your trip! The sites can accommodate up to 10 campers in each spot, and large RVs are no problem. When you call to make your reservation, a Cast Member will ask some questions about length and slides to make sure you get a spot that will accommodate your rolling home.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2019 at 1:23 a.m. Gary F Says...

The first we stayed at Fort Wilderness we flew from Seattle to Orlando and worked with an RV rental company in Orlando. They made it very easy for us. I made the campground reservation and the rv company took care of the rest. The rv was all set up for us when we arrived. We rented a car at the airport so rv was our hotel room in the woods. We really enjoy the layed back atmosphere after a buddy day in the parks and saved money too.

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May 30, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's great to hear, Gary! We love that there's this option (and how wonderful to arrive at the campgrounds and have it all set up for you?!) Thanks for taking the time to share!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. hannah Says...

Hi! Online it says that the camp site has "room for up to 2 tents", but does not explicitly say that the max allowed is 2 tents as a rule. We are going on a spring break trip to disney and have an awkward amount of people/couples/etc, and we may need one more, very small 2-person tent, which would make 2 regular tents and one small tent. Is this against a rule? If so, where can I find that rule?

Thanks!

Hannah

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Mar 15, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah!

We contacted Disney directly via phone to ask, and they advised that Tent or Pop-Up Campsites can accommodate up to 10 Guests in either a pop-up type vehicle and one tent, or two tents.

Hoppy camping!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 7, 2019 at 4:24 p.m. Susan Says...

I'm trying to book a stay for March of 2020 online and it only goes to the end of December 2019. Am I doing something wrong? Can you book a year in advance?

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Mar 7, 2019 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Vacation packages, including dining plans and tickets, are only available through the end of this calendar year (Disney usually releases its 2020 specials in the summertime). You CAN, however, book a room-only reservation up to 499 days in advance by calling (407) 939-5277. Then, once the promotions for 2020 are released, you can call back to modify your reservation to include dining and tickets, as well as applying any promotions that fall within your stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 25, 2019 at 1:56 a.m. KathiI e Says...

I am having trouble making a reservation during Halloween. Do you know if they release a limited amount of sites throughout the year and if so when they release them

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Jan 25, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathil!

Fort Wilderness tends to book up fairly far in advance (sometimes a year to that magical 499 day mark for big holidays), so it may be that they are sold out for that time already. I'd recommend calling a Cast Member at (407) 939-4357 to see if they can help.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2019 at 3:54 a.m. Louis Says...

Does Fort Wilderness have an age limit on RVs? Some other parks do not allow RVs over 10 years old.

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Jan 17, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louis,

In speaking with a cast member, there does not appear to be an age limit on RVs at Fort Wilderness. Of course, I'd mention it when booking your reservation just to be certain :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. Memex2 Says...

Hi not that I've heard on fact we camped there last week in our 1998 va camper with no problem. Happy camping. Did u know u can rent golf carts there also but its 67.00 day

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Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 a.m. Lori Says...

My family, grandparents, parents, and kids, (youngest was 7) all took our FIRST EVER trip to Disney last Christmas and went all out. Resort, park hoppers, dining, etc. That was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. However, I'd like to go back with my kids affordably, so I have purchased a tent. When we stay at Fort Wilderness, do we also have access to the other resort pools, like the one at Art of Animation?

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

No, you do not. There is no pool hopping among the hotels at Walt Disney World. That said, there are two you can use at Fort Wilderness!

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Nov 4, 2018 at 2:51 a.m. Tracie Brown Says...

Hi!! I booked a tent site for the last week of september 2019. Now I am second guessing with worry about heavy rain flooding our tent and heat (though we plan to bring extension cord and fan). Any suggestions? How would your tent pictured do in a storm?

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. Shelli Says...

Remember to put a tarp UNDER your tent as well.

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Nov 5, 2018 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracie!

Your tent probably has a waterproof tarp that you can use to keep everything dry, but otherwise tarps are very affordable. We toadally recommend you bring one with you and expect some rain and humidity on your trip. September is the rainy season, although it’s typically showers in the afternoon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Chris Says...

Yes I’m looking to camp at the 1500 or 2000 loop and wanted to find out which would be able to hold a 20x20 tent without encroaching on the concrete pad (safety of little children falling). Is this even a possibility?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

You're in luck, as there are multiple campsite options available at Fort Wilderness. Check out the choices available to see what's best for your family ... and tent!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. Robin Grant Says...

Silly question as this will be our first time camping in many years....do the comfort stations supply towels? Shamoo? Soap. Do the pools have towels?

Does the meadow trading post have to go food?

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Jul 5, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

You'll need to bring your own toiletries to the comfort stations! Towels are also not available at the pools, so bring your own. Meadow Snack Bar does offer quick service meals.

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Jun 28, 2018 at 2:22 a.m. Michelle Wolf Says...

Hi there, my mom is wondering about the wattage for electric hook up at the basic site. We don’t need sewage but we do need electric for some basic functions in her pop up camper. Thank you!

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Jun 28, 2018 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

The Tent or Pop-Up Campsites have electric hook-up, so you'll be able to use electricity in the pop-up camper!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. Kara Says...

What type of tent is pictured?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

It is a canvas tent!

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May 22, 2018 at 12:36 a.m. Natalie Says...

What is the cost of an additional car to park? I know they allow one, but we can park at the extra lot for a fee?

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May 22, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

We've never been in this predicament before, so we gave Fort Wilderness a call. They said that only one vehicle is allowed per reservation, and allowing a second vehicle would be up to the discretion of security.

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May 9, 2018 at 5:40 p.m. Kim Johns Says...

We will be there June 28 through July 4th 2018, is there any celebration's going on at the campground during that time?

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May 10, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Mickey's Backyard BBQ features special dinner shows on July 4th with extra characters!

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Apr 19, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. Michele Says...

Someone mentioned lots of wildlife. Exactly what does this? I have a phobia to say the least. ????

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May 3, 2018 at 12:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

There's nothing too scary - and that's coming from a frog! We've seen a turkey flock, armadillos, deer, rabbits and things of that nature.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2018 at 3:26 a.m. MP Says...

Very informative article. We were looking to go to fort wilderness for the Halloween season. Do you think going the last weekend in September will be too soon to see campsites all decked out for Halloween?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MP!

It certainly won't be as decked out as it will be closer to Halloween, but guests are always hoppin' to get in the spirit. We're sure you'll see some fun decor during your visit!

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Mar 26, 2018 at 12:22 a.m. Marilyn Says...

Are there campsites connected to cabins?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn,

The campsites are in a separate area from the cabins. Check out the map here!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2018 at 12:49 a.m. JT Says...

Hi there! Great article! Silly question here...do you recommend taking the tent down each day or is it safe to leave it up while you're in the parks? Thanks!

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Mar 19, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JT!

That isn't a silly question at all. The campsites are patrolled by Disney and we've never had any issues in the past. Most people leave their tents up, so we wouldn't worry - but of course, do whatever you're comfortable with!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi my husband and I are coming in April with 3 small grandchildren. What loop/loops would you recommend to be close to the most kid friendly area in the resort? We are thinking near the meadow pool. Is there kid friendly activities near loop 100-200? Loops/sites with more open area for the kids to ride scooters, just play, run etc etc?! I know you get what’s available but would also like to know ahead of time what loops are best recommended for 3 lil ones. Thanks for any suggestions or thoughts. Looking forward to our first stay at Disney Fort Wilderness Campground.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

Check out our Guide to Fort Wilderness for tips on the best loops to stay in depending on your needs. Hope this helps - let us know if you need anything else.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2018 at 7:46 p.m. Barbara Rosa Says...

How big of a trailer can you accommodate? Are 40ft 5th wheels too big?

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Jan 22, 2018 at 11:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

You are allowed one pop-up camper and two tents per site. Hope this helps!

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Jan 16, 2018 at 8:19 p.m. Funfamily Says...

Will they allow two Popup campers on one site?

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, no. You are allowed one pop-up camper and two tents per site.

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Dec 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. mstaff Says...

we are planning a trip to Disney world in july and would like to know the easiest and cheapest way to visit universal studios and the best transportation, will be using an rv or pull camper.

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We always recommend doing the math on each of the options, because the costs vary by the number of people in your party. You could rent a car, take a taxi or ride share, or take a shuttle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2017 at 2:42 a.m. Jenny k Says...

Approx how many campsites are there?

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Dec 27, 2017 at 12:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. There are 788 conventional campsites located at Fort Wilderness.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2017 at 1:19 a.m. Wendy Reinert Says...

Does anyone know where to find a map of the campgrounds that includes actual site NUMBERS not just loop names/numbers?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 11:51 p.m. Jesse Says...

Hi;

We have a week booked in Sept, RV and 2 small dogs, should I call to request a site? Maybe loop 300 close to the Marina?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

While Disney can't guarantee a spot, calling to request your preference is your best shot.

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Apr 22, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Kathy Says...

It's so entertaining to read everyone's comments. My little family will be staying for the very first time at the campgrounds at the end of May. We have a new pop up camper "A" frame very kool looking and easy to set up. We've already made our reservations but can we reserve a particular lot? If so which loop would be ideal that's close to the pool and play ground? Thanks

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

By calling Disney to reserve your stay, you may request a particular lot, but it's subject to availability.

Loops 1200-1400 will put you close to the Meadow Swimmin' Pool.

Keep Hopping!

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Mar 19, 2017 at 10:27 p.m. Peggy Says...

I'd like to know do you rent RVs at Fort Wilderness. I know you used too. If so how do I get information on them and prices per night

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Mar 20, 2017 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peggy,

Unfortunately, we don't rent RVs. We suggest searching for "Fort Wilderness RV Rentals" and looking through those results. Maybe one of our readers has ideas as well!

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 3, 2016 at 5:24 p.m. SS G Says...

My family stated at Fort Wildernesses for the first time during hollween. We had a fornomial time. We wanted to extend our trip two day and they wanted us to move from a premium site to a preferred. We had to decline because of the size of our trailer. We tried to book again for next year and it's booked. Any suggestions we have to have a premium site.

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Nov 3, 2016 at 9:40 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are camping at Disney fort wilderness in February. What are your thoughts of tebt camping there that time of year?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

It will definitely be colder at night, and there are some very cold days in February, but if you account for that, I think it would OK. Perhaps others could chime in with their experiences.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. kmhopeps Says...

Hi! We are staying at the campground "Jersey Week" with a reserved preferred spot. Any recommendations on which loop? So excited! Thanks for all the information!

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Oct 11, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The preferred loops are close to the Settlement Trading Post shop and boat launch to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Wilderness Lodge, with 100 being the closest. The 300 loop is pet friendly, so keep that in mind.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2016 at 12:34 p.m. Balboa RV Park Says...

Hey there,

I just love to read this blog. Seems to be very interesting. I would love to go.

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May 29, 2016 at 5:26 p.m. luise craige-sherman Says...

How far in advance would we need to book a premium site in 600 or 1400 loops for two weeks around Christmas?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

This is a great question, and perhaps someone reading this will chime in. We recommend booking as soon as possible since Christmastime is very popular, especially with returning campers.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2016 at 4:14 a.m. So Many Questions Says...

Are bike racks provided near the bus/boat/transportations stations? We don't have a golf cart but are bringing bikes. Thanks for your wonderful information!

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May 11, 2016 at 8:44 p.m. Robin Morgan Says...

Yes, very bike friendly with racks at every pool, main bus and boat transportation and stores.

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