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Frog Family Guide to Fort Wilderness at Disney World

by Mommy Frog on May 5, 2020 53 Orlando

Frog Family Guide to Disney's Fort WildernessDown in Florida, nestled off the shore of Bay Lake, there's a resort that's all about camping out. With pine tree-lined pathways and buildings that appear to be straight out of Frontierland, this resort connects you to nature while keeping you close to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and more. Full of campers, RVs and cabins, this is a departure from your typical theme park hotel stay and one nature lovers should consider. This post is an in-depth look at the woodland wonders of staying at Fort Wilderness at Disney World.

Before we saddle up, know that there are two ways of staying at Ft. Wilderness. We're going to focus on the on-site cabins. If you're a tent-pitching/RV-camping kind of family, we have a post that covers Fort Wilderness camping. Much of what we cover here applies to any kind of Fort Wilderness stay. Don't froget, you can book the Fort Wilderness Cabins or any of the Disney World Resort Hotels with us at a discount!

Overview | Benefits of Staying at Disney | Layout |

Getting Around Fort Wilderness | Transportation to Disney WorldCabinsCamping | Recreation | Restaurants | Shops | Evening Activities | Pets | Best Loops To Stay In | Summary

Fort Wilderness Overview

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Hoop De Doo Musical Review

One of the original Disney World resorts, Fort Wilderness opened in November 1971, just a month after Magic Kingdom. Fort Wilderness's rustic, woodland theme is on display everywhere — from the resort signage to the individual accent lights in your cabin. While the campground features modern amenities (Wi-Fi) and facilities, it feels very much as if you're in a far-away woodland campground secluded from the rest of Disney World. Sometimes you may even toadally froget you are just around the corner from one of the most popular theme parks in the world! It's the feeling of immersion that you go to the Disney parks for.

Fort Wilderness has a laid-back vibe. Walking through the camping areas and seeing the packed pool, you realize that most people aren't rushing to spend their time in the parks.

For many families, Fort Wilderness IS the vacation. Grandparents book campsites next to those of their children and grandchildren. Out of a seven-day visit, the family may do four days in the park, while the grandparents do two or three. Those non-park days are spent at the pool, horseback riding or just hanging out in the RV. Families spending time together at Fort Wilderness makes it a special kind of destination.

Benefits of Staying On-Site at Disney World

While you're camping out at Fort Wilderness — or staying at any Disney World Resort hotel — you get access to some great perks. Extra Magic Hours are extended theme park hours available to Disney resort guests and some non-Disney-owned hotels. On certain days of the week, guests can enter a park one hour earlier or stay in a park up to two hours later than normal park operating hours. We have a full post on when to use and when to avoid Extra Magic Hours.

Staying at a Disney resort gives you a head start on booking popular attractions such as Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, Avatar Flight of Passage, Test Track, Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You are allowed to book FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your check-in date, along with a 10-day grace period to book other days during your stay. Off-site guests may book 30-days in advance of each day of their stay.

MagicBands are a magical benefit too. These RFID bracelets act as your park admission tickets, hotel room key (unless you're camping, of course — though Leap gives it a silly try every time we head back to the RV!), your PhotoPass card and your room charge. We sell tickets that are FastPass+ enabled and can be quickly added to your MagicBand, saving you the time of wondering who is holding park tickets. Here are all of the Disney World hotel benefits and a hotels comparison.

Fort Wilderness Campground Layout

There are three main areas of Fort Wilderness — the Outpost, Meadow and Settlement. Cabins and camping areas are located in areas known as Loops.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Fort Wilderness Entrance Sign

The Outpost is your arrival center. Located just beyond the campground's main entrance, this is where check-in — for a cabin or campsite — takes place. You'll also find the Trail Blaze Corral and Horseback Trail Ride spots here. The Outpost Depot is the bus station that connects you to the bus routes around Fort Wilderness and the rest of Disney World, excluding Magic Kingdom.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Meadow Swimmin' Pool

The Meadow is Fort Wilderness' recreation hub. Located halfway between The Outpost and the Settlement, this is where you'll find the Meadow Pool, tennis courts, bike barn, archery experience, segway tours and Daniel Boone's Wilderness Arcade. The Meadow Trading Post is your on-site convenience store. Food is available at the Meadow Snack Bar and the Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin's Food Truck. This is also where you'll find the Chip and Chip 'n' Dale Sing Along area.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness tri Circle D Ranch

At the Settlement, you'll find a mix of different amenities and activities. Starting with Pioneer Hall, you'll find Trail's End Restaurant, P & J's Southern Takeout, Crockett's Tavern and the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review. Tri-Circle-D Ranch is where you'll find pony rides and the horse barn (though this is currently under construction — a bigger, better barn is coming for the draft horses!). Shopping is found at the Settlement Trading Post. At the Marina, you'll find fishing excursions and boat rentals, as well as boat transportation to Disney's Wilderness Lodge or Magic Kingdom.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Fort Wilderness Loop Sign

Cabins and campsites are found in areas known as Loops. The Campsite Loops are numbered 100-2100, with the Cabins in loops 2200-2800. The Cabin Loops are located at the southern end of the campground.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Fort Wilderness Wilderness Pool

The Wilderness Swimmin' Pool, a leisure pool with hot tub (but no slide), is located near Cabin Loop 2500. There is a laundry facility and vending machines here, as well.

Getting Around Fort Wilderness

Fort Wilderness is anything but compact. The forest and secluded environment can make navigating the resort tricky. At some Disney resorts, it's a short walk from your room to the dining area. At Fort Wilderness, the cabin areas are about a 30-minute walk to the Settlement.

Ft. Wilderness isn't designed to be navigated by car. There is no parking available at the Settlement or Meadow. For those of you renting or driving your own car, there is space for one car at your cabin. The large parking lot at the Outpost is for checking in, and for guests who are not staying there but visiting recreation and dining activities. You'll use your car to get to things outside of Fort Wilderness, rather than around it. With that in mind, there are different ways to get around.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Bus Stop

Inner Bus Loop

Three bus lines — Yellow, Orange and Purple — transport guests in different Loops to different points. The cabins feature three bus stops — one for loop 2200-2300, another for loop 2400-2600 and yet another for loop 2700-2800. All three lines begin and end at the Outpost and Settlement. The most common route for those in the cabins is Orange, which will transport you between the Outpost, Settlement and Meadow. The inner loop buses begin around 6:30 a.m. and end two hours after the last theme park closes. Expect 10 to 15 minutes in between each bus when you're waiting at your bus stop.

Bike

With many paved and lit pathways and bike racks, bringing your own bike can be a great way to get around. Know that you can rent bikes from the bike shop at the Meadow, but it's only daily rentals. You'll need to return your bikes before the barn closes.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Golf Carts

Golf Carts

The most prominent mode of transportation at Fort Wilderness is the golf cart. Visitors either rent or bring their own golf carts to the campground. There is parking for golf carts at all of the key locations, including the pools, bus depot and the marina.

Having a golf cart here feels like being part of a special club. People are proud of their custom carts. Many people add decorations or accessories to theirs. It is very common to develop "cart envy" after seeing the rows of carts and cheerful families cruising around.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Golf Cart Close Up

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.

Walking

Your major mode of transportation within the theme parks is also an option at Fort Wilderness. During our stay, we walked from our cabin in the 2400 Loop to the Settlement in about 25 minutes along well-lit and paved walkways. Step-count wise, it was about a mile. While that may not be practical for those with infants or stroller-age children, walking may be fine for families with teens or couples without kids.

Transportation Around Disney World

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Outpost Depot

Like many Disney World Resorts, buses are your main way to reach the theme parks. At Fort Wilderness, the Outpost Depot is your hub for theme park destinations — EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs. Reaching the Outpost Depot requires you to take an internal bus line — Orange if you're staying at the cabins. You exit at the Depot, then board the bus for your theme park. Theme park buses begin about one hour before park opening and run up to two hours after the park closes.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Magic Kingdom Boat

For Magic Kingdom, you'll take a 15-minute journey aboard a green flag boat that departs from the Marina. Beginning one hour before the park opens and ending two hours after closing, two boats run this route.

Other direct destinations from Fort Wilderness are Disney's Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary. By boat, you'll board a blue flag boat. You can also catch a bus at the Outpost Depot.

Depending on your family, the Inner Loop bus to theme park bus system can be a nuisance, or not an issue. There is lots of waiting, loading, riding, unloading, waiting again and such until you arrive at your destination. For guests with wheelchairs, ECVs and baby strollers, this can be a stressful way to vacation. If it doesn't apply to you, and immediacy isn't your style, then busing around is a convenient way to travel.

Fort Wilderness Cabins

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Cabin Exterior

Fort Wilderness caters to a different kind of vacationer. The Fort Wilderness cabins are perfect for families who vacation for longer periods of time and don't mind a day or two outside of a theme park.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Cabin - Living Room

The cabins are fully furnished one-bedroom suites. Each one is decorated with woodland-themed lighting fixtures, wood panels along the walls, faux-wood chairs and framed pictures of wilderness-related Disney scenes and characters.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Cabin Bedroom

All of the resort's cabins are 504 square feet and sleep up to six adults and one child in a crib. Twenty-eight of the Fort Wilderness cabins are handicap accessible. Each one has air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The one bedroom features a queen bed, a bunk bed (WOOT), closet, dresser and HDTV. The bathroom features a bathtub/shower. There's a large HDTV in the living room, along with a dining table and sleeper sofa that converts to a double-size bed.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Cabin Kitchen

The cabin's killer feature is the fully equipped kitchen. We're not just talking about a fridge and microwave. Disney has stocked the kitchen with everything you'd need to whip up full family meals. Open all the cupboards (and we did) and you find saucepans, measuring cups, a skillet, cutting board, six sets of flatware, mason jar mugs and more. Also — COFFEE MAKER!

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Cabin Bathroom

The downside to the Fort Wilderness cabins is the SMALL bathroom. At most Disney hotels, the bathroom area features two sinks and vanity that are separate from the toilet and shower/bath. In a cabin, it's all in one bathroom, minus one sink. That may not be a problem for a family of three or four, but it could be unpleasant for parties of six. One solution is the nearby Comfort Station that offers separate men's and women's restrooms and shower facilities. There is one Comfort Station in the cabins area, located by the Wilderness Swimmin' Pool. You'll use your MagicBand to access the Comfort Stations (including after-hours at communal areas such as the pool or restaurants). We found them to be pretty clean and well-maintained!

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Cabin Porch

For outdoor dining and relaxation, your cabin features a spacious wood porch with picnic table. There's a small charcoal grill located just down the steps from the porch.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Meadow Pool Water Slide

Fort Wilderness Recreation

While this campground appeals to visitors who aren't rushing to experience Tower of Terror, you could call Fort Wilderness a theme park because of its unique woodland-themed activities. While most other Disney World resorts limit recreation to pools, everyone in the family can find something fun at The Fort.

Know that an additional fee is included in some of these activities, and we've marked them with a $ sign. Also, some of these activities have age and weight requirements. The activities at Fort Wilderness, like everywhere else at Disney, may be reserved up to 180 days in advance. (See our timeline of key Disney planning dates.)

Fort Wilderness Pools

Fort Wilderness - Meadow Swimming Pool

If swimmin' is your thing, Fort Wilderness has you covered. The main pool area is The Meadow Pool. Catering to family-friendly lounging, this large pool features a barrel-themed water slide, hot tub and a splash pad for the littler tadpoles, along with lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas. This is the only pool that features a snack bar ... including some frozen moonshine concoctions for you older froggies! For low-key swimming, visit the Wilderness Swimmin' Pool. It also features a hot tub and is generally much quieter.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Pool Party

The Meadow Pool offers seasonal poolside activities. Throughout the day, kids can participate in various activities and games. Arts and crafts, hula hoop and water balloon games are just some of the hourly activities. In addition to these free activities, there are also some paid options, including sand art and Mickey tie-dye, so be sure to check your Recreation Calendar! Every day at 3:00 p.m., kids trade in their water shoes for dancing shoes for the Swimmin' Hole Jamboree. This pool party gets kids — and willing adults — playing games and dancing. Pictured is the pool party staple, Y-M-C-A. There's also Family Trivia Night on Friday evenings!

Fort Wilderness - Meadow Swimming Pool Splash Pad

The Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Tour - $

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Segways

Explore the wilderness like the pioneers did — on a segway! No experience is required. These tours will teach you the segway basics before sending you out on a tour around Fort Wilderness. Available Tuesday through Saturday. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to book your tour.

Horseback Trail Rides at Trail Blaze Corral - $

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Trail Rides

Located near the Outpost, the Trail Blaze Corral is where you'll saddle up for a 45-minute horseback ride. You and your new best friend will travel along a horse trail that winds through Fort Wilderness. Note that cameras and phones aren't allowed, so there will be no selfies with your buddy during your ride. There's also pony rides available for the little ones! Call (407) WDW-PLAY for more info and to sign up. Psst ... don't froget to go say hello to the ponies while you wait for the buses at the Outpost!

Daniel Boone's and Davy Crockett's Wilderness Arcades - $

Fort Wilderness - Crockett's Wilderness Arcade

Located at Meadow Swimmin' Pool and Pioneer Hall, these small arcades pack big fun (even though neither of them has "Frogger").

Boat Rentals and Guided Fishing Excursions - $

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Marina

If Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon are calling to you, feel free to set sail. Rent a motorized boat at the Marina for some water fun. Rentals for Sea Raycers (seat two), Boston Whalers (seat up to six) Montauk or Sun Tracer boats (seat up to 10 people) may be rented by the half-hour and are first come, first served. If fishing is more your style, you can venture out on a guided catch-and-release fishing adventure. Excursions depart from the Marina and are available daily at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (407) 939-BASS to reserve a spot. There's also Fireworks Cruises available for up to 10 guests!

The Bike Barn - Biking, Canoe, Fishing Equipment and Kayak Rentals - $ 

The Bike Barn, located near the Meadow Trading Post, is your stop for all kinds of recreation equipment. Rent a canoe or kayak for a tour around the waters of Fort Wilderness. Rentals are per hour. With plenty of space for bikes, Fort Wilderness is a biker's dream. Bike rentals are per day. You can also rent sports equipment here, including basketball, tennis, shuffleboard and pickleball. More on that below.

Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball and Playgrounds 

The court is in session all across Fort Wilderness. Enjoy volleyball on a sandy court at the Marnia. Hoop it up at various basketball courts. Channel your inner Novak Djokovic at the tennis courts near the Meadow Swimming Pool.

For your little climbers, Fort Wilderness is full of playgrounds. There is one playground in the settlement near Trail's End Restaurant. The Meadow is home to two playgrounds. A final playground is located near loop 500 by the Waggin' Trails Dog Park. We have more info on pets in a bit.

Fort Wilderness Archery Experience - $

This experience will teach you the basics of holding and firing a bow. After training, it's onto target practice. Sign up for the experience at the Bike Barn in the Meadow or call (407) WDW-PLAY to sign up. #justlikemerida

Horse Barn and Pony Rides at Tri-Circle-D Ranch - $ (currently under refurbishment)

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Pony Ride

Fort Wilderness's most genuine outdoor experience is the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Youngsters who have dreamed of riding a pony can live out that goal. Petite ponies are available for a stroll around their pen from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Even if your tadpole isn't up for a ride, walking through the pony pen is a thrill. Bring your camera. The ponies make for great photo ops!

Across from the pony rides, you'll find the horse barn. Tri-Circle-D Ranch is home to all of the horses that you see inside the Disney World parks. So the horses that carry you down Main Street, U.S.A. or the ones hooked up to Cinderella's Coach? They all live right here in Fort Wilderness. Our new BFF is Rocky, the Headless Horseman's horse.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Ponies

You can tour the barn free of charge any time, but keep an eye out — there's often a sign detailing the time to return for a guided tour. Cast members close down the barn briefly to give the tour, giving you more time to get to know Disney World's draft horses. Tri-Circle-D is currently under refurbishment.

Horse-Drawn Rides - $

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft Wilderness Carriage Ride

If riding them isn't your thing, there are other opportunities for horsing around at Fort Wilderness. Wagon rides, carriage rides and seasonal holiday sleigh rides are available. Prices vary on these experiences. Book them at (407) WDW-PLAY.

Crockett's Craft Corner - Wine and Woodshop - $

Create a personalized wooden piece of artwork, with a guide, of course, while including a beverage and light snacks.

Fort Wilderness Restaurants

Fort Wilderness - Crockett's Tavern

Fixin' to rustle up some grub? Fort Wilderness has refreshing spots for down-home cookin' and tasty vittles.

Trail's End Restaurant

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Trails End Restaurant Dining Room

The only casual-service restaurant at Ft. Wilderness, Trail's End serves up all-you-care-to-eat buffets for breakfast, brunch and dinner that more than satisfies your stomach and wallet. Both adults and kids will find something to enjoy.

Prepare for a breakfast buffet beyond comparison. Mickey waffles, breakfast pizza, freshly baked pastries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage, gravy and breakfast hash — need I say more?

Fort Wilderness Restaurants - Trails End

OK then, let's move onto dinner. IT'S. EVEN. BETTER. Smoked Pork Ribs, Pizza, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Soup of the Day, Chef's Choice of Vegetables and Hand-Carved Roasted Meats — it was brisket when we dined. Oh, then there was dessert. Red velvet cupcakes, brownies, small 'smores bites and soft serve for days.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Trail's End Dessert

With your belly full, you're more than pleased for the check. As of this writing, it costs $40 for an adult at dinner, and $22 for tadpoles. Breaking that out into an appetizer — dinner — dessert scenario, the price of Trail's End buffet can't be beat. The food is high quality, and the service is top-notch. It's a dining destination that folks from other resorts are eager to hop to!

P & J's Southern Takeout

When you're hungry for fast fixins', this is a quick-service winner. The counter is attached to Trail's End Restaurant and serves many of the same items in a faster fashion. On our breakfast visit, we had the Mickey Waffles, which are the same kind as served in Trail's End. Another day, we grabbed some Uncrustables for Tad and Lily for a quick picnic near the playground.

Crockett's Tavern

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Crokett's Tavern Drink

Located in Trail's End Restaurant, this lounge performs double duty as a sit-down bar or walk-up window, Crockett's Tavern serves beer, wine, mixed drinks and snacks. I sipped on a Strawberry Lightnin' in a rocking chair nearby as we waited for our dinner reservation.

Meadow Snack Bar

Fort Wilderness - Meadow Snack Bar

Serving up salads, sandwiches, beer, wine and other munchies, this snack bar is located just outside of the Meadow Pool. We recommend Meadow's Loaded Chips — fresh chips with pulled pork, cheese sauce and jalapeños. Go ahead. It's vacation.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Loaded Chips

Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin's Food Truck

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Food Truck

Found next to Chip 'n' Dale's Sing-Along, this truck serves burgers, salads, beer and soda. The food is fine BUT OMG THE DESIGN. Cleverly disguised as an old RV, it's adorned with classic RV staples — the map of the U.S. showing where the RV has traveled — and the old-school Walt Disney World stickers on the back. This throwback truck is a perfect example of Disney theming done right. You'll find classic picnic snacks here, but more importantly, there's a s'mores kit so that you can roast marshmallows while enjoying the Sing-Along. Aw yeah.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Food Truck - Side

Evening Entertainment at Fort Wilderness

The Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue

Fort Wilderness - Hoop-De-Doo

The longest-running live show in Disney World continues to pack Pioneer Hall. With lively skits, sing-a-longs, Vaudeville comedy and dancing, this show delights adults and kids alike. You'll dine on all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, tossed green salad and — SPOILER — strawberry shortcake. Beer, wine and sangria are also included. There are three seating tiers, each at a different price point according to your proximity to the stage. This show had Leap in stitches, and Tad and Lily loved clanging on the washboard.

Chip 'N' Dale's Campfire Sing-Along

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Chip n' Dale's Campfire Sing Along

Brush up on your John Denver lyrics. Starring everyone's favorite chipmunks and led by a guitar playin' cowboy, this evening show is a lyrical way to wind down for the evening. Set inside an outdoor amphitheater in the Meadow area, you're encouraged to sing out loud to country-and-western favorites while Chip 'n' Dale wander the crowd for photo-ops.Yes, the hokey pokey is involved. You can also roast hot dogs and s'mores! Bring your own or mosey on up to the Chuck Wagon for supplies.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Chip n' Dale's Campfire Sing Along - Hokey Pokey

Movies Under The Stars

Immediately following the sing-along, you're invited to stay to watch a classic Disney film. The schedule is listed online, as well as at the campsite. On our visit, it was "Moana," which made it a night of back-to-back sing-alongs. #yourewelcome

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Fireworks on Beach

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

The Marina at Ft. Wilderness provides a great view of the nearby Magic Kingdom fireworks. The music from the show is piped-in, so spending a few moments on the beach watching the night light up with wonder is pretty cool.

One thing to note is that the new show "Happily Ever After" isn't as heavy on the fireworks as previous show "Wishes" was. Seeing this new show from the beach isn't high on the wow factor. The new show is designed to be seen in front of the castle. In viewing it from the beach, you'll find there are periods where you're listening to music, but there's nothing in the sky.

Electrical Water Pageant

LOVE THE WATER PAGEANT. This classic Disney World show makes a nightly stop at Fort Wilderness. First appearing in 1971, the Electrical Water Pageant show dazzles with twinkling lights, appearances by sea serpents, dolphins and King Triton — all set to an upbeat electrical score. It's a Main Street Electrical Parade on water.

Fort Wilderness Shops

Everything from hair gel to groceries to Disney souvenirs can be gained at Meadow Trading Post and Settlement Trading Post. Part convenience, part Disney gift shop, these two posts are great for forgotten items or emergency supplies, such as pints of mint ice cream.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Grocery Delivery

If you're staying at one of the cabins, groceries can come to you! The Meadow Trading Post offers a convenient delivery service. By filling out and sending or faxing in an order form three days before your arrival date, you can arrive home to a fully-stocked fridge and kitchen. Our visit to the cabins was short (teardrop), so we didn't have a huge order. Sure enough, upon check in, we arrived to see all of our items on the kitchen counter and beverages cooling in the fridge.

Taking Your Pet to Fort Wilderness

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Dog Park

It's worth noting that Fort Wilderness is pet-friendly for those staying in the cabins, a hard-sided trailer or an RV. Just be sure to request a pet-friendly loop for an additional $5 per night when booking your campsite, or $50 per night in a cabin (to cover cleaning fees). Pets are not, however, allowed in pop-up trailers or tents (most likely to prevent some great escapes)! Dogs must be on a leash when outside, except for the Waggin' Trails Dog Park.

Best Loops to Stay In

One of the questions we're asked about most is — "What Are the Best Loops To Stay In"?  The answer depends on what your individual needs are. What do you want to be closest to? Another thing to realize is the closer you are to places, the noisier it can be. It's peaceful at night, but daytime swimmers can interrupt naptime if you're too close.

For the cabins, the only thing you're truly close to is the Wilderness Pool. Everything else is a bus ride or a walk. With all of that out of the way, here are the closest loops to various Fort Wilderness points of interest.

Meadow - 600, 1000, 1300, 1500

Settlement - 100, 200, 400, 700

Wilderness Pool - 2500, 2600

Dog Park - 300

Summary

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness at Dawn

For families who enjoy the great outdoors, Fort Wilderness is the perfect place to stay.  With an abundance of activities, this is a great spot for folks that have visited Disney World numerous times and are in search of something different. If your family does parks open to close or it's your first Disney visit, we recommend staying somewhere else. The Fort Wilderness transportation system can eat up a good amount of travel time. Even reaching things such as dining and swimming will take time. You won't get the full Fort Wilderness experience unless you take a day or two for the various activities. Here is our full comparison of all Disney World hotels.

Hopping back to the cabin kitchen for a bit — having a fully-stocked, ready-to-use kitchen can save you a TON of money on your vacation food bill. With one stop at a grocery store, you can fill your kitchen with food for the week. Cabin-prepared meals or sandwiches can keep costs down. For families who enjoy a downtime while staying on-property, the convenience of the kitchen, as well as the comfort of a spacious living room can make staying at a cabin at Fort Wilderness at Disney World a solid choice.

Fort Wilderness at Disney World - Ft. Wilderness Davy Crockett Painting

Have a question about Fort Wilderness or want to tell us what you love about it? Drop us a line in comments below! Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? We've got a ton of helpful information — including an interactive trip planning timeline — inside our Orlando vacation planning guide.

Related: Camping at Fort Wilderness

Related: The Best Disney World Hotels for Families

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Mar 11, 2020 at 7:50 p.m. Jena Says...

Can you drive a golf cart to the Outpost depot and leave it parked while heading to the parks?

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Mar 16, 2020 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jena!

You sure can - there's cart parking available at the Outpost and also at the Settlement (if you're taking the boat to Magic Kingdom).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2020 at 5:38 p.m. Kimala Says...

Hubby and I going to fort Wilderness in our RV in april . Can we do one of the parks on departure day? How does that work? I am assuming we will need to move our RV out of the camping spot in the morning, is there an overflow parking area that we can park it while we enjoy our last day in the parks?

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Feb 13, 2020 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimala!

Yes, you can toadally do one of the parks on check-out day! You can call the front desk to request late check-out, but there's also an overflow parking lot available at the front of the campground.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 11, 2020 at 12:58 a.m. Mike Willard Says...

On the full hookup spaces with tents, are the tents there or do we bring them?

Can you get a nice wooded full hook up close to a cabin for other family members?

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Feb 13, 2020 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

You can bring your own, or you can call ahead to rent a tent ahead of time. The cabin loops and full hookup/tent sites are generally on different loops, but all loops have some great trees and vegetation to enjoy. Loop 2100 is a full hookup site, and the cabin loops are just across the road, with loop 2300 as the closest in proximity - hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2019 at 11:43 p.m. Kris2 Says...

If I’m staying in the cabins can I bring my own portable gas grill?

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Dec 9, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

Your cabin will have a charcoal grill out front (though you'll need to bring your own charcoal, or buy some from the Trading Post). If you'd prefer gas, you can bring your own!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. Deb Sullivan Says...

My hubby and I want to stay in the cabins at Fort Wilderness. What loops are the most quietest. Away from pools and bus stops

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Sep 18, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

There will be bus stops close to all loops, so you'll want to ask for a cabin that's furthest (i.e., centrally located in the loop). Loop 2400 would be a good pick - just request a spot in the back! Loop 2800 is farther away from the pool, but does has a bus stop out front, so you'd want to be in the back of the loop. I will say that we were right in front of a bus stop during our last stay (in a travel trailer), and the noise was minimal; we only heard the bus a time or two when playing outside. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 4:22 a.m. Kari Says...

My child wants to camp for a few nights, but uses a manual wheelchair (golf cart not a safe option). We've been on site before for evening entertainment and buses were a challenge because of the MANY scooters. Do you have any suggestions to make it a more manageable experience?

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Apr 27, 2020 at 2:36 p.m. Sharon Says...

I recommend taking your car or renting one. Camp in a loop closest to what you care about so you can walk. Then use your car to get to all of the theme parks. We don’t have young kids, and don’t do the pool or kid activities, so we stay near the marina and take the boat to Magic Kingdom. We drive to the other parks. We almost never use the internal transportation.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari!

If you're just coming for the evening entertainment and it's within budget, we'd highly highly recommend a Minnie Van. They are the only rideshare service that can come directly to/from your campsite back to Hoop De Doo and the like (and you can request an accessible vehicle!) However, we were also onsite for most of June and didn't see many scooters on the buses - it may be worth scoping out again to save a few bucks! It's a pain, but maybe you can head up to peek at a few of the buses coming by your loop to see what the situation is like to see if it's worth gathering the whole family and trying to take a bus. Others in the Frog Pond may have suggestions, as well. Are you going to be tent camping? If not, we can also recommend some loops (and coveted cabins) that would be an easy walk from the Settlement for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. Judy DiMizio Says...

Hi we are staying at Fort Wilderness in September and wondered if we can drive and park for free at any of the theme parks. Thank you.

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Aug 12, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

You sure can! You'll scan your MagicBand to verify that you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort (which the Fort most certainly is) at the entrance to the parking lots; you can also pay the difference to upgrade to preferred.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2019 at 8:01 p.m. Isa Says...

Hi! Staying at the cabins in November with our dog, do you know which cabins are reserved for dog families? Also, will the boat ride to MK be available 1 hour before park opening or 1 hr before rides start? As we have an 8:20am breakfast rsvp. Thank you!!

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Aug 19, 2019 at 7:55 p.m. Beverly Says...

We are in the cabins right now with our dog. Loops 2700 and 2800 are dog friendly.

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Aug 8, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isa!

We believe the dog friendly cabin loop is 2200-2300. Yes, the boat will be available an hour before park opening and an hour after park closing! Another helpful tip, if it's in budget, is that Minnie Vans will come directly to your cabin for pick up and drop off if you need the service. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2019 at 6:01 a.m. Susie Says...

At the cabins, are you allowed to have both a rental vehicle and a golf cart?

Also, is driving to the Meadow pool allowed or is walking/golf cart only?

Which cabins would be closet to the Meadow Pool?

Thank you for this detailed description of the cabins!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie!

There is only one parking spot available at the cabin, so you'd likely want to park your golf cart there and leave your main vehicle in the overflow parking lot at the front of the campground. You'll find that there are no parking spots at the amenities for full sized vehicles, only golf carts, so you'd need to walk, bike, bus or cart around the resort, including to the Meadows Recreation Center :) Loop 2500 would be the closest to the smaller Wilderness pool (walkable), while Loop 2200 would technically be the closest to the Meadows pool (though note that the cabins are a little farther away from the Meadows recreation center, not necessarily walking distance). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 17, 2019 at 4:49 p.m. Ken Williams Says...

There IS plenty of room to park a rental vehicle and a golf cart in front of the cabins.

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Dec 17, 2019 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Ken!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2019 at 6:18 a.m. Susie Says...

Hi,

I'm so confused. On the map I'm looking at it looks like the cabins closet to the Meadow Pool are 1500, 1300 and 1400. Is that not correct?

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Jul 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie!

Not all of the loops offer cabins, unfortunately. There are a sprinkling of cabins in loop 100, but the majority of the cabins are in loops 2200-2800. Loops 1500, 1300 and 1400 are closest the Meadows Rec Area, but are campsites. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2019 at 10:46 p.m. Halloe Says...

Would a pack n play fit in the bedroom? Also what cabins would you recommend for a family with a 5 year old autistic boy? It is hard for him to wait very long (he can get very inpatient and it’s hard for him to understand why we are waiting or switching buses (ex for the buses to take us to whichever park etc).

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, a pack n play will fit between the beds, or at the foot of the bed with the door closed. All of the cabins are set up pretty close to the bus stops, so we'd take a look at the map and see what you think may work best for your family. You'll see two bus stops: one that is covered, and a bench across from it. The bench across from the covered area is the bus that will take you to the main station at the front, while the covered option will take you around the campground and finish its run at the Settlement (where Pioneer Hall, the stables and the boat to Magic Kingdom take off). The 2800 loop will be closest to the bus depot (where you'll hop on the bus to all parks except Magic Kingdom), while 2200 and 2300 will be more or less equal distances between both main bus hubs. If you need a little extra oomph around the grounds, a golf cart is super handy, and Minnie Vans can come directly to your cabin to pick you up and drop you off.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2019 at 11:43 p.m. Stephanie Honaker Says...

How many vehicles are allowed on an RV campsite ?

We have one pulling the camper and one I'll be driving.

Thank you

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Jul 1, 2019 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Two vehicles are allowed on each spot, though they must fit entirely on the pad. There's also an overflow parking lot at the front of the Fort in case you'd like to store one there for a little more space at your campsite.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:19 a.m. Karen Says...

My husband and I would like to bring our 38’ RV to Fort Wilderness in Nov. Which campsites are closest to transportation to the parks?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Fort Wilderness is pretty large, but thankfully, most loops are close to at least the internal bus loop, which is what you'll use if you don't have a golf cart to make your way both around the campground and to the parks. You'll hop on transportation to the parks in two places: The Settlement (by boat to Magic Kingdom, where loop 100 is the closest, with loops 300 and 500 coming in close), and The Outpost (by bus to the other three parks, but the cabins are the closest to these, with the other loops being a bus or golf cart ride away. Loop 1700 would be the closest that would accommodate your rig). All internal bus loops can take you around the campground or to any of the bus depots to get you where you need to go. You can find a map of the campground here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/maps/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 23, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Natalie Thompson Says...

Hi! My parents are planning to stay in their RV at the campsite while my family is at the Contemporary. They will have their dog. Will they be able to bring their dog to the Chip n’ Dale Sing-A-Long?

Thanks!

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

Leashed dogs are allowed everywhere but recreation centers and comfort stations, which includes Chip 'n' Dale's Sing-A-Long, unfortunately. The pavilion is pretty big, though, so if your parents wanted to take the pup for a walk behind the amphitheater, they'd still be able to hear the music :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Jennifer Barr Says...

Do you have to stay on Disney Property in order to go to Ft. Wilderness and enjoy the sing-a-long and movie?

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May 29, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Nope, anyone can attend! Many folks hop by just for these special events.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 13, 2020 at 1:45 a.m. Carol Says...

I am not staying at Fort Wilderness. May I drive and park at Fort Wilderness to watch the Chip and Dale show?

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Jan 13, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol!

You sure may! One thing to note is that the parking for the show is at the front of the campground, so you'll need to take an internal bus to the show. If you're staying elsewhere on-site, you can also take a bus, or a boat from Wilderness Lodge or Magic Kingdom. If you'd prefer a paid option, Minnie Vans can take you directly to the campfire! There are hot dogs and s'more kits available at the campfire. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2019 at 2:40 a.m. Linda Bousk Says...

How much time is needed in order to make a reservation in Wilderness Frontier for a camping site for a 30 ft RV during the summer months next year?

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May 13, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

We recommend making reservations a year in advance, as they fill up quickly. Hoppy camping!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2019 at 9:16 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hi there! I was just wondering for the tent campsites do they have coffee in the convenience store or do u recommend bringing our own coffee pot? Thank u!

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May 13, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie!

The Meadow Trading Post has coffee for rapid refill mugs, and PB&J's Southern Takeout has coffee available, as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2019 at 8:25 p.m. Melanee Says...

As Ft Wilderness is large enough to require its own bus system, would you recommend simply driving to the theme parks to save time? And do you have to pay for parking if you are a Disney Resort Guest?

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Mar 22, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanee!

Folks have varying opinions on using the internal bus system vs. bringing a vehicle. It does save time to have your own vehicle, and you'll have free theme park parking since you're a resort guest, but some people like the convenience of not having to drive. Likewise, the campground frowns upon driving to the amenities within the grounds due to bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. All of this to say that it really boils down to your preference! Others in the Pond may have some opinions to share :)

Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle. If you're staying in the cabin, overnight parking fees will apply.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 12, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Becky Says...

We have two vehicles as we are meeting parents there. Does the free theme park parking apply to all vehicles of guests? Or limited to one?

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Jul 15, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

If you're staying at the Fort, you are permitted two vehicles on your site, free of charge, as long as they both fit on the pad. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 4, 2020 at 6:08 p.m. Jo Ann Says...

You might want to update your info on "free parking" at the cabins. The cost has been $20.00 a day per car since at least January 2019.

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Mar 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo Ann!

Thanks for chiming in! That's correct; like we advised the commenter above, complimentary standard parking is available to guests staying at the campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. If you're staying in the cabin, overnight parking fees will apply. Let us know if we missed an old mention!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 21, 2019 at 11:16 p.m. Nadia Says...

Hi, just wondering what the rough walking time would be from the cabins to each main area e.g. outpost for park buses, swimming, food, etc. Wondering if it is possible to avoid the internal bus system? Thanks.

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Feb 22, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nadia!

This will vary depending on where your cabin is within the loops, but from what we hear, most guests prefer to rent a golf cart to get around if they don't want to utilize the internal bus system. From the cabins to the settlement, where the food options and dock are, it could take about 20-30 or so minutes walking. There IS a pool close to the cabin loops, though the main pool is about a 15 minute walk from the cabins. I am sure others in the Frog Pond can weigh in on their experience, as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 20, 2019 at 12:53 a.m. Dan Says...

Can I park my cart near buses or boats when we take them to MK or Epcot?

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Feb 20, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

There is golf cart parking available at the marina and at the front main bus depot, just not at individual bus stops throughout the campground.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 4, 2019 at 11:48 p.m. Thea Lamb Says...

Great information and detail. May want to update as the cabins now allow dogs.

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Feb 5, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thea,

Thank you -- and thank you for the catch! We've updated the post to reflect the new policy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2017 at 9:03 p.m. Bernie Eckert Says...

This was great info Thanks

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