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“Unique "hotel" experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

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The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Manila, Philippines
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“Unique "hotel" experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Our family, a group of 5 stayed here, renting one log cabin. It was a unique experience for us who have been used to the usual hotels we stay in during vacation. Instead of the usual crowded hotel, we were treated to a spacious log cabin amidst pine trees visited once in a while by a deer, a raccoon, and a squirrel.

I remember the morning when we would have breakfast in the open veranda, smelling the fresh air and feeling the cool breeze. No noise, just chirping of the birds, an an occasional hello from another guest in another cabin passing by. After breakfast we would take a 5 minute walk to the bus stop to the theme parks.

The cabin we stayed in had only 1 bedroom which could fit 1 double bed and a bunk bed. However, the liiving room could also be converted into 1 big room with a folding double bed tucked away cleverly in the wall.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Just returning from a week at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground. Would definitely stay again. Advantages are actually having space for the kids to run around instead of being confined to a hotel room, being "at home" on vacation while staying in our camper, and the extras of staying at one of the upscale hotels without paying an upscale price (Chip and Dale sing a long, boat service to Magic Kingdom, seeing fireworks from our beach). Disadvantages would be limited food options, unlimited drink stations had limited hours, and our campsite was a good walk from the pool and you had to take a bus to get to the main area for drinks and boat launch. Now that we have visited, we have learned that we need bikes to get around, because we don't own a golf cart and we did not want to pay a daily fee when most of our day was spent at the parks. We will also request a site closer to the pool or "settlement". I would also recommend eating at one of the neighboring resorts if you are on the meal plan. Many are a short boat ride away.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Brouke
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed in one of the cabins at Fort Wilderness. There were 5 of us that went and we could have fit 6 easily. The area is huge so we decided to rent a golf cart. What a life saver! We never had to wait for a bus inside the resort.

The cabin has a full kitchen and dining room. The living room has ample room. It also has a trundle bed that sleeps 2. The bedroom has a full bed and bunk beds with a bureau and a closet. There is a nice size deck with a picnic table and a charcoal grill at the bottom of the steps.

There is a lot of stuff to do, make sure you get the sheet from concierge that has all the activities on the resort. Nightly movies under the stars is fun. They also have campfires nightly. They encourage you to decorate if you want. Some of the people decorate it like it's their house.

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the resort and Disney properties.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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toronto, ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

First of all, many of the reviews are people staying in cabins. We were in our 40 foot RV, and stayed in the 1400 loop. We loved every minute of Fort Wilderness. Traveling was my huband and I (mid 30s) and our 4 year old son.
Cons: Not a alot to say here-- the internet is not wireless, it is cable, so if you were hoping to use ipad, etc you can't. You have to hardwire it to your laptop. It was free though. Very, very quiet. Did not see one person after 9pm outside (except at movie). This was not an issue, but if I had wanted to sit outside and listen to music with a glass of wine, I would be scared to wake up people. We were in the premium sites so it was either older people or people with young children, or people who pay for premium to have peace and quiet.
Pros: So many here. Site was large, clean, lots of privacy, trees, garbage, charcoal bbq, all hookups (including cable), large picnic table. Recycling nearby. We were site 1434. It was great. Across from comfort station (sooo clean, warm and never busy) and a very short distance to the swimming pool, trading post and theatre. There were absolutely no noises that bothered us, even the people with pets in our loop did not have yappy dogs. We didn't have a golf cart and didn't need one. We walked everywhere, and our son rode his bike. There were some people whizzing by several times a day on their carts, but they were having fun. Everyone very friendly (guests and staff). We took advantage of almost everything- boat ride to Wilderness Lodge, went to both Trading Posts, ate at Trails End (loved it- food was great), pony ride, visited stables, went to both playgrounds, loved the Meadow Swimming Pool, ate at the snack bar. Everything was very clean, well kept and staff everywhere. The park is large- 700 acres and you really feel like you are in a state or provincial park, but you have all the amenities. We rented a car from Dollar (in the Wyndham across from where the Disney bus drops you off at Downtown Disney- believe me, it IS the closest) because we wanted to go to the Fun Spot (fun, better than Disney for our 4 year old who went to MK last year), and do some shopping. We did ride the bus a few times without issues. Again, lots and lots of great things to say from RV'ers. The nightly rate was $120, however this was a premium site- and comparable to the "Tropical Palms" which is near old town Kissimmee. We are going to try there next trip. Please ask any questions.

Room Tip: 1400 loop was great!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Katy, Texas, United States
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

These units are set up like an efficiency apartment with an extra bedroom. Room 1 has a double Murphy (pull down) bed, couch, kitchen, and kitchen table. Room 2 has kid-sized twin bunk beds and another double bed.

Having two rooms is nice, and my teenage son found the Murphy bed very comfortable. I gave my husband the double bed and I slept in one of the twins....at 5'1" tall, I found it a bit snug but OK. My 11-year old enjoyed the top bunk.

The decor is Country, and was probably very cute when new....it is trending toward shabby country now and I'd recommend that Disney start renovating them soon. The bathroom and kitchen are pretty basic... In keeping with the theme and Moderate price. The grounds are very peaceful and we found them quiet at night.

Getting to The Magic Kingdom is a snap with the ferry from the back side of the grounds. All other parks are reached by bus. There are also buses running through the large Ft Wilderness grounds. We had reasonably short waits for both in-resort and "to-park" buses. These buses and the ferry also serve the Wilderness Lodge. We found that trip times to the parks were never less than 30 minutes, and at peak times, closer to an hour. Traveling to eat at other resorts was painful with bus transfers required....those took an hour and a half which pretty much ruined the dinner ambience.

I requested a room close to a bus stop and this was accommodated. I'm glad I did, as we didn't rent a golf cart and rarely saw the need for this as we didn't participate in any of the bonfires or other in-resort activities.

I would recommend this as a good alternative to the higher end resorts for families with teens/Tweens (for space to spread out) or for larger families with young kids. I don't think I'd want to cram 4 full sized adults/teens into this unit so consider the height of your children and the adults before you book this resort. Double and twin beds can feel pretty small when you're used to a King or Queen!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kay G
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Rhode Island
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115 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed for three nights this month. Grandparents,parents and three toddlers 3 and under!
The bedroom worked well since the children went to bed first and left a nice area for the adults to socialize. It worked somewhat in reverse in the morning as me and Gramps were on the murphy bed and my daughter tried to let us sleep in til 7 (!!) at least. We enjoyed every aspect of the resort. We rented a golf cart and it was a good idea. We loved the idea that the children could be outside on the porch,and viewed that as an extension of the cabin itself. Unfortunetly for us the weather was miserably cold for our visit! I thought the cabin while clean comfy and exactly what our family needed,was a bit dated. Don't go thinking granite and stainless. No matter, it did not affect our vacation in any way. We would stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed in a cabin at Ft Wilderness since it's one of the few Disney properties with a separate bedroom. Having a 2 year old who goes to bed at 7pm, this was important for us! The cabins are definitely far removed from everything in Disney which has its pros and cons. It's very serene and peaceful, which is nice, but takes a long time and a drive to get ANYWHERE. The good thing is we picked up groceries from the Winn Dixie and cooked our own breakfasts and some other meals in our own kitchen.
Would definitely recommend the cabins for families who need a bit more space and a lower key atmosphere.

Room Tip: You'll want a cabin near a bus stop! Otherwise, lots of walking (or renting a golf cart) is in y...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Orlando
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 408
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camp amid the magic of the great outdoors. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground evokes the timeless beauty of the American frontier, with deer, rabbits, ducks and armadillos roaming the Resort's 750 acres of pine and cypress forest. Discover charming woodland trails, a pristine beach, spectacular pool areas and rip-roarin' entertainment at this picturesque backcountry retreat. ... more   less 
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