We just returned from a 6 day trip at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness and loved it! For months we read tripadvisor reviews and recommendations so we have a few of our own!
Overall, the park was beautiful and maintained with little or no bugs or pests- amazing! We stayed in the 2300 loop in a cabin that was clean and quaint and comfortable! Some of the lightbulbs were out but it didn't matter and we didn't call housekeeping about it because we were gone much of the time. We felt the cabins were well appointed and comfortable in general- the privacy and extra space were great. We felt the staff was really great in general- we especially appreciated Robert, who was soooo helpful and friendly and brought our luggage to the checkout, Ms. Marie who cleaned our place, and Ms. Angie at lost and found who will mail our swim suits we left at the pool on the last day! One night, our TV and DVD stopped working and at 11pm a great technician from New York, came out right away to fix it! Thanks everyone! We really wanted a late check out because our kids were so tired but alas, they could not accommodate, but that was probably less about service and more about getting the cabin ready for the next guest.
We ordered from Green Grocers to have food in the cabin in advance and loved the service. We did order too much, however, and learned later that you could re-order once we were there and there would be no extra charges (but I would tip the nice delivery people). We grilled fillets one night and burgers another- 1 9lb bag of matchlight charcoal did the trick.
For transportation, we rented from Kenny at T-Time and loved the freedom of the golf cart- it was really affordable considering and we only wish we had requested another day or to have it longer because on the last day, our plane left late and it would have been great to have it another day.
We have a 10 year old and a 4 year old and ironically adopted unique sleeping arrangements. Although they liked the bunk beds and back room, when push came to shove, they wanted to sleep on the Murphy bed with Mom or even the little couch next to the Murphy bed. Dad preferred the firmer double bed in the back room, as the Murphy bed was too soft for him.
Packing- we brought too much and we flew. We only fished one day in the canal by the dam and brought our poles in a suitcase thinking $6 per person, per 30 min was too much from the Bike Barn on property. Really, if we rented only 1 pole for a few hours, the kids could have taken turns- they played with sand and looking for shells mostly. We caught a few sunfish and sadly, a few hungry turtles.
Trails End Restaurant- never crowded, always delicious! We really liked the food and easy service. they have hula-hoops on the porch and checker boards plus nearby playground.
Smores and Chip and Dale- VERY FUN! We made it to the end of one and it was great! We had a few days with no activities planned but the rain or unexpected surprise interrupted our plans to go. We highly recommend.
1. BBQ tools if you plan to BBQ
2. We didn't need any additional lighting- except maybe 1 flashlight. The cabins were well lit. I had read in a tripadvisor to bring solar lights or it was difficult to find your way but maybe it was campgrounds or RV sites because the cabins were fine.
3. Rain ponchos- we had 2 nice $11 Coleman ones from Target and a bunch of $1.49 rain ponchos for the kids from Target but really, I don't like to pollute and dispose of all that plastic so next time we will order nicer, reusable ones- 2 kids ponchos for $11 from Amazon. Keep these in your bag all the time if you travel in the rainy season like us.
4. Sunscreen- we had it in the cabin but left it when we went to park- mistake.
5. We like the Frogg Togg towel for $15 for the Park, it really cools people fast, also the fan misters.
6. Hoop- dee-doo musical review was fun and the food was delicious home style fare. The adults ordered vegatarian meals and got huge platters of grilled veggies courtesy of Chef Michael- by the way, he was great about our daughter's Nut Allergy.
7. Bring towels to the pools- we brought our own from home but with airfare checked luggage costing so much, we would next time borrow hotel towels.
8. over the door HOOKS- you know the kind with multiple hooks so you can hang all the towels and wet clothes.
9. 1 warm cozy sweatshirt or jacket - even in the summer. My husband turned the air down so low, I felt chilly in the cabin.
10. a DISPOSABLE tablecloth or 2, maybe some plastic or a garbage bag to cover the picnic table benches if wet or dirty. I brought nice vinyl ones that wanted to bring back home.
11. condiments like salt, ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, etc.
12. Our 4 year old dropped my key card under the deck of the cabin while trying to open the door for us. Careful when you eat outside, it is easy to leave the key card inside. I would get a $1 card holder that goes around your neck from the dollar jewelry store. We kept getting locked out but the concierges at Pioneer Hall were helpful.
Note about the Magic Kingdom- we were able to bring the stroller onto the boat without folding them- very convenient. We took the boat in around 10pm on the late night magic hour night and saw fireworks from the boat- beautiful and not loud! Also, KNOW that the boats run every 30 min and not every 10 min for extra magic hours- check on this. I went to the boat to return at 12am and was first in line and we didn't go back to the resort until 12:30am.
We had a wonderful trip! We loved the peaceful resort. My husband would have preferred to save for the Polynesian just for the proximity to Magic Kingdom and monorail access so tired kids could go home quickly to nap but we all agree that Fort Wilderness was very fun and beautiful.
- 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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- Fort Wilderness Disney
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- Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort Campground
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- Disney Fort Wilderness Resort
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