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“Great cabin, not great transportation” 4 of 5 stars
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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 (Lake Buena Vista)   |  
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London, Canada
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“Great cabin, not great transportation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I love staying at the Cabins! We had four adults, and the amount of space was perfect. We didn't stay long enough to even use the kitchen but it would have been handy to have if we were there for a week or so! The bathroom was big, which I loved, and the bed was comfy. The cabin was a bit dated and could use a touch of TLC, but it was totally fine, and this did not take away from its charm! We didn't make use of the pool (we were there 3 nights in early February, it was cool and rainy), but I'm sure that would have been nice.

What I didn't like was the transportation situation. I am 100% not averse to walking around the resort (last year we stayed at POR, where people often complain it's too big to walk, and I walked all over POR and POFQ with no problems!) and I would have done so here, but it was so spread out and not really conducive to walking. This would have been fine because we had a car, but I found that you couldn't really even use your car to get places on the resort! We tried to drive up to Trail's End for lunch only to have to turn around, go back to our cabin, park and take the bus. There is no parking at Trail's End, which is also the area with the stables, boat launch, other restaurants, etc. Also, no one told us this when we checked in! We just assumed we could drive and park at the restaurant, it wasn't until we tried that we found out we couldn't. We actually drove back to the reception to ask and found out, no there is no parking lot up there. Not the end of the world, but a bit annoying to have to take a bus to your breakfast or lunch. I wish we could have walked but by then we were pressed for time and our cabin was pretty far from the restaurant.

I also didn't like how to get to the parks you would have to get on a bus from your cabin and go to the Settlement Depot, then get off and get on a second bus to get to any of the parks. I think this is really inconvenient, but fortunately for us, we had a car and we just drove to most of the parks. We did not have a car last year, and relied solely on bus transportation, so if I had stayed here and had to take 2 buses out and 2 buses home I would have been annoyed. We did opt to take the boat to the Magic Kingdom, and it was the same thing. A bus to the boat launch, since you can't drive, or walk (depending on how far away your cabin is), and then boat to MK. It just seemed to make the journey quite long and tedious.

Other than the transportation, I really enjoyed the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. My lunch at Trail's End (the pulled pork sandwich) was AMAZING! Best pulled pork ever, if you go there you should definitely try it! (The service at this restaurant was incredibly slow however.) All in all, I would recommend this resort, as long as you know what you're getting into as far as transportation!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We have 2 teenage children and wanted more than the hotel/motel experience. We have camping experience, so the thought of a "cabin" didn't concern us. The cabin was clean and well kept, yet still had a rustic, "camping" feel to it. The cabin was not "buggy" at all! We were amazed that there were no spiders or spider webs visible on the outside deck.
We stayed in the 2400 circle. We rented a golf cart for the week and highly recommend it. We did not cook at the cabin at all. The campground is very peaceful, and quiet. The cleaning crew was a bit rude, but everyone else was Disney quality.

Room Tip: A cabin close to the Meadows would probably be most convenient.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ishpeming, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

SIx of us (Me and my husband, our two kids (ages 2 and 4), and my parents) stayed at a cabin at Fort Wilderness for a Disney trip in early March. We love For Wilderness and had a great vacation! The cabin slept 6 comfortably (double bed and bunk in the bedroom, plus a murphy bed in the living area), had a full kitchen, deck with picnic table, and charcoal grill. We used the kitchen and grill daily for our midday meals during breaks from the Parks. We ended up only getting the cabin cleaned on two of our six days, not because housekeeping wasn't coming by, but they were only coming by in the middle of the day after we had already returned from the parks for a break and our kids were napping. (The cabins were otherwise very clean, but my four year old did find a very old, very disgusting piece of meat under the couch.) I would highly recommend a golf cart, which adds about $60 daily to the price of your stay. It helps with transportation so you don't have to catch a bus to get on another bus (or boat) to get to the parks, and most of the cabins are also far away from the Meadows area, where the big pool is along with the nighttime campfire and movie activities. There is a smaller, quieter pool near the cabins which my kids were very happy with. There are lots of activities to do at the campground when not visiting the Parks (pool with waterslide (with extremely attentive lifeguards), toddler/preschool pool area with shallow water, slides,and waterfalls, playgrounds throughout the campground, basketball, horesback riding, boat rentals, bike rentals, etc.).
Overall, we had a wonderfull time here and would definitely consider Fort Wilderness again for another Disney vacation!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milltown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We have stayed at Fort Wilderness many times and it will remain on our list of vacation favorites. It is the most economical way to stay on Disney property and, unlike the value resorts, there is a waterslide in the pool & a hot tub. Every camping loop has a giant comfort station with showers,bathrooms, ice machines & a laundry area. The sites are well groomed with level pads for your tent or camper. As with any other Disney resort there are many transportation options available for free.

Room Tip: Take a look at a campground map to help determine which loop you'd like to request (I.e. close t...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My family and friends recently stayed at the cabins at Fort Wilderness. We had a great time. The reservation staff was very accommodating. They took care of any issues very promptly and thoroughly. The cabin itself, was very clean and well maintained every day. There was enough room for 6 of us. 2 adults, 3 teen, and 1 preteen.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida City, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stayed in a cabin on loop 2600, loved the location! Close to the "quiet" pool and the Reception Outpost. We cooked all our meals inside the cabin. Full kitchen with all the gadgets. Had a DVD player and enjoyed watching movies.
In the bedroom 1-double bed, it was comfie, and a set of bunks,the living room had a murphy bed, also comfie. The cabin is just adorable a little home away from home.
We rented a golf cart to zoom around the resort, that was a blast! It was the highlight to my 12 year old g-daughters trip.
Nice, reasonable priced General Stores that even offer delivery. Dinner buffet at Trails End was family friendly, decent food and priced right,
Of course, there are buses to all of the Disney attractions and a boat direct to the Magic Kingdom.
You cannot go wrong with this Family Fun Resort! We are going back!
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Room Tip: We loved the 2600 loop,by the "quiet pool"
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We reserved and paid deposits in August for this family gathering during Thanksgiving weekend to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Our family is a frequent Walt Disney World/ Fort Wilderness family. We were at Disney World with one child on opening week in 1972 and started coming to the campground as soon as it opened. We requested cabins, 3 of them, in the 2100 loop near the meadows. SURPRISE!! Our cabins were in the center of 2800, far from the bus stop and ANY recreation which we so enjoy. The sofa was grimy, several things had to be replaced during our stay..

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Lake Buena Vista
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 408
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