There were surprisingly few options for a family with three teenage kids among the many on-site resorts at Walt Disney World. We decided on one of the cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort. It was a moderate resort that came priced at the usual Disney fare. The cabins were actually single-wide trailers disguised as cute little family cabins. The effect was actually charming and the overall feel of the place was what I had hoped for A drawback I hadn't anticipated was the fact that the resort was HUGE! You had to take a bus within the resort to get anywhere, and that's a seperate bus from the one that gets you to the individual parks and attractions. We spent way too much time waiting/riding busses with unpredictable schedules. To go anywhere took at least an hour during the slow season, I can only imagine how bad it could get during the busy season.
The cabins were adequate, but just that. Housekeeping was not what I had experienced with Disney in the past, but I did notice other guests assigned other staff had a much better experience. The beds were reasonable, but the linens and blankets were inadequate. The television was 90's vintage with questionable reception.
Our biggest issue was what guest services were available at this moderate resort, especially when compared to all the other sites. If you are on the disney dining plan, hold on! There are no counter service options available there. There is a nice table service place, but that isn't realistic for all meals you consume at your resort. There is no food delivery available to Fort Wilderness and everything closes by 9:00pm. That means you better have other meal plans than your resort if you are out in the parks all day like we were. If we had planned it differently I would have engineered a few less days in the parks and more time just enjoying the resort. I would have brought my own food and just grilled or cooked at the resort. (Kinda defeats the vacation from my standpoint however.)
If you are a die-hard camper and enjoy a true camp experience, this may be your resort. Personally I missed the amenities of the economy resorts where food was readily available, pools were just downstairs, and the busstop was in easy walking distance.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Disney Camping
- Fort Wilderness Disney
- Campground Orlando
- Fort Wilderness Florida
- Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort Campground
- Ft Wilderness Disney
- Disney Fort Wilderness Resort
- Disneys Ft Wilderness Campground