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Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort

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Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, entrance. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a unique destination in Walt Disney World: save big-time on your budget by camping here, and still enjoy all the perks of staying at a Disney World Resort (such as the free Disney bus system, and Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks.) There's plenty of fun on-site at this giant resort, and a shuttle runs to the Magic Kingdom from its dock. And if camping's not your thing, cabins are available.

Location
Keep in mind that Disney World is the size of Boston: you can spend a lot of time getting from your resort to the various theme parks.

Fort Wilderness has a prime location, for visits to the Magic Kingdom theme park: a boat goes directly to and from the MK -- a great way to beat the crowds after the nightly fireworks at Cindarella's Castle. The other theme parks can be reached by using the free Disney bus system available at all Disney World resorts.

Features to Note:

This is a giant property -- 700 acres-- with plenty of recreation on-site, a popular dinner with entertainment, and fun activities such as night-time outdoor movies.

Campsites are spread out on many different loops, some with full-service hook-ups, some only for tents. And a bonus, only at Fort Wilderness in all of Disney World: at some camping loops, your pet can stay with you.

Comfort stations are always close; they're air-conditioned, spotless, and have private showers, laundry, phones, and ice machines. Two Trading Post general stores sell real food at reasonable prices.

To name just some of the on-site activities:

  • the Hoop-dee-Doo Revue at Pioneer Hall, an all-you-can-eat barbeque plus Wild West dinner show
  • free evening campfires with singalong, marshmallow roast, Disney movie, and Chip'n'Dale
  • outdoor pool and kiddie pool
  • bike rentals, canoes, pedalboats, kayaks, fishing gear

Guests will also find: multiple restaurants, including Mickey's Backyard BBQ all-you-can-eat buffet, with country-style band; golf cart rentals for getting around the resort.

Keep in Mind:

  • The campground offers an excellent economical way to stay on-property and enjoy all the perks of a Disney World resort. Campsites cost as little as $43/night. (Always check for updates.)
  • it may be possible to rent camping gear - call and inquire. (Official policy is to only rent to groups.)
  • Fort Wilderness Gazette has useful info, including a map (this place is big!) and info about activities
  • cabins can sleep up to six people, and kitchens are fully equipped
  • Remember, even campers get all the perks of staying at a Disney Resort (transportation, extra hours in the park, etc.)

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