CAMPING AT WALT DISNEY
The Disney Fort Wilderness campground is certainly not a traditional hotel that most visitors choose for their visit to the world of Mickey. But Disney Fort Wilderness Resort is one of the oldest resorts in Walt Disney. It opened its doors one month after the Magic Kingdom in 1971. For my part, it remains one of the most special places on the site. Without hesitation, I can say that the Disney Fort Wilderness campsite is the most beautiful campsite I have visited to this date.
THE DISNEY FORT WILDERNESS CAMPSITE
Located in the heart of 750 acres of pine and cypress forests, this magical place evokes the essence of Walt Disney World's imagination. Most importantly, the Disney Fort Wilderness campground is the only pet-friendly resort in Walt Disney World. If this is not enough to convince you to stay there read more!
The Disney Fort Wilderness campsite is an attraction in itself, just like a visit to Magic Kingdom. If you visit this unique resort, you will want to enjoy it fully. Keep in your itinerary a few days to simply be camping!
At Disney's Fort Wilderness, you can sing and toast marshmallows with the Chipmunks and then watch Disney classics in an open sky theatre. You will be able to see the electric parade on the water from the beach of the campsite every evening.
Entertainment and Disney themed games are always on the program at the main pool; the Meadow pool. It is equipped with slides, a hot tub and a children's playground. A second, smaller pool is open 24 hours a day.
You can visit the ranch and farm to see a blacksmith fix horseshoes (some days) on Cinderella ponies and horses seen in Magic Kingdom parades. Horse-drawn carriage rides and pony rides are available.
In addition to all this, you will have at your disposal a panoply of recreational facilities:
- Bicycle paths and bike rental
- Boat rental, canoes, kayaks and fishing equipment
- Tennis, basketball and volleyball
There are two fast-food options available: P & J's Southern Takeout Restaurant and Meadow's Snack Bar, where you can eat quickly before heading to the parks or enjoying a snack by the pool. The trail's end restaurant is a casual restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner.
Two must-see dinner shows are presented on the site: the musical review Hoop-Dee-Doo and the famous Mickey's Backyard BBQ. The latter is a great opportunity to meet Mickey, Minnie and their friends without having to wait in the parks lines. Warning! Reservations are highly reccomended.
THE SAME BENEFITS AS A WALT DISNEY HOTEL.
When staying at a Walt Disney Resort, including the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground, you get all of the following:
You can make FastPass + bookings and advance reservations at the most popular restaurants before everyone else. This means that with a little planning you will be able to pick up reservations for the most popular rides and restaurants at a time that suits you.
Each day, at least one park offers hours of exclusive access to Disney Resort guests, allowing you to access the rides in less busy periods. Guests can enter a park an hour earlier or stay in a park up to two hours later than regular park hours.
You can get personalized MagicBands for free! Very practical, these little magnetic bracelets serve as room key, give access to the parks and your Fast pass reservations. It identifies you to Disney photographers and allow you to find your daily photos on your Disney app. Combined with a 4-digit code, you can also use it to make payments in Disney parks and stores.
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You won't even have to drive! You can use the shuttles. This represents a cost saving of $20/day.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
That's an important question! Remember, when you check the campsite rates, you do not have to pay for parking at Disney. In fact, you do not even have to drive! You can use the shuttles. This is a savings of $ 20 / day.
The campsite has nearly 800 sites that can accommodate any type of equipment.
2 services sites – from $55 USD
Loops 1500 and 2000
Site for a tent-trailer or van-type vehicle camping and up to 2 tents. Accommodates equipment up to 10 feet by 25 feet on a concrete slab.
Full hook-up sites – from $82 USD
Loops 1600 to 1900
Space for a recreational vehicle and a tent. Can accommodate equipment measuring up to 10 feet per 50 feet on a concrete slab.
Preferred full hook-up sites – from $93 USD
Loops 100 to 300
Space for a recreational vehicle and a small tent. Can accommodate equipment measuring up to 10 feet per 45 feet on a concrete slab. These sites offer a close proximity to the Marina.
Full hook-ups premium sites – from $99 USD
Loops 400 to 1400
Can accommodate equipment measuring up to 18 feet by 60 feet on a concrete slab.
Which site to choose?
No matter what type of site you choose for your stay, you wont know in advance. You will only find out when you register. You can, however, share your preferences and request a particular site or section when booking. You should favor a section near the Meadow Outpost circled in yellow on the map below. You will be near the vast majority of the activities such as the main pool, the shop and the famous campfire with the Chipmunks
GOOD TO KNOW
- There are 15 sanitary blocks strategically located in the campground. Many loops have their own station. Some of the smaller loops share a single station located in the center. The sanitary blocks are all air-conditioned and include private showers, toilets, washers and dryers, and ice machines. They are open 24 hours, but have security locks activated from midnight to 6 am.
- The campround is big. Use the shuttles at your disposal. Bring your bikes for more flexibility.
- Renting a golf cart to get around is an interresting option and costs around $ 60 USD per day.
- Pets are allowed only if your RV is equipped with air conditioning.
- A kennel service with an excellent reputation is located near the campground. Days can be long for doggie when the family is having fun in the parks.
A visit to Walt Disney requires months ahead planning. For those who want to take advantage of the most popular attractions, Disney offers the opportunity to book them up to 6 months in advance. Thanks to their intuitive website and My Disney Experience application you will be able to plan for every detail of your stay.