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Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Overview
For those looking for something a little bit different with their Walt Disney World Resort stay, we present the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Think of log cabins at any resort mountain town around the country, except have them sanitized by Disney and insert 4 world-class theme parks, that's the Fort Wilderness experience. It's perfect if you want to give your vacation a rustic-but-not-too-rustic feeling.
The prefab log cabins (classified as Moderate resorts in the Disney hierarchy) are warm and homey, but the stem-to-stern interior wood paneling and smallish windows make for pretty dark accommodations at night. Neither the lighting fixtures provided nor the wattage of their bulbs are up to the job of lighting the cabins once the sun goes down.
All cabins offer air-conditioning, HDTVs with DVD players, fully equipped kitchens, and dining tables. Housekeeping is provided daily. Most readers are crazy about the cabins. Some representative comments follow.
A Wappingers Falls, New York, family writes:
We stayed at Fort Wilderness in a cabin because
- We wanted a separate bedroom area.
- We wanted a kitchen.
- Our kids are very lively and the cabins were apart from each other so we wouldn't disturb other guests.
- We thought the kids might meet other children to play with.
The cabins worked out just right for us. Although the kids didn't meet any other children to play with, they had a ball chasing the little lizards and frogs, kicking around pinecones, sitting on the deck to eat ice pops, and sleeping in bunk beds. We went to the campfire twice (we brought our own marshmallows and sticks). Our cabin was a short walk to our bus stop and two blocks away from the pool and laundry.
I loved the dishwasher, the generous storage space, the extra towels, the air-conditioning, and the daily cleaning service. There was no canned music or fake bird calls in the trees, just peace and quiet.
This Massachusetts mother of two preschoolers needed more storage space:
We liked Fort Wilderness a lot, but the cabins need a full-sized dresser. It was a pain having to live out of two suitcases all week.
From a Downers Grove, Illinois, family of five:
While we all enjoyed the cabins and resort, we spent a LOT of time waiting for buses and ferries, more than we remember waiting a few years ago. They've recently made some changes to the bus routes, and while we liked having a stop at the Meadow area, there was always a long wait for a purple bus to take us back to the cabin when returning from the parks (from both depots). They need a separate bus route just for the cabins, since many of the campers have cars and/or golf carts, an expense we didn't want after spending so much for the cabin. This factor may make us consider a different resort/villa for our next trip unless the bus system for the cabins is improved.
A Rochester, New York, dad agrees:
If you're staying at Fort Wilderness Cabins, we would highly recommend getting a golf cart. There's a lot going on at the campground itself, and the bus system can be cumbersome. Also, our 3-year-old wasn't always up for the walk - just getting from our cabin to the main loop was a lot for her.
A mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers this:
Regarding Fort Wilderness: We stayed in a cabin and liked having all the space and the full kitchen. I was very disappointed in the pools, restaurant, and service, however. I had expected a Disney resort pool, and instead there were only two relatively small concrete holes in the ground. The pool nearest our cabin (still a quarter mile away!) never even had a lifeguard. I had hoped to be able to send the kids to the pool without us when we needed some adult time to ourselves, but with the distance and lack of lifeguards, there was no way to do that.
The restaurant (1 mile away) was good, but it was an all-you-can-eat buffet with adult prices for ages 10 and over at about $25. I'm unwilling to pay $25 for my 10-year-old daughter to eat one chicken wing and Jell-O very often. We only ate there once. I guess they figured that if you had a kitchen or were camping, you were committed to cooking every meal. It would've been nice after a tiring day to get a light meal or salad.
How Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts
The cabins at Fort Wilderness are in a different class from all of Disney's other Moderate resorts, for better or worse. We say that because there's nothing else really like them. The cabins are basically the equivalent to a 1 -bedroom suite at any of the other resorts. Fort Wilderness Cabins are a little more expensive than Disney's other Moderate resorts, but you do get some nice, and unique,accommodations. Fort Wilderness does not offer Fitness center, for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts. The only Moderate to offer a Fitness center is Coronado Springs.
Left: The exterior of a typical Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. Right: Each cabin has a porch with a patio table and grill.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Fort Wilderness Resort's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from Pioneer Hall lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's Rooms
Fort Wilderness rooms measure 504 square feet. Most cabins offer a double bed and one bunk bed in the only bedroom, augmented by a Murphy bed (pulls down from the wall) in the living room. There's one rather small bathroom with shower and tub. Cabin also contain air-conditioning, HDTV with DVD player, fully equipped kitchens, and dining tables.
Each Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins room is furnished with the following:
- One double bed
- One pull-down Murphy bed
- One bunk bed
- Dresser with 4 small-size drawers
- One small couch
- Table with 3 chairs and a long bench
- Nightstand digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV
- Full sized fridge
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
- Dish washer
- A limited collection of pots, pans, plates, glasses and silverware.
The full sized fridge is good enough to hold all the food and drinks you need. It's also cold enough to make sure that raw meats and other perishables will keep for your trip. The kitchen inside each cabin is small but most of the tools to make and serve meals are there if you need them.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins bathrooms are small, especially the bathtub/shower. Also we shudder at the thought of five people staying in a cabin and sharing one small bathroom. Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually. The bathroom includes one sink, but not much counter space. There are also cabinets under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins have around 28 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.
Fort Wilderness Pools
Fort Wilderness has two pools. The largest, Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, sits near the Trading Post in the middle of the resort. Unlike Disney's other pools with their elaborate themeing or statues of Disney characters, this one is a basic no frills concrete swimming pool. It does have a 67-foot-long waterslide, hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.
The other smaller pool, Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool, is located near loops 25, 26 and 27. This pool is also a basic concrete square. The Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool is considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
Fort Wilderness' pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Fort Wilderness also has a hot tub located near Meadow Swimmin’ Pool.
Doubloon Pool has one 95 foot water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 9AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. Doubloon Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Fort Wilderness's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Fort Wilderness' pool, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Fort Wilderness's Pool
Fort Wilderness' Meadow Swimmin’ Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Playgrounds at Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins
A small playground set is located between loops 1200 and 1300. The set has two small plastic slides and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in a springy, poured rubber surface.
Restaurants and Dining
Fort Wilderness has a large variety of dining options, including one food court, one all-you-can-eat restaurant, two dinner shows, and one lounge.
At Fort Wilderness, next to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Trail’s End is what a restaurant would’ve looked like had America’s settlers built one out of a log cabin. The interior features exposed log beams, oak tabletops, and walls hung with enough old-timey kitchen equipment to start a flea market. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet-style; lunch transitions to an à la carte menu. Breakfast features eggs, sausage, bacon, waffles, and biscuits along with fruit and pastries. Lunch includes chili, pan-seared catfish, and spicy grilled shrimp and andouille sausage as well as s’mores and warm sticky-bun sundaes. The dinner lineup is fried chicken, ribs, pasta, fish, carved meats, pizza, and fruit cobbler. The fare isn’t much different from what you’d find elsewhere around the parks, and during slow times the food sits quite a while on the steam tables and is not well tended.
Trail's End Hours
- Breakfast Dining Hours 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast menu / Kids' breakfast menu
- Lunch Dining Hours 12:00 AM - 2:30 PM Lunch menu / Kids' lunch menu
- Dinner Hours 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Sunday - Thursday), 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Friday - Saturday)Dinner menu / Kids' dinner menu
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical ReviewHoop-Dee-Do Musical Review Menu.
Six Wild West performers arrive by stagecoach (sound effects only) to entertain the crowd inside Pioneer Hall. There isn’t much of a plot, just corny jokes interspersed with song or dance. The humor is of the Hee Haw ilk, but it’s presented enthusiastically.
Audience participation includes sing-alongs, hand clapping, and a finale that uses volunteers to play parts on stage. Performers are accompanied by a banjo player and pianist who also play quietly while the food is being served. The fried chicken and corn on the cob are good, the ribs a bit tough though tasty. With the all-you-can-eat policy, at least you can get your money’s worth by stuffing yourself silly.
Traveling to Fort Wilderness and absorbing the rustic atmosphere of Pioneer Hall augments the adventure. For repeat Disney World visitors, an annual visit to the revue is a tradition of sorts. Plus, warts and all, the revue is all Disney, and for some folks that’s enough. The fact that performances sell out far in advance gives the experience a special aura. Most of our readers enjoy the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, but not all, as this letter from a Texas family attests:
What is all the hoop-dee-doo with the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue? The food was OK, if “gut busting” fare is your idea of a fine night out, and the entertainment was pleasant. As a dinner theater, however, our family of three found it unexceptional in every respect but its cost. Had your review of the Revue tempered its enthusiasm (much as you present its Polynesian counterpart), we probably would’ve canceled our reservation, pocketed the $100, and spent the evening joyously stunned by another glorious light-and- fireworks spectacle.
More typical are the remarks of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, mom:
The kids in our group (ages 3–8) thought the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue was just terrific. They watched intently the whole time, laughing hysterically. With them having such a good time, how could the adults not enjoy themselves? But I wouldn’t recommend the show for adults on their own. One thing we adults appreciated was the lack of commercialism: no movie tie- in, no merchandise sales. The entire experience, including its setting in the rustic Fort Wilderness campground, brought us back to simpler days and gave the kids exposure to entertainment before there were special effects.
Borrowing a page from Vegas strip joints where nearsighted old coots are charged extra to sit way up front, Disney offers tiered seating for the Hoop- Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The best seats are in Category 1. Next comes Category 2, with seats off to the side or behind Category 1. Finally, Category 3 seats are at the Orlando Greyhound station, where you watch the show on a video feed. Just making sure you’re still with us—actually, they’re farther still to the side or back, or on another level from the stage. For the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, there’s a good view from almost all seats, so you can decide if sitting closer to the action is worth the extra bucks.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review has shows at 4:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 8:30 PM nightly. Seats range from $59-$68 for adults, and $30-$35 for kids.
Mickey's Backyard Barbeque Dinner ShowMickey's Backyard Barbeque Dinner Show Menu.
Situated along Bay Lake and held in a covered pavilion next to the now- closed River Country swimming park, Mickey's Backyard BBQ features Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, and Goofy, along with a live country band and line dancing. Though the pavilion gets some breeze off Bay Lake, we recommend going during the spring or fall, if possible. The food is pretty good, as is, fortunately, the insect control.
Seating is at picnic tables. The menu consists of baked chicken, barbecued pork ribs, burgers, hot dogs, corn, beans, mac and cheese, salads and slaw, bread and watermelon and ice-cream bars for dessert.
Because the barbecue is seasonal, dates are usually not entered into the WDW- DINE reservations system until late February or early March. Once the dates are in the system, you can make an advance reservation for anytime during the dinner show's ten-month season.
Meadow Snack BarMeadow Snack Bar Menu.
Meadow Snack Bar is Fort Wilderness Cabins' quick service dining establishment. Prices range from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich and Wilderness Dog.
Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Sassagoula Floatworks. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Riverside Mill also participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Restaurants at Fort Wilderness participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Meadow Trading Post gift shop.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
Crockett's Tavern is Fort Wilderness' bar and lounge. The lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beer selections, wines, and a selection of spirits. Crockett's Tavernt is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily.
Transportation to and from Fort Wilderness Resort
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on Bonnet Creek Pkwy. Then Take the exit toward Downtown Disney Resort Area. Turn left onto Bonnet Creek Pkwy, left on Vista Blvd, and then right on to Fort Wilderness Trail. Turn right on Sunny Sage Way and Fort Wilderness will be on your right.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's GPS address and location are:
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Resort
4510 N Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake
Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.407431 North, Longitude: 81.558563 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins does not share bus service with any other resort.
Magic Kingdom can also be accessed by boat from Fort Wilderness Landing and to Epcot by bus, with a transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to the Epcot monorail. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses. An alternate route to the Magic Kingdom is by internal bus to the TTC, then by monorail or ferry to the park. Motor traffic within the campground is permitted only when entering or exiting. Get around within the campground by bus, golf cart, or bike, the latter two available for rent.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Fort Wilderness's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Fort Wilderness's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 15 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 10-15 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Fort Wilderness to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Fort Wilderness, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation, and Things To Do at Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins
Fort Wilderness arguably offers the most recreational facilities and activities of any Disney resort. Among them are two video arcades, nightly campfire programs, Disney movies, a beach, walking paths, bike, boat, canoe, golf cart, and water ski rentals, a petting zoo, horseback riding, hayrides, fishing, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.
A campfire and sing-along are held nightly (times vary with the season) near the Meadow Trading Post. Chip 'n' Da;e lead the songs and a Disney film is shown.
Fort Wilderness' gift shop is Meadow Trading Post and sits just off the lobby in Pioneer Hall. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Meadow Trading Post has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Meadow Trading Post also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Jackson Square has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Also located in Pioneer Hall is the Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in. A second arcade, Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade is located near Meadow Swimmin' Pool
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at Fort Wilderness Resort. It is a scenic 2.5-mile course. You'll find the start point cross the street adjacent to the Tri Circle D Farm. There is also a 0.75-mile shaded fitness trail and bike path that connects Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. You won't find a gym, fitness center, indoor pool, or spa at Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins.
Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Never Land Club||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
If you don't have a car, then you're better off using in-room babysitting. Trying to take your child to a club in another hotel by Disney bus requires a 50- to 90-minute trip each way. By the time you've deposited your little one, it will almost be time to pick him or her up again.
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Miscellaneous Fort Wilderness
Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each pool. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-4245.
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since last year)|
|Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins||91% (+44%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||76% (+0%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||57% (+0%)|
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since last year)|
|Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins||96% (+14%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||92% (+2%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||79% (-7%)|
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins
Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins
TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins map and to choose a room to see the view.
Most views in Fort Wilderness be the same: trees, other cabins, and more trees. Because what makes a room good is its location. Loops 21, 22, 23, 28 and 27 are all located next to a bus stop. On the flip side these same loops have a bit of a walk to the nearest pool. Loops 25 and 26 are located next to a pool, but have a longer than usual walk to the bus stop. Unfortunately all of Fort Wilderness' loops that have cabins are at least a 10 to 15 minute walk from Pioneer Hall. You can take a bus to Pioneer Hall but we found it usually ends up taking the same amount of time, or less, to walk. Loop 21 are nearest to Pioneer Hall (but is still a 15 minute walk). The only loop of cabins near the resorts main pool is also loop 21.
Loops of cabins are exactly that, a loop. To walk as little as possible you may want to book a cabin near the beginning of a loop. Cabins ending with numbers XX01-XX09 and XX55-XX65 are located near the front of each loop.
|Children's play areas||Complicated bus service|
|Best recreational options at WDW||Confusing campground layout|
|Special day and evening programs||Lack of privacy|
|Campsite amenities||Very limited on-site dining|
|Shower and toilet facilities||Limited automobile traffic|
|Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show||Crowding at beaches and pools|
|Convenient self-parking||Small baths in cabins|
|Off-site dining via boat at Magic Kingdom||Extreme distance to store and restaurant facilities from many campsites|
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Dining
- Chuck Wagon (Counter Service)
- Crockett's Tavern (Bar or Lounge)
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Table Service)
- Meadow Snack Bar (Counter Service)
- Mickey's Backyard Barbeque Dinner Show (Table Service)
- Trail's End Restaurant (Table Service)
- Trail's End Restaurant - To Go Counter (Counter Service)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||17 min|
|Hollywood Studios||39 min|
|Animal Kingdom||41 min|
|Quietness of Room||A|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|