Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort


North America, United States, Orange County

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is a themed camping resort within Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The site officially opened on November 19, 1971. Fort Wilderness is designed with a rustic theme with tree-lined winding roads which loop around to the various regions. Part of the resort is filled with campsites, where visitors with tents or recreational vehicles can stay. The remainder of the lodging area is filled with cabins, which are designed to look like log cabins. From 1973 through to 1980, Fort Wilderness featured a 3½-mile long steam-powered railroad (titled the "Fort Wilderness Railroad") that provided transportation around the resort grounds to campers and guests visiting the nearby River Country water park. The railroad was removed in the early 1980s. Some of the track is still in place around outlying areas of the campground. The resort hosts two dinner shows, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ. Other amenities include playgrounds, two heated swimming pools, a buffet, the Trail's End Restaurant, as well as other activities, such as fishing, horseback riding, and a 2.3 mile paved and sand exercise trail that runs from the petting farm to the Wilderness Lodge. There are showers, a laundry room, restrooms, and a newspaper outlet located in the Comfort Station on every loop The campground features a free nightly Campfire Sing-Along with Chip 'n Dale where a Disney Cast Member leads songs in an outdoor amphitheater while the characters Chip 'n Dale go to seated audience members, signing autographs and posing for photos. Two firepits are available for roasting marshmallows and making S'mores. Guests may bring their own marshmallows and roasting sticks or kits can be purchased at the snack shop. Following the sing-along, a Disney children's movie is shown on an outdoor screen. Also at night the Electrical Water Pageant passes the beach and marina.