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Complete Guide to the Fort Wilderness Campsites (w/review)

Complete Guide to the Fort Wilderness Campsites (w/review)

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a campground on Walt Disney World property located in the Magic Kingdom resort area.

You can also find the Cabins at Fort Wilderness on the same property and is home to the popular Hoop Dee Doo Revue.

This is a good option for those who either love camping or want to try something different than a hotel. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Fort Wilderness Campsites.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Pets are allowed (and there’s a leash-free dog park here), all campsites come with amenities (charcoal grill, picnic table, electricity and city water – full hookup sites also provide sewer), watercraft rentals available at marina, views of Electrical Water Pageant

Cons: Transportation can be confusing and take a long time, can be long walks to get to things within the campground area

Overview

Resort category: Campgrounds

Resort area: Magic Kingdom

Address & Phone Number
4510 Ft. Wilderness Trl
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 938-3000

The Fort Wilderness Campsites isn’t your typical campground, but one that ensures guests still experience that Disney magic.

From fully-equipped campsites, to pools, to golf cart rentals, to unique recreation and activities, to special dining, to unforgettable entertainment, the campsites provide all kinds of amenities. There’s even 750 acres of pine and cypress forest.

What makes the campsites even more special is that during special occasions camps will decorate (like for Halloween and Christmas). Some of them are quite impressive and elaborate!

As for the campsites, there are different types available. Keep reading for more details about the moderate resort.

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

When it comes to rooms and bathroom, well, that all depends what kind of camping you’re doing.

There are five different types of campsites that accommodate tents and 45-foot and longer RVs, with a maximum of 10 guests per site. 

Each campsite comes with landscaping that provides privacy, water, cable television, electrical hookups, picnic table, and a charcoal grill. Most campsites also have a sewer hook-up and even permit pets. Other amenities include free WiFi and a safe deposit box (upon request).

Here are the campsites and what they accommodate:

Premium Campsite

Fort Wilderness Premium Campsites
  • Room for larger style RV
  • Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet
  • Sewage hook-up

Preferred Campsite

Fort Wilderness Preferred Campsites
  • Room for an RV plus a small tent
  • Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 45 feet
  • Sewage hook-up
  • Close to the Marina

Full Hook-Up Campsite

Fort Wilderness Full Hook-Up Campsite
  • Room for an RV plus a tent
  • Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 50 feet
  • Sewage hook-up

Tent or Pop-Up Campsite

Fort Wilderness tent or pop-up campsite
  • Room for a pop-up camper or a camper van-type vehicle, and up to 2 tents
  • Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet

Premium Meadow Campsite

Fort Wilderness premium meadow campsite
  • Room for larger style RV
  • Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet
  • Sewage hook-up
  • Proximity to Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation Area, Bike Barn, and Campfire Area

Pet-Friendly Policy

As previously mentioned, the Campsites are pet-friendly, but there are certain conditions that must be met. 

First and foremost, you must keep pets on a handheld leash that is 8 feet or shorter. When not on a leash, pets must be confined inside a climate-controlled vehicle. Note: pets are not permitted in tents and pop-up campers.

Those who have pet privileges are allowed to take dogs to play at the Waggin’ Trails Dog Park, an off-leash area, or walk them on the several on-leash trails. There’s also day and overnight kennel care at Best Friends Pet Care located on property.

There is a $5 per-night pet fee for those who bring their pets to the Campsites.

Checking In And Out

There are a few options for checking in and checking out when staying at the Campsites. There is a Reception Outpost, but rather than going inside to check-in, guests with RVs or tents will register at one of the drive-through windows at the Outpost.

Those staying at the Campsites can also use online check-in through the official Walt Disney World website or via the My Disney Experience app.

Fort Wilderness Cabins reception outpost

Online check-in also allows guests to request their preference of camping loop, but a request isn’t guaranteed. You can also speak with Front Desk Services. During registration, guests will be directed to their designated campsite.

Currently, guests will automatically be checked out. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk in the Reception Outpost.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and bus transportation are out front at the Outpost Depot near the Reception Outpost. Be sure to check with the resort to see if luggage storage services are available.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Package Delivery & Pick Up

You can have packages and groceries delivered to your Disney Resort hotel, along with shipping select items home.

Disney used to have a service where you were able to purchase items in the parks and then have them delivered to your resort’s gift shop. However, that service has been unavailable for several years now.

Parking

Parking is available at the Campsites, but it’s works a bit differently than a resort, especially since you will park at your campsite rather than in an actual parking lot.

Each campsite has one complimentary parking space for one motorized vehicle. 

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can also check out.

Amenities And Shops

There are several amenities offered to guests at the Campsites, including an arcade, a gift shop, and on-site laundry services.

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

Meadow Trading Post at Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Laundry Services: Self-service laundry facilities are available at Comfort Stations.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: For dry cleaning and valet laundry service, select “Housekeeping” on a Comfort Station phone.
  • Meadow Trading Post: Here you’ll find souvenirs, basic groceries, camping supplies, sundries, and also movie rentals. 
  • Settlement Trading Post: You can pick up groceries, supplies, and souvenirs here. 
  • Childcare Services: In-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

Pools And Recreation

There are two pools available for guests, along with plenty of recreational activities to choose from.

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

Swimming pools at Fort Wilderness campground

The pools available and their locations:

  • Meadow Swimmin’ Pool: The pool has a 67-foot-long corkscrew waterslide. There are hangouts for both adults and children, including a whirlpool spa and a fort-themed water play area for the little ones. There’s also a snack and refreshment shop nearby.
  • Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool: This is an all-ages leisure pool with a whirlpool spa. .

As for activities, there are a lot of choices, including:

  • Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade (at Pioneer Hall)
  • Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade (near Meadow Swimmin’ Pool)
  • Wagon Rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Fishing
  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Bike Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Basketball Courts
  • Jogging Trails
  • Volleyball
  • Playgrounds
Chip 'N' Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long at Fort Wilderness Campground

Some of the bigger activities are:

  • Fort Wilderness Archery Experience: Those 7 years old and up will learn how to hold and fire a compound bow. The session is 75-minutes and costs $45.
  • Tri-Circle-D Ranch: A full-blown ranch that offers several experiences (some cost extra), including wagon rides, pony rides, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
  • Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long: Roast marshmallows and sing around the campfire with Chip ‘n’ Dale. 
  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure: You can explore the resort — on a Segway! This is for adults (16 years and older) and is priced at $90 per person.

How to get from Fort Wilderness to anywhere at Disney World

There are two main forms of transportation available at the Campsites: Walt Disney World buses and Disney Water Transportation. Regarding the latter, water transportation will take guests to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Depending on crowds and the time, the water taxi serves up great views of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Plus, at night, you might even pass by the Electrical Water Pageant on your way back to the campsites.

As for buses, the Outpost Depot is the main bus depot that will take guests to theme parks, water parks, Disney Resort hotels, and the Disney Springs area. There’s also a complimentary bus that will take guests from the cabins and campsites to the Settlement for dinner shows, groceries, and the beach, and to the Meadow Recreation Area for swimming, arcade games, and canoe and bike rentals.

You can see all of the different ways to get from the Campsites to anywhere at Disney World below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Starting Point Ending Point

Dining options at Fort Wilderness

There are several dining options, including both Quick and Table Service options available at Fort Wilderness. You can read more about the dining options below.

Quick Service

P & J’s Southern Takeout

This is a grab and go style restaurant with several stations that serve burgers, barbecue, Mickey waffles, fried chicken, salads, and more.

P & J Southern Takeout

Location type: Food Court
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Tasty entrees and family meals available
  • Cons: Limited seating, difficult to get to if you’re not staying at Fort Wilderness

The Chuck Wagon

This is a food truck style location that serves a limited dinner menu out of an RV.

The Chuck Wagon at Fort Wilderness

Location type: Food Truck
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Dinner
Seating Available: Outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Variety of menu options that appeal to many
  • Cons: No indoor seating, limited operating hours

Trail’s End Restaurant

This is an Old West themed quick-service restaurant serving a homestyle breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.

Trail's End Sign

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: One of the most well-liked restaurants for its delicious food, affordable prices and friendly service
  • Cons: Difficult to get to unless you’re staying at Ft. Wilderness

Table Service

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

An all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner and show featuring music and comedy and lots of crowd interaction.

hoop dee doo musical revue

Location type: Dinner Show
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Dinner
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 table service credit
  • Pros: 1 of the most popular things to do at Disney World, this restaurant combines a funny show with family-style down home food, drinks are unlimited (including beer, wine and sangria for people 21+)
  • Cons: Expensive, usually books up pretty far in advance, somewhat difficult to get to (easiest way is by boat from Magic Kingdom), prices vary by category and time of year

Everything Else

If you want to grab a beverage to drink by the pool or while you’re hanging at the resort, you may want to try the outdoor bar.

Meadow Snack Bar

Meadow Snack Bar at Fort Wilderness

Location type: Pool Bar
Type of food: A pool bar that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
Seating Available: Outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Good spot to grab a quick meal and drink
  • Cons: Limited drink menu

Crockett’s Tavern

Crockett's Tavern at Fort Wilderness

Location type: Outdoor Lounge
Type of food: An outdoor bar that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Familiar bar food available here like nachos and wings, alcoholic drinks (including Yuengling) are an option, indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cons: Limited menu

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