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Complete Guide to the Cabins at Fort Wilderness (w/review)

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Complete Guide to the Cabins at Fort Wilderness (w/review)

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

The cabins are quite stunning and are a unique option. Those who love the outdoors and camping will especially love this option. 

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

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

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Summary
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are a fun lodging option that sometimes feel like you aren't even at Disney World. Luckily though, there is still plenty of Disney magic here and the list of available activities is virtually endless. Be aware though, transportation to and from your cabin can be tricky with the internal bus loop and need for a golf cart.
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Pros and Cons

Pros: Accommodates up to 6 per cabin with separate bedroom and 2 TVs, full kitchen, peaceful, away from theme park noise, lots of on-site activities (archery, campfire, fishing, pony rides, etc), can park right next to cabin, dog-friendly, boat option to MK and nearby resorts

Cons: Buses have to be taken everywhere (including internally at the resort where they take you to the bus stops to the parks or to the marina for the boat to MK), a golf cart is a must (which is an extra expense)

Overview

Resort category: Moderate

Resort area: Magic Kingdom

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

The Fort Wilderness Cabins are like camping, but a bit more luxurious. They’re located near the Fort Wilderness Campsites on 750 acres of pine and cypress forest. 

From local wildlife, to rustic woods, to pools, to recreation and activities, to golf cart rentals, and so much more, the Cabins offer just as much as a hotel, but in a different way.

And what makes the cabins so enticing is they are fully-equipped with everything you’ll need during your stay, including a kitchen and a dishwasher.

Let’s talk about everything else you need to know about the Cabins. 

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

There is one type of cabin to choose from that includes several types of amenities and views of the woods. The private cabins are fully furnished and have all the conveniences of home. 

Living area at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins

The Wilderness Cabin has 1 Queen Bed, 1 Bunk Bed, and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa. The Cabins have a living room with a TV, a dining area to eat, a small kitchen, 1 bathroom with a split tub and bath, and much more, including:

  • Toaster
  • Kitchen with dishwasher and 2 counter-top burners
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet – Free WiFi Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Convection microwave oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Telephone with voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron & Ironing Board
Kitchen at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
Bathrooms at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins

Just an FYI: housekeeping (yes, Walt Disney World housekeeping clean your cabin if you wish) will even do your dirty dishes for you.

Storage isn’t an issue. There are plenty of drawers, closets, and dressers for you to store your belongings. Plus, space underneath the queen bed. There’s even a great patio attached with a charcoal grill that’s perfect to sit and relax. Each cabin sleeps up to six people. 

Bedroom at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins

There are also wheelchair and hearing accessible cabins with roll-in accessibility and visual alarms. There are room layouts below if you want to check those out.

Cabins at Fort Wilderness Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
Wilderness Cabin
Views of Woods
1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Bunk Bed6

PET-FRIENDLY POLICY

Yes, the Cabins are pet-friendly, but there are certain conditions that must be met. First, there’s a limit of 2 dogs per room. In order to bring your dog with you, you’ll need to call (407) 939-7539.

There’ also a day and overnight kennel care at Best Friends Pet Care located on property.

Checking In And Out

There are a few options for checking in and checking out when staying at the Cabins. First, upon arrival guests can visit the Reception Outpost and check-in at the front desk. 

Those staying at the Cabin can also use online check-in through the official Walt Disney World website or via the My Disney Experience app. (Guests are encouraged to check in online or by using the app.)

Fort Wilderness Cabins reception outpost

When it comes to checking out, 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.

Here’s everything you need to know about having packages delivered and picking them up.

Grocery Delivery

You can have groceries delivered directly to your Disney Resort hotel. Dry-good storage and refrigerated storage are offered (subject to availability).

Important: a $6 fee will be charged to your room account for each grocery delivery order brought to your room by Bell Services or Luggage Assistance. Or, you can pick up these deliveries yourself from Bell Services or Luggage Assistance — at no charge.

Select items will need to be picked up in person, like alcohol. Most grocery delivery services require an individual of age to sign for alcohol and to show valid identification. Disney Resort hotels will not accept these types of orders on behalf of you.

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Resort Hotel Delivery (temporarily unavailable)

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can have park souvenirs delivered to your hotel instead of carrying them around with you all day.

Just tell the Cast Member at checkout that you want your purchase delivered to your hotel. You’ll usually pick up these items at your hotel’s gift shop (a Cast Member should tell you the designated pick-up location).

Home Delivery

In-park purchases can also be shipped to your home via UPS or FedEx for an additional fee.

Sending and Receiving Mail

Sending Mail

You can mail postcards, letters, and packages from the theme parks and select Disney Resort hotels.

Letter and Postcards
Postcards and letters with postage already applied can be mailed from any mail box located throughout the theme parks and at the Front Desk of Disney Resort hotels.

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Packages
You can ship pre-packed, pre-labeled packages at the Front Desk or Concierge desk of most Disney Resort hotels. Hotels that include an onsite Business Center, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, can also ship packages for you.

Regular shipping and handling fees will apply.

Purchasing Postage
Postage stamps are available for purchase at various gift shops including:

  • Art of Disney (Epcot)
  • Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios)
  • Disney Springs Welcome Center (Disney Springs)
  • Disney Traders (Epcot)
  • Garden Gate Gifts (Animal Kingdom)
  • Heritage Manor (Epcot)
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mickey’s Gift Station (Transportation and Ticket Center)
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios)
  • Movieland Memorabilia (Hollywood Studios)
  • Newsstand (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Outpost Shop (Animal Kingdom)
  • Sundries (Disney Springs)
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Receiving Mail

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can receive mail throughout your stay. Occasionally, some guests will ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.

If you want to receive mail during your vacation, be sure the letter or package:

  • Includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel
  • Clearly features the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival

Important: a $6 per package handling fee will apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room.

Parking

Parking is available at the Cabins, but it’s works a bit differently than a resort, because if you have a car you will park at your Cabin rather than in an actual parking lot.

Each Cabin has one parking space for one motorized vehicle. Unlike the Campsites, there is a parking fee of $20 per night.

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 Cabins, including on-site laundry services , grocery delivery, two gift shops, and more.

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

Settlement Trading Post gift store at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Groceries: You can pre-order a pantry of fresh groceries days or months before you arrive by choosing from a pre-selected list of items. All you have to do is select your items and send your grocery oder and cabin reservation details to the resort via email, fax at (407) 824-1221, or mail at Fort Wilderness Cabins, ATTN: Meadow Trading Post, 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000.
  • Laundry ServicesSelf-service laundry facilities are available at Comfort Stations.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: For dry cleaning and valet laundry service, select “Housekeeping” on your Wilderness Cabin phone.
  • Meadow Trading Post: Here you’ll find souvenirs, basic groceries, camping supplies, sundries, and also movie rentals. 
  • Settlement Trading Post: You can find 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 are:

  • 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 the Cabins at Fort Wilderness to anywhere at Disney World

There are two main forms of transportation available at the Cabins: 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 Cabins 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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Dining options at the Cabins 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

P & J Southern Takeout

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

Location type: Food Court
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Tasty entrees and family meals available, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons:  Limited seating

The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon at Fort Wilderness

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

Location type: Food Truck
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Variety of menu options that appeal to many
  • Cons:  No indoor seating

Table Service

Trail’s End Restaurant

Trail's End Sign

This is a frontier themed restaurant serving an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style breakfast and dinner menu.

Location type: Casual Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit
  • 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

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

hoop dee doo musical revue

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

Location type: Dinner Show
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
  • 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

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service Credit
  • 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

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service Credit
  • Pros:  Familiar bar food available here like nachos and wings, alcoholic drinks (including Yuengling) are an option, indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cons: Menu is limited

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