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IndieRV: Visit Disney and stay at Fort Wilderness Resort

There’s no better way to visit Disney than to stay at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground!

Open since 1971, Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground is huge. It has almost 800 campsites broken into 4 types accommodating everything from tents to big rigs. The campground also has more than 400 air-conditioned cabins with full kitchens. Set among 750 acres of pine and cypress forest, it blends “real Florida” with the imagination of Disney World.

Know Before You Go
The campground has so much to see and do that it really is a destination in itself. In fact, one of the best things about staying at Fort Wilderness is relaxing at the campground in between visits to the theme parks. So be sure to stay long enough to enjoy time at the Fort, otherwise it is not really worth the cost.

  • Campground Sites: All campsites have water, electric, cable television, a picnic table and a charcoal grill. All sites except the tent/pop-up type have sewer as well.
  • Site Type and Cost:Keep in mind when you are looking at the campground fees, that you don’t have to pay for parking at Disney. In fact, you don’t even have to drive! You can take a boat right from the campground. That is a savings of the $20/day Disney theme park parking fee.
    Tent or Pop-Up Campsite $62* – 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. These do not have sewer and pets are not permitted.
    Full Hook-Up Campsite $83* – Combine a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 50 feet with a smaller tent space at the back. The full hook-up loops are loops 1600-1900, and are all pet-friendly. Loop 1600 is closest to the Meadow area and best among these for first-timers.
    Preferred Campsite $89* – Concrete pad up to 10 feet by 45 feet. These are located closer to amenities than the Full Hook-Up sites. Shown in video above.
    Premium Campsite Room $96* – Concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet. Shown in video above.
    *Rates listed are pre-tax weekday/non-holiday rates
  • Comfort Stations: More than just a bath house! There are 15 comfort stations strategically located through the campground. Many loops have their own comfort station; however, some of the smaller loops share a single, centrally located station. The comfort stations are all air-conditioned and include private showers, restrooms, laundry rooms, pay and house phones, and ice machines. They are open 24 hours a day, but have security locks that are activated from midnight to 6 a.m.
  • Where to Find Food: Fort Wilderness has 3 restaurants and 2 dinner shows on site! Both of the shows Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue sell out, so book it early once you’ve secured your site reservation.
  • Fort Wilderness has two stores also known as trading posts: Meadows Trading Post and Settlement Trading Post. They are almost identical and basic groceries, as well as Disney apparel and gifts. The Meadows Trading Post also has: camping supplies (including propane tanks, sewage hoses, etc.), a deli, video rental, and an expanded selection of Fort Wilderness souvenirs.
  • Walt Disney World even offers a grocery delivery service for the Fort Wilderness cabins. If you’re a cabin guest, you can pre-order a pantry full of fresh groceries days and even months before you arrive and they’ll be ready to enjoy the moment you arrive.
  • Some examples of recreational activities (for a fee) include:
    • Arcade
    • Archery
    • Bike Rentals
    • Marina with Boat Rentals
    • Horseback Riding
  • There’s also plenty of free fun:
    • Playgrounds
    • Basketball and Tetherball
    • Sand Volleyball
    • Horseshoes and shuffleboard
    • Two lighted tennis courts
    • Two swimming pools – The Meadows pool has a large kiddie pool and water slide.
    • Electrical Water Pageant – You can view the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach/marina area each night.
    • Free Campfire Sing-A-Long with Chip & Dale – The campfire program occurs every evening for free! Held behind the Meadow Trading Post, it begins with a sing-along led by a Disney cast member and a marshmallow roast around two campfire rings (you have to buy your own marshmallows or bring your own).

As a guest of Fort Wilderness, you get the extra Magic Hours at the theme parks offered to all Disney World Resort guests. Most importantly, Fort Wilderness Campground is the only pet friendly resort at Walt Disney World. If that isn’t enough convince you to stay here, watch this video!

This post was written by Sean & Julie Chickery of Chickery’s Travels. You can fin more great ideas on places to go & things to see on IndieRV Travel Network! IndieRV provides crowd-sourced content on the Best of the Best RV destinations, activities, attractions and more!

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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