For those not in the know, my husband is a Disney cast member. He’s an imagineer. Yes, I know. Amazing right? Anyway he managed to combine a work trip with the Disney World Marathon and so I tagged along for a weeks vacation. Who doesn’t want to spend 6 days touring the theme parks? Each visit we try to stay somewhere new and this trip we managed to score big time with a weeklong stay at Fort Wilderness Cabins! So full disclosure, I piggybacked on my husbands work trip and scored a free stay!
Yep, there is a huge camping resort in Disney World who knew? Whether you want to rough it in a tent (not provided), experience the RV life (with full hook-ups and laundry facilities) or opt for a cabin then Fort Wilderness had you covered. For those wanting something a little less rural then Wilderness Lodge (a deluxe resort) is just a few miles away instead.
Fort Wilderness Cabins
While Fort Wilderness is classed as a moderate resort (compared to the deluxe resorts) bear in mind that prices can differ a lot from resort to resort and you get what you pay for. Meaning that the Fort Wilderness Cabins aren’t cheap. They sleep 6, and have a kitchen, lounge and dining area. Plus parking is right outside your door! The convenience of having a kitchen cannot be overstated. These IMO are designed for families, because if you’ve eaten at a Disney park or resort you’ll know for a family of 4+ that gets spend real quick. There’s a reason they have the option for dining plan in their vacation budgeting.
So let’s look at reasons Fort Wilderness Cabins rock:
- Convenient Parking. You Park right outside your cabin. Great for those going outside of the resort to eat or shop.
- The cabins are secluded. No adjoining walls to hear the baby crying next door, or toilets flushing. Which means…
- It’s quiet! Most people staying here are here for the peace and quiet the resort offers. Which is a nice contrast to the loud and crowd filled theme parks.
- Large living space with pull out sofa bed. Phone, big TV, cable and wi-fi all here too. So you can spend a day at the park or just chill out at the resort.
- Dining area that seats 6, convenient as it sleeps 6.
- There is a kitchen, albeit small. It does have a large fridge with freezer, a 2 burner stover and a combination microwave/oven. If you have food allergies then a Fort Wilderness Cabin is a great option to cook at “home”. Note: there is also a grill outside, and outdoor picnic area. We never used it, but for those that love to BBQ grab some charcoal and get grilling.
- The bathroom is spacious and well stocked with towels. The toiletries are in full size bottles with dispensers which is much better for the environment. Hair Dryer included.
- Finally the bedroom sleeps 4 with a queen bed, and bunk beds. I am not a fan of beds up against a wall but for the two of us this worked because…. Yep, you know I tried both both bunk beds. The mattresses on the bunk beds were MUCH firmer Than the queen, and at 5’4″ it was a squeeze but comfortable. Another TV here as well as a closet, drawers, mirror, iron and ironing board, and safe
Forewarned is forearmed….
All in all everything you need for a great vacation, whether you eat in, or eat out and just prefer more space. However the cabins aren’t without their faults either and I would be remiss not to include a couple of things we discovered you may want to prepare for!
- The kitchen has some basic equipment: cutlery, kettle, coffeemaker, toaster, plates, dishes etc. However, no cooking utensils. Yeah, we were slightly puzzled by that one. So either bring your own, prepare to pay inflated prices at the onsite store or drive to the dollarstore.
- For a family of 6 you’re gonna have to stagger showers because there is only one bathroom. I suggest switching am/pm otherwise add and extra hour to your morning.
Fort Wilderness Resort
As a whole the resort was great. If you love the outdoors, self catering and wildlife this place is for you! It has all the same facilities as a regular Disney World Resort, just spread out a little more. Honestly I think it had the most stuff to do than any resort I’ve been to so far. With multiple pools, childrens play equipment, volleyball, basketball, tennis, campfire sing-a-longs, horse riding, running route and more. Heck it even has a dog park!
For those wanting to chill out like many of the resorts there is a beach with loungers. In face the beach and the rocking chairs at the tavern are great places to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
As I mentioned this is the resort for nature lovers, and has a barn with lots of horses, ponies and a donkey. The American wilderness is the big attraction. We saw so many critters. Wild deer roam around, and the squirrels are super friendly.
If the thought of being a large resort is a little daunting remember that there are buses circling the resort all day, everyday. So getting to food/drink and parks is super easy. Transport to Magic Kingdom is easy as there is a boat leaving approximately every 20 minutes. For all other parks there are buses from the main outpost, and you can view the departure times on the My Disney Experience app.
In all I had a great trip. Staying at the Fort Wilderness cabins was a great experience and yes we’d stay there again for sure.
- Have you stayed at a Disney Resort before?
- Do you prefer self-catering or hotels for your vacation?
- Would you sleep in a bunk bed as an adult?