Friday, April 16, 2010

RV PARK REVIEW: Fort Wilderness, Disney World part 2

As I wrote yesterday, this is part 2 of my review of the Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World.  There are a ton of things to do at this campground....besides going to any of the 4 theme parks or the 2 water parks. 

This is the building where you will do your check-in when you arrive at Fort Wilderness.  They call this the Reception Outpost.  It is also where you go to rent a golf cart if you want to use one while you are here.  We have never rented one on any of our trips.  I think they are fairly pricey (what isn't?) but very worth it if you have folks with disabilities, aging folks, or tiny travelers that may need the help getting around.

We are staying in Loop #400 and that is one of the closer to the marina and boat transportation.  It is still a bit of a walk, but we enjoy the walking.  It also helps burn up a few more calories so we can eat more in the WDW restaurants.  This is the boat we got to take us over to the Contemporary Resort where we ate breakfast.  At this marina on Bay Lake you can rent all manner of watercraft (small Sea Raycer boats, pontoon boats) or arrange for fishing tours on the lake.  Boat transportation to the hotels or the Magic Kingdom is free. 

Near the marina is also the area called Pioneer Hall.  They have the Trail's End buffet restaurant, arcade, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (great show), Crockett's Tavern and a concierge.  There is also a beach for swimming in Bay Lake though.  There are several playgrounds within the campground and 2 Trading Posts where you can purchase camping supplies, groceries, sundries, souvenirs and much more.  This is the Meadow Trading Post.

You can rent a Wilderness Cabin if you don't have an RV or tent.  We have stayed in one of these before
and they are like a park model home with full kitchen, living area, large bedroom and full bathroom.  You can cook your own meals and get housekeeping services everyday.  There are now 2 large swimming pools in the campground and they are a lot of fun for adults as well as the kids.  Snack bars are available, too.

They have a large dog park here also.  It is the Waggin' Trails Dog Park.  We have seen many good looking dogs having fun there.  Annie isn't one to want to go to the dog park anymore.  She is too tired to walk over there.  :)

You can rent canoes, bicycles, arrange horseback rides, see the petting zoo, go to nightly movie showings at the Chip 'n Dale Campfire, follow many of the walking or jogging paths or go for wagon rides.

There is free bus transportation, like the free boat transportation, to take you to all parts of the campground.  There is also a transfer station here where you can get another bus to take you to any of the other locations anyplace in Walt Disney World.  Disney has tried to provide you with anything you could want here at Fort Wilderness in order to make your stay enjoyable and memorable.  It works!

Until next long for now!


Happytrails said...

All I can say is WDW does it right!!! What a wonderful place. I can't wait to experience WDW in our motorhome as full-timers one day. Thanks so much for the terrific tour.

Have lots of fun!!

Mike & Gerri (

Carol K said...

It all looks like a lot of fun! We went to the Hoop-De-Doo Revue when we visited WDW in 1996. It was pricey but a fun experience. We also went to the Chip and Dale marshmallow roast. We were able to do all this even though we weren't staying at Fort Wilderness.

Rick and Paulette said...

Thanks again for another great review and pictures, Margie. That campground seems to have thought of everything! With those boats and canoes for rent, are there any alligators around there? Wouldn't get me in a canoe if there were.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Looks like a marvelous place to stay even without going into the Disney World attractions. I can see where a week just isn't long enough!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing:Small House... BIG Backyard