Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
We stayed in a cabin January 2017. Great time to be in Orlando and visit DisneyWorld. Down below is all the fun facts about this resort and also a YouTube video that we filmed while there. It is a great place to stay with plenty of activities and easy access to all DisneyWorld theme parks and beyond. Highly recommend staying here. Tips: rent a golf cart to get around and make sure you dine at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, it opened as a permanent show on September 5, 1974. Today it’s one of the country’s longest-running dinner shows and has presented more than 37,000 performances. More than 10.5 million guests have seen the high-spirited show.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a themed camping resort located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It officially opened on November 19, 1971.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Bay Lake and Disney’s River Country, a now-defunct water park. The resort is also located near Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Fort Wilderness was designed with a rustic theme. Tree-lined winding roads loop around to the various regions of the resort. Part of the resort is occupied by campsites where visitors with tents or recreational vehicles can stay. The remainder of the lodging area is occupied by cabins, designed to resemble log cabins.
The resort hosts two dinner shows, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. A buffet called Trail’s End And an RV themed food truck are also among the resort’s dining options.
The resort features playgrounds and two heated swimming pools. Other activities include fishing and horseback riding. A 2.3-mile (3.7 km) paved and sand exercise trail extends from the pony farm to the Wilderness Lodge. They also provide canoes, kayaks, bikes, and tennis rackets to rent at the bike barn. Guests can make reservations to be taught archery and go horseback riding.
Located next to the Beach, guests can visit the Tri Circle D ranch, where the horses used by the Disney company are kept. Trail rides, Carriage and Hay rides, and a petting zoo are also available. Each night, the campground features the Campfire Sing-Along with Chip ‘n’ Dale presented by Pop secret. A Disney Cast Member leads songs in an outdoor amphitheater, while the characters Chip ‘n’ Dale approach seated audience members, signing autographs and posing for photos. Two firepits are available for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Following the sing-along, a Disney children’s movie is shown on an outdoor screen. Here is where the fore mentioned food truck stands selling lunch and dinner. Also at night, the Electrical Water Pageant passes the beach and marina.
Fort Wilderness Railroad
The Fort Wilderness Railroad utilized four replica steam locomotives and twenty coaches built by Walt Disney Imagineering. After the railroad was closed, the locomotives and coaches were stored and forgotten for several years until they were rediscovered by Carolwood Pacific Historical Society chairman Michael Broggie. Today, the locomotives and twelve of the surviving coaches are privately owned by Carolwood Pacific Historical Society members Jim Zordich of Boring, Oregon (Locomotive No. 1 and one coach); Bill Dundas of Camarillo, California (Locomotive No. 2, Locomotive No. 3, and ten coaches); and Michael Campbell of Livermore, California (Locomotive No. 4 and one coach). While Locomotive No. 1 and Locomotive No. 4 are static displays in their respective owner’s backyards, the locomotives owned by Bill Dundas can be found on his private Santa Rosa Valley Railroad, which consists of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge track as well as 7 1⁄2 in (190.5 mm) gauge track for the miniature trains he also owns. None of the Fort Wilderness Railroad locomotives are operational. In addition, a few of the coaches are still located on the Walt Disney World property. Two were located at the central entrance to Downtown Disney and used as ticket booths prior to its transition into its current form as Disney Springs. They have since been sold at auction to private individuals. Another is currently used as a prop in the Typhoon Lagoon parking lot.The Fort Wilderness Railroad was a 2.5–3.5-mile (4.0–5.6 km) 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge steam-powered railroad located in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The railroad provided transportation for resort guests to the resort’s various campsites, as well as to the nearby River Country water park. After an operational trial period in late 1973, the railroad officially opened on January 1, 1974. Because of issues with track maintenance, pedestrian safety, and noise concerns, the railroad only operated occasionally after 1977, and closed permanently in February 1980. Some sections of track remain in place along the outer areas of the campground.