Exploring Fort Wilderness and All It Has To Offer

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Walt Disney World offers so many activities outside of the park and one of my favorites is exploring Fort Wilderness. In my opinion, Fort Wilderness is a hidden gem of Walt Disney World.

Don’t want to wait in long lines to meet characters? There’s an easy solution! Chip and Dale visit Fort Wilderness every night. You can go meet them during Chip-N-Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, while also roasting marshmallows and before ending the night, you get to watch a Disney film. The best part about this nightly activity is that it is FREE!

Fort Wilderness offers a wide variety of recreational activities for everyone. Down at the marina, boat rentals can be found. You can rent a little speed boat, or take a slow cruise on a pontoon. Fishing excursions are also available. If you’re looking to get a little bit of exercise, head over to the bike barn. Fort Wilderness is a great place to rent bikes since there’s so much space and you won’t have to worry about running people over like you would at other resorts. Want to get a bit more rugged? Head over to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, where horse riding is available. The horses are also used for nightly wagon and carriage rides, in addition to seasonal sleigh rides.

Don’t want to pay to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? No problem! Fort Wilderness goes all out for the holidays. Most all of the campsites decorate for the holidays. At Halloween, one family even turns their campsite into a frightening walk through a haunted house! Resort hopping around the holidays is a must do for many people, but Fort Wilderness often gets overlooked.

I left the best for last: Food! Let’s start with The Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck. This RV styled quick service serves BBQ sandwiches and snack items – even a build-your-own s’mores kit is available! Grab a drink and appetizer at Crockett’s Tavern, with the convenient walk up window and take a seat in one of their comfy rocking chairs while enjoying pizza, loaded nachos and wings in 3 different flavors! My favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World is Trail’s End. It’s a down-home buffet style restaurant that serves both breakfast and dinner. During breakfast, you can get eggs, bacon, or go crazy with a breakfast pizza! At dinner, load up on fried chicken or hand-carved roasted meats. There’s nothing you won’t like at Trail’s End and there’s options for everyone!

Looking for a little more unique dining experience? No problem, head over to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for a “hootin tootin hoedown”! Meet Mickey and friends during this all-you-care-to-enjoy experience. Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue is one of Walt Disney World’s longest running attractions. You’ll experience the same cuisine that you do at Trail’s End, however, you will be in for quite the show. This dinner show gets pretty rowdy!

If you just want to get away and relax, you can do that, too, at Fort Wilderness. Tucked away from the other resorts, you’ll be sure to get it there; where you’re out in nature, tucked quietly away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

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MichelleR

Michelle did the Disney College Program in 2012 as Main Street Custodial. A few years after, she worked briefly at Space Mountain before moving on to being a Concierge Trainer and Facilitator at Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Saratoga Resort and Spa. Currently Michelle lives in Massachusetts, but visits the World whenever she can.
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  • Great article! Ever since the early 80’s when my family began taking us down to WDW we would always have 1 night over at the Hoop-Dee-Doo. And to this day I still look forward to that night. Now being older, it’s nice to head to Crockett’s Tavern first for a few drinks and then to the later show at Pioneer Hall. It’s a night you can really enjoy absent the crowded parks. We stayed in the Wilderness Lodge last year and were able to rent bikes to ride around Fort Wilderness for the 1st time. It was a lot of fun!!

  • I ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Trail’s End one year. One of best options to get a Thanksgiving meal if you happen to be in Disney World that week.

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