PHOTOS: Construction of Potential New Cast Building at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Slows

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Construction of Potential New Cast Building at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Slows

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Construction of Potential New Cast Building at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Slows

In August, the framework of a new building became visible behind fences and scrim near Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Roof tiles and trim were later added to the building, which is rumored to be for Cast Members.

New Building at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

The building hasn’t changed much since our last update, although we did see a crew member on-site behind the fence.

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

It looks like there is white pavement in front of the entrance.

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

Wood paneling is still visible behind a white wrap around the building.

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

Roofing looks complete and construction materials have been removed from the roof.

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

From further away, we could see through the fencing at the side of the building.

Construction on Potential Cast Member Building at Disney's Fort Wilderness Slows

A row of windows is visible with most covered by scrim, but two are open. The ground next to the building is still mostly devoid of development.

This site is the former home of Tri-Circle-D Ranch. The new Tri-Circle-D Ranch opened in 2020.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Refurbishment

fort wilderness concept art

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is undergoing a refurbishment that includes the recent updates to Trail’s End Restaurant and Crockett’s Tavern. New composite exterior seating outside Crockett’s Tavern replaced wooden furniture and metal picnic tables.

Last month, Disney filed a permit for the new Disney Vacation Club cabins that will replace the current cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. These new cabins are projected to open in 2024 and will be the 17th DVC resort. They were announced in April of this year with concept art. Disney said in the announcement that the proposed cabins “would be built with an eye toward the environment, utilizing the footprint of the existing cabins and taking advantage of more energy-efficient features.”

Design concepts offer a fresh take on the current cabin experience and are inspired by the resort’s idyllic setting, while also paying homage to the resort’s unique culture and heritage through the magic of Disney storytelling. Each proposed, stand-alone cabin offers spacious accommodations, sleeping up to six adults, and features a bedroom, bathroom, living room, full kitchen and private patio. A select number of cabins are also expected to be dog-friendly.

Walt Disney World also recently received an extension on a construction permit related to Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a Disney Vacation Club resort thought canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the extended permit could now be for the construction of the new Fort Wilderness cabins.

If you’re curious about the current look of the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, check out our 2020 tour and review.

Boat transportation recently resumed between Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

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