Fort Wilderness Campground, Walt Disney World

A quick review of our ‘camping’ trips to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.  We’ve been there on three separate occasions, and every time enjoy the folly of it all.

I have a hard time calling the FW experience ‘camping’… it’s more like an ultimate full-service, private ‘campground-flavored’ experience; Disney style.

Fort Wilderness Map
Fort Wilderness Map


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October 2007

Site 507.  'Full' type. Cramped, not much of a view.  Remote from everything.
Site 507. ‘Full’ type. Cramped, not much of a view. Remote from everything.

This visit was during halloween.  Crowds were much smaller in the parks.  There was a ‘not so scary’ halloween party promo going on, where you could burn more cash for an after-hours ticket to the Magic Kingdom.  Not sure if it was by design, but it was definitely ‘creepy’ being in the park with it so wide open.  No wait for anything.

March 2009

Site 1324. 'Premium'. Nice view, lots of space. No neighbors curb side!
Site 1324. ‘Premium’. Nice view, lots of space. No neighbors curb side!

Moved once during our visit.  Hard to get contiguous reservations, on short notice.

Site 858.
Site 858. ‘Preferred’ upgrade.

We stayed in FW for 5 nights, and only visited the parks on 2 of those days.  There’s plenty to do inside the campground.  Fireworks at night, with a great view from the beach area.  Every night a sing-along at the campfire, with smores, followed by a movie on the big screen.  There’s also canoeing, swimming, and bike rentals for an exorbitant fee.

April 2010

S608 drive
Site 608

Site 608, or any of the riverside slots in 600 Loop, are IMHO the best in the whole CG.  Plenty of space, nice view, proximate to general store, pool, canoe rental, campfire sing-along; of course, it’s a ‘premium’ so you’ll be paying a hefty surcharge.  But hey, it’s ‘Disney’, hemorrhaging money is to be expected.

We enjoy the cable hookup (we don’t subsidize ‘the beast’ at home) as another frivolous luxury, with the Disney channel that loops vintage cartoons 24/7.  Our hands down favorite:

Conclusion

Fort Wilderness is exactly what you’d expect from Disney; ridiculously expensive, perfectly manicured, stress-free camping with plenty of activities (even without the gigantic amusement parks, next door) for the kiddies.

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