Fort Wilderness Campground
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|At A Glance
||The only Disney on-site resort
that allows guests to use their own RV, the Fort Wilderness
campground is also the only resort that allows pets on-site.
Fort Wilderness Campground is a different kind of Disney Resort
experience. At Fort Wilderness, guests can park their own RV,
pitch a tent, or stay in a Disney-owned camper-trailer. The resort
is more rustic than the hotels, of course. Showers and rest rooms
are provided in comfort stations that are scattered around the
The smaller numbered loops (100-500) are located closest to Bay
Lake. River Country, Pioneer Hall, and Crockett's Tavern, the
campground's restaurant, are located up at this northern end of
the campgrounds. A riding stable and several area pools are located
around the facility as well.
The rock formations at Fort Wilderness were designed by the same
man who created Big Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.
Note that the Fort Wilderness campground is the only resort that
allows pets. For an additional $3 over and above the normal nightly
Fort Wilderness is all about keeping the cost low by camping,
so you can either take your own Motor Home / RV, and stay in that,
or alternatively you can take a tent, and camp out.
If you plan to take a tent, it's best to request a 'loop' that's
reserved especially for tents. Otherwise you may well find yourself
sandwiched in between a pair of large motor homes.
Food and Drink
One of the main reasons for staying at Fort Wilderness Campground
is to save money during a trip to WDW. Therefore, one of the common
sights, especially at dinnertime, is campers busily preparing
dinner...sometimes on the grill, perhaps on a camp stove, maybe
even in the kitchen of their camper or 5th wheel.
Food is available at the two trading posts right on the campgrounds.
Alternatively, you can also run to Goodings Supermarket at the
Crossroads (across SR 535 as you drive on Hotel Plaza Boulevard)
or one of the Publix Supermarket 192 East and West of WDW.
However, FWC does offer food and beverages at several locations,
most of them in the Pioneer Hall complex near Bay Lake. Crockett's
Tavern is a family-style restaurant with a frontier theme. Trail's
End is a cafeteria style eatery.
This is probably Fort Wilderness Campground's strong suit. In
addition to the "Hoop Dee Doo Review" dinner show, Fort Wilderness
also plays host to daily evening campfire programs which include
a sing-along and a showing of a Disney film.
Sports (golf, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, tetherball, volleyball,
water skiing, fishing) and other activities (horseback riding,
boating, or a visit to a petting farm) are readily available,
Buses provide, not only transportation to the other WDW locations,
but also to the internal locations within the campground. The
Contemporary Resort, Discovery Island, and the Magic Kingdom can
all be reached via water on boats that depart frequently from
Directions to the Resort