Ft. Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World is for those who love to camp. You can rent a campsite and camp in either your RV or your tent. This is a great way to experience staying on Disney property without breaking the bank.
Price: Campsite is $46 to $125 a night. Each additional adult on the campsite is $5 a night.
You can either camp in a tent or bring your RV. Alternatively, you can rent a tent directly from Disney for $30 per night, but it is first come, first serve. I would purchase an inexpensive tent and bring it with me.
You can also find companies around Orlando who will rent you an RV for the duration of your stay. They will also deliver and set it up for you as part of the rental agreement. One preferred rental is Luxurious Rentals.
Campsite size: They range from 25 to 60 feet and are approximately 25 feet wide and all have a picnic table, charcoal grill, electricity and city water. Some even have sewer.
Site count: 788 conventional campsites that are between 25 to 60 feet. They are limited to 10 people per site. They each come with a picnic table, charcoal grill, electricity access and city water. 695 of the campsites have sewer hookup.
Creakside Meadow is a primitive campsite area that is for use of schools, scouts and other large groups.
You can purchase 1/2 bin of Firewood for $25 or a full bin for $50. You can also rent cots for $5 a person.
You may have a contained campfire on your site with either a mesh or metal cover. If you are creekside, you have to have a metal cover.
There are 15 comfort stations that include private showers, restrooms, laundry rooms, phones and ice machines ($2 per 7 lb bag) located throughout the campground. They are open 24 hours a day, except laundry is only available from 6 am – midnight.
Lobby: If you are staying in a cabin, you enter Reception Outpost and check in at the front desk. If you are staying at one of the campsites, you remain in your vehicle and check in at one of the drive up windows.
Settlement Trading Post – Located near Pioneer Hall and Trails End. Choose from a variety of gifts including: Housewares, hats and apparel. Take some treasure home as well.
Meadow Trading Post – Here you will find camping supplies, a deli, video rental, souvenirs, supplies, sporting goods, basic groceries and more. The campfire area is also located nearby.
Pioneer Hall – Here you will find souvenirs, supplies, sporting goods, basic groceries and more.
Food options: There are 2 restaurants, 2 dinner shows and snack bars. Crockett’s Tavern has beverages and snack foods like pizza. Trails End Restaurant is a sit down restaurant and also has the refillable mugs and a to go window where you can pick up pizzas and fried chicken. You can book dinner experiences at Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.
You can also find a small assortment of groceries at the Settlement Trading Post and the Meadow Trading Post.
Pools: There are 2 pools. The main pool is located near the Meadow Trading Post. The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool has a water slide, hot tub and children’s play area.
The smaller pool is located near the cabins.
Playground: There are 4 playgrounds. They are located at Pioneer Hall, Meadow Recreation area, on the beach and at Creekside Meadow.
Tri-Circle D Ranch is home to Cinderella’s Ponies and the majestic horses of Main Street, U.S.A. If you visit in the afternoon, you’ll see the same horses that you saw that morning in the parks!
You can also watch the blacksmith make and affix horseshoes, learn more about the Dragon Calliope that appeared in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade in the 1950’s in Disneyland and even take a pony ride! Pony rides are daily from 10 am to 5 pm for kids 2 years of age, under 80 pounds and no taller than 48 inches. It is a cash only activity. You can also take a 45 minute Horseback Trail Ride (for guests 9 and up) or a 25 minute wagon ride or a 25 minute carriage ride.
Pets: You are allowed to bring your pets to select campsites (not cabins) on property. You will need to book a pet campsite ahead of time and the fee is $5 per pet per day. There is also a Waggin’ Trails Dog Park where pets can play off the leash.
- Campfire with Chip and Dale nightly starting at 7 – 8 pm depending on season
- Horseback Riding
- Petting Zoo
- Pony Rides
- Wagon Rides
- Carriage Rides
- Bicycle rental
- Poolside party
- Poolside activities and crafts
- and more!
The Wilderness Back Trail Adventures tour is a Segway tour that can be booked by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. It is 2 hours long and you will receive 30 minutes of instructional time on the Segway before your tour begins.
If you are visit Ft. Wilderness at Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween or Christmas, you are in for a real treat!
Easter – Field Day Fun, Bingo and Easter Egg Hunts
Fourth of July – Hometown style parade put on by the guests where you can mark, drive decorated golf carts or ride decorated bikes in the parade. you must register ahead of time at the Outpost, Settlement or Meadow Trading Post.
Halloween – Book a Sleepy Hallowe Halloween Carriage Ride nightly in October. There is also a parade that guests can participate in, a camp site decorating contest and a Pet costume parade and contest.
Christmas – Participate in a camp site decorating contest. You can also book a sleigh ride nightly.
Transportation: You can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom or the Contemporary. You can take a bus to the other parks (excluding Magic Kingdom), Downtown Disney or Wilderness Lodge.
Golf carts are available to rent for $59 a day or you can bring your own golf cart.
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom –7 miles
- Hollywood Studios –11 miles
- Epcot – 6 miles
- Magic Kingdom –2 miles
This featured review comes from my reader Erika…
For years and years, I called myself the biggest Disney fan who had never been to Disney. Finally, in December 2005 at the age of 32, with a family of my own, I went on my first trip to Disney World!
Along for the trip was hubby, our 2 kids, my sister (age 25) and our 2 kids. Our budget was tight, but I was determined to go. So, as part of our plan, we choose to stay in the Disney campground in our already owned pop-up camper.
Staying at the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground in a tent or camper is the lowest price rate you can get for any of the available accommodations at Disney—it starts at only $46 a night!
And, while at Fort Wilderness, you get all of the privileges that you would get if you stayed any other resort—free monorail, early entry days, transportation all around Disney, etc. There were even ferry boats that ran between Fort Wilderness and the Magic Kingdom.
If bringing along your pets–this is the one place they are allowed to stay with you. And, boarding is on site if you need to board them to go to the parks or elsewhere.
Fort Wilderness is made up of over 700 acres of campsites and things to do. Some things to do while there included: picking oranges off the tree at our site, playing tetherball, swimming in the many pools, tennis courts, visiting the animal petting zoo, water boat parades, and much, much more.
Also open to anyone who stays at any of the Disney properties was horseback riding (charges apply). This was my daughter’s first “real” horseback ride and a very memorable experience for her.
Another feature exclusive to Fort Wilderness is the sing-a-long campfires with Chip and Dale, followed by a Disney movie on the outdoor big screen (no charge). We came back from the parks early enough for this almost every night—all of us LOVED it! Again—this is open to anyone staying at ANY Disney resort—I would recommend planning it as part of your trip.
We were also totally impressed with how clean everything in the campground was kept! Just like everywhere else in Disney—every spot of the entire grounds was kept sparkling clean at all times.
And, as a big surprise to our kids (and the adults)-since we were there on Christmas Day—Santa found us and remembered to deliver complimentary treats to us!
This might have been our first trip done on a smaller budget—but, we enjoyed every minute of our Fort Wilderness experience and only wished we had more time to just hang around the campground. However, it was our first trip and there were parks to see.
You might also consider staying in one of the Cabins at Ft Wilderness.