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Amenities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort: The Outpost and Meadow



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, click here.)

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S FORT WILDERNESS RESORT: THE OUTPOST AND MEADOW

Review The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds from yourfirstvisit.net

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort has three different ways to stay–in a cabin, a group campsite, or a regular campsite.

All three share the resort’s  amenities—such as a beach, marina, dining areas, stores, stables, movie and sing-along theater, bike rental area, pools, boat docks for transport to the Magic Kingdom (and to two other Disney Resorts—the Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Resort), bus stops for everything else, etc., on more than 700 acres.

Annotated Map Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s three areas to keep in mind at Fort Wilderness, the Outpost, at the lower right of the map and circled in purply-blue; the Meadow, in the center of the map and circled in yellow; and the Setlement, at the top left of the map and circled in red.

THE OUTPOST AT DISNEY’S FORT WILDERNESS RESORT

The Outpost area is mostly about logistics, but also has one amenity.

Drive Through Check In Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

This is where you enter Fort Wilderness to check in. Those with rigs can do drive-through check in.

Check In Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

If you are entering via Disney’s Magical Express, check in is inside in an apparently difficult to photograph space.  This is also where you can get help with dining reservations, tickets and such.

Parking Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Check-in time is 1p for the campsites and 3p for the cabins. If you are early, or have extra cars, toy trailers, etc., there’s a small parking lot here.  This is also where you would park if you are driving in to see Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

Golf Cart Rental Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Just outside the check in building is an area where you pick up your golf cart if you rented one.

Bus Stop Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A little north is the Outpost bus stop.  You’ll get to know this very well, as this is the only stop for the buses that take you to all the parks except the Magic Kingdom, and also to Downtown Disney. (You get to the Magic Kingdom via boat from the Settlement.)

The internal buses that go into Fort Wilderness itself also depart from here. These internal buses run on three routes.  All go to the Settlement and Hoop-Dee-Doo; for your campsite or cabin, check the bus route map posted here to select the one that will drop you off at the closest point.

Golf Cart Parking Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s also parking here for those with golf carts.

Trail Rides Outpost Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The only amenity in the Outpost area is trail rides.

Most of the fun at at Fort Wilderness is in the two more northern areas, the Meadow and the Settlement.

THE MEADOW AREA AT DISNEY’S FORT WILDERNESS RESORT

The Meadow area in the center of Fort Wilderness has a shop, bike and boat rentals, an outdoor theater with a fun evening program and the main Fort Wilderness pool and recreation complex.

Meadow Pool Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (3)

I’ll come back to the pool area in detail later in this review.

Meadows Store Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds from yourfirstvisit.net

In this Meadow area you’ll also find one of the two stores at Fort Wilderness (the other is in the Settlement).

Meadows Store Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Meadow Trading Post Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

These two shops have a varied selection of Disney stuff, camping supplies, and a strong assortment of food. (The Settlement shop is thinner on camping gear and food.)

Meadow Trading Post Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (5)

You’ll also find here bulk ice, candy, and a refillable mug station.

Meadow Trading Post Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (3)

Shopping is made tougher by the lack of parking spots. There’s a few outside the store…

Meadow Trading Post Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (4)

…and a few more across the street.

Meadow Bike Barn Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Behind the store and to the left is a place where you can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks and such.

Bike Barn Offerings Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The menu of offerings (click to enlarge…some of these leave from the marina at the Settlement).

Kayaks and Canoes Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Kayaks and canoes on the bank, dreaming they’ll be rented.

Meadow Fishing Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Fishing.

Canoes Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds from yourfirstvisit.net

Canoeing.

Segway Tour Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

One of the amenities on offer here is the “Wilderness Back Trail Adventure,” which I would do if it weren’t Segway-based.  It’s odd enough that I’m a Disney World blogger and guidebook author.  If I added “Segway rider” to that list no one would ever speak to me without a guard.

Campfire Show Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

Beyond the Bike Barn is an open-air theater.  In the evenings, there’s a extensive campfire program here:

S'more Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

S’mores–Disney will sell you the supplies or you can bring your own…

Chip and Dale Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

…a sing-along–which frankly I found a little lame…

Chip or Dale Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

…the chance to meet Chip or Dale (they split the crowd between them)–love the expression on the little boy’s face…

Me and a Chipmunk Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

…Me and Chip…

Movies Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground from yourfirstvisit.net

…and then a Disney movie.

The main pool and recreation area is here too, but as noted above I cover that in more detail later in this review.

THE SETTLEMENT AREA AT DISNEY’S FORT WILDERNESS RESORT

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4 comments

1 Misty { 07.23.15 at 11:06 am }

Would a ranger/mule be acceptable in lieu of a golf cart?

2 Dave { 07.23.15 at 12:03 pm }

Misty, they don’t allow ATVs. See this –scroll down to “Unauthorized Vehicles”

3 Liz { 03.05.17 at 7:23 pm }

Hi! I just read your review of the cabins at Ft. Wilderness and I have to thank you because it is super detailed and provided me with lots of information. I booked a cabin for April 16th, Easter Sunday for our small family of 3, husband, 7 yeard old daugther and me (Mom). We’ll be staying for a week. This resort appealed to me because I like being close to nature and I’m looking forward to the outdoor activities, I also avoid hotels that feel like hotels (if you know what I mean), being in a closed building is not my idea of a good, relaxing vacation. Even though I’m happy with my decision, I’m concerned about transportation and not getting to the parks on time. I’m usually at the parks before they open to make good use of time before lines start getting huge. My question is if I could just use my car to go to the parks and if I do I would have to pay for parking. I would really appreciate if you answer this question, and also if you have additional tips on getting around the resort. Thanks a lot and God bless!

4 Dave { 03.06.17 at 8:30 am }

Hi Liz, and thanks for your thanks!!

You can use your car, but should do so only for AK, HS and Epcot. Because of how parking is set up at MK, you will want to take the boat to MK. Parking at the parks is free to those staying in a WDW resort like the Fort.

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