Explore the Wilderness: Why You Should Go Camping at Walt Disney World

You know you can enjoy Walt Disney World accommodations in many forms, from standard Value Resort rooms to Deluxe Villas. But one type of accommodation might not spring readily to mind when you’re planning your vacation: camping.

Fort Wilderness Resort

It sounds like an unlikely combination, camping+Walt Disney World, but it’s actually a very real option! At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds, you can set up camp on Disney property, taking in the great outdoors while in the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Here are six reasons why you should stay at Fort Wilderness’ Campgrounds on your next trip to Disney!

Camping at DISNEY WORLD!

But, seriously: having the chance to camp in the great outdoors of the Most Magical Place on Earth? It’s a truly bespoke experience!

Campsites at Fort Wilderness ©Disney

What makes it extra special is that you get to experience camping and all the fun that comes with it, but you can also climb aboard a boat for a short trip to Magic Kingdom or board a bus for the other theme parks! It’s the best of both worlds!

The Value

It’s hard to argue with the fact that staying on Disney property can get expensive. While there are tons of perks to staying in the Disney bubble (early FastPass+ reservations, Extra Magic Hours, package delivery, etc.), it’s certainly not an option that can fit into everyone’s vacation budget.

Preferred Campsite at Fort Wilderness ©Disney

Luckily, choosing to stay at a campsite at Fort Wilderness is actually far more budget friendly, with stays at the campgrounds starting at $60 per night! Whether you have a fully-loaded RV or simply want to bring yourself and a tent, there’s an option for you to take advantage of at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. (Don’t have an RV or tent of your own? There are third party vendors who’ll rent you one for your stay, although that may make the Campground less economical than a Resort.)

Tri-Circle-D Ranch

What really sets Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds apart is the sheer amount that you can do while staying there. One of the highlights of Fort Wilderness is the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, where you can go horseback riding, take carriage rides, stroll through the stables, and even take a holiday sleigh ride!

Tri-Circle-D New Barn Concept Art ©Disney

While this part of the resort is currently under construction (and we are so excited to see the renovation!), you can still take advantage of horseback riding through the property, which is an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Disney World!

Outdoor Activities

Aside from Tri-Circle-D Ranch, you will find numerous other activities that you and the kiddos can enjoy while staying at Fort Wilderness. Take, for example, archery! Kids ages seven years and up can take part in a 90-minute class that will teach them the basics of handling a bow and arrow!

Fort Wilderness Archery ©Disney

And that’s not all, you’ll also find boat rentals, bike rentals, fishing, and even the chance to take a Segway tour on the Wilderness Back Trail Adventures! The possibilities are vast and unique, making your trip to Fort Wilderness a Disney vacation unlike any you’ve ever had.

The Food

Fort Wilderness is really its own little world inside of Disney World, so of course it has its own restaurants! Now, this is one you might have read about before, because Disney guests from all over will travel to Fort Wilderness for a reservation, but perhaps the best known restaurant on property is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

Waving Napkins at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

The restaurant provides you with dinner and a show — a seriously fun one, at that! The frontier-stye show entertains with two hours of dancing, singing, and even vaudeville comedy. It’s unlike any dinner show you’ve ever been to, which has made it a must-do for many Disney guests!

The Fort Wilderness Community

In many resorts (or hotels in general), you and your family will typically keep to yourself. After all, you’re going back to your own room at the end of the day. But not at Fort Wilderness. This unique resort is built to really inspire a sense of community among guests, invoking the fun spirit of meeting new people while camping!

Campsites at Fort Wilderness ©Disney

So gather around the fire for Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long and meet some fellow Disney campers! It’s sure to be a bonding experience you won’t forget.

Have you stayed at the campgrounds in Fort Wilderness? Let us know what you thought of the experience in the comments below!

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6 Replies to “Explore the Wilderness: Why You Should Go Camping at Walt Disney World”

  1. Arriving on March 4th for 10 days. This will be our 3rd trip. Best thing is cost savings on food. allears, your welcome to meet up with us for a cookout.

  2. I never did the Disney camping, but I had some good friends who went every year for years and loved it. They did way more camping than they did the parks. I love camping, but I can’t see myself sleeping outside on the ground all night and then getting up and making by old bones walk around Disney all day.

  3. Relaxing,quiet, place to return to after a day at the parks. Nice dog park. Clean restrooms. Take your “home” and pets with you. See deer, turkeys and other wild life. Make reservations many months in advance.

    1. We have stayed at the Cabins several times and very much enjoyed the quiet and laid-back atmosphere there.
      We usually mix a few day stay there in with one at a busier resort like Boardwalk just to chill a bit. Totally different feel over there than at any other resort. I think any family configuration (families with young children as well as older retired people and anyone in between) would find it enjoyable to spend some time there. The scenery is lovely and the water views very appealing. Internal transportation is constant and the boat rides very relaxing. It does take awhile to get places other than magic kingdom from there but if that is not a problem for you then Wilderness is a destination that you might enjoy very much.