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There are four types of campsites and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, which are the only full-indoor lodgings. All of the spots have room for your own vehicle, making Fort Wilderness one of the only resorts with private parking right at your space. Also, you have a bit more choice in the type of accommodation, as much of your housing your bring yourself!
With that in mind, you do need to remember that much of what will make your stay comfortable falls on you.
For experienced campers, this won’t matter much – just do what you would do normally. After all, Fort Wilderness as a whole has more in the way of amenities than some other campsites.
However, if you’ve never camped before, you might want to consider renting an RV rather than completely roughing it.
Let’s explore the campsites and cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness!
Fort Wilderness Campsites & Cabins
- Cabins at Fort Wilderness
Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Opening just over a month after Walt Disney World itself, the campsites at Fort Wilderness are one of the oldest accommodation options on property.
Even though Fort Wilderness has seen updates and expansions over the years, the premise of getting out into the great outdoors remains much the same.
With that in mind, Fort Wilderness offers four types of campsites, each varying slightly in size and price. This is largely to contain whatever type of camping equipment you bring, as well as the size of your group.
Whichever of the Fort Wilderness campsites you pick, all have the following components:
- Allowance for parties of 10
- Picnic table
- Complimentary WiFi Internet access
- Charcoal grill
- Television and electrical hook-ups
- Cold water tap
- Views of woods & natural landscape
- Privacy-enhancing landscaping
- Space for one standard-sized vehicle (i.e. a car or truck)
Even if you’re going hardcore and just using a tent, these amenities give you a touch of modern living (if you would like the option). The internet is also important, as you are still on a Disney vacation. If for nothing else, having wifi to access your My Disney Experience app and all your plans is a must!
Tent or Pop-up Campsite
Getting more specific, each of the four sites has their own specifications to meet your needs. The smallest of the four, the tent/pop-up site has room for two tents, a pop-up camper, or a camper-style vehicle. There is also room for other camping equipment on a 10 x 25 foot concrete pad (which includes some of the parking area).
Remember, Fort Wilderness does not provided any of the camping materials. Even if you look at pictures online, it is important to remember that these are staged to give you an idea of the grounds. All of the camping equipment needs to come from you – even if you’re renting, it is not directly through Fort Wilderness.
Fort Wilderness Full Hook-up Campsites
Full hook-up campsites have the space for an RV and a small tent, and have a sewage hook-up for your RV. The concrete pad is slightly larger, 10 x 50 feet, giving you enough room for your RV and other equipment.
If you are planning to use any of the RV sites, we highly recommend bringing items to decorate your campsite. This a common practice among the camping community, specifically at Fort Wilderness. Especially around any of the major holidays, you’re going to see lots of decorations, so you might as well join in the fun!
Check out this awesome video of some of the spooky Halloween 2020 campsite decorations.
The third of the campsites at Fort Wilderness is the preferred campsite. These sites fit an RV and a small tent, and has the sewage hook-up for the RV.
Two aspects of these campsites make them preferred. The first is their location, as is common with preferred rooms on Disney property. Preferred campsites are right near the marina, meaning that you are close to the water sports and activities. Additionally, you’re right by one of the primary transportation sources – the boats to the Magic Kingdom. Choosing this location cuts down on your walking time on Magic Kingdom days, something that can’t be overlooked when booking.
Being situated near the marina also puts you closer to Pioneer Hall, which is where you’ll find the majority of the Fort Wilderness dining. We know that much of the fun of camping is in making your own food, but it is nice to let Disney do the cooking everyone once and a while.
Fort Wilderness Premium Campsites
Designed with larger RVs in mind, premium campsites have enough space for your house on the road. Not only do you have the standard hook-ups (sewage, water, etc.) but you also have the largest space – an 18 x 60 foot concrete pad. If you’ve got one of those monster RVs, as usual, Disney has you covered.
Within the premium category, there are also Premium Meadow Campsites. The only difference between these and the other premiums is the location. Choosing a Premium Meadow site puts you closer to the Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation area, and the Bike Barn. Essentially, you’re in the middle of the campground, close to the pool and some of the food options. If you have little ones, this might be a great choice, as you won’t have to travel far to get to the pool and other fun.
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness
In the 1980s, Disney’s Fort Wilderness expanded to include what they called Wilderness Homes, the forerunner to the current cabins.
Getting a much-needed facelift in the mid-2000s, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness offer an alternative to a full-camping experience while keeping the rustic vibe.
There are seven loops of cabins, with about sixty cabins on a loop. The second of Fort Wilderness’ two pools is nestled into the cabin area, giving these guests their own recreation space.
While the cabins are close to the entrance to the resort are, they are a bit far from the other resort amenities and the boat transportation. You might find yourself taking the in-resort shuttle quite a bit, unless you choose to bring or rent a golf cart during your stay.
Sleeping up to six adults, the cabins have one queen bed, one bunk bed, and one double-size sleeper sofa. However, as the queen bed and bunk bed are all in one room, we think that the cabins are best suited to one family or a family and another couple (like the grandparents).
The living area and kitchen flow into one another, with a sizable dining table connecting the two. In the kitchen, you’ll find a full-sized fridge, a microwave, cook top, dishwasher, sink, and plenty of cabinet space. The kitchen does not have an oven, which prevents it from being a full kitchen, but you still have enough that you can easily make your own food.
In between the living room and bedroom is the bathroom, which has a large sink space and shower-tub combination. As an all in one type bathroom, the toilet is also in here as well. Again, this is what makes the cabins more a one-family situation rather than multiples. The bathroom is definitely big enough for a family, but more and it becomes cramped.
As we mentioned, the queen bed and bunk beds are all in the bedroom, side by side with one another. A built-in ladder allows the top sleeper to get to bed, and there is a railing on the top bunk. If you have kiddos, there’s no need to worry about them falling out! A nightstand and window separate the beds, and there’s also a TV in the bedroom.
Outside, the cabins have a deck space, with a picnic table and grill. That is also your entrance to the cabin, with a door bringing you straight into the living room or the bedroom.
Like we said, cabin guests have access to their own pool area, as well as the indoor cooking facilities. There are plenty of grocery delivery options in the Orlando area, so if you fly in there’s no need to worry about food. Again, with the grill outside, you also have that to help shake up your meals. You do need to bring your own charcoal and lighter if you want to use the grill.
Cabins each have their own parking space, accommodating one standard sized vehicle. There aren’t many places in Disney World where you have your own personal parking space, so enjoy it! With that in mind, we also recommend driving yourself to many of the parks rather than taking Disney transportation. Trust us, it’s faster.
Want a closer look at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness? Check out this video!
Why Choose a Cabin?
Cabins are great for families with younger kids. If you want to be at Fort Wilderness and get that experience, but you don’t think your kiddos are ready for full camping, this is a great way to ease them into it. Also, if you want to try out some of the Fort Wilderness activities like archery, horseback riding, and the water sports, being on site is the easiest way to participate. However, if you don’t want to camp, the cabins provide a great alternative.
Cabins are also nice for those looking for some privacy. While the cabins are close to each other, you have a lot of your own dedicated space. This gives you even more privacy than a villa, just not quite as much as say the Treehouses at Saratoga Springs. These cabins just give you another solid option if you’re considering a stay at Fort Wilderness.
We know you’re going to love your time at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, whether you choose the campsites or the cabins. Happy trails, partner!
Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.