Camping @ Disney

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “is camping at Disney worth it” The answer is yes. Camping at Disney is great for the sole purpose you get to sleep in your own bed. Unlike staying at a hotel if you are looking to save a little money on food, camping is a great way to do that. Disney brings the Disney experience to the campground world with Fort Wilderness a 750 acre campground nestled on the edge of Bay lake.

Fort Wilderness offers all the amenities of the other Disney resorts including onsite dining and entertainment. One thing you do get at Fort Wilderness is the Chip ‘n’ Dale sing-a-long. Every night (weather permitting) you can go to the campsite cinema area near the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool. Here you get to sing some Disney classics while dancing with Chip ‘n’ Dale. You can bring marshmallows, blankets, and chairs because after the sing-a-long, the resort plays a Disney movie on an outdoor screen. They also have a concession stand where you can buy smore’s kits, drinks, and popcorn or bring your own, which is what we do. I almost forgot to mention that in the outdoor cinema area you get to watch the movie under the stars as well as next to several of the fire pits if you choose.

Staying at Disney does not mean you have to go into a Disney Park everyday. All resorts, and even more so at Fort Wilderness, offer wonderful events throughout the day. Most events can be found at the pool area. On a side note Fort Wilderness does have two pools. Disney also offers (for a price), archery, horseback riding, carriage ride, Segway tours, and bike rentals. For a complete list of activities go to Disney’s Fort Wilderness page located here.

Harper riding a Pony at Fort Wilderness

Disney offers transportation from Fort Wilderness to all parks and Disney Springs. One of the best things about the campgrounds is the fact that you can take a boat from pioneer hall / marina area to the Magic Kingdom, Wilderness Lodge, and / or the Contemporary Resort. If you are planning on going to one of the other parks you can catch a bus at the front of Fort Wilderness. Transportation starts 1 hour before the first ark opens and ends two hours after it closes. Speaking of transportation, did you know you can rent a golf cart to drive around at Fort Wilderness? Now you can bring your own golf cart or rent one from Disney (for a small price).

The last thing I want to share is the Fort Wilderness dining experience. If you are tired from a full day of activities you have a couple options. First if you are looking for a meal you can use the walk up window at P & J’s Takeout window. If you just feel like wetting your whistle you can go over to Crockett’s Tavern and grab an adult beverage. They have a walk up window and an inside bar area. Lastly Fort Wilderness does have a variety of dining experiences you can check them out on Disney page.

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Fort Wilderness? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Also, is there anything you would like to know about the resort that was not covered in this post? Let us know.


I was raise in South Florida and grew up going to Busch Gardens quite a bit. As I became older I found the love of my life my wife Stacey. Together we have one daughter and two dogs. We are season pass holders for Wald Disney World. We go Disney as much as possible while visiting out local theme park Tweetsie railroad.