Disney’s Fort Wilderness – Lake Buena Vista, FL
What can you say… this is Disney! It’s the campground from which all others are compared. It’s easy to see why Fort Wilderness is consistently voted the best campground in America. Everything is first class here. Right down to the trash cans (each site has one and they’re recessed underground so only the tops can be seen!). The park is clean, the staff is friendly and the amenities are second to none.
We’ve spent several camping vacations at Fort Wilderness. The first time we tented, the next with a 29′ travel trailer and the last two times in our motor home. The Disney novelty never wears off. Each time was better than the last.
There’s plenty of room to park your rig while you check in and the staff were friendly and accommodating. All interior roads are paved and in great condition. Our sites have always been comfortably large and private. You really don’t feel the least bit crowded here. Even though Fort Wilderness is huge (well over 1000!) it is unusually quiet and peaceful. We usually get a full hook-up site (S/W/E/CATV) and there are plenty of ’em. The comfort stations throughout the park are “squeeky clean” and never seem crowded.
So much to see and do… where do I start? OK, how about food? Fort Wilderness has a bunch of food options: The Chuck Wagon is a coll little snack bar. Head up to Crockett’s Tavern and get yourself a slice of pizza, hamburgers, fries and drinks. Micky’s Backyard Bar-B-Q is an all-you-can-eat picnic complete with country western entertainment Disney style. Trail’s End Restaurant in Pioneer Hall is a buffet style casual restaurant with a great selection of meals. Last but not least is the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review a feast complete with an extravagant stage show.
Fort Wilderness has two huge pools (Meadows and Wilderness), A white sand beach on Bay Lake, a health club, two video arcades for the kids (and husbands), playgrounds, a petting farm, tennis and more! If you head up to Bay Lake you can rent a pontoon boat or “Water Mouse” and cruise around for an hour or two. There’s “catch and release” fishing available too.
If you didn’t take your bikes with you (we always travel with ours) you can rent them here. With plenty of trails and roads throughout the park you can spend hours exploring the campground. Horseback riding for the grown-up and pony rides for the younger kids are available here.
When the sun goes down there’s still plenty to do. Every night we were there we would pack up the kids and head for the outdoor movie theatre. A campfire, some popcorn and a Disney flick… we’ll remember these camping trips for years to come.
You really don’t have to visit one of Disney’s theme parks to appreciate the conveniences of Fort Wilderness. But if you do it’s the ultimate. Transportation to all of Disney’s attractions are available from Fort Wilderness, either by bus or boat.
If there is a downside to all of this it’s that camping at Fort Wilderness is fairly expensive. We’ve paid well over $50 a night here… Oh well, it’s Disney and there’s nothing discount about this place. Nevertheless, we’ll keep coming back because the memories far out number the dollars we’ve spent here.