Thursday, June 19, 2014

Experiencing Fort Wilderness

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share ways to have fun outside of the Disney Parks

While I absolutely love spending a week park hopping, there is a lot to do at Walt Disney World that doesn't involve a park ticket (and the hefty price tag).  This Magical Blogorail Blue loop is showcasing some of our favorites - or in my case, some of the attractions I hope to visit: Fort Wilderness Campgrounds and the Tri Circle D Ranch!
Photo courtesy of Disney Travel Professionals
The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is home to 409 cabins and 799 campsites.  The campgrounds are the least expensive way to stay on WDW property (if you want to pitch a tent or park an RV).  The cabins are considered moderate rooms - with bunk beds as well as a double and murphy bed, then a kitchen and sitting area - lots of stuff packed in that cabin.  But, there is a lot more to see and do at Fort Wilderness than just camp!  For those of us that don't camp, there are a ton of reasons to stop by and visit during a non-park day!

In terms of dining, Fort Wilderness is home to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review, Mickey's Backyard BBQ (friends, food, and the fab 5 - outside!), Trail's End Restaurant, and Crockett's Tavern.  Like many other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, a movie is often played outdoors at night.  But at Fort Wilderness, you can enjoy the movie after first singing songs at the Chip and Dale campfire sing-a-long, every night, weather permitting!

The Tri-Circle D Ranch is home to the horses of that you often see marching down Main Street, U.S.A.  And, when visiting the Tri-Circle D Ranch you can see all of the horses and maybe even see a blacksmith fixing their horseshoes!  Also at Fort Wilderness?  A Dragon Calliope, a horsedrawn musical instrument, used in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade at Disneyland in the 1950's!

Other activities at Fort Wilderness?
  • 2 Pools (One located near campground & a 2nd pool near the cabins area)
  • Children's pool and water playground
  • Children's playground
  • Arcade
  • Archery
  • Segways Adventure
  • Tennis
  • Marina/boat rental
  • Bike rental
  • Fishing
  • Beach area
  • Jogging trail
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Horseback riding - Pony rides
  • Hayrides
  • Chip n Dale's Campfire Sing-a-Long, Nightly
  • Disney Movie Under the Stars, Nightly
  • Electrical Water Pageant view
  • Waggin' Trails Dog Park
You don't have to stay at Fort Wilderness to experience all of the great activities that are available!  Stop by and experience all there is to see and do!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Rolling with the Magic

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

**1st Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ Ashley Aspires


  1. I definitely need to explore the Wilderness more! We got rained out of the Chip & Dale sing-along once, but it was fun while it lasted!

  2. Maureen Litz- Diehl-BrownJune 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I love Wilderness Lodge and hope to stay there one of vacations - We have visited a couple times to take part in the Hoop de Du Revue, Trails End Buffet and the past River Country . but I would love to partake in some of the other activities... Chip and Dale's Campfire looks so cute :)) What are some of the activities you would most want to do? ~Two Moms and A Mouse ºoº

  3. I'm always saying that Fort Wilderness is a vacation within a vacation- but I can't get my family to stay there! (Maybe I should show them your post!!)

  4. I would love to do the campfire singalong - but really, I want to check out the horses at TriCircle D and just take it all in!!

  5. I can't imagine staying there - BUT spending a day there sounds great!

  6. We never thought to stop there before - last time we had a day to kill, we spent time at Grand Flo and DtD - that won't happen again!!

  7. 400 Miles to DisneylandJune 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I sooooo want to do the Hoop Dee Doo one day! It looks like really good fun!

  8. I've always said the same thing, Didi! We've visited there a few times and I've said that if we actually had a nice camper and stayed there, we wouldn't have to pay for park tickets at all. Might kinda defeat the purpose of a Disney vacation though!

  9. Love the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical review - have you ever participated in the show?

  10. We visited Ft. Wilderness for the first time on our last trip. It's such a cool area! Have you stayed there? I think it would be such a fun resort.

  11. We took a carriage ride through Fort Wilderness on our Honeymoon and it was lovely! Keep meaning to get back to do some of the other awesome activities they offer. Do you have a favorite?

  12. We love Hoop-Dee-Doo review but I really want to try Mickey's Backyard BBQ on our next trip. I think the little ones would have a blast.

  13. There is so much to do at FW! While Hoop Dee Doo was not a favorite of ours, I do want to give it a second chance. I really want to visit Tri Circle D Ranch!