Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins
What does Fort Wilderness have to offer teen visitors?
✔ Resort Pools
✔ Two Arcades
✔ Golf carts
✔ Bike Rentals
✔ Boat Rentals
✔ Horseback Riding
✔ Outdoor Activities
✔ Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
✔ Campfire and Outdoor Movie
✔ Boat ride to Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary or the
Pools at the Fort
There are two pools at Fort Wilderness. At the Meadow ‘Swimmin Hole, there’s a water slide and hot tub, and lots of planned pool activities. The Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool is the quiet pool. The pools are open until midnight, so you’ll often find teenagers hanging out there after the parks close. (Please Note: the Fort Wilderness lifeguards are usually gone around sundown, so you’ll have to swim at your own risk after dark. Remember to never swim alone, and be sure you have your parents’ permission.)
Fort Wilderness has two arcades, Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade at Pioneer Hall and Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade in the Meadow Recreation area.
Take a golf-cart joy ride
Fort Wilderness is big – 750 wooded acres – and to get around you need to take an internal bus system. You can rent a golf cart instead. Golf carts can be rented directly from Disney. There are also off-site companies that will rent them more affordably, and deliver them to you at the fort.
Explore the Fort
Rent a bike and cruise around the fort.
Get out on Bay Lake
At the Fort Wilderness Marina, you can rent a pontoon boat, canopy boat or Sea Raycer. All teens will be able to drive a Sea Raycer rented from this Marina – the minimum age is12 years old – but you must have a parent’s permission!
You can rent a cane pole and do some catch and release fishing in the canals all over Fort Wilderness. Just beware of the alligators – they’ve been known to eat a catch right off the hook!
Bay Lake Beach is a fun place to get some sun, and makes a great spot for watching the fireworks at the end of the day. During the fireworks show, look for Alligators in the water – the lights from the fireworks will illuminate their eyes and snouts sticking out of the water.
The Electric Water Pageant can be seen from the same spot. This nightly aquatic parade of lighted barges generally gets to Fort Wilderness around 9:45PM. (Confirm the time with a Cast Member.)
The boat dock also gives a great view of both shows.
Take a trail ride on Horseback from Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Wagon rides are also available at the Fort in the evenings.
Sign up for an archery lesson, or play a game of volleyball, basketball or tetherball. Segway tours of Fort Wilderness can also be booked by calling the Walt Disney Travel Company at (407) WDW-TOUR.
Snacks around the resort
Fort Wilderness offers a refillable mug. Once you purchase the mug, you can enjoy unlimited free refills from Trails End Buffet for the rest of your stay. Whether you are on a dining plan, or have a little bit of spending money, there are many snacks available around the resort in the $1 – $4 price range. Stop in to the Fort Wilderness Trading Post or the Chuck Wagon Snack Bar. Carry out pizza is also available from Trail’s End restaurant.
Campfire and Outdoor Movie
Admittedly, this event begins with a Sing-Along with Chip N’ Dale. But after the characters have gone, you’re left with a roaring campfire for toasting marshmallows. They sell kits for making Smore’s and other snacks, but you can also bring your own supplies. A movie is shown every night on a permanent screen. They show a mix of the newest Disney movies and old classics. Check the schedule to find one that interests you during your stay.
Do some resort hopping, or hit the park
Boat transportation is available to take you to the nearby resorts, or the Magic Kingdom Park. (Pay attention to the schedule, and find out when the boats will stop running for the day. Transportation can get a little tricky after that.)