Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is the official camping Walt Disney World Resort. It is sometimes considered a full-service hotel. It opened November 19, 1971 shortly after the Magic Kingdom and the first two hotels.
It is located a little away from the hotel and the rest of the complex to ensure the tranquility of the place. Its existence is almost kept secret. Its quality makes it one of the most comfortable camping sites in the United States.
The theme is simply that of a great camping in a forest of cypress and pine interspersed almost savage canals and forest roads.
The campsite stretches over 285 ha on an almost rectangular plot with the northern edge bounded by the shores of Bay Lake. East of the campsite there are two golf courses extending the green area of the campsite.
The entrance is via the south by a road leading to the parking lot of the Magic Kingdom.
The campground has a couple of buildings. These are used mainly for services and are clustered around the north Pioneer Hall.
The camp is organized in loops numbered between 100-2800 and are separated by canals and roads. One is north along the lake, the last near the entrance. Each loop has its own name, the list below is given for information purposes and also to realize the Disney imagination.
A railroad, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Railroad was commissioned in 1973 to service the different places of camping but due to the noise and fumes it was then closed in 1977.
Most services are located:
around the Pioneer Hall at the north end of the camp near the former River Country
Meadow in the center of the camping loops 900-1000 between 1300 and 1600.
at the entrance of the camp
The campsite has its own kennel at the entrance near the visitor parking.
If you’re looking for a different camping experience that doesn’t involve sleeping in the middle of the hoods, Disney’s might be a great option for you and your family.
Here’s iThemePark experience at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in just 15 minutes of video:
In the US there are several campsites organized, that is, public or private spaces with proper security, electricity, water and bathrooms with hot showers. Some sites even offer recreation areas with swimming pools, playgrounds, courts and restaurants. So, no need to worry about family entertainment.
It is important to make a personal list of what the family will need, so you do not forget anything. Another cool tip is schedule the activities to be done outdoors in advance.
You might want to choose a place that isn’t too far from home, so that you can take everything you need with you. Not only do you have to load your own stuff but also take your children’s possessions, a process that requires planning, initial extra spending on specific equipment and a bit of physical strength.
We’ve put together a list of things that you’ll need as a family for a successful and stress-free camping experience.
Tent (s): with ceiling dome-shaped and fiber rods, the igloo type tents are easy to assemble and have a fair price.
Sleeping bags: Nylon sarcophagus type bags filled with cotton are great to warm the body. But the envelope model is the most suitable for beach areas. There are also sleeping bags specially designed for kids. You can also opt for inflatable mattresses and duvets.
Canvas: a light-colored canvas to be placed on the stalls and protect the sun campground and rain. And another canvas to be extended under the tent and protect the floor.
Gas stove: the model with two burners is safer and more convenient.
Pots, pans, plastic plates and other utensils of the day to day will also be needed in the camp meals if your chosen camping site does not provide restaurant service.
Can and bottle openers.
Sharp knife (needless to say that this should be kept way from your children).
Bottles and plenty of water.
Gas refrigerators: in case you have opted for a trailer or motor home.
Gas lantern or candles and matches
Flashlights: with extra batteries. Make sure there’s at least 1 flashlight per person.
Toilet paper and wet wipes.
First aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent and medicine.
Compass and map of the area (crucial for wild places backpackers).
Many plastic bags to put all the garbage way and not leave anything behind.
Hopefully, you’ll find this list valuable. You might need additional items depending on the type of camping that you’ll be doing. The biggest variable here is whether you’re sleeping at a camping site or if you’re going all out and sleeping in the middle of nowhere.
Even if you’re camping during summer, if you’re in the woods, it’s usually pretty cold at night. So, make sure to take warm clothes with you. This includes socks, sweaters, plants and even a blanket in case you’re not taking a sleeping bag with you.
Never forget to take a flashlight with you. And don’t forget to take several batteries as well. One of the biggest mistakes we’ve all done is not packing charged batteries and then run-out of light for several days. Not a good idea.
3. Close the zipper!
Never. Never. Never leave the zipper of your tent opened. Imagine leaving the zipper opened, and the when you get into your tent you see a frog in it. We didn’t make that up, it really happened with Joe, our publishing director. But that’s not the only reason why you need to close your tent properly… There are other animals, more dangerous than a frog, which could potentially harm you and put your health in jeopardy. There’s no need to risk it. Make sure it’s closed properly!
You have to make a list beforehand. Don’t just go and pack random stuff. If it’s your first time, it’s likely that you’ll miss a few things. So here’s a short video on things that you should be taking to your camping adventure:
5. Enjoy responsibly!
This is our last tip: enjoy! Respect the environment, take pictures and have fun with your friends and family.
Here they are. Make sure to have a lot of fun and let us know how your first camping experience was. We’re looking forward to hear back from you.