Lodging Review: Cabins At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Walt Disney World has a wide variety of lodging choices, from 5-star resorts all the way down to actual campgrounds onsite.  Our family has tried a number of these options over the years.  On a recent trip, we decided to try staying at one of the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  My plan is to break this trip report up into a room review and “everything else”.  In this case, that includes Trail’s End Restaurant, the pools, Campfire Sing-a-Long and the best part of Fort Wilderness (golf carts!).

Fort Wilderness Resort is located somewhat close to the Magic Kingdom.  It’s connected to the bus network that covers Disney World.  Additionally, there’s boat service to the Magic Kingdom.  The hotel also sports the most interesting “front desk” on property.  Since Fort Wilderness covers a large campground network and spots for RVs, the front desk is actually a series of lanes similar to a toll plaza.  As you would expect at Disney World, the staff are very efficient.  I was all set in a matter of a few minutes and on my way to our cabin.

Come On A Tour?

I tried doing a video tour of the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  I’m definitely no video expert, so I also added standard pics below in case you’d prefer that route as well as a description of the cabin.  Here’s the video:

The “Normal” Review

To the best of my knowledge all of the cabins feature the same layout.  Each cabin has a driveway big enough for a single vehicle.  There’s not a ton of extra parking near the cabins but you’ll find a large parking lot near the front of Fort Wilderness.  There’s a small deck with a picnic table and a small outdoor charcoal BBQ.

The front door of the cabin enters into the kitchen/dining/living room area.  It’s one big room with a mostly functional kitchen and dining room table that seats 5.  The couch pulls out into a pretty darn good bed.  There’s an easy chair, a flat screen TV and some cabinets for storage.

The bathroom is in the hallway between the kitchen and bedroom.  Nothing special there, though families with young kids will appreciate the bathtub.  And, apparently the Disney bath amenities go for big bucks on eBay.  Who knew?

The bedroom is compact.  There’s a queen bed as well as a set of bunk beds.  There’s a small closet and a small bit of storage in drawers.  You’ll also find a small TV.  Just an aside, if you’re sitting in your room watching TV, something went wrong.  The bedroom is adequate, but would be a bit snug for a family of 4 to move around in.

I’ve slept on the Disney World pull-out sofas before.  They’re pretty legit.  Nerd aside: they managed to take an actual firm mattress and segment it in a way that it fits into a sofa.  I ended up there again on this trip.

A Bit Of A Bargain

Disney World isn’t necessarily known for cheap hotel rooms.  There are some resorts labeled as “value” which can save some money.  But, staying at a Disney World property can be pricey if you want a little space.  The interesting thing about the cabins is that the pull-out sofa increases the capacity over a standard hotel room.  The pricing (under $300 for our somewhat busy dates earlier this year) was a deal by Disney standards given the extra space.

The Final Two Pennies

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are small but enjoyable.  Pet-friendly, they represent one of the most casual lodging options at Disney World.  Where the Cabins at Fort Wilderness shine is in the room rate.  With the pull-out sofa, queen bed and bunk beds, these rooms can legitimately sleep 5 or 6 people.  One bathroom would make that a bit cramped.  However, if you’re a family trying to stay onsite at Disney World and save money, Fort Wilderness is worth consideration.

Disney World does an awesome job of theming.  Fort Wilderness Resort is a great extension of that.  I’ll get into that a bit more when I cover other aspects of the resort.  But, the cabins had plenty of small touches that made them feel rustic.  The kids loved that.  Disney World strikes a great balance between rustic and comfortable with the cabins.

Stay tuned for part 2 (maybe a part 3) where I’ll briefly cover the rest of the grounds at Fort Wilderness, including the best mode of transportation offered at Disney World.  The post Lodging Review: Cabins At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort was published first on Pizza in Motion

4 Comments

  1. We are Disney veterans but just stayed in a cabin for the first time last summer. We loved it and will be back! I look forward to reading the rest of your posts about ft wilderness.

    1. Apologies. Forgot to include that tidbit. Given the number of folks it can sleep with the pull-out sofa, it was a remarkably good deal. During some peak Disney dates when places like Beach Club were almost $500 a night, the cabins were under $300.

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