Special to The WDW Pensieve, by Kim Slusher (The DIStracted Life Podcast):
Families are often looking for fun activities to do around the Walt Disney World property that don’t require a park ticket. My family enjoys heading over to Disney’s Fort WIlderness Resort and Campground. There are a ton of great activities and many of them are free!
Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
Chip and Dale meet and greet with their friends while you are entertained by a sing-a-long led by a singing cowboy. This is free to attend and you don’t have to be staying at the resort to enjoy the fun! There are fire pits where you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows. You are welcome to bring your own hot dogs and marshmallows if you want to save some money. Don’t fret if you don’t have supplies with you. You can purchase a smore’s kit for a small fee. We did this when my son was 5 years old and we had a blast! Can’t wait to go again. It is located over near the Meadow Depot and the times vary. We just called over the day we were wanting to go and asked about the start time.
Here you can walk around and check out the stables where they care for the horses of Walt DIsney World, including those you see on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. For the younger ones who are less than 48 inches tall, there are pony rides at $8. This is really a bargain because it is a fairly long walk. When we did this, my younger son was below the 48 inch mark and my older son was too tall so he couldn’t do it. This made my younger son so happy because normally it was him being too short to go on an attraction. He felt very special. The other nice thing about the pony ride is that the pony is led by the parent. It is just your family enjoying the experience together. Can you tell it was a highlight of our vacation?
There are a ton more activities to do over at Fort Wilderness, but these all have costs that can quickly add up. There are wagon rides, carriage rides, archery class, and horseback riding.
The dining over at Trail’s End Restaurant is wildly popular among Walt Disney World veterans for not only being very tasty, but reasonably priced.
For some more high-spirited dining you have 2 great choices. You will also find the longest running dinner show in the world over at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. There is also a Backyard BBQ with Mickey and friends as an easy way to meet and dance with some of your favorite friends.
While we have never stayed at Fort WIlderness, we go over for a visit just about every vacation. It is an easy boat ride over from either the Magic Kingdom or the there is boat service that runs between the Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort WIlderness. I personally think the boat rides over to the resort are part of the fun!
If you love hearing more about Fort Wilderness fun, I have a couple of episodes over at the DIStracted Life Podcast.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a MAGICAL day!