A Tale of Two Disney Cabins — Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge!

by | Apr 11, 2020 | WDW Blog

Walt Disney World offers so many accommodations choices that any family can find the perfect fit. But did you know that in addition to the usual hotel rooms and suites, Disney cabins come in not one, but TWO styles?

If your family loves to be in the great outdoors, this is the chance for a terrific hybrid vacation that allows you to get back to nature, plus spend some time with Mickey and his pals.

I’m not much of an outdoorsy girl myself, which is a bit shocking since I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

Camping has always seemed far too rustic for my tastes, and even a glamping stay at a lodge puts me outside my comfort zone. So imagine my surprise when, after a recent trip to WDW, I suddenly found myself with the urge to stay at the wildest cabins in the wilderness…

Keep reading to see my comparison of the features of the two Disney cabins: Cascade Cabins at Copper Creek (these are the luxe waterfront cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) and the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness (which are more traditional log cabins).

Space for Family Time

One of the best features of either of the Disney cabins (let’s just call them Cascade and Fort to keep things simple, okay?), is that they come with a lot of space to spend time together.

Starting inside, you’ll find a shared dining/living/kitchen space in both—allowing you to cook meals together, watch movies late into the night, and even play games, do homework, or just stretch out in your own space.

That’s not all though, because both cabins offer outdoor space too—Cascade has a wrap-around, screened-in patio overlooking Bay Lake with a fireplace and even a hot tub (more on that later).

Fort has an outdoor deck off the kitchen with a picnic table, which is great for morning breakfast in the woods or a cookout in the evening (yes, Fort cabins come with a charcoal grill!).

A Place to Lay Your Head

With all that space, you can fit more people—larger families can stay together, or you could vacation together with another family!

Fort can sleep 6 in two separate areas, while Cascade can sleep 7 in three separate areas. Both cabins have a sofa bed in the living room plus a bedroom that can sleep 2 in a bed plus 1 or two others (Cascade has a pull-down single, and Fort has a set of bunk beds).

Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabin master bedroom

The master bedroom and ensuite bathroom at Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

The big difference in sleeping spaces is that Cascade offers a huge master bedroom complete with its own ensuite bathroom, soaker tub, and patio access.

Cascade also has a divided bath (toilet/sink and then walk-in-shower) while Fort has one normal combined bathroom (like what you probably have at home… although this was bigger than the bathroom at my house!).

Cascade features an upgraded toiletries kit, whereas Fort offers the same large pump shower/conditioner/shower gel and hand soap options you’ll find at most WDW hotels.

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Something Special

It’s time to talk about my favorite features of the two Disney cabins.

At Cascade, it has to be the private spa tub out on the patio—I can really imagine soaking there after a long day in the parks, listening to the crickets outside.

Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabin spa

A private spa at Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins. Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

At Fort, my favorite feature is that you can use golf carts to get around the property—bring your own, or rent one there!

Technically it’s not a feature of the cabin since it’s an additional cost, but I can tell you that tooling around the campground in the golf cart is some of the most fun I’ve had at a Disney resort, EVER!

Fort Wilderness Cabin golf cart

A golf cart adds lots of fun to getting around Fort Wilderness. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Around the Resort

Speaking of the resorts, this is where the BIGGEST difference between the cabins comes in to play.

The resort properties are vastly different, and although many will think money is the biggest determining factor in which cabin you choose, I really think the resort experience needs to be considered.

With Cascade, you’ll be at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge with maybe a 5-minute walk to the main building, and up to 10 min walk to the bus and boat transportation. If you drive, your car will be in the main parking lot for guests.

Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabin Disney Cabins

Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins have their own entryway along Copper Creek. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

You’ll have access to a couple of pools, two quick service, and two table service restaurants, and you can enjoy the cozy Lodge lobby or check out the Carolwood Room. It’s a nice, upscale hotel.

But over at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, the property is HUGE.

Fort Wilderness Cabin Disney Cabins

For Wilderness Cabins have their own areas apart from the campsites. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

You’ll NEED a car or a golf cart to get around (you can also rely on a combination of walking and the intra-resort busses to get around).

You might be close to certain amenities, like a pool or a Quick-Service restaurant—but you’ll be far away from most of the resort offerings. But I like to think of this as the “blessing of space” to quote Walt Disney. After a day of being in the crowded parks, you can have some quiet, alone time to relax and reset.

And this resort could honestly be a vacation in itself—there’s SO MUCH TO DO!

Stay tuned for another blog where I’ll tell you how much you’re missing out on if you don’t stay at Fort Wilderness… it’s even got this indoors girl thinking about a stay there!

Whether your family is looking to upgrade your normal camping trips to something with a little dose of magic at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, or you’re looking for a peaceful and glamorous nature retreat with all the amenities and comforts you can imagine, one of these Disney cabins is for you!

Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 3-night Resort Showcase where we got to tour and experience many of Walt Disney World’s resorts and restaurants, including Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. #wdwresorts

Written by Stephanie Shuster

Written by Stephanie Shuster

A lifelong Disney fan with a passion for globetrotting, I’m driven by a desire to build a community where people like me can let their Disney flag fly with pride. As CEO and Owner of WDW Magazine, I lead a team that connects thousands of Disney fans to the Most Magical Place on Earth from wherever they are.