PROS and CONS: Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

by | Dec 29, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

Weighing out the pros and cons of the Fort Wilderness Cabins at Disney World? Find our honest assessment below.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort entreat you to “experience the down-home pleasures of pioneer life—with all the conveniences of home!”

Is that true, though? Can you actually sleep in a cabin and still have a comfortable Disney experience? If so, what about those who want to have a more rustic experience? What does the Walt Disney World Resort offer those people?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of the Fort Wilderness Cabins and determine whether they’re right for your next Disney vacation.

What Are the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort?

One of the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Brett Svenson

When many people hear the words “cabins” and “camping,” they may shudder, thinking back to summers at Camp Mosquito and Tears.

Fear not, these cabins are cabins (mostly) in name only: This Moderate resort has most of the comforts of home, and all the comforts you expect from a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Pros of the Fort Wilderness Cabins

Interior living space of a cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Jeff Chiu

If you love the wilderness, you’ll love the cabins at Fort Wilderness. But don’t worry: They’re not that wild! 

Each Cabin Boasts Disney Amenities

Every cabin comes with a full-size fridge, convection microwave, dishwasher, and plenty of room to prepare a feast. These cabins come with all the comforts you expect from a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

They’re the Most Private of Any Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

Back patio of a cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Think of the cabins as standalone hotel rooms. No worries about sharing a wall with a crying baby or late-night partiers. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offer you a villa in a natural setting, and you can really feel like you’re in your own private Disney paradise.

The Cabins Showcase Florida’s Natural Beauty

Unlike any other Walt Disney World Resort, the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort put you in the middle of nature. Sure, it’s not nearly as wild as, say, the middle of the Grand Canyon or the Smoky Mountains, but consider this: The Walt Disney World Resort is perched on the edge of the historic headwaters of the Florida Everglades (although it’s not part of the Everglades).

What does that mean? It means you will see some wonderful flora and fauna, including white-tailed deer, sweeping cypress trees, wild turkey, and towering longleaf pine trees—all from your front porch or through your cabin window. That’s not something any other Walt Disney World Resort hotel can promise!

Want to learn more about Disney’s relationship with the Everglades? Order our special Nature collectible issue of WDW Magazine, where I take you deep inside the Everglades and Disney’s role in preserving this ecosystem.

Cabin Theming Takes You to the Mountains

The beds inside a bedroom at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Of course, Disney being Disney doesn’t leave all the theming to nature! The Walt Disney World Company has tricked out the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort with all the rustic theming you’d expect from a cabin along the Appalachian Range.

That means wood paneling inside, bentwood chairs, and other mountain cabin touches.

Cons of the Fort Wilderness Cabins

Golf Carts in a lot at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Of course, just as every person who visits the Walt Disney World Resort is different, so are the types of amenities they enjoy and expect. 

Entertainment and Food Are Not So Close

If proximity to restaurants and entertainment is a dealbreaker for you, you may not love that places like Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Trail’s End Restaurant are a bike ride (or a golf cart or car ride) away from the cabins

This is a Camping Experience

A horse drawn buggy passes Settlement Trading at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Brett Svenson

A stay at Fort Wilderness Resort, whether it’s in an RV, tent, or one of the cabins, is a camping experience. That’s not a “con” for many of us, especially because camping Disney-style offers a fun, back-to-nature experience.

But if you stay here and expect all the things you’d get staying at, say, the BoardWalk area, you might be disappointed. Don’t get us wrong: There’s more than enough to do –and it’s a lot of fun– but it’s not the same type of experience. 

It’s … Not Cheap

If you’re thinking that a stay at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort means you’ll be saving some cash on your Disney vacation, think again. The Fort Wilderness Cabins are a Moderate resort, so they’re more expensive than a stay at a place like Pop Century or Art of Animation.

How much do the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort cost? Prices fluctuate, but a sample vacation we just booked brought us to $463 a night.

If you want cheaper accommodations, consider tent camping at Disney World, also at Fort Wilderness.

Should You Stay at the Fort Wilderness Cabins at Disney World?

Interior living space of a cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Photo by Jeff Chiu

If you love solitude and the camping vibe, you’ll love the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Everything to do at the Fort Wilderness Resort is probably right up your alley.

If you’re more of a “I love the vibe at the Contemporary,” well, perhaps this isn’t the best match for you. Don’t worry, though: There are plenty of Walt Disney World Resorts to go around!

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Written by Cathy Salustri

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Cathy Salustri's formative years—by which she means her teens and twenties—revolve around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with her hard-rock wannabe sort-of boyfriend, or working as a walking tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too, not just Disney—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for all sorts of Florida publications. Look for her and her husband at EPCOT, usually feasting on food at Morocco, or at Animal Kingdom Lodge, sharing a post-Disney scotch at Victoria Falls. Follow her travels on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly feel-good Florida newsletter.
Cathy Salustri

Written by Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri's formative years—by which she means her teens and twenties—revolve around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with her hard-rock wannabe sort-of boyfriend, or working as a walking tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too, not just Disney—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for all sorts of Florida publications. Look for her and her husband at EPCOT, usually feasting on food at Morocco, or at Animal Kingdom Lodge, sharing a post-Disney scotch at Victoria Falls. Follow her travels on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly feel-good Florida newsletter.

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