The cabins at disney’s fort wilderness resort electricity schoolhouse rock

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Disney World Resort stay, we present the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Think of log cabins at any resort mountain town around the country, except have them sanitized by Disney and insert 4 world-class theme parks, that’s the Fort Wilderness experience. It’s perfect if you want to give your vacation a rustic-but-not-too-rustic feeling.

The prefab log cabins (classified as Moderate resorts in the Disney hierarchy) underwent refurbishments that were completed in early 2016. The rustic cabins have been modernized with a large screen TV and a new kitchen. The upgraded kitchen has new cabinets, solid surface counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. Hard floors are now found where carpet once was. Light fixtures have been replaced giving the dark cabins a brighter feel. A six drawer dresser was added for additional storage. Lighting, cabinets, and new fixtures spruce up the bathroom. The full-size beds were replaced with queen size beds and the murphy bed was replaced with a double-size sleeper sofa. The bedroom has bunk beds and an elevated queen bed; space under the bed is large enough to store luggage.

The cabins worked out just right for us. Although the kids didn’t meet any other children to play with, they had a ball chasing the little lizards and frogs, kicking around pine cones, sitting on the deck to eat ice pops, and sleeping in bunk beds. We went to the campfire twice (we brought our own marshmallows and sticks). Our cabin was a short walk to our bus stop and two blocks away from the pool and laundry.

These campers from Pickens, South Carolina love camping at Fort Wilderness: Fort Wilderness is our Happy Place for sure. The best of both worlds. Taking the boat to Magic Kingdom and fairly easy access to the monorail is on par with deluxe resorts. Coming home after a long day in the parks to a more relaxed atmosphere is unbeatable. Although the rate is steep for camping, and getting steeper each year, we still feel like it is a good value. How Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

The cabins at Fort Wilderness are in a different class from all of Disney’s other Moderate resorts, for better or worse. We say that because there’s nothing else really like them. The cabins are basically the equivalent to a 1-bedroom suite at any of the other resorts.

Fort Wilderness Cabins are a little more expensive than Disney’s other Moderate resorts, but you do get some nice, unique accommodations. Fort Wilderness does not offer Fitness center, for that you’ll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts. The only Moderate to offer a Fitness center is Coronado Springs.

Fort Wilderness Resort is a large resort spread across 750 acres. There is an internal bus system to move people around the resort and take them to transportation to other parts of Walt Disney World. Renting bicycles or a golf cart is a popular alternative to the internal bus. There is a boat launch to the Magic Kingdom and bus services to the other parks. Each cabin has its own parking space. If you have a car, other than the Magic Kingdom, driving yourself will be a faster option for getting around Disney World.

Six Wild West performers arrive by stagecoach (sound effects only) to entertain the crowd inside Pioneer Hall. There isn’t much of a plot, just corny jokes interspersed with song or dance. The humor is of the Hee Haw ilk, but it’s presented enthusiastically.

Audience participation includes sing-alongs, hand clapping, and a finale that uses volunteers to play parts on stage. Performers are accompanied by a banjo player and pianist who also play quietly while the food is being served. The fried chicken and corn on the cob are good, the ribs a bit tough though tasty. With the all-you-can-eat policy, at least you can get your money’s worth by stuffing yourself silly.

Traveling to Fort Wilderness and absorbing the rustic atmosphere of Pioneer Hall augments the adventure. For repeat Disney World visitors, an annual visit to the revue is a tradition of sorts. Plus, warts and all, the revue is all Disney, and for some folks that’s enough. The fact that performances sell out far in advance gives the experience a special aura. Most of our readers enjoy the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, but not all, as this letter from a Texas family attests: What is all the hoop-dee-doo with the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue?