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Our Official Review of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are a wonderful resort at Walt Disney World that are considered a “moderate” resort, which is a step above the value and a step below the Deluxe Resorts. The Deluxe resorts also include Port Orleans’ French Quarter, Port Orleans’ Riverside, Coronado Springs, and the Caribbean Beach Resort.

We Love the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Our family loves The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort because you feel like you are camping out in the wilderness. Upon entering the resort, as you drive into guest parking, you see a quaint little building at the front of the Resort for guest check in, as well as horse stables and a slew of parked golf carts. The resort has quite a few fun activities for an additional cost. The golf carts are not a necessity, but they would be very fun to be able to drive around since the resort is so spread out. Some of the additional amenities located on property are a little spread out, making the golf carts a much appreciated extra.

Cabin Loops at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

All the cabins are spread out and located on different “loops” throughout the property. Think of it as mini versions of neighborhoods, where all the cabins are located along a certain “street” that makes a loop in the small area that they are located.  Each cabin is separate and are located on the “streets” with around twenty per area.

View of the cabin from our parking spot.

Your Own Private Parking Spot!

A view of the Cabin’s Living Room

Driving up to the cabin, you’ll find your own personal parking spot for your vehicle, as well as stairs leading up to your private deck, complete with a picnic table and a small outdoor charcoal grill. Walking inside the cabin, you walk immediately into a decent sized kitchen and dining room. The dining room has a bench style chair on one side and individual chairs on the other side. The kitchen includes all of the necessities such as a full fridge, stove, and microwave. We bought all breakfast items for us to have breakfast at the cabin each morning, which helped us save some of our snack credits. To the right of the kitchen and dining room is a decent sized living room with two separate chairs, a coffee table, and a regular sized couch. The couch pulls out to a full-sized bed that can sleep either two adults or three children. There is a large flat screen TV mounted on the wall in the living room as well.

Individual Cabin Layout

Cabin Bedroom
Cabin Restroom

To the left of the kitchen/dining area is a hallway that leads to the full bathroom that has a large counter with a single sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo. The cabin does have individual bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (H20 Products). The coolest part of the cabin is located past the bathroom. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed and twin sized bunk beds. This room sleeps up to 4 adults comfortably, and even more kids if needed. Our kids immediately ran into this room and were so excited to see that they were going to be sleeping in bunk beds. There is also a closet/storage area and a tv in this room as well.

Beautiful Towel Swan at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Extracurricular Activities at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers a lot of extracurricular activities – and I mean, a lot. Throughout the resort there are jogging/walking trails, horseback riding, basketball courts, volleyball, wagon and carriage rides, an archery experience, an arcade, bikes, pools, and many other things. Due to the resort being located on the water, towards the back of the resort, you can also rent boats, canoes, kayaks, and can go on fishing excursions. It really is like being out on a Dude Ranch.

The Main Pool at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Dining at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The food choices located on the property are a few different places, including snack windows like Meadow Snack Bar and Crocket’s Tavern, but also include a quick-service restaurant – P & J’s Southern Takeout and a table-service restaurant in Trails End. These restaurants serve food that you’d expect out in the American West – fried chicken, BBQ, and ribs. One of the unique dining experiences at The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort is called the “Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue.” This is a Western song and dance show performed while guests enjoy their dinner. Reservations are required as this requires a ticket (price depends on where you sit in the hall) or two full-service meal credits to attend. Be sure to check out this highly ranked dinner show and event as seen on multiple reviews online.

In Conclusion

All in all, our family loved The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. We felt like we were out camping/glamping in the woods, nestled among the trees, watching the birds and the squirrels enjoy their natural habitat. The park is located near the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney Resort, but friendly heads up, the only way to Magic Kingdom would be by your individual vehicle or boat at the rear area of the park. We learned this the hard way, when we sat and waited on the Magic Kingdom bus at the bus stop for nearly thirty minutes. After it never came, we were kindly told by other guests waiting with us that you have to take one particular bus to the back of the resort by the restaurant – then you took the boat to the Magic Kingdom. The boat ride was so much fun and was actually pretty quick. There were also only like 15 people traveling with us, so it was relatively secluded. We also got great views of the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and private bungalows/villas at the Fort Wilderness Resort (separate from the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort).

What are Your Thoughts of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort?

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Disney’s Moderate Resorts Ranked Best to Worst

So, you have narrowed it down.  You don’t want to spend too much on your Disney resort, but you don’t want to stay in a value resort either.  Maybe you like the thought of a slightly larger room, or maybe you want to be in a resort that offers its guests a Table-Service Restaurant.  Whatever your reasoning may be, you have decided that you want to stay in a Moderate Resort on your next Disney vacation.  The good news is that all of them are great in their own way, but how should you decide which one will be best for you and your family?  Here are our thoughts on the five Disney Moderate resorts, and how we would rank them.

#5 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs pool

While Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a lot of things working to make it a better place to stay, as of today, it is at the bottom of our list of Moderate Resorts.  Yes, the rooms have been recently updated and the remodeled rooms look great!  Yes, they are building a beautiful new tower.  Yes, they have re-worked most of the common areas and dining areas.  But, yes, it also is the resort with a convention center, and because of this, will always cater more to the business convention crowd as opposed to the everyday Disney fanatic.  Another thing to note, there is still some construction going on, and they are still improving ever day, so give it some time and it may climb up the list a little.

#4 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a beautiful hotel, but when it comes to this one or the French Quarter, we like the French Quarter much more.  First, there is absolutely nothing “wrong” with Riverside, it just doesn’t live up to the other three above it.  Next, the resort is huge.  You can plan on doing quite a bit of walking on your stay.  On the positive side, there is a lot to see, they do offer a Table Service restaurant in Boatwright’s Dining Hall, and they do offer Royal Guest Rooms, which your little prince and princesses are sure to love.

#3 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been under construction/remodel for like 15 years now, and for the most part, the construction is coming to an end.  Like the Coronado, the rooms at the Caribbean Beach resort have been remodeled and updated.  While they are not any larger than before, the layout and design look really good.  I believe that all rooms have a ceiling fan, but don’t quote me on that.  Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also has a Table-Service restaurant called Sebastian’s Bistro, which is themed around Sebastian from the Little Mermaid.  This resort also offers Pirate Themed rooms which my daughter loved as she was really big into Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  But, the cool-to-look-at Pirate Ship beds are only double beds, and we are not fans of this.

#2 – The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Cabin Living!

What can I say about the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to let you know how much I really wanted to put this as the number one Moderate Resort?  When we stayed here, we were in a recently remodeled cabin that was truly awesome.  Once you pull through the gates, you will truly feel as is you have been taken out into a park in the wilderness!  When you pull up to your cabin, you will see a great patio with a grill and a picnic table.  Upon entering the cabin, you walk into the kitchen/dining room.  To the right, you will see the living area with a couch, a couple of chairs, and a large screen TV mounted on the front wall.  There is a hallway that leads to the back where you pass the nice-sized restroom and head into the bedroom.  The bedroom comes equipped with a queen size bed as well as a bunk bed with 2-twin beds. 

With all that, how is it not number 1 on the list?

Cabin Bedroom

Unfortunately, there is a lot of time needed to get anywhere as you either drive, or you utilize the in-resort bus system to take you where you need to go (and this place is big).  You need a bus to get to the busses to get to the parks, and you need the bussed to get to the back of the resort to get to the boat to get to the Magic Kingdom.  They do host the Hoop De Do Musical Review here which is awesome.  Also, you can rent a golf cart to get around, but it is going to cost you!

#1 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

We love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Maybe it is because our very first trip to Disney World brought us here.  Maybe it is because they sell Mickey Beignets.  Maybe it is because of the sheer beauty and calm that you feel as you stroll around the resort.  The French Quarter is a much smaller resort, and you feel it (in a good way).  The dining hall was never packed, we never had to crowd on to a bus, and you can walk around and not really see anyone.  It was always so peaceful after sunset which was nice to come home to after a long day in the parks.

Mickey towel are at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

How would you rank Disney’s moderate resorts?  Do you disagree?  Do you think that Riverside is better than French Quarter?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also, please like and share with all of your Disney Fanatic Friends!

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The Best of Walt Disney World

I have seen people posting about this, and I figured that it only makes sense to do the same for our family’s favorites. People were asked to give their favorite Walt Disney World Restaurant, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney World Character Dining Experience, and Disney World Snack. While we have discussed each of these things together as a family while thinking about and planning our next trip, it is not something that we have put on paper (or the internet). While we have not visited all of the resorts or restaurants, here is our list!

Favorite Disney World Resort

The girls checking out the bunk beds.

We loved the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. While travel to and from certain parks become a little more of a hassle because of there not being bus stops and boat transportation within walking distance of most of the cabins, there are a plethora of other pros that take this resort to the top of the list for us. First, the cabin at the end of the day can’t be beat for our family of 4. After a long day in the park, we all unwind in our own ways. I like to watch the news to see what I missed while in the parks while enjoying a nice adult beverage. Kalynda likes to get in the shower to wash the day away followed up by turning the TV on and passing out. My daughters like to shower and crawl into the bunk beds and watch their electronics and pass out. It is nice to have the separate room to be able to do what we want as opposed to so many of the traditional hotel rooms provided by the other resorts. Also, it is nice to get up and cook breakfast before heading out each day. Not only is it better food (because I am such an amazing cook), but it also allows us to save our meal credits for the pricier lunches and dinners. Finally, driving around the resort and seeing all of the decorations that some of the guests use makes for a fun way to end the night.

Favorite Disney Restaurant

Chloe loved painting her dessert.

We can never agree on what is our favorite Disney restautant. After much discussion and consideration, I think that our final answer has to be Sanaa. Not only is it great to make the trip over to the Animal Kingdom Villas, but it is also nice to walk around the resort and see the animals, the shows, and the beautiful scenery. I have to admit that the bread service has to be one of the best appetizers that I have ever had. Every time we visit here, we always have great service, the food is always just as good as expected, and the views of the Savannah are an awesome addition to an already great dining experience. On another note, you cannot forget that it is impossible to beat Be Our Guest for lunch while visiting Disney World on the Quick Service meal plan.

Favorite Disney Character Dining Experience

Watching the fireworks from Cinderella’s Royal Table.

This is hard to answer as we have had some great experiences. Over the last few years, we have experienced the Crystal Palace for dinner, Garden Grill, Hollywood and Vine – Disney Junior Play and Dine, and a few others, but, on our very first visit to Disney World, we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table. We were there late, after a very long couple of days in the park, but we were there in time to view the fireworks from our table. It was such a magical experience that my older daughter was able to experience, and now I hope to let my youngest daughter experience one day.

Favorite Disney Snack

First thing when we head into the park is looking for the Starbucks. Once we are in, we each get our coffee of choice and then we get a couple of the Mickey Cinnamon Rolls. This snack/drink combo can’t be beat! That said, there are so many snacks available across each park, resort, and Disney Springs that it would take years to try them all. While I have enjoyed so many snacks over the years, I think that it is just easiest to say the Mickey Cinnamon Roll!

What are your Favorites?

Leave a comment below and let me know your family’s favorites. The good thing is this; there are no right or wrong answers! Don’t forget to like our posts and share with all of your Disney Fanatic friends!

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