As you read this blog big changes are taking place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The campers are getting ready for Christmas!
All of those fabulous Halloween decorations are coming down; the campers are setting up their campsites for the most wonderful time of the year. “The Fort” is being transformed into a Christmas spectacle!
November 1st the change begins . . . spooky is out, winter wonderland is in!
If you are going to be at Walt Disney World between Halloween and Christmas a visit to Fort Wilderness should be on your “Must-Do” list. Visit during November and you will be truly impressed; visit during December and you will be blown away.
If you haven’t been to Fort Wilderness during the holiday season you have no idea how lavish the decorations are - it is truly amazing what the campers do!
Perhaps a few pictures will give you some idea . . .
The campground is ablaze with lights. Trees are wrapped and festooned with strings of lights.
Inflatables of all sizes light up the campground loops with festive cheer.
Trains and monorails circle through several displays.
Disney movies are played on outdoor screens.
You will see palm trees draped with Christmas ornaments.
You will see Minnie Mouse relaxing in a bubble bath.
Golf carts are decorated for the season too, some are disguised as Disney characters, some are sleighs and a few are pulled by reindeer.
Dave “The Castle Guy” Lovett is usually there for the first two weeks of December. You really must see his castle; this year he plans to have it dazzling visitors from December 8th until Christmas Day. Here’s a video of Dave’s castle – click on the arrow to start the video and watch it until the end – Awesome!
The best ways to get to Fort Wilderness are by Disney bus or by boat. Unless you are camped in the resort you will not be allowed to enter with your car and parking is very limited. You can catch a bus to The Fort at any theme park or at Downtown Disney. Once you arrive just transfer to any internal bus (the campground has its own bus system) and travel to The Settlement. For the most scenic option, you can catch a boat to the campground from the Magic Kingdom, Wilderness Lodge or the Contemporary Resort. The boats all dock at the Marina beside the Settlement.
Once you are at the Settlement it’s an easy walk to the camping loops. The pathways are all paved and the terrain is flat. A leisurely walk of about 1 ½ to 2 miles will cover most of the loops. Let the magic begin!
If you prefer an easier tour, head to Pioneer Hall. Just across from the hall you can board a horse-drawn wagon or a horse-drawn carriage for a guided tour . . . they cover all of the best decorated sites! Last year at Christmas there was a carriage or wagon travelling past our campsite every 15 or 20 minutes all evening! Details on the cost of wagon and carriage rides can be found here.
You can start your evening with dinner at Trail's End Restaurant beside Pioneer Hall. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, details are here. Try to time your dinner so that you finish just after dusk; then the lights will be at their best! Head toward the Settlement Trading Post and follow the glow of lights to the right of the store. A walkway will lead you into the 100 camping loop. Just stroll through the loops as you make your way around the campground and savour the sights and sounds. Take time to talk to the campers, they are always happy to chat about their décor. Some will even be out with candy or glow sticks for the children!
When you’ve seen the sights don’t forget to head to the Marina. The Wishes fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom can be seen from the beach and dock and they pipe in the sound track. Once Wishes is over, if the timing is right, wait just a few minutes; the Electrical Water Pageant sails past the dock every night at 9:45.
What a wonderful way to end your day at the Most Magical Place on Earth!
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