Another thing my kids truly enjoy about Fort Wilderness is the transportation to the Magic Kingdom. Guest actually take a boat ferry to and from the Magic Kingdom. It's magical to see Cinderella Castle from the water as you approach the Magic Kingdom. You can even see the electrical water parade from the beach each night, without fighting a crowd. Families also love Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long, which is held nightly. You can enjoy s'mores over a campfire, sing songs, and watch a free movie.
To be completely fair, there are a few drawbacks to the Fort Wilderness resort. The biggest one is the wait time for the internal bus system. Since the resort is so large, it takes the buses a very long time to make their way around the resort. If you chose to not rent a golf cart, (which I highly recommend and will address in a future post), you will have to wait for the resort bus to take you to another bus stop where you catch rides to the theme parks. In addition, if you have a dining reservation at another Disney resort, transportation to and from the location isn't very easy if you do not have your own vehicle. You again have to catch an internal bus to the theme park buses then grab another a bus to the theme park closest to the resort your restaurant is located inside, only to then catch the monorail or other Disney transportation to the resort.
Another drawback is the small amount of drawers to store clothing. There are only two small built-in chest of drawers that won't hold clothes for one week for a family of four. You will need to keep some clothes in suitcases.
The restaurant options at Fort Wilderness are limited, but very unique. The resort is home to Trail's End, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees including grits, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and similar items. Fort Wilderness is home to Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, which is one of the most popular dinner shows at Walt Disney World. The Western themed show is all-you-can eat and the price includes beer, wine, and sangria. It's not my favorite show, but many folks adore it. The last dining option at Fort Wilderness is Mickey's Backyard BBQ, which is fun for the entire family. We enjoy this atmosphere, but it's only open certain nights of the week, weather permitting. This can be a drawback if you are counting on eating dinner at the BBQ but it closes due to weather. Then, you are stuck eating average food at Trail's End or scrambling to find a dining reservation at another resort.
My family always drives to Walt Disney World, so we have a vehicle that allows us to avoid the transportation hassles. Overall, we love Fort Wilderness and highly recommend it to all of our friends. Check it out for yourself! I don't think you will regret it. While you're there, say hi to Chip and Dale. Remember, Chip has a brown nose like a chocolate chip and Dale has a red nose. (Just a little something I learned at Fort Wilderness.)