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Updated: Apr 22
Fort Wilderness was designed with a rustic theme. Tree-lined winding roads loop around to the various regions of the resort. Part of the resort is occupied by campsites where visitors with tents or recreational vehicles can stay. The remainder of the lodging area is occupied by cabins, designed to resemble log cabins.
The resort hosts two dinner shows, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ. A buffet called Trail's End and an RV-themed food truck is also among the resort's dining options.
The resort features playgrounds and two heated swimming pools. Other activities include fishing and horseback riding. A 2.3 mile (3.7 km) paved and sand exercise trail extends from the pony farm to the Wilderness Lodge. They also provide canoes, kayaks, bikes, and tennis rackets to rent at the bike barn. Guests can make reservations to be taught archery and go horseback riding.
Located next to the beach, guests can visit the Tri Circle D Ranch, where the horses used by the Disney company are kept. Trail rides, carriage and hay rides, and a petting zoo are also available. Each night, the campground features the Campfire Sing-Along with Chip 'n' Dale presented by Pop Secret. A Disney Cast Member leads songs in an outdoor amphitheater, while the characters Chip 'n' Dale approach seated audience members, signing autographs and posing for photos. Two firepits available for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Following the sing-along, a Disney children's movie is shown on an outdoor screen. Here is where the fore mentioned food truck stands selling lunch and dinner. Also at night, the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom's Happily Ever After Fireworks Spectacular can be seen from Clementine's Beach.
Fort Wilderness Railroad
The Fort Wilderness Railroad (FWRR) was a 3.5 miles (5.6 km), 2ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge heritage railroad located in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The railroad provided transportation to the resort's various campsites, as well as to the nearby River Country water park. After an operational trial period in late 1973, the railroad officially opened on January 1, 1974. Due to issues with track maintenance, pedestrian safety, noise concerns, and the locomotives' low fuel capacity, the railroad only operated occasionally after 1977, and closed permanently in February 1980. Some sections of ties remain in place along the outer areas of the campground.
The FWRR utilized four 2-4-2T replica steam locomotives and twenty coaches built in 1972 by WED Enterprises in Glendale, California. After the railroad was closed, the locomotives and coaches were stored and forgotten for several years until they were rediscovered by Carolwood Pacific Historical Society co-founder Michael Broggie. Today, the locomotives and twelve of the surviving coaches are privately owned by Carolwood Pacific Historical Society members Jim Zordich of Boring, Orego (Locomotive No. 1 and one coach); Bill Dundas of Camarillo, California (Locomotive No. 2, Locomotive No. 3, and ten coaches); and Michael Campbell of Livermore, California (Locomotive No. 4 and one coach). While Locomotive No. 1 and Locomotive No. 4 are static displays in their respective owner's backyards, the locomotives owned by Bill Dundas can be found on his private Santa Rosa Valley Railroad, which consists of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge track as well as 7 1/2 in (190.5 mm) gauge track for the miniature trains he also owns. None of the FWRR locomotives are operational. In addition, a few of the coaches are still located on the Walt Disney World property. Two were located at the central entrance to Downtown Disney and used as ticket booths prior to its transition into its current form as Disney Springs. They have since been sold at auction to private individuals. Another was previously used as a prop in the Typhoon Lagoon parking lot before it was removed and scrapped.
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