Disney’s Fort Wilderness

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If you thought that the attractions at Disney’s Fort Wilderness were just for the guests staying on site you couldn’t be further from the truth - anyone can enjoy the benefits. From horse riding to biking trails, from fishing to just sitting on the beach or how about an old-fashioned wagon or carriage ride?

If you have never been horse riding this is the perfect opportunity to try it for the first time. Enjoy a forty-five minute guided trail through the wilderness. Children under nine years of age are unfortunately not allowed to ride the horses although pony rides are available for those aged between two to eight years of age. Riding hats are recommended and are provided free of charge. It is advisable to book in advance by calling Disney on (407) WDW-PLAY.

Rent a bicycle for an hour from the Bike Barn. You will need to provide some identification, which the cast member will ask you to leave at the barn along with a deposit until your return. They have a wide assortment of bikes from children’s bicycles to tandems. It was suggested that we give the tandem a trial run before we made our final decision, which we duly did, and after finding it virtually impossible to get the hang of we opted for a bike each. Before you leave the barn you will be provided with a handy map of the bike trails. It is also possible to rent canoes and peddle boats from the Bike Barn, which is situated right next to a small lake.

If you fancy a trip around Bay Lake, take one of the free boat rides across to The Wilderness Lodge or The Contemporary or even a round trip to Magic Kingdom and back. Pontoon boats and canopy boats are also available for hire from the marina. We often take the free boat ride to The Wilderness Lodge, have our lunch at The Whispering Canyon and then walk back to Fort Wilderness along the lakeside trail. We have seen plenty of wildlife on our walks including ospreys, turtles and a great blue heron.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is one of the longest running shows at Walt Disney World. Performed nightly at the Pioneer Hall in Fort Wilderness it features an all-you-can-eat menu with family entertainment from the Pioneer Hall players. With lots of singing and dancing, comedy, foot stamping and hand clapping, I guarantee you will have a fun filled evening. Reservations are recommended by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

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