Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for Beginners

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Lobby Entrance

I like adventure. Camping? It depends. As long as there are clean bathrooms and shower facilities, then YES! That’s why camping at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is the best! Clean bathrooms, clean showers, clean sites, mosquito control, beautiful grounds, and, well, it’s Disney!

At our latest camping trip at Fort Wilderness, we had just one complaint. Humidity. But that’s not Disney’s fault. Our time at the campground was fun and even with some rain, we enjoyed ourselves.

There are plenty of things to do while staying at the campground. During check-in, you will receive a recreation calendar which lists all free activities and paid experiences. There is something to do for everyone and every budget.

Transportation is convenient and there are bus stops relatively close to every site. Buses will take you to different destinations around the campground and the bus drivers are very helpful in making sure you are taking the right bus.

The main reason for this post is to share a list of things to pack for those who are new to camping. I’ve had many people ask about this and it never occurred to me that so many are new to this type of vacation. I hope this list is useful and I’d love to hear how your magical camping experience went!

What to pack? (This is a basic list for those taking advantage of Disney restaurants like we do!)

  • Tarp (big enough to go under the tent. Keeps bottom of tent clean)
  • Tent
  • Camping/Beach Chairs
  • Welcome Mat (helps keep dirt from inside the tent)
  • Christmas lights (perfect for light and finding your site at night)
  • Rope/Clothes pins (for wet items)
  • Broom and Dust Pan (you must sweep your tent before putting it away)
  • Swim towels
  • Bath towels
  • Toiletry bag/Caddy (we keep our toiletries handy and separate so girls and boys have their own)
  • Extension Cord(s)
  • Power Strip
  • Air Mattresses/Cots

    Watching the Electrical Water Pageant right from the grounds by the marina

  • Air Pump
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Shower Flip Flops (showers are clean, but I am not brave enough to go barefoot)
  • Flashlight (or use your phone!)
  • Lantern (great for inside tent use)
  • Fan (especially during hot months)
  • Bug Repellant
  • Snacks

You can also bring:

  • Bikes

    Our site and tent

  • Scooters
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Board Games

(There is a picnic table at each site, which is great for eating and playing games. We don’t eat at the site, but there is a grill, so you can bring charcoal, foil, and charcoal fluid to cook. In this case, make sure you bring cooking utensils and disposable eating utensils.)

Our 11-year-old’s perspective from this trip:

  • Favorite Thing: Walking to bus stops and walking around the grounds.
  • Least Favorite Thing: Heat (Septemeber humidity’s fault)
  • Why Camp Again? Fun experience and sleeping in the tent

    Waiting for our ferry to the Magic Kingdom to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

  • One Thing You Wish You Had: Bike
  • On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how do you rate this experience?: 8 (because of heat)
  • Advice to you from an 11-year-old: Use the restroom right before going to bed (I agree)




Delicious meal at Trail’s End Restaurant on the grounds

Beautiful site!









If you have specific questions about our Fort Wilderness experience, please feel free to email or private message us and we will be more than happy to answer!





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