25 FREE Things To Do At Disney’s Fort Wilderness

I feel like many people visit Walt Disney World, and have no idea Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground even exists!! It’s definitely one of the best places to stay on property. Amid 750 acres of pine and cypress, you may not even believe you’re in Florida. These 25 FREE things to do at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are just part of what makes this place so special.

Fishing

Bring your fishing poles, and there are several fishing spots throughout the campground, including this spot behind the Meadow Trading Post. Don’t have your own fishing poles? Ask a friend to borrow some. **Please note: fishing at Walt Disney World Resort is catch-and-release only.

Basketball/Tetherball 

Several loops have basketball hoops, and tetherball. Each court has a box with a ball available for use, or bring you own. I personally have many memories of shooting hoops with my brother and dad in the Quail Trail loop.

Tennis/Pickle Ball

You can find tennis/pickle ball courts in the Meadow Recreation Area, next to the pool. Hit some tennis balls, or play some matches. Free tennis gear is available at the Bike Barn. After that, you can cool off at the pool. So bring your bathing suit!

Volleyball/Badminton

Beach volleyball can be played in the Meadow Recreation Area, right by the tennis courts, and pool. Volleyballs can be picked up at the Bike Barn with a valid resort ID. Grab some friends, and get a match going. However, if you would like to play badminton, you would need to bring your own set.

Shuffleboard

In the Meadow Recreation Area, behind the Bike Barn, is where you can find the shuffleboard. Free gear is available at the Bike Barn with a valid resort ID.

Playgrounds

There are several playgrounds around Fort Wilderness. You can see one just beyond the volleyball court, in the Meadow Recreation Area, by the pool. Others can be found outside a couple different camping loops, and at the Settlement Trading Post, near the beach/Pioneer Hall. Perfect for keeping those toddlers busy!

Biking

Our two younger girls both actually learned to ride a bike at Fort Wilderness! If you have room, bring your bikes, because there’s plenty of sidewalks, and trails for biking! **Bikes are also available to rent at the Bike Barn in the Meadow Recreation Area.

Walk/Run

If you are one for getting in some extra exercise while on vacation, there jogging trails. A leisurely stroll to take in the sights, or look for wildlife too. Maps on the trails are available at the Reception Outpost.

Swimming

With two pools to choose from, we love the main swimming pool located in the Meadow Recreation Area. The Meadow Pool has the slide pictured above. The Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool is located among the cabin loops, and is much smaller.

The Meadow Pool also has a fenced in splash play area for smaller kids. Bring own towels from your campsite or cabin. Life jackets are complimentary at both pools, and available at The Bike Barn too. 

Poolside Activities

Our girls have always had so much fun with the poolside activities!! Dance parties, hula hoop contests (Anna has been the champ several times), trivia, and so much more. Be sure to get your recreation guide from the Reception Outpost for daily activities. You may even win some fun prizes!!

Relax on the Beach

Although you no longer can swim in the lake, you can still relax, and take a break on Clementine’s Beach. With lounge chairs, you can soak up some sun, listen to music, or read a book. They even have tables and chairs to sit and enjoy a snack or meal.

Chill on the Porch

Grab yourself a coffee, beer, or cocktail, and sit your behind in a rocking chair, on the porch at Trail’s End Restaurant. Enjoy the view! Keep an eye on the kids while they work off some energy at the playground!

Play Games

While hanging out on the porch at Trail’s End Restaurant, challenge your party to some large scale Jenga, checkers, ring toss, or hula hoop. Let the kids just play with the blocks, like our girls did when they were younger! You can also find checkers inside the Meadow Trading Post!

Explore the Swamp Trail

Find the swamp trail beginning along Clementine’s Beach. This is not something we have ever done, but plan to finally do next time we visit.

Boat Ride

One of our favorite things about Fort Wilderness, is the boat transportation to both Magic Kingdom, and other resorts. You can hop on a boat, take a ride, and you don’t even have to get off!! Great way to take in the sights, and enjoy a nice boat ride!

Tri Circle D Ranch

Another one of those memories from when I was a kid, is the Tri Circle D Ranch. I remember when they had a petting farm here. However, now it’s home to all the Cinderella ponies, and the horses of Main St USA.

While staying at Fort Wilderness recently, we were able to see the two new Shetland Ponies who were born in March and April. They were 7 weeks old, and 2 weeks old when we got to see them. They were so cute to watch. Take a peek at them playing in the video!

Certainly animal lovers of all ages would like to learn more about the “Happiest Horses on Earth” at their FREE barn tour. You may even catch the blacksmith making horseshoes. Be sure to check times when you visit, as they may change. You can find more info on the Tri Circle D Ranch HERE.

Wildlife Spotting

No matter how you’re making your way around Fort Wilderness, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some wildlife! This is just a few of the animals we saw on our most recent trip. The deer was actually right on the side of the road, in the middle of the day.

Be sure to check out the butterfly garden outside the Reception Outpost. **Please be respectful of the wildlife, and do not feed them.

Chip & Dale Sing – A – Long

Jojo from our first stay at Fort Wilderness as a family!

Oh the memories… I remember going to the Chip & Dale Sing-A-Long when I was young, and now my girls love it too! Each night they do a campfire lighting, and sing-a-long with Chip & Dale.

Bring your own s’more supplies, but they do have sticks to share for roasting marshmallows. **This may be a post about free things to do at Fort Wilderness, but you can buy s’more kits in the movie area, just so you know.

Movie Under The Stars

After the Chip & Dale Sing-A-Long, be sure to stick around for the screening of a selected Disney movie! Each time we check into the campground, the first thing our girls do, is check the movie schedule. Although movies are shown at most other resorts, the sing-a-long is unique, and only happens at Fort Wilderness.

TIP: Bring your own camping chairs, if you have them. The benches and bleachers can be rough for an entire movie.

If you are staying at another Disney resort, you can get the movie schedules by calling (407) 939-2273. **Movies and entertainment are subject to cancellation or change without notice, and are weather permitting.

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

As with all resorts on Bay Lake, the music for the firework show at Magic Kingdom plays at outside viewing areas. If you head to Clementine’s Beach at Fort Wilderness, you can catch the firework show. It’s quite magical, even from afar.

Electric Water Pageant

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Another reason to head to Clementine’s Beach at night, is so you can see the Electrical Water Pageant. Jojo’s all time favorite night time show. Stay on the beach after the Magic Kingdom fireworks, and the water parade comes dancing by. For closer viewing, you can even walk out onto the boat dock.

No matter where you choose to stay on your Disney vacation, I hope you spend some time enjoying some of what Fort Wilderness has to offer. This is just some of How We Find Happy at Disney!

Have you been to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground? What are your favorite things to do? Let us know. You can connect with us on Instagram.

Please be sure to check out up to date information on Fort Wilderness recreation before heading over. Also, if your not staying at Fort Wilderness, but plan to spend some time there, you can find places to dine HERE.

Finally, if camping is not your thing, you might want to see our review of Disney’s Copper Creek.

42 thoughts on “25 FREE Things To Do At Disney’s Fort Wilderness

  • May 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    This is a great post. Sometimes we forget that things don’t have to cost a thing to be super fun. I haven’t been to Fort Wilderness since I was a teenager. I think my kids would love it.

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    • May 23, 2019 at 7:53 am
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      So true!! And there really are lots of free things to do at Disney, you just need to know where to find them!!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I love this list so much!! There’s so much to do around Disney for free!

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    • May 23, 2019 at 7:54 am
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      Thank you!! And you are right, there is tons of free things to do at Disney!!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Wow, I love free things to do!! Always thought Disney was an expensive affair, but love your take on this. Gotta try this now. Thanks for sharing.

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    • May 23, 2019 at 7:55 am
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      We love free things too!! I think lots of people feel that way about Disney, you just need to know where to find the gems!

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    • May 23, 2019 at 7:56 am
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      For as big as it is, surprisingly, it is quiet!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    We have stopped by to see the resort, but had no idea of all the free activities! The great thing is that for a lot of these you don’t even need to be staying AT the resort! Great list that I am saving!

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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      So true!! Hotel hopping is so much fun at Disney!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    I love the idea of the outside movie and the sights you can see from the beach at night without having to go into the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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      Yes!! It’s great to stay away from the crowds, and still enjoy!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    We enjoy fishing. It is good to know that fishing is allowed. Thanks

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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      Can you believe we’ve never taken our poles? I suppose we should next time!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    What a great post! Would love to know how much it is to camp there though… hard to believe anything with Disney is free

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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      Just like the other resorts, it varies depending on the season. We use our Vacation Club points when we can. It may be pricier than the campgrounds, but these are some reasons why! 🙂

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  • May 23, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    so much to do! Don’t forget about biking or hiking the pathway to Wilderness Lodge. or taking the dog for a walk on the dog paths. We personally love biking to the outpost depot or marina. Love Fort Wilderness and it was so nice being neighbors with y’all for a week while we were there. 🙂

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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      I’ve never done the path to Wilderness Lodge, but adding it to my list!! Wonder if it will be open while the new resort is being built?? And yes, it was great being neighbors!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    I love Disney and that they really do make things so special and have every detail thought of. It’s nice that those activities are free!

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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      I agree. They really do offer so much for their guests!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Who doesn’t love free and fun activities? This is a great list and chock full of free adventure!

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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      Right? We love just hanging out at the campground!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    Wow…so much to do…and added bonus that it’s free things to do! This looks like a great family lodging alternative for those visiting Disney.

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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      Free is great!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    We are always looking for fun free things to do, especially at Disney! I’ve never been to Fort Wilderness, but I need to go. It looks fun. Thanks for posting about 25 free things to do at Disney’s Fort Wilderness!

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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      Happy to share these free things to do!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    Disney just has great theming, no matter what they do. I love how you can have fun without even entering the parks!

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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      I completely agree!! Disney is so much more than the parks!!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    We love seeing the horses. They are so beautiful. I love running around all the resorts. This one, in particular, looks so relaxing to run around.

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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      Resort hopping sure is fun!! And Fort Wilderness is probably the most quiet!!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    How fuuuun! Honestly, I would have never imagined there was so much to do there…and for FREE! Looks beautiful, too! Great list! 😉

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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      Most people don’t know, so I thought I’d share!! 🙂

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  • May 24, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Wow, that’s a lot of stuff to do for free! That’ll keep the kiddos busy for sure

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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      Mine never complain of being bored!! That’s for sure!!

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    • May 27, 2019 at 10:48 am
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      There sure is!! No reason to be bored!!

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    • May 27, 2019 at 10:48 am
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      You don’t even have to be staying there to enjoy the activities either!! Hop on over!!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    I love how Disney does everything top notch! Even their campground. This place looks amazing!

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    • June 4, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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      I completely agree!!

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  • June 12, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Wow!! The perfect post. We are going out that way July 19th weekend. This is such great timing!

    Thanks for this. Never realized there were so many free things to do out there.

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    • June 12, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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      Crazy!! We may actually be out there that weekend too! Have fun!!

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