This trip was unique and special for us. In all our years of staying at Fort Wilderness we had never stayed in a cabin. They had always been too expensive and, for the most part, irrelevant with a travel trailer. However, we had some family wanting to accompany us for a weekend trip to Walt Disney World and so I looked for the best (and cheapest) option for us all, of which there would be 7 (my son is still…ahhemm…2 years old, so for all intents and purposes it was really 6). Trying to find a single room for 6 official guests is difficult when trying to keep costs down and even 2 adjoining rooms was going to be fairly expensive for such a close booking to the date of stay, however, I found a fantastic deal for a cabin so I jumped at the chance to show family our beloved Fort. Not to mention I’d always wanted to experience a cabin. TIP: This was really the only time of year that cabins, or campsites, had any type of discount (late August through September). I was able to get a 2 night stay for $250/night, which is a steal. It was predictably hot, but if you can tolerate the heat this is a great, affordable time to go to Fort Wilderness.
Check in is obviously different for a cabin stay as opposed to a stay at a campsite. Once passed the security shack, you have to head to Reception Outpost instead of driving straight ahead through the check-in bays. We arrived around noon and it was extremely busy at the Outpost, however, they did a great job of getting everyone through quickly. Our cabin was ready and we moved on to pick up the golf cart we had rented for the day. For those who have never rented a golf cart from the Fort before, pick up is directly behind the Outpost. There is a small stand there where a Cast Member will check for your reservation and provide you with a cart. We had no problem picking our cart up a few hours before the designated pickup time and we headed to our cabin. NOTE: If you have an interest in renting a 6 person golf cart be sure to request it when you book your cart, if you book in advance. They will only charge you for a 4 person cart initially (6 person cart is an additional $20.00) and attach a note to your reservation advising of your request. Even then, however, there is no guarantee you will actually get a 6 person cart as their supply is very limited. If and when you do end up with a 6 person cart they will charge your card the additional $20.00. We had requested a 6 person cart, however, one was not available and we got a standard 4 seater instead. I was told that they had a 6 seater they were planning on giving to us, however, the guest who had reserved it the day prior had not returned it and apparently decided to keep it another day. Also, there are no rules against children riding on laps while the golf cart is in motion, other than on the driver’s lap, so a 4 seater actually worked fine.
The 2800 loop was the first left from the check-in area, and the first loop on the left after that. There are no Comfort Stations in this loop, nor did I see any in the surrounding cabin loops. My wife wanted to shower in a Comfort Station one morning to relieve congestion within our cabin and I had to drive her to the 1100 loop. I do believe there is a Comfort Station in the Wilderness Pool area, which wasn’t far from our loop, that we missed, however. Oh well.
My first impression of the cabin was how rustic and well themed the exterior was. It had a nice, large raised deck with two doors leading into the cabin—one to the main living area, one to the bedroom. On the deck was a large picnic table, and there was a grill like those found in the campsites beside the deck. Only 1 car is allowed per each cabin, however, most cabins had 2 cars parked in front and nothing was said. We actually had 2 cars and a golf cart parked in the small driveway with plenty of room and nothing protruding into the roadway. My only complaint about the exterior of the cabin would be that there is no shade whatsoever on the deck. An awning of some kind would have made it much better, however, the logistics of this are probably unrealistic due to the possibility of hurricanes or strong storms.
Entering the cabin through the main door we walked into the living area. On our immediate right was a small table, enough to seat 4 comfortably, 6 if squeezing in tight. The floors were wood laminate and looked very well done. The space as a whole straight ahead, and to the right of the door, was one open room. Across from the door was the kitchen, which was fully stocked with dishes, silverware, glasses, etc. There was also a microwave, dishwasher, and full sized fridge. There was a very comfortable oversized chair in the living room with an ottoman, along with a large, also comfortable pull out sofa bed. Lastly, there was a very large television on the wall. The room as a whole, despite numerous windows, was dark, but I believe this was done by design to give that rustic cabin feel. All-in-all we were very impressed. The living room and kitchen were very well themed and extremely comfortable. My only complaint, if you want to call it that, would be that it is a bit smaller than it seems from the exterior, or than I had imagined.
On the left side of the main door was a hallway. The first door on the right was the only bathroom. The bathroom itself was actually extremely nice and spacious. The tub/shower was very large, as was the sink and counter area. The downside, obviously, is that, with 7 people, only 1 bathroom is very hard to work with. If it was just our family, however, it would have been more than efficient.
Just outside of the bathroom, in the hallway, was a small soft spot in the floor. It wasn’t a big deal to me, however, I have heard from multiple people of similar issues in the flooring of the cabins. Just an FYI, I suppose.
Passed the bathroom was the bedroom, which was extremely well themed. It seemed a bit small, but mostly because of everything it had crammed into it. There was a dresser with a television on it, a good sized closet, and a mirror with a counter in front. It also had a queen sized bed and a very cool bunk bed that my kids loved.
In short: we loved the cabin. Given another great deal, we’d jump at the chance to stay there again. A couple of final thoughts before I sign off. First, transportation is something that has to be thought out when staying in the cabins. A golf cart is the best and most entertaining option but, as discussed in multiple other posts, it can be expensive. We also used the internal bus service and, surprisingly, it was not that bad at all. Busses were nearly always there and we were able to get from point A to point B relatively quickly. Lastly, my wife and I went for a jog one morning and ran from our cabin to the waterfront and back. In total it was about 2.5 miles round trip. So, walking to the meadow pool or waterfront is entirely possible, though it really depends on your situation.