Transportation at Fort Wilderness Campground
We will be staying at Fort Wilderness in May for 3 nights. Do you suggest driving our car to and from the parks, or taking the buses? About how long will the buses take and will we be able to get to the parks before they open? Thanks!
Dad's not as easy as it sounds Answer
Fort Wilderness is a very different animal than any of the other Disney World resorts. This is one resort (and you wouldn't think this is true) where it really does pay to have a car at Disney World
. Why? Because the transportation at Fort Wilderness is difficult at best.
The rules for Fort Wilderness is you either walk, rent a electric golf cart or use the internal Disney World Escorted Motor Coaches (bus). You are only supposed to drive your car when you enter or leave the campgrounds, like going to the parks. You just can't drive around the interior of the campground.
First let me say, the Fort Wilderness Campground is a really big area. It's over a mile long and half a mile wide. You might have to walk over a mile to get to the bus depot or to the marina which are the 2 main transportation areas.
Getting to the parks before they open will be a challenge if you try to use the the internal transportation at Fort Wilderness which starts running around an hour before the parks open.
To get to the Magic Kingdom
take a bus to the Settlement Depot then walk to the marina. (Or just walk to the marina.) From there you take the Magic Kingdom launch to the Magic Kingdom (duh). You'll want to do this and not drive your car.
For all the other parks, you take a bus or walk to the Outpost Depot and grab a escorted motor coach to the park. The ride from Fort Wilderness to the parks can take up to 30 minutes (Animal Kingdom). So getting to the Animal Kingdom when it first opens will be difficult unless you drive your car.
Dad's Bottom Line
The Fort Wilderness Campground has a reputation for having unreliable transportation. Getting to the parks when they open will be easy if you drive your own car. (For the Magic Kingdom take the launch.) The longest it will take you to get to any park will be 30 minutes to Animal Kingdom.