Dog Friendly Stay at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
April 11, 2019
My birthday was this past weekend and Scott surprised me with an overnight stay at Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins... WITH ROSIE!!!! Today I'm sharing some cool info about this resort and details that made our stay really special.
Though the entire FW resort is dog friendly, I haven't stayed in the camping spots (which are designed for tents & RVs), we stayed in the cabins so that is the experience I'll be sharing! (Also, yes those are photos of Rosie and I rocking matching Disney spirit jerseys. We had to go all out for her first official time on Disney property!!)
Dog friendly info:
-There is an additional charge of $50 per night if a dog is staying with you.
-You can have up to two dogs in each cabin.
-Any size is welcome (unsure of breed restrictions, I would call if you're wanting confirmation on your "aggressive breed")
When you check in, you receive some goodies for your dog! Which includes a drawstring backpack that holds a plastic food bowl, water bowl, mat to put the bowls on, a dog tag and a bone shaped holder for "poop bags" that attaches to your leash.
I wasn't expecting this so it was a fun surprise and it's cool having some dog goodies with the Disney logo on them!
You are also given a sign to hang on the outside of your cabin door that informs staff there is a dog inside. One of the most popular questions I got asked on Instagram while we were there is "Can you leave your dog in the cabin unattended"? This is a fair question because I'm sure a lot of people bring their dogs but may want to leave and enjoy the parks or any of the activities that don't include dogs. YES you can leave your dog(s) in the cabin that is what the sign on the door is for. Of course, I would urge any dog owner to be responsible and ensure you're not leaving your dog too long and to make sure they're totally comfortable. (Just cause it's Disney, it can still be super scary for dogs to be in new places.)
There are two dog parks on property- one for small dogs and one for large dogs. We popped by this area a few times and there were never more than a few people around so I'm guessing it stays pretty empty.
Dogs are allowed in most areas EXCLUDING in or around the pools, INSIDE the eating places (you can order food to go & eat at picnic tables) and inside the gift shops. (These restrictions are for pet dogs, not service dogs.)
Sad to report, Rosie did NOT like the Mickey waffle... boo...
Transportation to the theme parks is actually super easy and convenient! There are complimentary buses you can take and there is a boat you can take to Magic Kingdom.
Fun things to do around Fort Wilderness Resort:
Number one, GOLF CARTS!!! For an additional fee of $67 a day, guests can rent a golf cart. Not only was it super fun cruising around, it was really easy to get around without having to drive or wait for a bus. The property is HUGE so everything is really far apart. We saw a ton of guests on bikes and that's a great option as well for transportation and a fun activity.
Though we stayed in the cabins section, we enjoyed driving around (on our golf cart) looking at different campsites because a lot of guests decorate their spaces. We are super excited to go back and stay around Halloween time and then again around Christmas time because we've heard guests go ALL OUT with decor!!! And being big holiday people, we are pumped to see that!!!
As far as activities go there are pools, playgrounds, sports areas, game areas, a Chip & Dale Singalong, campfires and smores, excursions like horse back riding, archery and so much more!
We were told dogs are welcome at the Chip & Dale Singalong and that is where my dream of Rosie meeting a Disney character came true!!! Chip came over to greet us and was sooo sweet with Ro. She was definitely nervous but calm and we got a few very blurry and dark photos but I love them so so much and will remember that sweet memory forever!
Our stay was very short so we really wanted to soak up every moment around the resort instead of going out to the parks. Honestly I think there was enough for us to do for days without getting bored.
About the cabins:
All cabins have recently been newly renovated and you'll see the biggest upgrades in the kitchens. We were pleasantly surprised about how spacious the rooms were and how relaxing it was staying there!
Each cabin is equipped with bedding, towels, full kitchen necessities like dishes, paper goods, dish washer, etc.
Each cabin has a charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal though) and a full size fridge/freezer.
Each cabin also has a large flat screen TV in the living room and a small flat screen TV in the bedroom.
The bedroom has a queen bed and a set of bunk beds and the living room offers a pull out sofa bed.
There's a eating table in the kitchen that seats around 6 comfortably and a pretty large porch that has a picnic table.
There is truly all the comforts of home. We loved having enough space to bring our own snacks and foods to grill out. I didn't feel like anything was missing at all and that's awesome.
Rosie is my 1.5 year old micro golden doodle and she is our full on CHILD. She has traveled a ton, rides in the car with us pretty much daily, eats at restaurants with us, does errands to dog friendly stores with us, etc, so we knew she would be comfortable doing something like this. Overall, most cast members we encountered were extremely nice and friendly to both us and Rosie! We saw a lot of other groups with dogs so we didn't feel weird or like we stuck out at all.
It was fun interacting with guests as well because most people wanted to see her and pet her (I mean she IS adorable!)
Overall, I can't rave about our experience enough and we are dying to go back this fall when the weather cools down a bit. Highly recommend especially if you have fur babies! Thanks for reading this post!