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Recently, gatehouses have been installed at the entrances of both Fort Wilderness Campground and Fort Wilderness Lodge; now registered guests only. Sadly, this means much less "free Disney" for locals. We leave the information below for campers and other Park guests.
Here's a Great Alternative: Biking at Celebration; very nearby, inexpensive rentals, and many miles of biking in a park-like setting.
While most visit Walt Disney World Florida for the theme parks and entertainment, there also are a variety of short biking options. Bike rentals (Disney prices) are available at several of the resorts. Most roads within the confines of the individual resorts are bike-friendly. However, biking between resorts is not recommended as there is a lot of traffic on the main arteries. Tip: while relatively short, we found the most enjoyable recreational biking to be at Fort Wilderness, various short trails within a pine, oak, and cypress setting. Where else can you see Bambi face-to-face in the "wild" without fences? Ride a bike, pet a goat, go paddling, fishing or swimming. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Ft. Wilderness Biking Map
Location: Orange County (Lake Buena Vista)
End Points: Various within Park
Mileage: Varies, up to about 3 miles
Surface: Varies, mostly paved, some hard-pack dirt
Trailheads/Parking: Guest parking at Wilderness Lodge, at Fort Wilderness main entrance, or Creekside Meadow recreation/camping area (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon
Bike Shops / Bike Rentals:
While cycling options within the various Disney resorts are fairly short, Fort Wilderness offers the best biking, long enough to be an enjoyable recreational ride for both children and adults. Bike rentals are available at several locations, but be prepared for Disney prices.
A 3/4-mile paved recreational trail for biking, walking, and jogging runs between Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, along with a separate unpaved nature trail (mostly hard-packed, easy for fat tire bikes). The entire Fort Wilderness campsite area is bike-friendly. There are campsites for recreational vehicles and tents, cabins for rent, as well as primitive camping at Creekside Meadow (groups of 20 or more). The Trading Posts have restaurants, shops, and restrooms. Magic Kingdom horses are stabled at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, and horseback and carriage rides are available. Bike rentals for children and adults are at Wilderness Lodge and at the campground Bike Barn (Disney prices). Some guests bring their own bikes. At Wilderness Lodge, pick up the recreational trail behind the bus stop.
Biking at Celebration - nearby biking option, rentals, good selection for families
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