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6 Ways to “Horse” Around at Disney World

Walt Disney’s love of animals is legendary. That love of animals, particularly horses, is on full display at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. Whether you’re a horse lover or you barely know the difference between the front and back end, you will have plenty to do and explore at Fort Wilderness. Here are six ways you can “horse” around at Fort Wilderness!





 

6 – Horseback Trail Rides

Guests 9 and up can sign up for a Horseback Trail Rides through the Fort Wilderness trail, which is full of Florida wildlife. Deer, ducks, armadillos, and rabbits may be spotted on this adventure! This experience is perfect for beginner and intermediate riders. Reservations are recommended by calling (407) WDW-PLAY and closed-toe-shoes are required. Riders must be over 48 inches tall and weigh under 250 pounds. Cost is $55 per person for a 45-minute trail ride. Check-in is at the front of the resort near the bus stop.

5 – Explore the Tri-Circle D Ranch

Tri-Circle D Ranch in the settlement area (at the back of the resort near Pioneer Hall) features Cinderella’s Ponies and the beautiful horses of Main Street, U.S.A. Stroll the stables to see blacksmiths in action. Guests can also see the Dragon Calliope–a horse-drawn musical instrument that Walt Disney purchased for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade at Disneyland Park in the 1950s.

4 – Pony Rides

Younger guests can enjoy a memorable pony ride on the petite ponies at the Ranch. Riders must be at least 2 years of age, under 80 pounds, no taller than 48 inches and able to hang on by themselves. A parent or guardian must lead the pony at all times. Pony rides are offered daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. near Pioneer Hall. Price is $8, and no reservations are necessary. Our children really enjoyed these pony rides!

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Pony rides at Fort Wilderness Campground

3 – Wagon Rides

Enjoy an old-fashioned, horse-drawn wagon ride on a scenic tour through the resort and campground. These tours are available on a first-come, first served basis. Wagon rides depart daily at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from the front of Pioneer Hall. These 25-minute wagon rides are $12 for guests ages 10 and up and $8 for guests 3-9.





 

2 – Carriage Rides

For a more personal experience, guests can also take in the beautiful Fort Wilderness Resort through horse-drawn carriage rides. Carriages fit up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 small children). Rides depart from the main entrance of Crockett’s Tavern near Pioneer Hall. Each carriage ride costs $55 and the rides last about 25 minutes. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

1 – Holiday Sleigh Rides

Although there won’t be snow, you’ll go over the river and through the woods on this magical holiday sleigh ride. The sleighs are decorated with lights and garlands and are available during December. Holiday Sleigh Rides depart from the main entrance of Crockett’s Tavern near Pioneer Hall. Rides can fit up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 small children). Each carriage ride costs $84 and the rides last about 25 minutes. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

Sleigh Ride at Fort Wilderness

All of these options provide an excellent opportunity for a slower paced, relaxed experience that 99.9% of visitors to Disney World don’t even know are available. For a break from the overwhelming hustle of the parks, they provide a chance to slow down and enjoy nature. All of these experiences are open to all guests. You do not need to be staying at Ft. Wilderness.

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About Cindy E. Nykamp

Cindy E. Nykamp. I’ve been a crazy fan of all things Disney since I was a very young girl. I was lucky to marry a guy who loved Disney just as much or more than I did. After years of dreaming and waiting, my first trip to Walt Disney World was in 2004 and I fell even more in love with Disney. We made multiple trips, year after year. Another dream came true in 2010 when our family moved to Orlando and Disney World became our backyard playground. We love visiting often and learning more tips to share. I am a mom, teacher, and RunDisney addict. I am also an amateur photographer and have thoroughly enjoyed taking thousands of pictures at Disney World!