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. The 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 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.
Editor’s Note: Tri-Circle Ranch is getting an entirely new updated facility. Construction has already begun! During the refurbishment, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Wagon Rides, Pony Rides, and Holiday Sleigh Rides are available on a walk-in basis only. Reservations are not currently being accepted.
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. – 3:00 p.m. at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the front near the parking lot. Price is $8, and no reservations are necessary. Our children really enjoyed these pony rides!
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.
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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