Regarding transportation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, things can get confusing–even for a seasoned pro like me. It’s a massive resort with various areas dedicated to camping, cabins, and RVs.
So, we recommend reviewing this entire guide before your vacation. If you want, bookmark it to your favorites for quick access during your vacation. If you’re already on vacation and are in a pinch, here are a few quick links to some of the main destinations at Walt Disney World.
- How to Get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Magic Kingdom
- How to Get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Epcot
- How to Get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Hollywood Studios
- How to Get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Animal Kingdom
- How to Get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Disney Springs
Fort Wilderness is so immense that most guests rent or bring golf carts to get around the resort. Of course, it’s not the end of the world if you can’t get a golf cart. An internal bus service is also provided. Those buses will get you close to most destinations within the resort.
Also, in most cases, you’ll want to take an internal bus to the main bus stop or boat dock and then transfer to another bus or boat to get to the theme parks and Disney Springs. Have I lost you yet?
Don’t worry! I visit Fort Wilderness at least once a month. Over the years, I’ve learned a trick or two about how the bus system works.
Fort Wilderness Transportation
- Resort Watercraft (Two Routes)
- Disney Buses
- Internal Bus System
You can travel directly from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to the following Disney Destinations:
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney Springs
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney Transportation is also available to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and other Walt Disney World Resorts. However, these destinations require using multiple forms of transportation. We’ll share details for traveling to these locations below.
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How to Get to Magic Kingdom from Fort Wilderness
There are two options for traveling to and from Magic Kingdom at Disney’s Fort Wilderness: resort watercraft and Disney buses.
Boat Service Between Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Fort Wilderness has an extensive boat dock near The Settlement. It sits along the shores of Bay Lake. Guests can take the green flag watercraft from Fort Wilderness to Magic Kingdom.
The entrance for the green flag boat to Magic Kingdom is on the left-hand side of the dock. This boat service operates a half-hour before the park opens and runs until one hour after the park closes.
When you leave Magic Kingdom, the boat dock is shared with Wilderness Lodge. Make sure you get in line at the correct gate to return to Fort Wilderness.
Bus Service Between Magic Kingdom and Fort Wilderness
Another option is taking a bus to Magic Kingdom from Fort Wilderness. You must take a bus from the Settlement to reach Magic Kingdom.
For reference, the Settlement is home to the Settlement Trading Post, Crockett’s Tavern, Pioneer Hall, and Hoop Dee Doo Revue, among other things. The Settlement ends at the resort’s boat dock.
There’s an independent bus stop on the opposite end of the Settlement (not the opposite end of the resort). This bus stop, the Settlement Bus Depot, is on a walkway that extends from Pioneer Hall. Below is a photo of the path from Pioneer Hall to the bus stop.
It’s not uncommon to find an attendant wearing an orange vest at this bus stop. Someone is usually available from late afternoon to early evening when Hoop Dee Doo Revue is open. If so, you’re in luck. They will get everyone on the right bus.
But if you find yourself at the bus stop, you’ll want to wait for a bus to Magic Kingdom. Don’t be surprised if five or more buses come through while you wait. Fort Wilderness has lots of internal buses that never leave the resort. On a slow day, those buses come through often.
How to Get to Epcot from Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Guests traveling to Epcot will want to take an internal bus from their location at Fort Wilderness to the Outpost. This is where the resort’s primary bus stop is located.
The Outpost is on the opposite end of the resort from the Settlement.
You’ll want to locate the bus stop nearest your campground. Then, get on the Orange, Yellow, or Purple line bus and take it to the Outpost.
At the Outpost, you’ll wait for the next bus to Epcot. This bus service is shared with Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. So don’t be surprised if you have an extra stop on the way to the parks. The bus usually stops at Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and then Epcot.
How to Get to Hollywood Studios from Disney’s Fort Wilderness
To get to Hollywood Studios, you’ll need to catch the Orange, Yellow, or Purple line bus from your location to The Outpost. These lines travel through different areas of the resort.
Bus service to Hollywood Studios is not usually shared with another resort.
For an idea of how it works, each route starts at The Outpost and ends at The Settlement. Then, the bus driver will turn around and start over. We’ve added a section below that discusses the internal bus system in more detail.
How to Get to Animal Kingdom from Fort Wilderness
For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll need to take the Orange, Yellow, or Purple line bus from your location to the Outpost. There, you’ll board a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Bus service to Animal Kingdom from Fort Wilderness is usually not shared with another resort.
How to Get to Disney Springs from Fort Wilderness
Those traveling to Disney Springs will also want to take the Orange, Yellow, or Purple line bus to the Outpost. There, you’ll board a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Bus service to Disney Springs from Fort Wilderness is not usually shared with another resort.
Below is a photo of the golf cart parking lot at the Outpost bus stop. Many guests will leave their carts or bicycles at the Outpost bus stop and retrieve them when they return from the parks instead of taking the internal resort buses. An additional golf cart parking lot is available at the Settlement boat dock.
How to Get to the Water Parks from Fort Wilderness
You’ll take a bus from the Outpost to Disney Springs for Typhoon Lagoon. From there, you’ll transfer to Typhoon Lagoon.
You’ll take a bus from the Outpost to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Blizzard Beach. Then, you’ll catch a transfer bus from the park to Blizzard Beach.
How to use the Internal Bus System at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Below is a photo of the directory for Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Looking closely, you can see how each line runs through the resort. Once a bus reaches the Settlement, it will loop at the bus stop and reroute.
When an internal bus returns to the Outpost, it will loop and take the same path back to the Settlement. You’ll need to identify the bus stop closest to your accommodations. Then, see which internal bus (dotted line) comes through at that bus stop.
I’ve walked the resort from the Outpost to the Settlement multiple times for leisure. It’s a straight shot through the center of the resort.
Looking at the directory above, you can see where the sidewalk begins near the Outpost. Follow the dotted yellow line to the next intersection.
At that intersection, you’ll cross the road diagonally. Then, you’ll follow the dotted orange line down the same road (the sidewalk continues on the opposite side of the road).
Once you reach the Meadow, you’ll cross the road where the sidewalk ends and picks up on the opposite side.
You’ll continue down this sidewalk until you reach the Settlement. It is a long walk that takes approximately 25 minutes. I usually stop in the Meadow Trading Post for a water or ginger ale.
One other thing to point out is that the bus stops regardless of the direction. Below is a photo of the bus stop across the street from the Meadow Trading Post.
If the bus stops on the same side as the waiting area, it’s going toward the Outpost. However, if the stops where I’m standing to take the photo, it’s going to the Settlement.
Since there’s usually more than one bus running each line, you’d likely do better to wait on the bus traveling in your direction. But the worst-case scenario would be if you had to ride an extra loop to double back or the same bus picked you up on its return.
Of course, if it’s raining, extremely hot, or chilly, you’re probably better off on the bus. Remember to pay attention to the bus stops and exit at your destination. I know that sounds like common sense. But it’s easy to lose track.
How to Get to the Wilderness Lodge from Fort Wilderness
Guests of Fort Wilderness are offered the convenience of direct transportation to and from the Wilderness Lodge. Unfortunately, the walking path between the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness closed in 2019. It was closed for new resort construction that was later postponed.
Now, that area is fenced and overgrown. You will pass the construction site by busing from the Settlement at Fort Wilderness to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s a short five-minute ride between the resorts.
Additionally, you can take the blue flag watercraft from Fort Wilderness to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This line is on the right side of the boat dock.
How to Get to Disney’s Contemporary from Fort Wilderness
Guests can also take the blue flag watercraft to Disney’s Contemporary. This service is available between 3:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
However, remember that transportation times are subject to change. We always try to take a photo of the posted hours of operation when we first use transportation on our trips.
Fort Wilderness to Other Popular Disney Destinations
Here are a few tips for traveling from Fort Wilderness to other destinations:
- For the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, take the blue flag watercraft to the Contemporary and then take the resort monorail to either resort. Or you can take the bus to Magic Kingdom and then monorail, boat, or walk to either resort.
- For Disney’s Boardwalk (or Beach and Yacht Club), take a bus from Fort Wilderness to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Exit at Hollywood Studios and walk or take a Friendship boat to the Boardwalk.
- If you want to ride the Disney Skyliner, take a bus from Fort Wilderness to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and board the Skyliner. We have a separate guide that details Disney’s Skyliner’s route. Stops include Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, Pop Century, Riviera Resort, and Epcot’s International Gateway.
- For Animal Kingdom Lodge, first take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From there, take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Note the first stop at Animal Kingdom Lodge will be Kidani Village. The second stop will be Jambo House.
Tips to Remember
- You can take a bus from the Settlement to the Wilderness Lodge, Magic Kingdom, or the orange, yellow, and purple lines.
- You can take a bus at the Outpost to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Water Parks, or the orange, yellow, and purple lines.
- The yellow and orange lines will also drop you off at the Meadow. The orange line will drop you off at the Meadow Trading Post. The yellow line will drop you off at the back of the Meadow Swimming Pool.
Hopefully, this article solved your transportation woes for Disney’s Fort Wilderness. The resort has a bus system that works for everyone. But upon first glance, it can be overwhelming. Remember not to overthink it.
If you make a mistake or end up late for a dining reservation–no worries! Disney does an excellent job of accommodating their guests.
For more information about transportation at Disney, you might enjoy these other resort guides:
- How to Get to and From Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Transportation How-To’s for Grand Floridian
- Disney’s Boardwalk Transportation Tips
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