Changes are in the works for several Resorts around Walt Disney World, and the latest update is not one we would have expected.
Many of the updates have been works in progress along the Magic Kingdom area Resorts on the monorail loop and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. On the monorail, Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort reopened last year with a new look and revamped menu, and Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa recently did the same. Disney has also confirmed that changes are planned for the lobby at the Grand Floridian, with no date shared so far as to when these renovations will begin.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also has new Disney Vacation Club accommodations being constructed on the site of the former Spirit of Aloha dinner show.
On the BoardWalk, Disney recently opened the BoardWalk Deli and construction is ongoing at the site of the future Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers. Inside the Resort, Carousel Coffee is the newest addition, which opened to mixed reviews late last year.
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One set of accommodations that has been going through some unexpected changes is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The area is home to Disney’s own campsites (for both tent and RV camping) along with the much-beloved dinner show, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.
At Fort Wilderness, Trail’s End Restaurant recently closed to make way for a new marketplace-inspired quick-service dining experience. Initially, we did not expect any other updates to be announced for this area, but that changed with recent news from Disney this morning.
Theme park reporter Scott Gustin shared an update from Disney detailing new accommodations that are set to replace the current cabin accommodations at Fort Wilderness:
NEW: Disney Vacation Club is announcing plans to "bring refreshed cabin hideaways" to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The proposed plans call for more than 350 new cabins to replace the existing cabins at the resort. pic.twitter.com/iFRU2RuUM7
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) April 20, 2023
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Along with the changes to the cabins, updates to Fort Wilderness include a proposed new pool, along with the previously announced marketplace-style changes to Trail’s End Restaurant, plus enhancements to existing walking trails and Crockett’s Tavern.
Officially named “The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – A Disney Vacation Club Resort,” the new accommodations are set to open in 2024 for both Disney Vacation Club members and other Guests who opt to book reservations here (or rent DVC points.) Additionally, a select number of the cabin sites will be dog-friendly.
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So far, reception on social media has been largely disappointing for the new cabins, especially as many Disney fans are understandably assuming that these accommodations will soon become more expensive. Disney Vacation Club Resorts are typically deluxe accommodations, and the current version of the cabins has been one of the most affordable places to stay for larger families.
The Current Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground boasts a 750-acre property inspired by the American frontier. Along with scenic walking trails, pools, quick-service dining locations, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, and watercraft transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness is home to campsites for tent and RV camping as well as traditional cabins.
The current cabins bring together modern comforts with everything you would expect to have while staying in a campground, including a living room, bedroom, bathroom, patio, charcoal grill, and full kitchen that sleeps up to six adults.