New to Ft Wilderness

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by dsnymoners, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. dsnymoners

    dsnymoners Disney Guru

    Jul 20, 2005
    Been to Disney numerous times but first time to Ft Wilderness in the Cabins. I have seen that people rent golf carts. Are they really necessary?
  2. PrincessNana

    PrincessNana PrincessNana

    Mar 1, 2008
    Its not necessary, but it is alot of fun to explore the campground in a golfcart. The internal bus system will get you anywhere you need to go, but you can't take your car. There are a few parking places by the Meadows pool area, but no parking at Trails End, Hoop de Doo or that area.
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  4. photogal06

    photogal06 Mouseketeer

    Jan 19, 2010
    We've been to the Fort many times and never had a golf cart. We either ride our bikes, walk, or take the bus to wherever we need to go.
  5. SinceDay1

    SinceDay1 Counting the days until our next trip to WDW!!!

    Jan 30, 2010
    Welcome to the Fort, this is one of the best places to stay while at WDW! As for the cart question, there are a few factors you need to think about, who is going with you, ages, ability to walk and if you want to wait on the bueses (which are very good), plus if you want to go out and explore the Fort while you are there. We have stayed and not gotten one and have gotten one, longer stays we always get one, so, it just depends on your needs and what you want to expirence. Whatever the case, have a great time and hope you have fun! :thumbsup2
  6. WDWFWfan

    WDWFWfan Dreaming of Disney...

    May 23, 2007
    As others have said, golf carts are not a necessity...merely a luxury. We have been many times and have never rented a cart; however, we always take our bicycles. While the buses will get you where you need to go, it is nice to be able to hope on a bicycle/golf cart to go explore the loops, etc.
  7. North of Mouse

    North of Mouse DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    We've been camping at FW for years and have never rented a cart. Just one expense we don't see worth it, but there are those that rent one every trip.
    It's just a personal preference. We either catch the bus or walk :)

    They could never be considered a necessity. We spend most of our time away from the campground, so would barely use them.

    It's also so beautiful on the trails that we enjoy our walks. :goodvibes
  8. patches4me

    patches4me Mouseketeer

    Apr 5, 2012
    Cart is not necessary. Buses are fine and we use our bikes as well. Carts are an extra expense and in my view, they have become a nuisance. They have under age children driving them, they race, etc. It's been abused.
  9. Mcert01

    Mcert01 Mouseketeer

    Mar 1, 2003
    Agreed. The buses are fine, and the cost is pretty high to rent a cart.
  10. articfox676

    articfox676 Mouseketeer

    Jul 12, 2011
    As two adults we use our bikes to do the loops, store, etc. The plus side is we get exercise that is fun. As said before depends on you family ages and abilities. Either way it all about the camping experience.
    Enjoy you will be back.
  11. Manatee

    Manatee Mouseketeer

    Aug 11, 2000
    I feel unless you are going to spend a lot of time in the resort the carts do not make economic sense, mearly using them to drive down to the transport pickups and then parking them there all day is not in my opinion the best use of your hard earned cash, however if like me you stay at the camp grounds for the majority of your time there they can be fun, you could just hire for a day to explore FW.
  12. CDNCruiser

    CDNCruiser Recreation Professional

    Feb 9, 2009
    If you're driving, use a bike rack and take the bikes along.

    With the excellent bus system that's all the transportation you'll need!
  13. mac_tlc

    mac_tlc DIS Veteran

    Aug 31, 2001
    We have been to the Fort a couple times, but always stay in the cabins. Usually fly down, so bikes are not an option. We enjoy having the cart to tour the loops and avoid the busses. We are heading down in 4 days, and would rather have the cart to get around than walk in the summer heat.

  14. Sally

    Sally Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2005
    We were going to rent a golf cart, but after researching a bit about the trails and such, we are bringing our bikes instead. Can't wait to get there!!
  15. mash

    mash Disney Fan

    Jun 28, 2006
    We are big fans of bringing our bikes! We save a lot of money, you can ride them to the Wilderness Lodge, and they are great exercise.
  16. retired and happy

    retired and happy Auburn-him/Alabama-her

    Aug 8, 2008
    We rented a cart twice then bought our own. We see it as a near necessity....but not necessarily for the occasional or one time visitor. The busses do a great job both within the Fort and out to the parks (except MK), and of course you can't take a cart anywhere except within the Fort.
  17. HalloweenPrincess

    HalloweenPrincess Earning My Ears

    Sep 8, 2012

    Definitely NOT necessary since the bus system is very nice. They are VERY COLD so great in the summer but you might want a sweater if you are returning in the evening. If you can bring bikes it's great exercise and you'll get where you are going sooner than waiting for the bus. The golf cart is a nice fun luxury if you choose that option. :dance3:

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