Great American Campout

June 22, 2016

Disney & the Great American Campout - Rolling with the Magic

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some ways for your family to participate in the Great American Campout.


Great American Campout

I’m going to be honest. I am not really the camping type. In theory it sounds like fun to me but then I start thinking about bugs, lack of air conditioning, etc. But the Great American Campout did peak my interest again. I do love wildlife (if you don’t count the bugs!) and at I think you should never stop trying new things. So the best way to get me interested in anything is to involve Disney. And I’m hoping that might peak your interest too!

Camp in the great indoors!

All the fun of camping with all of the comforts of home! Curl up next to a fake fire and enjoy some s’mores. 🙂

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But really, I don’t think there is anything wrong with appreciating nature from home. I love getting out and about and we have come across some great accessible trails but some days I really just don’t feel like getting out. That doesn’t mean that I can’t have some fun. Plus rainy days can go from grey to great. So for a great American indoor campout I would make this awesome s’mores bake from Disneyland and find some Disney camping cartoons. Anything with Humphrey the Bear is a winner.

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Or for something newer, check out Roughin’ It | A Mickey Mouse Cartoon.

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Outdoor Fun at Walt Disney World

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

If you are at Walt Disney World, a visit to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness is definitely in order. Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful resort that was inspired turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. It really is hard to believe that you are in the middle of central Florida. If you can’t say here, you should stop by to eat at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Trail between Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Fort Wilderness

If you are staying at Wilderness Lodge, it’s fun to spend a day or half day at Fort Wilderness. There isa 0.75-mile shaded fitness trail and bike path that connects both resorts (the there is also a 2.5 mile running trail.) The trail is paved so it’s an easy walk or roll. We used it one morning to get to Trail’s End for breakfast. It was a nice, relaxing way to get there and we were rewarding with lots of deer sightings.

Disney's Fort Wilderness

Trail between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Trail’s End has a buffet for breakfast and dinner and a fixed menu for lunch. Depending on the time of day you visit, there is a lot at Fort Wilderness to check out. There is an archery program, pony rides, wagon rides, fishing, bike rentals, Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long (which is free), and the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

Disney's Fort Wilderness

Or you can just take a walk around, visit the horses and barns, and take in the atmosphere. You don’t have to be staying at Fort Wilderness to visit or participate in the activities. But if you really want to immerse yourself in a camping adventure, you can stay at one of the cabins or rent a campsite.

Disney & the Great American Campout - Rolling with the Magic


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  • Mary
    July 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I am very appreciative of indoor plumbing so an indoor/outdoor camping event would be perfect for me. Hike by day. Flushing toilet by night.

  • Becca
    June 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    What great ideas to get in the camping spirit! I hate bugs too but try to get past it to enjoy the outdoors.

  • kim051172
    June 25, 2016 at 2:03 am

    We love hanging at the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness. It seems like hanging out in all the trees makes us all relax, which is a good thing after walking for miles in the parks. I’m so glad Disney partnered on this. It is a great reminder how getting in tune with nature is good for us all, even if it’s just going outside around one’s home.