• On Feb 25, 2021
    Jamie from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm a annual pass holder living in the Orlando area. I would like go hiking on the Fort Wilderness Campground Trail and my question is do you need a hotel reservation to do so?

    Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is like a paradise for any nature-lover. I, too, have enjoyed brisk walks along the back country pathway that winds through the resort. It's easy to see why you're interested in taking to that scenic trail, Jamie.

    Normally, Guests are welcome to visit the various hotel properties within the Walt Disney World Resort but the current health and safety measures that are in place have necessitated some changes. Currently, only registered Guests and those with dining reservations are permitted to visit the resort hotels. Because there are not currently any restaurants that accept dining reservations open at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, you won't be able to book one and gain access to the property.

    Though the sights and scenes of Disney Springs are far less wooded, have you considered an early morning stroll there? Several times, my family and I have visited before many of the shops open and have found it to be a lovely, uncrowded place to stretch our legs while also enjoying unique views that are beautiful in their own right. By parking in and departing from the Orange Garage at Disney Springs and walking towards the Marketplace, you could rack up a fairly high number of steps, especially if you meandered about a bit as you made your way.

    I hope that as the phased reopening progresses we can once again begin enjoying more and more freedom to explore the beauty of Walt Disney World. Keep a close eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates on safety measures. Happy exploring, Jamie!
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