Christmas on Main Street
  • On Feb 15, 2022
    Katie from IL 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 am interested in booking a cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness during the holiday season. I'm dreaming of a night time golf cart drive through the decorated campsites. Will people be decorating campsites in November or not until December?

    Hiya Katie - welcome to planDisney!

    Thanks so much for stopping by with this Very Merry question about Disney's Fort Wildnerness Resort & Campground!

    This past December was my first visit to Fort Wilderness for a yummy dinner at Trail's End Restaurant. As we weaved through the cabins and campsites making our way towards Bay Lake, we were in awe of the expertly decorated scenes glowing with thousands of lights. It was unlike anything I'd ever seen, and I was so impressed that this is something that Guests do themselves! We thought for sure that Disney had sprinkled some holiday pixie dust throughout the woods, but our driver informed us that decorating by Guests is a longstanding tradition at this Resort! So, long story short, I completely understand your dream of a nighttime golf cart ride to experience all the holiday magic. In fact, I'm going to borrow that dream and add it to my bucket list too!

    Rules about campsite and cabin decorating do change from time to time, but there is no set start date for Guests to put up holiday lights. In my experience, I see most Disney Resorts Collection hotels getting their magical "official" holiday decor glow-ups by mid-November, which typically nudges Guests to start their own decorating as well.

    I spoke to a friend and fellow Walt Disney World Resort enthusiast who has stayed at Fort Wilderness in past November & December holiday seasons to get more advice to pass along to you. They noted that Guests' lights and decorations are usually up in mid to late November, but that things start to get extra magical around the Thanksgiving holiday. They noted that many Guests at this particular Resort reserve extended stays beginning around Thanksgiving and lasting until around Christmas, and these tend to be the Guests with the most impressive holiday lights and decorations!

    I'm sure you'll have a magical holiday experience whenever you visit, and if lights are your thing, be sure to catch the Electric Water Pageant on Bay Lake - it's even been updated for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration!

    I hope this information helps - please let me know if any other questions come up as you continue planning!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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