Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jul 30, 2009
    Sheryl from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Visiting WDW w/ 4 yo, staying at Pop. Want to eat at Whispering Canyon, head to the pony rides at FW & stay for campfire. Do they do pony/campfire on weekends? How to get from one resort to the other? Activities after pony rides b4 campfire starts?

    Sheryl:

    Sounds like you're wranglin' up a fun time for your family and your 4-year-old!

    Fort Wilderness offers pony rides at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch near Pioneer Hall on the beach-end of its campus.  They're offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends, and you don't need a reservation.  With your preschooler, you probably won't have any trouble meeting the 80 lb. and under weight requirement, but your child must be 48 inches or taller and be able to hold on by himself/herself while a parent leads the horse.

    Because they close at 5 p.m., you'll need to keep this mind when making your reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge, as you need to allow yourself at least 1 1/2 hours to eat and at least 30 to 45 minutes to take the boat launch from Wilderness Lodge over to Fort Wilderness.  (From the pier, Pioneer Hall is only a 5-minute walk right beyond the beach.)

    If you're visiting Fort Wilderness before the fall time change, the fire pots are lit around 7:30 p.m.  with the sing-a-long starting by 8 p.m.  To fill your time before the sing-a-long, you can rock out on the porch at Pioneer Hall, go shopping at The Settlement or just enjoy the nearby beach and playground.  There are also 45-minute wagon rides that leave Pioneer Hall nightly at 7 p.m.  They don't take reservations and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis from the driver around 6:30 p.m. 

    To get back to Pop Century, I'd recommend making the 10- to 15-minute walk from the campfire to the pier, taking the boat to Magic Kingdom, and riding the bus back to Pop Century.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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