• On May 6, 2018
    Jacalyn from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I have a 12 year old interested in the horseback riding at Ft. Wilderness. She has never been on a horse. Can she ride by herself? Will staff be available to help? Is it located close to Hoop Dee Doo Review? Any suggestions or tips appreciated.

    Hi Jacalyn,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and thank you for your question. I’m so happy to hear you’re planning to spend some time at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on your upcoming vacation. I find the natural setting and pioneer theme of this resort to be so beautiful and relaxing, and there is so much to do and see!

    We recently surprised our daughter with her first horseback ride at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch for her birthday, and she had an amazing time. She had always dreamed of riding a horse, and she says that having her first ride at Walt Disney World is something she will always remember. You know your daughter best, so you’ll know whether she will be comfortable riding with a guide and a small group of other Guests. My daughter can be a little bashful, so my husband rode with her, but a rider who meets the height, weight, and age horseback riding requirements is able to ride without a parent. You’ll be with her as she gets her helmet and mounts the horse, and then the group will ride away for 45 minutes of peaceful riding through the resort’s beautiful trails. The guide will ride close to the more inexperienced riders; the guide with my daughter shared great Disney stories and tips, which put her at ease and made the experience extra-special.

    Pioneer Hall, where Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue is located, is a short bus trip away from the horseback riding area. The buses run very frequently, and you’ll love seeing the campsites (you might even see some cool decorations) and scenery. Once you arrive, you are in for a hilarious show – be sure to try the strawberry shortcake!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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