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November 19, 1971 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Officially Opens

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“Teeming with such wildlife as deer, ducks, armadillos, and rabbits, the [Fort Wilderness] Resort welcomes you to delight in scenic woodland trails, a white-sand beach, exciting pool areas, rootin’ tootin’ entertainment, and hearty country eats.”

On November 19, 1971, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground officially opened at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. The resort was designed with a rustic theme with cabins built to look like log cabins, and has grown since its opening to 800 campsites with 409 cabins. There are two dinner shows at the resort: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. At night, guests are entertained with the Campfire Sing-Along with Chip ‘n’ Dale, which includes a special appearance by Chip ‘n’ Dale, who poses for photos and signs autographs with guests. This campfire event includes s’mores and an outdoor movie for children, as well as the Electrical Water Parade. Recreational activities at the resort also include jogging, fishing, biking, swimming, and horseback riding.

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