There’s a well-kept secret of sorts on Disney property…a standalone cabin that will hold larger families (up to 6), with a fully-equipped kitchen, 2 full size beds, and a set of bunk beds, and a private parking pad. Where can one find this fabulous gem? At Disney’s Fort Wilderness, right close to the action in the Magic Kingdom area! Just a short boat ride away from good ol’ MK, these little wonders are perfect for families who like some space to spread out, needs more beds for more little bodies, or just want the convenience of a kitchen to prepare meals every day. We stayed in a cabin as a family of 5 and found the layout to be ideal for us.
Let’s start with the bedroom. There’s a full size bed and twin bunk beds here, along with a small vanity area with electrical outlets, so one can get ready in the morning here instead of the bathroom. There’s also a (very) small closet here. You’ll also find a small chest of drawers, flat screen TV, and nightstand between the bed and bunks. My husband took the full-sized bed, while my then 9- and 7-year-old sons took the bunks.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the bedroom door (yes, a door! yay!), there’s a hallway with a bathroom (full size, long vanity, shower/tub combo), a housekeeping closet, and then your kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped, right down to paper towels, dishes, utensils, dish soap (but they will do the dishes for ya!), coffee, creamer, etc. Truly everything you could need to put together a meal. To the side of the kitchen, you have an eat-in dining area with a large table with seating for 6.
Moving into the living area, you have a full size Murphy bed, sofa, small table and chairs (child size), and another flat screen TV. I co-slept with my then not-quite-2-year-old daughter in the Murphy bed and found it very comfy.
Once outside, you have a private deck with grill and a private parking pad. The resort itself is vast. They have an internal bus system that most find very confusing. We decided to make it easy and rent a golf cart, which you can do up to 1 year in advance, but we got lucky and got one on-site. The golf cart was great fun for the kids and a lifesaver for us. We were able to park right by the marina and take the boat to Magic Kingdom every day without a long walk. We thoroughly enjoyed tooling around on our cart but be aware that it does add about a good chunk of change to your total cost. (Carts are currently $59 per day, pre-tax.)
I would absolutely, positively, 100% recommend a cabin to any family looking for a little more space and a little more bang for your buck!