Friday, May 27, 2011

Magical Blogorail Green: Outside the Parks

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share with you our favorite Disney activity outside of a theme park!
sorry for the bad photo! 
it was an old camera! 

I was so excited when this topic was chosen in our poll. This topic is a no brainer for me! While I do enjoy Downtown Disney, the Boardwalk, miniature golf, the water parks and all the other extras, the best activity at Walt Disney World outside of the 4 theme parks is at Fort Wilderness. I love the Campfire Sing A Long with Chip and Dale!

I first experienced this with my mom in November of 2006. We were down for a conference and decided to try something new during our down time. We bought, roasted and ate s'mores around the campfire, sang with Chip and Dale and watched Peter Pan under the stars. It was wonderful! We tried to do it on our last trip in 2010, but the movie line up for the nights we had available wasn't what my boys would enjoy. It's on my list for my September trip this year! It would be great if one of the Toy Story movies were playing the night I want to go. C-man would be in heaven!
Make your own S'mores before 
the singing and movie!
If you've never experienced Chip and Dale's Campfire Sing A Long and movie here are some details about this event. Every night near the Meadow Trading Post at Fort Wilderness you can enjoy a night of s'mores, sing along songs and a visit from Chip and Dale followed by a free outdoor Disney movie on the big screen. The activities usually begin around 7:00pm in the fall/ winter months and around 8:00pm in the spring/ summer months. The program begins with a 30-45 minute sing along lead by a cast member singing and playing a guitar. Prior to the sing along and during the sing along, you can roast marshmallows and make s'mores around two fire rings. You can bring your own supplies or purchase them from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar. You can also purchase drinks, hot dogs, pizza, nachos and beer at the snack bar. While the singing and s'mores making is going on, Chip and Dale make an appearance (for about 20 minutes) to visit with the guests, sign autographs, take pictures and "sing" on stage with the cast member. The songs are usually kid type songs: “If you're happy and you know it”, “the hokey pokey”, “the chicken dance”, etc. Following the singing, you can stay to enjoy a free Disney movie on the big screen. There are benches provided for you to sit on but feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets for your family.

You can find movie schedules at the beginning of each month on these web sites:
The Mouse for Less
All Ears

As with everything, there are mixed reviews of this activity. While I love it, others hate it! If you aren't staying at Fort Wilderness it can be difficult to get to the Meadow Trading Post. It is a long walk from the bus stop, the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and the beaches (where you can watch the Electrical Water Pageant) to the Post. If there are a lot of people, it can be difficult to visit with Chip and Dale since they are there for such a short amount of time. Also, some families aren't friendly with the two fire rings! If you go, make room for others and don't set up camp hogging the fire! Also, print a map of Fort Wilderness before you go so you can navigate the area.

There are other great activities Fort Wilderness has to offer to families traveling to Walt Disney World. There is a petting zoo with small farm animals, pony rides at Circle D Ranch and a playground. There are trails for horseback riding, fishing in Bay Lake, bike rentals, boat rentals and fishing excursions. You can rent carriage rides that are themed during holiday seasons!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World: It's Not Just for Kids.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

14 comments:

  1. We have never done this but sounds like a lot of fun! We always go to Hoop Dee Doo, but I think we need to take some time to explore more of what Fort Wilderness has to offer. I know my kids would love this!

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  2. I've never been to Ft. Wilderness, but I always have wanted to try it out.

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  3. Looks like a great experience! Hopefully one day we'll stay there and can experience this and everything else that resort has to offer..

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  4. This sounds like so much fun! We are planning our next trip for September 2012, so hopefully we can do this during that trip! My son would love it :)

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  5. This sounds like fun! I've never done it, but have it on my list of To Do's.

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  6. We've never done this but I think my family would have so much fun just making a day out of Ft. Wilderness! Especially as my daughter gets a little older, since she's only 2 1/2 now. Thanks for writing on what they have to offer!

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  7. Ive got our schedule for September pretty nailed down but I am really hoping to fit this in somewhere.. this was a great post!! I love hearing about stuff Ive never experienced :)

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  8. That sounds like so much fun! I will have to head over to Ft. Wilderness sometime.

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  9. We have never done it. When we stayed at Wilderness Lodge I thought we might but it didn't work out. Now I have to give it a try. Thanks!

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  10. We tried to do that last September with our Ultimate Field Trip group, but some severe storms came through with a lot of lightning & heavy rain and it got canceled. I did manage to wrangle a free ride in their courtesy van back to my resort so I didn't have to wait in the rain for the buses ;)

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  11. Ft. Wilderness is the only resort that I have never been to. However, I'll be stepping foot there in October to dine... finally!

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  12. Love Fort Wilderness but have never done the Sing-A-Long and movie. Sounds like a must-do on our next visit.

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  13. Sounds interesting! I'll have to check out the movie lineup next time we're at WDW :)

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