Behind-the-Scenes of Disney World’s New Fort Wilderness Cabins

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Behind-the-Scenes of Disney World’s New Fort Wilderness Cabins

The call of the wilderness awaits! Guests are invited to reserve their stay at the brand-new Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, debuting on July 1. Reservations are now open for all guests for arrival dates starting September 27, 2024, and beyond!

Nestled within the enchanting forests of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, each expansive one-bedroom cabin villa promises the comforts of home combined with the delights of outdoor living. The initial loop of cabins will be available for booking starting July 1, with reservations open to Disney Vacation Club Members. Additional loops will gradually open throughout the year, allowing all guests to experience the magic of this woodland retreat.

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An Inside Look at New Disney Cabins Construction

In a discreet warehouse in Orlando, Florida, the new Fort Wilderness cabins – designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney World’s Facility Asset Management team – are coming to life.


Building each cabin is an intricate process that combines many different talents and disciplines. Since each cabin is a standalone unit, this project is not your ordinary hotel room renovation.

“We worked to develop a pre-fabrication strategy to allow construction of the components of each cabin off-site in Central Florida. This approach assures minimal construction disruption at Fort Wilderness and assures a high level of quality in the construction of each of the new cabins,” said Dean Huspen, Executive Architect with Walt Disney Imagineering. Once delivered, these pieces will be assembled to bring this innovative design to life at the cabin sites.

If you have stayed in one of the resort’s cabins before, you will find some of the same great elements you love. Like today, the new cabins will sleep six guests and include a private patio, bedroom and spacious living room. The cabins will also be dog-friendly for your pups!

New bonus features include a stove in the kitchen, larger, floor-to-ceiling windows to allow more Florida sunshine and gorgeous views of the forest oasis and artwork that pays tribute to the history of Fort Wilderness (look out for nods to the former River Country water park!).

A Unique Collaboration
The cabin construction is happening through a unique process developed in collaboration with a pair of local Florida small businesses, JCQ Services and Friedrich Watkins Company. Both employ 150 people and are among 8,500 small businesses that The Walt Disney Company employs throughout the country (including over 2,500 in Florida alone).


The innovative construction process for the Fort Wilderness cabins is being approached with sustainability in mind. Jeff Friedrich, owner of Friedrich Watkins Company, says the technique they are using limits metal waste to less than 1%, which can be recycled for other uses.

“By using a cutting-edge machine that reads plans designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, we’ve created customized metal studs to save time and minimize waste,” Jeff said.

With work full steam ahead just months from the first cabins opening, this project is in addition to all the turbocharged growth on the horizon for Disney Experiences around the world.

Ready to book your next stay at the cabins in Fort Wilderness? Contact me today to start planning your trip! I am a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, my services are FREE, and I’d love to help you plan a magical vacation.

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