I mentioned in a previous post about a last-minute trip to Disney my wife. One downfall with a last-minute vacation especially at Disney is you don’t have the 180 day window to book dining reservations or 60 days out to book fast passes for rides. You end up just winging it which has the potential to be disastrous. But thankfully for us we managed to try out some new dining locations that are kind of hidden gems and are much easier to get a table at without calling ahead. One of these places we still talk about is the Trail’s End Restaurant located in the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
First off I’ll say this place is huge. It’s so expansive that there is an internal bus system with various routes taking you throughout the campgrounds and cabins. On this more recent afternoon trip back I did manage to make a reservation for lunch, but before heading all the way to the marina I had a few stops along the way.
After parking in the guest lot I headed into the Reception Outpost (Registration Lobby). All of the buildings here look like log cabins and tend to be a little dark inside but I enjoy this place immensely. It’s just fun to be here.
Up against the back wall of this registration area is the first pressed penny machine.
The set of pennies here are all from the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc: Waternoose, Celia, and Boo in her Monster Costume. With these pennies in my pocket I walked back outside and across the parking lot to the bus stop. There are three different routes trough the campground, but they all end up near Pioneer Hall. But note that if you want to get all the pennies available here you do need to take the Orange bus as it’s the only one that stops at the Meadow Trading Post.
This is kind of like a general store for a certain area campsites, and is where you can get all your snacks, food and souvenir needs.
There are some cool things in here like S’mores kits and popcorn which always seem to taste better over a campfire.
At the back of the settlement post near the check out register was the second penny machine.
This second set of pennies has designs of Pioneer Mickey with a Musket, Chip & Dale, and Western Goofy all tied up. I headed back outside to the Bus Stop and hopped on the next bus that came by. After a short ride I hopped off on the final stop which was up at Pioneer Hall.
There are a lot of things going on up here, including Tri-Circle-D Ranch, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.
This is also where the Marina is located where you can take a nice boat ride over to the Wilderness Lodge Resort, Contemporary Resort and/or the Magic Kingdom. There is also another shop called the Settlement Trading Post.
Inside this place is very similar to the Meadow Trading Post, and sells pretty much the same stuff.
The third penny machine is located just outside the main set of doors to this Trading Post.
This machine has a classic set of designs including Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. By this time it was getting pretty close to my lunch reservation and thankfully I didn’t have far to go.
The Trail’s End Restaurant was still as good as I remember and really hit the spot. It’s a buffet with a fairly unique set of options, and I still recommend this place highly. After a busy morning of collecting pressed coins the filling lunch was a nice end to my visit at the campgrounds.