Disney’s Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure [+$25 Disney Gift Card Giveaway, Ended 11/1]

My Disney friend James, from MousePlanner.com, tried out Disney’s Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure and offered to give us a full report.  Let’s see what he has to say about this Disney experience!

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is not your standard Disney Resort. Located on over 750 acres of land, the site has almost 800 campsites and over 400 cabins available for rent. While it has all the amenities that you’d expect at a Disney Resort — such as great pools and restaurants — there are a lot of things that you might not expect to find. In addition to activities like horseback riding, canoeing, and archery, you’ll find miles of woodland trails winding through the pine and cypress forest. The most unique way to explore those trails is riding on a Segway personal transporter, on the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

Disney’s Wilderness Back Trail Adventure is a 2½-hour guided tour on a Segway X2.  No prior Segway experience is required.  The first half hour of the tour in devoted to teaching you how to ride one. (In fact, you can’t get out of the training even if you are already an experienced Segway rider like me.)

The training is actually a fun part of the experience.  The two instructors/guides do a great job meeting the needs of both novice and expert riders and they have a great sense of humor.

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Trainers

What is really amazing is how easy it is to learn to ride a Segway.  No one should worry that they won’t be able to learn it.

It’s actually more difficult to find the Bike Barn (where you check in for the tour) than it is to learn to ride.

 Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Bike Barn

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure row of parked Segways

Once your training is complete, the real fun begins.  Your tour guides take you all over the property, on both paved and unpaved paths.  With a radio headset in your ear, you’ll learn the fascinating history of the campground, as well as plenty of Disney anecdotes and trivia.  You’ll also stop at quite a few locations along the way, such as…

The Tri-Circle-D Ranch that houses all of the horses used on Disney property.

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Tri Circle D Ranch

The beautiful shores of Bay Lake.

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Riders on Tour

And Meadow Trading Post.

 

Disney Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Views Meadow Trading Post

You’ll probably even see some wildlife along the way. (I’ve got no pictures of the various animals I saw; I was riding the Segway at the time.)

Tips ~ Disney’s Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

Here are my Fort Wilderness Back Trail Adventure tips:

  • You need to allow plenty of time to travel to Fort Wilderness and within Fort Wilderness (which is so large it has its own internal bus transportation system). For example, from the Magic Kingdom entrance, you’ll have to wait for the boat to Fort Wilderness, then take the boat ride (~15 minutes), and then take the internal bus transport to the Bike Barn (~20 minutes).  That’s about 45 minutes if all goes well.
  • Bring a camera. There are a lot of photo opportunities. Just don’t try to take a picture and ride the Segway at the same time.
  • Dress comfortably for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, since you’ll be on your feet (albeit on the Segway) for long periods of time. Don’t forget sunscreen!

Two other things to note:  You must be 16 years old with a photo ID to take this tour.  Segway riders must weigh between 100 to 250 lbs and be in good general health.

The Wilderness Back Trail Adventure costs $90 + $5.85 tax, and there is a 15% discount for Disney Annual Passholders, AAA members, and Disney Vacation Club members.

In my opinion, the experience is worth the price.  I’ve been on other Segway tours before, and this one is my favorite by far!  It is a unique tour of a beautiful area, and the time spent riding a Segway, both on and off the beaten path, combined with the informative tour guides will leave you with great memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

$25 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

Photo credit Disney Gift Card

Photo credit Disney Gift Card

To thank you for stopping by and reading today, James is sponsoring a $25 Disney Gift Card Giveaway!  For those not familiar, this gift card can be used just like cash for practically all things Disney nationwide at Disney Theme Parks and Resort Hotels, on Disney Cruise Line®, at Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, at DisneyMusicStore.com and beyond.

Open to US residents, 18+.  Enter using the form below.

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About the Author:  James Dolan is the founder of MousePlanning.com and an independent travel agent affiliated with Destinations to Explore, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner®.

 

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  1. I would use the card to buy something for my son for Christmas. Maybe a new figure set. thanks

  2. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would buy my daughter a princess dress.

  3. Christmas gifts

  4. amy pugmire says:

    I would get my daughter a christmas toy!

  5. Mindy Dyer says:

    Going to Disney in December, would use it to buy my kids a special Christmas present.

  6. Rebekah Baier says:

    I would use the gift card for my next Disney trip to help pay for this tour! Looks like fun!

  7. I am taking my daughter to Disney World for the first time in March. I would give the gift card to her for spending money.

  8. Brittiany Sells says:

    I’d give the gift card to one of my children for Christmas when we surprise them with our January WDW trip. They can use it for their souvenir money :-)

    Great review, btw. That looks like a great tour!

  9. Great review! I am going to Disney next month so I would love to win and buy something there.

  10. To buy my youngest her first Disney toy!

  11. I had heard of this, but haven’t tried it yet. Love finding new things to explore in and outside the parks. Thanks for sharing and Good luck everyone in the giveaway!

  12. My wife and I just got married at Disney’s Boardwalk and we’re traveling back to Disney for Christmas. To celebrate our first Christmas as a married couple, I would use the gift card to pay for a surprise dinner following The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights:)

  13. Jessie C. says:

    I would get toys for DDs.

  14. I would spend it when I go to Disney with my 8 kids.

  15. I’d probably get some Disney jammies for my kids.

  16. Danalee Davis says:

    My daughter’s 5th birthday is coming up! That is what I would use it for. :)

  17. I loved the article Tami! It was great, and I did not realize just how big Fort Wilderness is! Thanks for sharing it with us. As for me, I would use the gift card as mad money to buy something special for my girls. Thanks!

  18. Lindsay C says:

    Great article! I miss the Epcot around the world tour so ill have to give this a try! Thanks and fingers crossed on the gift card I would love to win it and use it towards spreding some Disney cheer to those who are sick or depressed. (I send our cards and gifts to others who suffer from similar ill was like me. Ehlers Danlos Spina Bifida etc.)

  19. Disney jammies for my sons!

  20. Sharon I. says:

    I’d use the card to buy gifts for my two sons.

  21. sassycuna says:

    i will use it to buy dole whip and try mickey’s beignets! i haven;t tried those!!!

  22. Stephanie Matthews says:

    Great article…I would love to try this!! If I won the Disney gift card, I would put it towards our February trip to WDW! °o°

  23. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I’d use it to get my daughter a cinderella dress and dress up shoes for Christmas!

  24. Christmas gifts for my niece and nephew.

  25. I’d do some Christmas shopping at the Disney Store!

  26. Saving it for vacation!

  27. fun stuff for my grandkids

  28. I would use this to buy some Disney Cds

  29. I would use it on our next trip in January to treat my husband and I to something special for our 5 year anniversary trip.

  30. hopefully use it at disneyworld

  31. I would probably use it to help get some Christmas shopping done! :)

  32. Amanda Payne says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I have been hoping to do the Segway tour with my husband for a while now, but I have a hard time getting us out of the parks!

  33. Terri Torrez says:

    Sounds like a great tour. I wish they hadn’t cancelled the Epcot one.

    I’d use the gift card at Disney World next week to buy Gliw With the Show ears.

  34. A Disney T-shirt.

  35. I would buy my three year old a Mickey Mouse toy for Christmas.

  36. Patty Jester says:

    I would use my gift card on my grandchild.

  37. Shannon Baas says:

    A gift for Christmas.

  38. I would use it for a Christmas gift.

  39. Christmas gifts for my son and daughter.

  40. Jennifer M says:

    We are going to Disney on 11/14 and are staying at the Poly for a week. Would love this to buy something in a gift shop for my 4 year old son. :)

  41. Janice Cooper says:

    Mermaid or Princess doll for my niece

  42. Nichole Smith says:

    I’d use it for pajamas :-)

  43. I’d use it for Christmas gifts.

  44. I would take my daughter to the disney store and let her get something princessie:)

  45. Mary Casper says:

    I would buy a disney cros stitch kit

  46. Cynthia C says:

    I would use it for a gift for my niece.

  47. I’d use it for an awesome stocking stuffer gift for my daughter-in-law.

  48. I think something for Christmas for one of my kids.

  49. I never knew this tour existed! As far as the gift card, well… Christmas is coming!

  50. I would use it toward the purchase of Disney Infinity for my son for Christmas.

  51. I would let my grand daughter have it

  52. Dorothy Teel says:

    My oldest grandson wants to be an animator for Disney and he lives in San Diego and I would get him some more Disney books on animation, he loves them.

  53. Halloween costume for our little princess

  54. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would use it at the Disney Store.

  55. I would save it for when I go to Disneyland.

  56. We are planning a trip to disneyland in Feb for my sons 3rd birthday, so we would use it then!!

  57. Kristina Wilson says:

    for a cute minnie headband

  58. Christmas shopping at the Disney Store!

  59. Patricia Fienga says:

    Our next Disney World trip…hopefully in April 2014.

  60. Pauline M says:

    I LOVE visiting the Disney store and would definately use it there. Couldn’t tell you what I’d use it for since I’m a bit of a compulsive spender there!!

  61. wendy rozema says:

    i would use it to buy my daughter a princess dress from the disney store!!

  62. D SCHMIDT says:

    I would spend it on some plushes for my sons

  63. Mechele Johnson says:

    I would get my princess loving 3 year old a Princess Dress! Either Belle or Sleeping Beauty.

  64. Heather K says:

    I’d use this for Christmas shopping.

  65. I would buy my daughter a doll from the Disney Store

  66. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I would give it to my Sister for her grand kids

  67. We are taking my daughter to Disney in December for her birthday.

  68. Jill Myrick says:

    I would use the gift card to purchase a stuffed Eeyore for my daughter for Christmas.

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  69. I’d use it for a Disney Cars gift for a little boy.

  70. Kimberly Bauer says:

    I would use it for Dress up clothes.

  71. Lindsey Meys says:

    I would definitely use it to buy a Rapunzel outfit for my daughter Chloe – she loves her so very much!

  72. scott amoroso says:

    I’d take my daughter to pick out something at the store she wants

  73. A gift for my granddaughter.

  74. I would use it to buy something at our next trip to Disney World!

  75. Jessica P says:

    I would buy some of the new Dumbo Christmas Ornaments on the Disney Store website.

  76. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would use it for my son’s birthday next month.

  77. tina reynolds says:

    christmas presents for my kids

  78. We’re doing this tour with the Disney teens in May! Very excited! Thanks for the review.

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