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Today I want to discuss a restaurant I’ve heard about for years from my fellow Disney enthusiasts, but I only just recently tried for the first time. Since I camped one night on my most recent trip I figured it was the perfect opportunity to stop into Trail’s End at the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. Never heard of Trail’s End? Yeah, most people haven’t and that is half of its appeal. The restaurant offers a moderately priced buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You most likely can sit down without making an advanced dining reservations (ADR) since so few people even know this little gem exists.
The easiest way to get to this restaurant is to take the boat from the Magic Kingdom, making it a great break from the park. Trail’s End is located right next to the location for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at the Pioneer Hall area of Fort Wilderness. It just happens the boat dock where guests can catch a ferry to the Magic Kingdom is just a hop skip and a jump from the restaurant. If you drive yourself there is no parking in the immediate area of Trail’s End and guests must park at the large parking lot at the entrance to the camp ground. You must leave your car and take the internal bus to the restaurant. So if you drive yourself allow time for travel between the parking lot and Pioneer Hall.
As I said, a buffet is spread out for guests throughout the day. In the morning the standard breakfast fare was offered including Mickey waffles, fresh fruit, eggs, and lots of other goodies. The cost of the breakfast smorgasbord is $13.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids. At lunch time the menu includes salads, fried chicken, and chili. Lunch will set you back $16.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. And at dinner they add onto the lunch menu with peel and eat shrimp, ribs, and a carving station for a cost of $20.99 for adults and $11.99 for the younger set.
We were originally going to head here for dinner the night Tent Fest’s night of camping, but the guys from wdwtoday surprised us with a barbecue at the camp site so we skipped it. However, we made the point of heading there for breakfast after a night in the tent in 38 degree weather. My friends and I took the bus from our campsite loop over Pioneer Hall and were seated immediately. I thought the food at breakfast was pretty good. It is by no means a gourmet experience, but it hit the spot. Service was good and we were in and out fairly quickly. The only thing I thought was odd was guests must go outside to a separate entrance to use the rest rooms (it doesn’t seem like fun in the rain). All these things being said, I would certainly go back again and maybe I’ll try lunch or dinner next time.
If you have big eaters in your family this would be a great value. Teenage boys could go to town with this buffet for a reasonable price. I also suggest heading there mid-morning for brunch and loading up so you can skip lunch and just have dinner elsewhere during your touring. Trail’s End is a great option to keep in the back of your mind for last minute meals and a good deal. Have readers headed to this restaurant before? What do you think of it?
To keep with the Fort Wilderness theme I’ll discuss my stay there next week…