5 Ways to go from Fort Wilderness to Epcot! (2024)

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How do you get from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to Epcot?

If you are staying at Fort Wilderness, you probably want to know how to get to Epcot from the campgrounds and cabins.

Below, I will detail FIVE specific ways you can make this journey.

Fort Wilderness to Epcot:

Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Epcot!

Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from Fort Wilderness Campground to Epcot? Being able to jump on and off these buses is one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort.

To use the buses to get to Epcot, you must first find the bus stop!

But doing this is a bit harder than you might think due to the INCREDIBLE SIZE of Fort Wilderness.

The campsites, cabins, and activity areas encompass over 700 acres. To put that into perspective, Fort Wilderness is bigger than Epcot, which takes up 300 acres! 🙂

The bus stop you need to find is located at the front of Fort Wilderness. It is called the Outpost Depot, and this is where you get on the bus to Epcot. It’s also the bus stop you must use to visit the other Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs.

You will find the Outpost Depot in front of the Trail Blaze Corral, which is where you take trail rides on the Disney World horses. 🙂

Unfortunately, because of the vast size of Fort Wilderness, you will likely have an incredibly long walk to get to Outpost Depot from your campsite or cabin.

Luckily, Disney has an internal bus shuttle that travels around Fort Wilderness.

Below is a picture of one of the internal bus stops at Fort Wilderness. In addition to the Outpost Depot, you can take them anywhere you need, such as the Meadow Trading Post, the Marina, the pool, the campfire area, etc.

Below, you can look at a PDF map of Fort Wilderness Campground. At the bottom right is where the Outpost Depot is located. I counted 12 bus stops for the internal shuttle, so you will have no problems finding them.

Taking the internal shuttle to the Outpost Depot will add time to your journey to Epcot. Many guests rent golf carts during their stay to help travel around Fort Wilderness faster. In addition to saving time, having a golf cart at your disposal is LOTS of fun. 🙂

When you arrive at the Outpost Depot bus stop, you will find a screen that shows when the next bus to Epcot is expected to arrive.

Bus service to Epcot typically begins 45 minutes before the park opens and ends 1 hour after it closes. Once they start, the buses run continuously throughout the day. I have found that you can typically expect a bus to arrive around every 20 minutes.

Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Epcot from Fort Wilderness. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times, such as in the morning around the park opening. So, give yourself ample time to get to Epcot for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves about an hour before we want to arrive, just to be safe.

Once your bus leaves Fort Wilderness, Epcot is 4.9 miles away (7.9 km). The bus ride should take about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

Option #2: Take an Uber from Fort Wilderness to Epcot

Fort Wilderness to Epcot via Uber

If you don’t want to wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Fort Wilderness Resort is easy. Just open the app and select Epcot as your destination, and you will be matched with a driver within seconds.

Make sure you mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. Uber and Lyft drivers are not allowed to pick you up directly at your campsite or cabin. You must meet them at the front of Fort Wilderness.

Make sure you mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. Uber and Lyft drivers are not allowed to pick you up directly at your campsite or cabin. You must meet them at the front of Fort Wilderness.

The best place to get picked up is near the Fort Wilderness Reception Outpost, which is very near the Outpost Depot bus stop. There is plenty of space for your driver to stop and pick you up.

The driving distance from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to Epcot is 4.9 miles (7.9 km), and the drive takes about 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of a rideshare service is that they typically drive to Epcot faster than the slower Disney buses.

I have found the one-way fare from Fort Wilderness averages under $15.

If you have limited time to travel to Epcot, I think it is money well spent!

Between Uber and Lyft, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a rideshare to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up. 🙂

Option #3: Take a TAXI to Epcot

Fort Wilderness to Epcot using a taxi

I know some people don’t like using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving or don’t feel comfortable using the app. If this describes you, calling a traditional taxi company for a ride is easy.

Taking a taxi has many of the same benefits as rideshares, such as not waiting for a bus. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the Disney buses are free.

If you want to take a taxi from Fort Wilderness Resort, I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.

And just a reminder that you must meet your taxi at the front of Fort Wilderness, near the Outpost.

Option #4: Ride in a MINNIE VAN to Epcot

One fun thing about using the rideshare service Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans! 

Fort Wilderness to Epcot using a Minnie Van

A big benefit of using a Minnie Van is they are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are employees of Disney, which provides additional peace of mind.

Another huge advantage of taking a Minnie Van is they are authorized to enter Fort Wilderness and pick you up DIRECTLY at your campsite or cabin. This will save you a lot of time since you don’t have to take the internal shuttle to the front of Fort Wilderness, which you must do if you use a traditional rideshare.

Taking a Minnie Van home is also nice because they can drop you off right at your place. If you have tired kids, waking them up after a long day to get them on the internal shuttle at Fort Wilderness can be a pain.

To schedule a Minnie Van, choose Epcot as your destination while using the Lyft app. Then, order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up.

While this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle. Here are a few additional benefits of a Minnie Van.

  • They can fit up to SIX people.
  • Includes two car seats, which your driver will install for you.
  • These vans can fit scooters and wheelchairs, but please pre-arrange your ride if you need this service.

Option #5: Drive yourself to Epcot!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground to Epcot. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone to pick you up. 🙂

The distance between these two locations is 4.9 miles (7.9 km). The drive only takes about 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Fort Wilderness to Epcot

And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Epcot…

As long as you are staying at Fort Wilderness, the parking at Epcot is FREE! Unfortunately, many guests don’t realize (or forget) that if you stay at a Disney World Resort, parking at any of the parks does not cost anything.

Getting FREE parking at the theme parks is an incredible benefit of staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.

Related Posts:

Can I take the Disney Monorail from Fort Wilderness to Epcot?

monorail at disney

No, the monorail has no boarding station at Fort Wilderness. To get to Epcot using the monorail from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort.


Can the Disney Skyliner take me from Fort Wilderness to Epcot?

epcot skyliner station international gateway

The short answer to this question is NO. While the Skyliner travels to Epcot, there is no boarding station for the Skyliner at Fort Wilderness.

If you want a Skyliner boarding station at your hotel, stay at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.


Can I walk from Disney’s Fort Wilderness to Epcot?

The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and the theme park is long at 4.9 miles (7.9 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must take the bus, a taxi/rideshare, or drive yourself to get there!


Can I take the Disney boats from Fort Wilderness to Epcot?

While there is boat transportation at Fort Wilderness, the boat does not travel to Epcot. You can only take the boats from Fort Wilderness to one theme park – Magic Kingdom.


What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to Epcot?

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Scott K
Scott K

Scott is the owner and creator of Resort Rat. He and his family were bitten by the Disney bug in 2017 on their first DW visit with kids. They have been on a Disney bender ever since, visiting the park numerous times per year. He loves writing about Disney, especially the incredible resorts. You can learn more about him on his author page. Or hear more about the Resort Rat story on this page.

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