Hidden Gem: Chip’n’Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
The more you research a trip to Disney the more things you’ll find out about and the more things you’ll want to fit into your vacation. This activity is something I stumbled upon and knew I wanted to make a part of our last Disney trip. Chip’n’Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long. This activity happens nightly in the heart of Fort Wilderness. Every night a local cowboy hosts a classic campfire sing-a-long with his friends Chip n Dale. Singing some of your favourite Disney tunes from your favourite Disney movies. Chip n Dale start off the sing-a-long with their own performance and then the cowboy conducts an interview with them about their day. Chip n Dale then go out into the audience to take pictures, sign autographs and meet the families who have come out for the evening. It is a fun and unique way to meet these beloved characters.
Guests don’t have to be staying at Fort Wilderness to enjoy this no cost character experience. You can be staying at any resort. All you have to do is get yourself to the campfire. Which, frankly, is no easy task. When we came here, we were staying at neighbouring Boulder Ridge at Wilderness Lodge. The two resorts share a boat transportation with the Contemporary Resort, so we simply hopped on a boat and made out way over to the resort.
Other guests can take the Fort Wilderness Boat Transportation from the Magic Kingdom or take a Fort Wilderness Bus from any of the other parks or Disney Springs. A bus is going to bring you to the main entrance of Fort Wilderness whereas the boat will bring you to the beach entrance. Once you get on Fort Wilderness’ property you’ll need to take either their yellow or orange bus to the Meadows area. Here you’ll find their main pool, a quick service restaurant and some shopping. Just north of this area is the campfire location.
There are two campfire pits here. You can bring your own marshmallows, or you can purchase s’mores kits from the Chuck Wagon. There is plenty of seating here. With benches on the ground and also risers. In the hours leading up to the sing-a-long, recreation cast members are on site to entertain kids with games and activities.
When we went to the Sing-A-Long, I wanted to take advantage of being at this resort and spend some time here. I also wanted to give us lots of time because we had never been here before and I had no idea how long it would take to get to this campfire area of the resort. I was also hoping we’d be able to spend some time at the pool or the playground. Because of this, we decided to dine at Fort Wilderness before the sing-a-long. We ate at Trail’s End Restaurant which is located near the beach entrance to the resort. Before our dinner we checked out the Tri-Circle-D Ranch and the kids played at the playground.
After our dinner we had an hour and a half before the sing-a-long was set to begin, so we made our way to the campfire area. When we arrived, there was already some games in full swing. Kids were tossing bean bags into buckets and our kids jumped right in. The kids played and wandered the area until the sing-a-long began. Our kids were picked out of the group to join Chip’n’Dale in the opening song. Which means they were able to have a private meet and greet before the Campfire even began. We were escorted to this cabin at the back where Lincoln and MacKenzie got to chat with Chip n Dale, talking about how they loved to dance and loved cookies. This was their first character experience of this vacation, talk about setting the bar high.
When the cowboy was ready, he got up on a wagon-like stage that’s open to the crowd and welcomed everyone. He then invited Chip n Dale and the Snow Family to come and join them. Up went Chip n Dale with our two cute kiddos. The four of them performed “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Once they were done the crowd cheered and the chipmunks gave our kids big squeezes before heading to the stage wagon.
We stuck around for another 15 minutes as the cowboy sang songs from “Toy Story”, “Coco”, and “The Little Mermaid”. Many families stuck around for the Movies under the Stars that happens at the same location immediately after this sing-a-long. We grabbed a bus and headed back to our resort to rest up for our first park day at Animal Kingdom the following day.
The big take aways for us was the unique experience we had interacting with Chip’n’Dale and the cast members. Wandering around Fort Wilderness was a fun way to spend a non-park day. We would have never come over here and eaten supper at Trail’s End Restaurant if it hadn’t been for this event. If you’re planning a non-park day and you have kids under the age of 10, I would make this a part of your plans. It’s a must do if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness. Check the daily schedules to find out specifically what time the campfire will be. It changes depending on the season. Happy Planning Friends.