I admit it. I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about. Over the years I have, over and over again, heard talk of how great Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground was. I didn’t know why people were raving about “just another Disney buffet.”
Now that I have dined there, I can say that Trail’s End is definitely a hidden gem, often over-looked, and a great dining choice at Walt Disney World.
I recently had the opportunity to eat at Trail’s End with a group of friends and blogging buddies. First of all, the atmosphere for a large group is ideal. It’s a relaxing and care-free spot, easily accessible inside Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. If you aren’t staying at the campground, there’s an extremely convenient boat from the Magic Kingdom. Arriving by bus is a bit more complicated since the bus will deliver you to the front of Fort Wilderness and you will have to take an internal bus to Trail’s End. It’s well worth the trip as far as I’m concerned! If driving, you can drive to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and park in the main lot. You will have to take an internal bus from the main lot to Trail’s End. It definitely takes a little effort to get to, but is well worth the trip!
I would also suggest arriving early so that you can explore a little bit of the area. Nearby within walking distance you will find Tri-Circle D Ranch horse barns, the marina, and Settlement Trading Post (to get in a little shopping). Once you finish dinner, you can also stroll over to the marina beach, grab a seat and watch the Electrical Water Pageant go by (around 9:30 p.m.).
Trail’s End serves a typical Disney buffet breakfast with some country favorites added in like biscuits with sausage gravy and grits. You can also enjoy french toast casserole, warm sticky buns, and pastries. One unique menu item sometimes found on the breakfast buffet is Eggs Benedict featuring BBQ pulled pork.
The dinner buffet menu is simple, old-fashioned, southern cooking – you know the kind you can just keep eating and eating and eating – served buffet style – so you can just keep eating and eating and eating! And then eat some more!
Soup of the Day – Chili – Salad Bar – Peel-n-Eat Shrimp – Chef’s Choice of Veggies – Smoked Pork Ribs – Fried Chicken – Pasta – Hand-carved Roasted Meats – Pizza Slices – Fresh Catch of the Day – House-made Fruit Cobbler – Soft Serve Ice Cream and Sundae Bar
There really is something for everyone – and the cornbread!!! OMG!! I’m a lover of cornbread and this is one of the best I have ever had. And . . . a baked potato bar with all the fixings that can be a meal in itself! And . . . the fried chicken!! Heavenly!
Trail’s End is one of the most affordable dinner buffets on Disney property. The cost for the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is $30 per adult and $17 per child. Tables in Wonderland, Annual Passholder, and DVC Member discounts can be applied to the total. Disney Visa Card discount can be applied to breakfast and lunch only. If you are using the Disney Dining Plan you will use one table service credit for your meal. Advanced reservations are highly recommended and you will need a credit card on file to book, however, advance payment is not needed.
Don’t let the fact that it is a bit off the usual traveled paths discourage you from trying Trail’s End. The food is delicious and you can’t beat the price!
I was provided free and/or discounted meal by Travel Media Showcase as part of their sponsorship of the Glamping Bloggers 2017 Retreat. All opinions are my own.
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