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Thanksgiving Tepees at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Thanksgiving Tepees at Disney's Fort Wilderness

For many of us, it’s turkey and football on Thanksgiving. But have you seen what happens this time of year at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort? It’s an experience – they celebrate in tepees.

Every November, a few hundred people travel to Walt Disney World Resort to build tepees and then spend the holiday weekend living inside. Many say they’ve never done Thanksgiving any other way.

Walt Disney World Guest Linda Hawley of Jacksonville is part of the group. She says building a tepee is tough work but certainly worth it because “the history just pours in on you.” Others describe spending Thanksgiving in a tepee as “romantic.” Take a look and judge for yourself:

A big part of the gathering called the Lodge Owners Rendezvous is Thanksgiving dinner — and it’s remarkable. To pull it off, about 24 turkeys are put into a large pit lined with aluminum foil. The food is surrounded by charcoal and then covered with giant lids. When it’s ready, the group sits down to what’s believed to be one of the largest sit down, family-style meals in the southeast. And then it’s back to the tepees.

By the way, the tepee experience at Creekside Meadow is invite-only. You need to either own a tepee at the Lodge Owners Rendezvous or be a family member or friend. How about you? Do you have any unique Thanksgiving traditions?


  • Wow…This looks so amazing. I am sure it is really a lot of fun.

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