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#DisneyKids: First Disney Campfires

There are many advantages to staying in a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World Resort, and one of my family’s favorites is somewhat of a hidden gem – the campfires! Offered at many of our hotels, these regular events are a wonderful way to wind down as a family after an exciting day in the parks. They’re complimentary, and because they take place at your hotel, it’s easy to get little ones back to your room for bedtime. If the kids are still not sleepy following s’mores, stick around for Movies Under the Stars. There’s something so magical about snuggling up to watch a favorite Disney movie outdoors.

Each campfire is themed to the resort at which it takes place – for example, over at Fort Wilderness Resort, Chip ‘n’ Dales Campfire Sing-A-Long has a country theme complete with a singing cowboy and special appearance from everyone’s favorite chipmunks.

Here’s a peek at what your family can expect at a few of my favorite campfires at resorts on property – Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.


  • My family and I went yesterday! We had a great time! As many times as I’ve traveled to Disney World, I’ve never knew about this hidden gem. The smores kit was a great deal and we even roasted our own hot dogs. The kids were really excited to meet Chip n’ Dale and sing songs by the campfire. So glad I read this article while we were down here. Can’t wait to come back and do it again in November!

  • This article and video brought back such a flood of warm memories. We were with the boys’ grandpa for their first campfire experience, which occurred at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. At 14 months old, and just walking, they weren’t able to roast marshmallows, but they enjoyed the campfire on the beach with the flames dancing on the shadow of a mast of a life-sized shipwreck replica. Watching my dad hold one of the boys, both mesmerized by the flames, made me recall my experiences as a child around the campfires at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Since then we have enjoyed the campfires at many of the resorts, always planning a campfire and movie night as a time to relax and recharge between park days. This past year, my five-year olds earned a string of memories bead from participating in Bio Blocks at the Pembe Overlook with the very patient and enthusiastic Motswana Cast Member, Kabelo. Kabelo shared so much about his home with my boys and then he helped them roast their first marshmallows at the Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani. It is so great when you first arrive for your resort vacation to take a look at the Recreation Calendar and see all the numerous and interesting experiences your family can have outside the parks. We often travel with family members and friends of all ages, and everyone enjoys a day of exploration, as each resort hotel at Walt Disney World Resort offers so many different and always changing experiences.

  • I wish the video featured a greater variety of ages with respect to the children. We’re bringing an 11 and 17 year old in October. This is a great activity for families with kids of any age, not just the very yoing.

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