We have recently discovered that some of the former Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness Cabins are for sale. We found them in a little town called Homosassa, Florida, located 90 miles northwest of the Walt Disney World Resort, at Nature’s Resort. Whether you are looking for a vacation home, a retirement home, or a permanent tiny home these cabins certainly have a lot to offer. Can you just imagine coming home to one of these adorable tiny-home cabins every day?
In April 2016, the 2100 Loop at the Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness Campground closed and construction vehicles moved in. The cabins were removed to make way for additional campsites. These cabins were later seen on the old runway located near the entrance to the Wilderness Lodge. From that location they seemed to disappear. Or did they?
Now you can purchase one of these gems for a cost, and if you are willing to relocate to Nature’s Resort in Homosassa, Florida. We counted 16 cabins. As of today, August 1st, there are only 10 cabins left for sale. Are you in the market for a tiny-home cabin?
Here is what we know about the former Fort Wilderness cabins currently located at Nature’s Resort. They are selling for $20,000 each. All appliances and original furniture are included in this price tag. You might be thinking maybe that is not so bad; but here’s the catch. The cabins will be placed on designated lots at Nature’s Resort and you have to agree not to move them off property. Placement of each cabin, within Nature’s Resort, will be determined by the new owner and upper management of the resort. Lot rent will run $4,800 per year. Not a bad deal, but be aware that you pay the lot rent in one lump sum each year so you would also need to take that into consideration for your budget. One additional note is that you cannot rent them out. If you purchase one of these cabins, they are to be used exclusively for yourself and your family. Is this something you can live with in order to own a piece of Walt Disney World history?
We recently visited Nature’s Resort. When we arrived we were told by management that we could walk through the one cabin that is available for viewing. They did not accompany us and we were able to stay a while taking pictures and looking around inside the cabin.
As we entered the cabin, we saw that all the appliances and cabinets are there in their original form. The microwave, dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator appeared to be clean and in good shape. There are air fresheners placed throughout the cabin as the air is stagnant due to the fact that there is no electricity hooked up; hence no airflow or air conditioning.
The next thing we noticed was the original furnishings in the main living area. The rustic table and chairs had a centerpiece and place settings for two. We found these decorative elements to be charming and inviting. We took a moment to sit at the table and relax as we admired the living space.
Tiny homes are notorious for their lack of space. We found the main living area to have ample space for seating. If you have ever stayed in a cabin at the Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World, then you likely know this to be true. Surprisingly, the flat-screen televisions are still in the bedroom and living room and are included in the price. All you need to kick-back and relax in the living room is the electricity, water, a good movie and some popcorn.
The Murphy Bed pulls down from the central wall facing the front of the cabin. This provides extra sleeping space for the kids, the in-laws, or maybe even for Uncle Orville as long as he does not overstay his welcome. The bed easily closes back up inside the wall afterwards to allow for more living space during the day.
The bathroom is a three-piece washroom complete with full-size bathtub and shower combo, toilet, and sink. The bathtub was immaculate and had a curved shower rod. We were slightly amused by the fact that there are actually towels hanging on the towel racks too.
The bedroom has the plaid carpeting and rustic furniture original to cabin. We particularly like the bunk bed with its fun lighting fixture at the head of the bed. Clearly this room is designed to sleep four people. If you were to purchase one of these would you keep it this way, or would you donate the bunk bed to a worthy cause, such as a fellow Disney Addict who would love to have one of these fun bunk beds?
The closet has a curtain for a door but it does not look like it would be overly difficult to add a more permanent door if that is your desire to do so. We noticed the original Disney World Green Check sign mounted to the inside wall of the closet as well. The closet is still sporting the standard wall safe and iron mount. Do you see that they also left the standard-issue Walt Disney World hangers as well?
We were particularly impressed with the fact that this cabin had some original, to the Fort Wilderness cabins, artwork on display. The one hanging above the kitchen table has a placard that reads, “Campground Railroad, Fort Wilderness. By Collin Campbell, 1972. From The Walt Disney Imagineering Collection.” The artwork displayed in the bedroom reads, “Trading Post, Frontierland at Disneyland. By Sam McKim, 1956. From The Walt Disney Imagineering Collection.”
No need to purchase curtains. The original curtains are in excellent shape and likely the only thing they need is a good washing and pressing. We noticed that all 16 of the cabins on the site of Nature’s Resort have curtains hanging in the windows. Just a reminder here that 6 of the 16 cabins we saw have already sold.
They still have the safety sign in its original form mounted to the footboard of the bunk bed. We also found the crib safety information notice posted to the inside door of the entry hall storage area.
The wall sconces in the bedroom and the main living room are in fair condition. Some of them may need a little TLC but can easily be restored to their original beauty. The moose and bear theme fits well with the overall theme of the cabin.
The ceiling lights are in excellent condition. The only thing we can see with regards to these is that they could use a bit of dusting and cleaning up. We did not notice any chips or broken pieces at all.
If you are in the market for purchasing a tiny home then these former Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness Cabins are an excellent option. Nature’s Resort offers a fun environment for your cabin-style living while placing you within a short ride to the Walt Disney World Resort. Can you imagine living close enough to the World to just drive there on the spur of the moment? The cabins will certainly make a wonderful retirement home, vacation home, or permanent residence for 10 additional families.
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