There’s a new place to grab some grub at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
And it might be the single coolest thing we’ve seen at Disney World in quite some time… Welcome to the Chuck Wagon!
This new food truck is serving up Counter Service-style eats on its Fresh Fixin’s menu to all the Happy Campers at Fort Wilderness from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturdays through Mondays, and from 5:00 – 9:00 PM Tuesdays through Fridays. This here’s also the spot where you can grab some classic camping snacks (S’mores!). Oh, and some of those Fort Wilderness Moonshine Cocktails, too!
But to load up on some of these treats, you gotta know where to find ’em first. So join us on our jaunt to visit the Chuck Wagon! Though you may be surprised to learn it’s not actually a wagon at all.
So then, what is it?
Custom-made to blend in perfectly with its campground surroundings, the Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck is designed to look exactly like an old school RV. Get a load of this!
And when I say old school, I mean it, as evidenced by the original Walt Disney World logos you’ll spot on the outside!
I LOVE the back-in-the-day camping chairs hung on the side. And if you look up, you’ll find all sorts of camping gear strapped on top, no matter the angle you’re looking at the RV!
I can’t even explain why, exactly, but these (mostly) retro bumper stickers just do my heart good. We’re nerdy, nostalgia-fiends here at DFB. What can I say.
So many guests who stay at Fort Wilderness come back year after year, and I think the theming is a fun tip of the hat to them — as well as to the fact that Fort Wilderness was one of the few accommodations in Disney World that actually opened in 1971.
Of course, RVs are made for travelin’ so the truck could always switch locations ;-D, but on our visit we found it at what will be its most regular home: right by the location of the Chip N Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long in the Meadows Trading Post area.
It was parked in the same area where the little old-fashioned chuck wagon used to sit, which previously sold S’mores, hot dogs and such before and during the nightly campfire.
In our conversation with a Cast Member we learned that this will likely be the truck’s full-time regular location for the foreseeable future, as it has essentially replaced the little chuck wagon.
So let’s see what the new Chuck Wagon with Fresh Fixin’s is serving up!
We’ve actually got three menus to check out at the Chuck Wagon! Let’s start with the Fresh Fixin’s Counter Service Entrée list, which features burgers and sandwiches, along with a couple of salads and vegetarian options.
The Fort Wilderness Smoked Pork Belly Tillamook Cheeseburger is the headliner (and we’ll get a closer look at those Ole Smoky Moonshine Cocktails on a separate menu).
Just like the little chuckwagon before it (honored in the name of the Snack menu and by the small graphic on top of the menu), the food truck also serves snacks, with the ever-popular S’mores Kits and Marshmallows that are in especially high demand once the campfires are lit prior to the sing-a-long.
A word of advice: eat your S’mores before Chip and Dale come out to dance and greet guests – those chipmunks love to sneak a S’more!
And note that you can get a Roasting Stick for 59 cents, if you need extra (the Marshmallows and Kits come with two) or if you forgot your own sticks while bringing your own S’more makings.
Finally, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is featured in the super fun Moonshine Cocktails – some of which may look familiar to you if you’ve paid a visit to Crockett’s Tavern in the Settlement.
Bottled sodas and beer are available as well.
Next to the food truck is a small condiments selection in between napkin and utensil dispensers.
So, it’s time we settle down and dig in, starting with the Fort Wilderness Smoked Pork Belly Tillamook Cheeseburger with French Fries.
We’re starting with the favorite of the bunch.
There are some hefty toppings on this burger, with Tillamook Cheddar, chipotle barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato…
… and, of course, the star of the toppings: some delicious Pork Belly!
Plus a beer-battered onion ring on top. Why not?
This seriously savory burger had another highlight in addition to the Pork Belly (while the chipotle barbecue sauce also lent its unique smoky flavor to the mix). It was Onion Kaiser Roll, which was soft and tasty, but thick enough to hold everything together.
The Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich is also served on some great bread with the Kimmelwick Roll.
By the way, you can also get French Fries with this sandwich, but I went with the other side choice of Cucumber Salad.
The Smoked Beef Brisket is topped with coleslaw and horseradish cream…. and plenty of it!
Granted, you need to really like horseradish to enjoy it, but I thought it delivered some nice heat to the sandwich, making it a little more memorable than it may have been without it.
The main vegetarian option on the menu is the Roasted Portobello and Vegetable Wrap. (The Pioneer Berry Salad is the other, though non-vegetarian guests may add chicken to the dish.) It comes automatically with the Cucumber Salad, though I’m sure you could sub fries.
The tomato wrap is PACKED with Portobello Mushroom.
Seriously, if you love mushroom, you will love this – there was a ton tucked into our wrap. Also included are zucchini, sweet onion, and red bell pepper with a basil aioli. My one critique is that I found it to be a little soggy, honestly, but it did have a lot of flavor going for it thanks especially to the aioli.
All things considered, I’d say I finished well-fueled for a few good rounds of singing along to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” and “You Are My Sunshine” with just enough energy to spare for tearing up the dance floor with Chip and Dale!
Okay, all truths told, I think just about everything at Fort Wilderness is pretty much THE BEST THING EVER. But doing my best to put that huge bias aside, I still think the Chuck Wagon with Fresh Fixin’s is a welcome addition to the Campgrounds.
Even though I loved the little chuck wagon that used to hang out near the campfire, the new Food Truck has greater capacity to provide more food options to the Meadows Trading Post area of the sprawling grounds. It gives campers nearer to the central area a new place to go for a meal without needing to go all the way to the main Settlement while staying true to the original chuck wagon’s role of providing S’mores and marshmallows for the evening Campfire Sing-a-Long… and with some new additions, to boot. Plus, the food is tasty and even though the menu is small, there has been some fun thought put into the options. Plus, Moonshine Cocktails 😉 .
The Chuck Wagon accepts Quick Service Dining Credits on the Disney Dining Plan and snack credits on some items. Currently, it’s serving guests until 9:00 PM, but it’s anticipated that it will begin closing at 10:00 PM once Daylight Savings Time kicks in, giving all you Happy Campers one more hour to enjoy the new Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck!
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