This week’s featured restaurant is Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Though this dining location is “off the beaten path,” it is fun to visit for the night and get some hearty down-home cooking. The easiest way to get to Trail’s End is by taking the boat from the Magic Kingdom® Park and walking a short distance to the actual restaurant. It is a perfect spot for a night when you leave the parks early and want a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle for the night.
You can also catch an amphitheater-style movie on a big screen around a campfire after your dinner that the Fort Wilderness Campground offers nightly! Before the movie Chip and Dale make an appearance around the campfire to do some sing-a-longs and make s’mores with everyone. You can bring your own s’mores kit or purchase one at a snack stand nearby!
Now back to Trail’s End. The restaurant is located in Pioneer Hall on the campground property. Just as you would expect, it has a wilderness feel with rustic decorations galore. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but lunch works a little differently than the other two meals. Breakfast is a classic breakfast buffet. Lunch is the only meal where you can order specific items off of a menu. The food items for lunch are mainly southern dishes like BBQ, cornbread, burgers, chicken and waffles, and catfish. Dinner is another buffet with many stations ranging from hot to cold items. Some of the dishes include a salad bar, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac n’ cheese, baked chicken and fried chicken, salmon, ribs, a carving station, a baked potato bar, and skillet cornbread. Desserts include favorites like red velvet cake, bread pudding, apple cobbler, pecan bars, and a soft-serve bar (my favorite).
It’s also important to mention that Trail’s End is a pretty reasonably priced Disney buffet at about $25 for an adult buffet. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something outside the norm!
This week’s recipe is brought to you by allears.net.
Trail’s End Cornbread
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 T. baking powder
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
Method of Preparation:
1. Blend flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and sugar in a mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, blend milk, eggs, and oil with a mixer.
3. Using that same mixer, slowly add the blended liquid to the dry ingredients prepared in step 1, mixing just enough to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients.
4. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non stick food spray and pour the batter into the pan, spreading evenly.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. or until golden brown.
6. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
Have any of you ever experienced Trail’s End? What was your favorite part of your meal?
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.