Trail’s End in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort has gone through a few changes over the past year. A new a la carte menu at lunch is winning raves, and now a new baked potato bar at the dinner buffet is heartily praised as well! Can’t wait to hear your comments!
The Trail’s End restaurant is especially fun because of the journey it takes to get to Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Whether you arrive via bus, boat, golf cart or bike, you’ll find yourself naturally immersed in this far-away setting.
Trail’s End is nestled in the Settlement area of the resort, which is also home to the popular Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show, Crockett’s Tavern, and the Settlement Trading Post, which serves as the general store.
Trail’s End, Crockett’s Tavern, and the Hoop-Dee-Doo share space in Pioneer Hall, where visitors can sit for a spell in a rocking chair or play checkers on the porch.
Inside, the rustic atmosphere invites guests to unwind while savoring a buffet comprised of down-home good eats.
Once seated your server will offer beverages. I just love the mason jars that the cold beverages are brought in.
I’m a self-diagnosed carbaholic and the new baked potato bar at Trail’s End was a welcome addition to this simple but delicious buffet.
Start with a starchy potato with salted skin, then add your favorite fixin’s. Yes, that’s melted cheddar cheese and fresh, warm bacon!
There were a variety of fixings – Chipotle Butter, Salsa, Butter, Jalapeno Sour Cream, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese and Bacon.
Roasted Strip Loin was on the carving board with Au Jus.
Fill up a bowl of Chili or Tomato Basil Soup!
Trail’s End also has a Pasta Bar now! It’s a nice addition to the selections of comfort food. Top your pasta with marinara or cheese sauce.
Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables and Cod.
Pork Ribs, Fried Chicken (Thighs and Legs) and BBQ Chicken.
Fried Corn with Bacon, Brown Gravy and Mashed Potatoes. The Mashed Potatoes won rave reviews even by my 11-year old who doesn’t usually eat potatoes with the skins. They were THAT yummy!
Shrimp with Horseradish Dressing and Cocktail Sauce.
Salad fixings included Black Olives, Red Onions, Tomato, Lemon, Cucumber, Banana Peppers, Grapes and Cantaloupe. Dress your greens with Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Balsamic or Thousand Island Dressing. Don’t forget the Bacon Bits!
Tomato Mozzarella Salad, Caesar Salad, Cheddar Cheese.
Cucumber Salad, Potato Salad, Croutons, Cole Slaw, Shredded Carrots.
Self-serve ice cream is dispensed in vanilla or chocolate flavors. There’s also an option for a twist. That’s the unmarked middle lever. Go ahead and mix it up! I did!!
We didn’t pass by the Sundae Toppings with choices of Cookie Topping, Chocolate Topping, Strawberry Topping, Chocolate Buttons, Gummi Bears, and Caramel Topping.
The delicious Apple Cobbler dessert! Fill up a crock, then top it with ice cream (and caramel sauce!) for an extra sweet treat!
Corn Bread was found on the dessert table, but I’ll admit to putting some on my dinner plate. We also discovered cookies, brownies, rice krispies, bread pudding, and pudding “dirt” cups with gummy worms.
Simple foods on my son’s first plate.
My plate with a starch concentration. 😉
The apple cobbler was good enough for seconds! It was warm, chewy but not crunchy, and sweet.
While I’ve had the pleasure of dining here on a previous trip, this was the first time that I’ve brought my family here. Trail’s End satisfied the hunger and picky appetites of our entire party.
Kim LaPaglia is the Editor at Disney Food Blog, a Disney World Mom’s Panelist, and the owner of the blog Castle Concierge.