A full day of exploring Disney usually works up a big appetite. Fortunately, hidden away in Fort Wilderness Resort is a gem: Trail’s End Restaurant. Situated right in Pioneer Hall, this sylvan eatery is renowned for its great dinner buffet and fabulous take-out.
Like the rest of Fort Wilderness Resort, Trail’s End is rustic. It is reminiscent of a summer camp or a frontier town. The decor is pure old-fashioned, Arcadian Americana. The furniture is rough-hewn wood with red checkered tablecloths. A mounted bison head on one wall benevolently oversees the festivities. And, true to the theme, Trail’s End delivers really good American-style cooking: barbecue, fried chicken, and red velvet cake are the specialties here.
Admittedly, the trek down to the Trail’s End Restaurant is a little bit arduous if you’re not already staying at Fort Wilderness Resort. Vehicle access is restricted, so guests will need to use the bus or boat options to get to the resort. However, it is worth it if you love home-style cooking, barbecue, and one of the best meal deals at Disney. And while you’re out here, you may as well catch one of Fort Wilderness’s attractions, like the Hood-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or
Menus at Trail’s End Restaurant
Trail’s End Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day. Although Trail’s End is out of the way and may be less busy, Disney still recommends making reservations here, like they do for almost every Disney sit-down restaurant. This restaurant offers mainly buffet-style service, but some meals here can come family-style, served at the table.
Just like most other restaurants at Disney’s resorts, the Trail’s End accepts some Disney Dining Plans. Specifically, this restaurant accepts the 2017 Dining Plan and the 2017 Deluxe Dining Plan. Next door, P and J’s Southern Takeout accepts both of those plans, and also the 2017 Quick Service Dining Plan.
The Trail’s End Restaurant offers a great start to the day. Open from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM, this restaurant offers a classic Disney breakfast buffet. Diners can enjoy favorites like Mickey waffles, vegetable frittata, and eggs Benedict. Alongside those breakfast staples, the Trail’s End puts a bucolic twist on breakfast. Biscuits and sausage gravy and a special country-style pork dish help breakfast stick to the Trail’s End theme.
Cost for breakfast a Trail’s End is between $15 and $28 per adult, depending on the season. For guests who are on a Disney Dining Plan, breakfast here costs one breakfast entitlement.
At the Trail’s End, suppertime is the main event. The dinner buffet begins at 4:30 PM and continues to 10:00 PM. This restaurant offers a wide selection of dinner items, including one of Disney’s sublime salad bars. But this restaurant focuses on rustic fare, so the salad bar doesn’t steal the show. Guest favorites at this buffet include the chili and the smoked pork ribs. The fried chicken is also a very popular dinner option. Diners can top it all off with a slice of delicious country-style cornbread and a side of tasty macaroni and cheese.
However, the Trail’s End also offers a considerable dessert buffet. Ranging from a home-style fruit cobbler to sweet strawberry shortcake, to delicious red velvet cake, this restaurant offers desserts for everyone.
On top of all that, grown-up guests can order beer and wine from the adjacent Crockett’s Tavern. These drinks can be ordered at the Trail’s End and served table-side for an additional cost.
All in all, dinner at the Trail’s End restaurant ranges between $15 and $35 in cost, not including any specially-ordered libations from Crockett’s Tavern. For those on a Disney Dining Plan accepted at Trail’s End, dinner costs one entitlement.
P and J’s Southern Takeout
The Trail’s End Restaurant is right next door to its associated quick-service eatery. P and J’s Southern Takeout is open from 7:30 AM until 10:00 PM. When you don’t have time for a sit-down buffet, P and J’s offers a wide variety of takeaway food items. Whether you’re in the mood for something like the country-style meals served next door at Trail’s End, or something more exotic, like a chicken Caesar salad, P and J’s offers a lot of convenience for hungry travelers.
All in all, the Trail’s End restaurant is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are already staying at Fort Wilderness. The charming, rustic decor really sets the tone for the great country-style food that is on offer.