Trail’s End is located at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. If you are not staying at this resort, you have to take bus transportation from your resort or theme park, or if you are driving you will have to park at the front lot of FW and take bus transportation to the settlement area. There are three different color coded buses once you are at the bus terminal at FW, each one will end up at the settlement area where Pioneer Hall is located. There is boat transportation from Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary.
Once you get down to the settlement area it’s a very short walk to the restaurant. Trail’s End is one of the few restaurants that usually do not require advanced reservations. I usually make a reservation in advance just in case, nothing would be worse than heading all the way down there by bus to get turned away. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there is a “Trail’s To Go” counter where you can order off a to go menu and there are several picnic tables just outside.
Trail’s End offers an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in addition to an a la carte menu. The buffet at Trail’s End is perhaps the least expensive of all the Disney buffets. For the price it is a great value, if you are looking for good food and a good price with nothing fancy. The theme of the restaurant is rustic/pioneer, drinks are served in mason jars, and the plates and bowls look like they are made aluminum or similar metal, like back in the olden days. I’d like to try their breakfast buffet sometime, they have Mickey Waffles. They do have a full bar there (with TVs), called Crockett’s Tavern, there is seating at the bar or you can order from the to go window and enjoy your drinks outside on the rocking chairs or around the settlement area.
It is a relatively small buffet, compared to Boma for instance, but there is plenty of food to choose from. They have a salad bar, with peel and eat shrimp. Limited fruit selection (usually two – grapes and melon), various cold salads, make your own green salad with dressing. They have a variety of proteins usually there is salmon. They offer a selection of sides: corn, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables. Full potato bar with toppings; bacon, cheddar, chives, sour cream, butter, etc. They have a soup selection, with chili and the soup of the day. Pizza. A carving station. Pasta with sauces. Cornbread. The desserts are good, cookies, apple cobbler, soft serve, candy toppings for the ice cream. I’ve also seen red velvet cake on the dessert bar and carrot cake, this may alternate daily. Although I haven’t ordered anything a la carte, I would expect that it is the same quality as the food they serve on the buffet.
If you are celebrating a special occasion or birthday, they may bring you strawberry shortcake, there was a birthday at the table next to us. If it’s the same strawberry shortcake as they serve at Hoop Dee Doo then you are in for a treat – best strawberry shortcake ever.
If you are looking for some entertainment after dinner, check and see if the Chip and Dale campfire movie is playing, or watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks or water parade from the lake shore. Also (for an additional cost) you can hire a horse-drawn carriage ride, or take a ride in the larger wagon for a tour around the area. I’m looking forward to the wagon ride tour, just waiting for the weather to cool down!