Make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time to get to Fort Wilderness for your session. If you are driving there, you will have to park your car at the main entrance and then either take the internal buses or walk to the Bike Barn to check in. A friendly warning…Fort Wilderness is a big resort. My husband and I decided to walk from the main entrance to the Bike Barn and it was much longer than we expected. It was also very hot so by the time we arrived, we were already sweating and we hadn’t even started yet!
Once you arrive at the Bike Barn, you will check in, sign a waiver, and then given a pair of safety glasses. You can then head over to the archery area and the real Robin Hood experience begins! Our two instructors began the session with some safety instructions and then we went on to learn the Archery Drum Commands and the 11 Steps to Archery Success. The amount of beats indicated what step we would do next. I was worried I might not remember the commands but the instructors made sure to also announce each step to help all of us beginners out.
The instructors were really helpful and would walk around to each person to give tips and pointers on how to improve. I am proud to say that I only missed hitting the target twice during the whole session! I even managed to hit the bullseye a couple of times!
Make sure to wear sunscreen for this experience! Although there are many trees around the archery area, some sections are still in the sun and as you know, the Florida sun can be brutal.
For all of you photography buffs out there, know that you won’t be able to keep your DSLR out during the experience if you are participating. You will have to place your camera and any other belongings off to the side. At the end of the experience, you can pose for pictures with the bow.
My husband and I are always looking for new experiences to try at Walt Disney World and we were really impressed with the Archery Experience at Fort Wilderness. If you want to be like Katniss or Robin Hood, this is your chance! Don’t pass it up!