Not qualified to answer any except for 3, and the answer is it is ABSOLUTELY worth it and so scenic. I love it. I feel like it would take about a half hour one way? We stayed at yacht club and it was about 20 minutes to HS and about 10 to Epcot.
Agree #3 I enjoy the walk the walk between Epcot and HS, with a stop at the stand Boardwalk Joe’s for a Captain’s Seaside Sensation (DOLE Whip® Pineapple Smoothie with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum). If I remember correctly it’s just over 1 mile between parks.
I love HDDR but best to take Disney transportation. If you drive you’ll have to take the internal bus to the Settlement anyway. Better to take the boat from MK, or from Contemporary or WL.
Head over to OKW and you could walk around the resort. Or the golf course - I assume you can do that. We could have got onto the golf course from our building. Or walk down to FS - it’s not lit at night but then for a scenic walk you’d want it to be daytime anyway.
Also GF to MK.
HDDR is fun and we did while staying at FW. I don’t think I’d do it if not staying at FW or WL - it would be such a pain to get to and I don’t think it’s that good to waste t he st much time including the 2 hour Ms of the show - maybe on a rest day.
I’m a huge fan. It’s served family style and most of the tables are large if I recall correctly. I’m not sure how that works for a party of one but imagine they just find an open spot at a table.
I really enjoy the ferry from MK. Pioneer Hall is very close to the Ft Wilderness dock. Driving works but parking is nowhere close to the Hall. You would need to use the internal bus system. Neither option is particularly fast.
Ft Wilderness also has a 3 mile campground loop trail. It might be intended for campground guests only though.
Thanks! I haven’t been in five years and now that I think about it we have only sat close to the stage and with groups of at least 6. It looked like a huge table but was probably two or three pushed together.