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It’s no secret that Disney World is getting more and more expensive as time goes on. And, although it isn’t just at Disney World where folks are feeling the squeeze, many people are looking for ways to save at the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Walt Disney World

Disney World hotels come with a TON of perks — but they can also come at a price. So, what if we told you there was a way to stay at a Disney World resort for even CHEAPER than the price of a Value Hotel? It’s true — but it just might prove to be our most controversial tip yet.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground probably isn’t what you think of when you think of a Disney World hotel, but this “resort” has quite the cult following, and those who make the trip find the time it takes to get there to be worthwhile. There are a few different options when it comes to staying here — you can rent one of the cabins (which are in the process of being refurbished) or stay at one of the many campsites!

Welcome to Fort Wilderness

Yep, you read that correctly — campsites. You’ll find premium, preferred, and standard full-hookup campsites. But, if you really want to save some dough, you can also opt for tent camping! Starting at an average rate of $115 per night, a Tent or Pop-up Campsite at Fort Wilderness includes room for a pop-up camper or a camper van-type vehicle, and up to 2 tents. It can also accommodate equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet.


On the flip side, the average nightly rate at a Value Resort like All-Star Movies is around $190 per night. So, is camping at Disney World worth the money you can save? We turned to the experts — Disney Adults — to find out.

Yes, It’s Worth It

Fort Wilderness has a fan club and they’re pretty darn passionate! Obviously, the biggest pro is the low cost of staying at a Disney World resort that comes with amenities like stellar dining, themed pools, and plenty of activities. The campsites come with access to restrooms with full showers that are quite private and roomy, too.

Fort Wilderness

Another advantage is that while the official check-in is 3PM just like other Disney hotels, housekeeping doesn’t have to come “clean up” the rooms or anything — other than placing a pinecone Mickey on the ground — so you can typically show up to your campsite and start setting up your tent even earlier.


And, if you happen to visit around Halloween or Christmas, you’ll get to check out the famous Fort Wilderness golf cart parades! Not to mention all the incredible decorations that other campers put up to celebrate the holidays. Some people really go all out.

AT-AT golf cart

The biggest downside is how hot it can be — so we recommended going during fall or winter for hopefully cooler temperatures and some serious excitement.

Nope, Absolutely Not

Speaking of those hot temperatures, plenty of folks would much rather shell out a little extra dough if it meant they got to sleep in an actual, you know, bed. Which, honestly, we can’t really blame them for. Florida certainly isn’t bug-free and you might even have to contend with a snake or two — it is the outdoors after all.


And, like we mentioned before — it gets HOT in Florida, and not just hot, but humid. Imagine waking up inside a tent that has basically turned into a greenhouse thanks to all that moisture in the air. Sure, you can bring an extension cord and plug in a fan, but most of the time we’re already sweaty and tired enough from a park day and don’t need to add a tent into the mix.


But, if you’re not an avid camper to begin with — of course you’re probably not going to be into camping at Disney World. Even if it is, you know, at Disney World.

It Depends!

It seems like the general consensus is camping at Disney World is totally worth it — if you like camping already and maybe aren’t planning on spending much (if any) time at the theme parks. If you do want to stay at Fort Wilderness and still go to the parks, consider renting an RV or booking one of the cabins instead!


Of course, camping certainly isn’t for everyone — and if you’re planning to spend any significant amount of time in the parks, coming back to an actual bed and hotel room (or cabin!) probably sounds much better than camping in a tent with no air conditioning. But, hey, we’re not here to tell you how to party.


But, if camping in a cabin sounds more your speed, look out for over 350 refreshed cabins opening at Fort Wilderness soon. The new design features sleek, modern cabins, which Disney explained are “inspired by the resort’s idyllic setting, while also paying homage to the resort’s unique culture and heritage through the magic of Disney storytelling.” The cabins will sleep up to six adults and feature one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room, a full kitchen, and a private patio. Some cabins are also dog-friendly and you can check out our full tour of one of these cabins at the link below.

NEW Fort Wilderness Cabins!

We’re always on the hunt for the latest ways to help you save when you’re at Disney World — even if it means roughing it in a tent! Don’t forget to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for the latest travel tips, updates, and more news from Disney World.

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Oh boy, planning a Disney trip can be quite the adventure, and we totally get it! But fear not, dear friends, we compiled EVERYTHING you need (and the things to avoid!) to plan the ULTIMATE Disney vacation.

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, our insider tips and tricks will have you exploring the parks like never before. So come along with us, and get planning your most magical vacation ever!

Have you ever tent-camped at Fort Wilderness? Tell us in the comments.

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