Let’s go Camping!
Camping isn’t for everyone, but I can assure you camping at Disney just might one of the most fun experiences you can have. I grew up in girl scouts, and we would always camp at Walt Disney World at least one time a year. I have very fond memories of setting up tents, playing on the beach and just exploring.
5 Things I googled before our camping trip
Is “googled” a word? Regardless. I am no stranger to camping. I’ve camped at Disney, I’ve camped in the mountains of North Carolina and throughout Florida and Georgia for much of my childhood. However, once you have children, it seems to be a whole new world of questions and preparations that need to happen.
So, here are five things I searched on google before packing for my camping trip to Walt Disney World.
1) Is Parking Free at Fort Wildness Campground?
Ever since WDW announced they were going to start charging all overnight guests parking, there has been a lot of uncertainty about fees and such online. I wanted to be sure we budgeted appropriately for our trip, so I checked it out.
The answer is Yes.
Standard parking is still complimentary at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. If you want more information on the parking fees, you can check out this website.
2) Do I need to bring a Towel?
The answer is Yes.
Many of the resorts at Walt Disney World have complimentary towels at their pools. Additionally, if you are staying in a resort there are towels inside your room. Tent-Camping at Walt Disney World, however, you will need to bring your own towel. Read more about it from the Disney Parks Mom’s Panel.
3) What if a Hurricane Comes when I’m camping?
Read the Disney Hurricane Policy Here.
I’m scheduled to camp during the month of August. As a Florida native, I am all too familiar with the possibility of hurricanes. I am thankful that Disney does have a full policy to help their guests have the most magical experience possible. Just be sure to keep your eye on the weather during Hurricane Season.
4) Can I cook and clean my dishes at my campsite?
Yes. Each campsite has its own grill and water. You will want to bring your own supplies and dishpan though.
Find out more about the accommodations here.
5) Can I come earlier than 3:00 p.m. to the campground?
Your campsite might not be ready. However, there is a parking lot available so you can park your car and then use Disney transportation to explore the property.
What other questions do you have about camping at Fort Wilderness, am I missing anything?
If you want to check our Fort Wilderness but aren’t sure tent-camping is for you, try renting a cabin. These are perfect for families. You can also visit the resort and join in on some of the festivities such as the evening campfire, learn more about it here.
Disney Fan or Planning a Trip?
I invite you to join my Disney Fan’s facebook group. This group is co-admined by my friend Keri from www.flipflopweekend.com in this group there are lots of opportunities to ask questions, share stories and just talk Disney. We’d love to have you join us!
Our Favorite Camping Gear
Our family has a few camping items, and continue to build our collection after each trip. (Read about our first camping trip here) Here are a couple of my favorites. These links are affiliate links if you decide to purchase it will cost nothing additional for you, but your support helps keep StorybookErin.com going. I appreciate your consideration and support.
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11 thoughts on “Preparing to Tent-Camp at Walt Disney World”
I would love to stay in the cabins there someday. I cant wait for you to go on your trip. I am so excited for you and your family.
Thanks Bethany – I think the cabins would be fun for you. Especially since your hubby isn’t a big Disney Fan. You get the magic without all the mickey everywhere. It’s very tastefully done.
I’ve always wanted to go camping at Disney! I love Disney in general and camping just seems like it would add to the fun!
Camping at Disney is such much fun – It has Disney Magic mixed with the rustic camping experience.
such a helpful post. thanks for sharing
So glad this was helpful for you – have a great day.
As a camper myself, this is good information to know! I have grandkids who will soon be old enough for a Disney trip, and guess who’s taking them? Me!! Thanks for the tips.
They are going to love it! I’d recommend taking them before they turn 3. Children before their third birthday are free to enter into any of the Disney Parks!
I’ve never been camping so I’m pretty sure a Disney experience will be the best way to start;)
My husband would do this in an INSTANT… but I’m more of a glamper. I could stay in those cabins no problem! 🙂
You’d be surprised how fun it is! I have a video on my youtube channel where you can see the bathrooms. They are pretty nice!