How to Enjoy the Least Expensive “Hotel” at Walt Disney World

If you’re looking for a cheaper way to stay on-property at Walt Disney World — or if you just love the great outdoors — The Campsites at Fort Wilderness are a great option.

Fort Wilderness

These campsites can start under $100 per night for a tent or pop-up site — significantly cheaper than staying any of the Resorts proper.

Besides the convenience of the price, there are plenty of other reasons why the Campsites at Fort Wilderness can make for a really enjoyable vacation.

First of all, you’ll get all the same amenities as any other resort guest, such as free transportation to the parks and package pickup (when available). On these campsites, you can choose from staying in a tent or a camper! (If you want the fun of staying in the great outdoors but don’t want to keep it too rustic, you could book a Cabin at Fort Wilderness. Learn more about that option here.)

Choose a Campsite

There are four types of campsites available which can fit anything from a pop-up tent to a large RV. Campsites vary in size and in proximity to the Resort’s amenities. Before your trip, you may want to research campsites (as well as the Resort’s internal bus loop) to determine what could work best for you. Then, submit your site request via My Disney Experience. You aren’t guaranteed that spot, but typically Cast Members will try to accommodate requests when they can.

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Each campsite has landscaping for privacy, water, hookup for cable TV and electric, a picnic table, and a charcoal grill. And most sites (all except the Tent/Pop-Up Campsites) also include a sewer hook-up.

Preferred Campsite at Fort Wilderness ©Disney

These campgrounds can transform into your home away from home. Tow in your own camper, bring in your own tent, or rent from a local RV/camper/tent company in central Florida. Then, set it all up as your home away from home. You can even bring your dogs (up to two) to select loops (Disney allows you to request a pet-friendly loop when booking your campsite for an additional $5 a night!). For an extra personal touch, you can decorate your campsite (just make sure you carefully review Decorating Your Campsite here before you pull out all the stops!)

Holiday Decorations at the Campsites

But while the campsites themselves have lots to offer, there’s even more to do around the rest of the resort. You can take a day off from the parks, and still have plenty to enjoy at Fort Wilderness.

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Enjoy the Amenities

Okay — you’ve chosen a campsite. Now let’s dive into everything you can do at the resort!

Pools

Fort Wilderness has two pools: Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. Meadow Swimmin’ Pool will be your louder, family-friendly spot. It has a corkscrew water slide, a fort-themed play area, and a whirlpool spa.

Meadow Swimmin’ Pool

Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool will be your “quiet” pool. Most resorts have these; they’re typically less crowded and allow you to get away from the chaos. There’s a whirlpool spa here, too!

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Activities

Ready for some outdoor activities? Fort Wilderness has plenty of those, too! You can rent a golf cart from the Reception Outpost and explore property — just make sure you reserve yours in advance.

Fort Wilderness Golf Carts

You can also rent a boat, bike, or kayak, go on fishing excursions, or go canoeing or horseback riding. And little ones can go on pony rides for $8 each.

Tri Circle D Ranch

Sharpen your archery skills with a 75-minute lesson at $45 per person, or enjoy basketball, volleyball, or jogging. And if you want a full tour of the grounds (with some fun stories!), hop aboard a Segway for the two-hour Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

Archery Experience

You can easily fill a couple of days trying out all of these activities — most of which are unique to Fort Wilderness! Just keep in mind that many of these will cost you a little extra.

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds offer a different experience than most other Disney World hotels. You’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors while you’re minutes away from the parks. And don’t forget — you’ll save big when you stay at the campgrounds.

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4 Replies to “How to Enjoy the Least Expensive “Hotel” at Walt Disney World”

  1. They are wonderful,it is quiet with just enough fun to remind you that your a disneyworld guest. There are deer and tons of birds to see. And you can get to the parks with a hop,skip and jump.just enjoy

  2. As far as I know, Fort Wilderness is the only resort on the Disney property where you can take your pets. We’ve taken our two cats there quite a few times.

  3. We have stayed every year at Fort Wilderness Campground during spring break for years and years! Big Bear Little Bear is our favorite loop. We started when our kids were young and now they are continuing the tradition with their own children and friends. Nice to still be included😁 Nothing beats the wooded campsites! We started in tents, now in cabins! We bike everywhere! Love the pools and playgrounds. This year the campfire sing along and restaurant buffet were closed. No water sprites or boats to the hotels. All were sorely missed, but the canoe ride was delightful. Maybe next year more will be back to “normal”

  4. We have stayed at Ft Wilderness for a little over 40 years (started in a tent, went to a pop up trailer, now in a travel trailer.) usually stay 2 weeks at a time. We have stayed up to 3-4 times per year (2019/20). We have annual passes, but many days do not do parks just relax. Even times we star a WDW hotels, we come over to Ft. Wilderness to get away from the rush- boat from Magic Kingdom. Especially like the walk up quick service. BBQ pulled pork sandwich is amazing. Blue cheese salad is great. Holiday decorations can be over the top. We drive from Minnesota . Leave Friday after work, usually get t here Sunday afternoon, set up camp, and go ride Peter Pan. This year we have reservations forJune, Haloween and between Thanksgiving and Christmas. COVID may force me to change dates to 2022. That seems like a Long time for No Ft. Wilderness. Thank you for your videos. They take me there safely!