BRITS looking to save money on their next Disney World holiday may be surprised to know about a cheap campsite near the park.
Fort Wilderness is a campsite a fraction of the cost of the Disney hotels, costing around $92 (£75) a night for the pitch which sleeps up to 10 people.
This is compared to the cheapest hotel which is Disney’s All-Star Movie resort, which starts from $118 (£97) a night.
Disney expert Jenna Clark revealed what you can expect from the campsites.
She explained on Insider that while you have to provide your own tent and camping gear, each pitch comes with a grill, picnic table and electric outlets – which can fit up to two tents, and 10 people.
You can rent tents from the park, however, if you don’t fancy lugging one to the pitch, as long as you’re quick – according to Disney World, the 12 by 9-feet tents are first-come, first-serve.
If you don’t fancy cooking either, there are loads of restaurants and cafes at the campsite, including P&J’s Southern Takeout, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, and Trail’s End Restaurant.
There are also communal bathrooms, which she said were “nice and easy to find” with toilets, showers and changing areas.
And even if you don’t fancy a day at the park, there are things to do at the campsite, including archery, biking and canoeing, as well as a swimming pool and arcade on-site.
Kids will love the morning and afternoon events including craft classes and sing-a-longs at the campfire.
Jenna also praised its proximity to the park – she said: “The bus ride from the campground to Magic Kingdom took less than 10 minutes.”
The other parks would take longer, which she said was a downside, with the furthest being Animal Kingdom and more than 45 minutes away.
Despite the money-saving aspect, Jenna said she “would never do it again” despite admitting she had a great time with family.
This is because she said she had to spend hundreds of dollars on camping equipment such as a tent, air mattress and a golf cart, which she said was “essential” to get around.
She finished by saying: “I enjoyed the grounds and all of the amenities the resort provided for guests, but when I am visiting Disney on vacation, I like to relax.
“I would much rather pay a bit more to stay in one of Disney’s value resorts for a more pleasurable experience.”
However, it is definitely the cheapest option if you don’t need to buy all the gear and want to save money.
This is because up to 10 people can stay on the pitch, which works out to just £7.50 a night, although you will have to factor in the cost of the cots too.
Disney World is upping its prices for the first time in three years, starting in 2023.
Tickets for EPCOT will range between $114 (£95) and $179 (£150), while Hollywood Studios will sit between $124 (£104) and $179 (£150).
But the 10-day base ticket saw the biggest rise which will set you back an extra $28.40 (£23) at $582.09 (£489) for the 10 days.
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