You Need to Know About This 1 Secret Way to Save Money on Your Disney World Vacation

Saving money on a Disney World vacation may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s possible. But with nightly resort accommodation rates ranging from $150 to $625 per night, figuring out a way to stay in close proximity to the Magic Kingdom while simultaneously dodging the exuberant hotel costs can be an overarching endeavor. Luckily, we have just the ticket for you and your family to enjoy Disney World without breaking the bank. First, we’ll tell you about some of the specific advantages of this Disney resort, and then reveal the big secret on page 5.

1. Staying at a Disney resort offers its perks

General views of the Magic Kingdom

Stay late with Extra Magic Hours. | Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Choosing to stay off Disney property will certainly save your pocketbook a boatload of money, but you and your party will miss out on a lot of Disney-specific perks that only come with being a resort guest. Early access to dining reservations, FastPasses, Extra Magic Hours, and free transportation from resorts to parks are all perks that you will enjoy as a resort guest.

Next: This resort is in a prime Disney location. 

2. This resort is located between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

Epcot

It’s got the best location. | Russell102/iStock/Getty Images

When it comes to making the absolute most of your Disney World vacation, the logistics of getting to and from the parks can be a hassle if you aren’t staying on Disney property. This particular resort is conveniently located between the uber-popular Epcot and Magic Kingdom parks.

Next: Activities do not take a back seat at this resort. 

3. The resort offers swimming pools and other activities

Fort Wilderness Camp Disney

You can take the boat over from Disney. | Disney

This is a vacation after all. That being said, you probably want your children to be able to run around with a little reckless abandon, right? This resort does not skimp on the recreational activities. The typical amenities like swimming pools and complimentary WiFi are available, but guests also have access to archery, pony rides, and wagon rides, along with expansive playgrounds.

Next: Transportation is not only simple but also fun. 

4. Shuttle service is available to transport guests to the parks

Disney bus transport

No more searching for parking. | elisfkc/Wikimedia Commons

Once you’ve turned off the car and taken advantage of the complimentary parking, you can worry no more about navigating from park to park. Instead, let the Disney bus transportation driver take the reins. This complimentary service shuttles guests throughout the resort, as well as to their parks of choice. Additionally, guests can access the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort by way of the exciting Disney Water Transportation.

Next: This big resort reveal will have the adventurers ready to pack the car. 

5. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground for the adventurers

Fort Wilderness campfire disney

The campsites are perfect for family fun. | Disney

This budget-friendly resort has been open to adventurous Disney-goers since 1971 and boasts 800 campsites. Surrounded by lush foliage, walking trails, a lake, and opportunities to spot wildlife, the Fort Wilderness Campground has something for everyone. And don’t worry, you will not be roughing it too much. Each site comes with running water, electricity, and access to shower and laundry facilities, and is quite possibly the best secret to saving money at Disney.

Next: Here’s how much it costs per night (you’ll be impressed). 

6. It’s only $55 per night for a tent

Fort Wilderness Camp Disney tent

You’ll save some serious cash. | Disney

It’s true, tent and pop-up camper spots are only $55 per night. What is even more impressive is that each site can accommodate up to 10 people. Even though pets are not allowed, guests can have up to two tents. And while picnic tables and grills are available for cooking at camp, dining options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are available in the campground.

Next: Here are the details on renting an RV or parking your own. 

7. The campground also offers sites for RVs

Disney RV park

Perfect for glamping. | Disney Parks via Youtube

Not everyone fancies sleeping in a tent, and if that person is you, bring your RV. Full electric, water, and sewage hookups are available for travelers looking to set up in style. These full-hookup sites are available starting at $82 per night, with the option of upgrading to a larger, premium site for $99. And if you don’t have an RV of your own, Disney gladly endorses Greenburg RV Rentals.

Next: If camping isn’t your bag, there are other fun lodging options on-site. 

8. Cabin rentals are available too

Fort Wilderness Camp Disney cabin

There are also cabins to stay in. | Disney

If you and your family want to channel the rustic, outdoor vibes of the Fort Wilderness Resort but keep a little bit of luxury, The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort is just the ticket. These fully-equipped cabins can sleep up to six people with rates starting at $334 and boast WiFi, television, and air conditioning.

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