Gearing Up for Tent Camping at Disney World

In my ever expanding search to find ways to save money at Disney World, I looked into camping in a tent. There’s something about being in the great outdoors, in the heat of the summer, that definitely does nothing to inspire you to pull out a tent in the 117 degree heat. But now that we’re approaching the end of October, temperatures have started to fall into the 60s and 50s in lower Alabama. I pulled out a tent we bought in back in the heat of July and set it up in the back yard.

I called it a practice run for Orlando.

We cleared off a section of our pool deck, which wasn’t quite level, but it was close enough.

We spent about an hour researching tent camping, and we ordered one from Walmart.com that had lots of room for our family of five. It was under $200 on sale.

This tent was really larger than I was expecting, even if I knew the size when I ordered it. Lots of room for blow up beds and pets.

We didn’t put the rain cover over the top of the tent, so there was a fantastic view of the sky, but day and night.

We ordered several lanterns from Amazon Prime, which were really nice when the sun went down.

I bought a Minnie Mouse twin bedspread on sale at Target for $9.99 for my blow up bed.

2017 prices to tent camp or use a pop up camper aren’t all that crazy.

Things I learned from our first of what will probably be several practice runs.

1. If you get a late start, the insta tent really doesn’t take that long to set up, and you can do it. It’s certainly not advisable after dark, but on our very first try at putting up the tent, and in the semi-darkness, we got the tent up on 10 minutes with no issues.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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