Gearing Up for Tent Camping at Walt Disney World

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In my all encompassing search to find ways to save money at Disney World, I did some research into tent camping. There’s something about being in the great outdoors, in the heat of the summer, that definitely does absolutely nothing to inspire you to put up a tent in the 117 degree weather. But with temperatures approaching tolerable levels in lower Alabama at the end of October, 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, because I’ve always wanted to go camping at Fort Wilderness.

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

We had spent about an hour researching tent camping, and we ordered a large tent 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, with lots of room for blow up beds and pets.

Since the weather forecast we good for the week, we didn’t put the rain cover over the top of the tent, providing a fantastic view of the sky both 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.

2019 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 before we make it to Orlando with a tent in tow.

1. If you get a late start, the instant tent really doesn’t take that long to set up, and you can do it with no problem. 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.

2. If you leave the blankets and bedding in an open-air tent for several days, they start to stink like a dried-out wet dog.

3. I can’t sleep without a fan for noise. I heard every dog in the neighborhood bark, every car start, and every bird chirp at sun up. It’s funny the things you take for granted sleeping inside a house, like a little peace and quiet from back-yard nature.

4. While my house isn’t the cleanest I know of, I will need a vacuum cleaner when I finally make it to Fort Wilderness. Grass and sand on the floor drove me nuts. I sure like the great outdoors, but I don’t want to sleep in a bed full of it.

5. I’ll need a portable air conditioner at Fort Wilderness as well, because sweating, like bugs, is definitely not my thing.

 

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