I stayed at the cheapest and most expensive places in Disney World. I'd spring for the $900 hotel room over the $92 campsite any day.

$92 over jenna camping at disney and $900 over jenna in a room at grand floridian
I camped at Disney World and stayed at the most expensive hotel.Jenna Clark

Last November, I stayed at a campsite at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort for $92 a night.

exterior shot of fort wilderness campground at disney world
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located near Wilderness Lodge.Jenna Clark

Although many Disney World resorts are expensive, there are some budget-friendly options, and the Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is at the top of the list.

I camped at one of the standard campsites for $92 a night (tent and camping supplies were not included). My two-night stay came to about $207 after taxes and fees, but campsite prices can fluctuate throughout the year depending on the date and day of the week.


Camping is a more affordable option for those looking to experience Disney World, but Fort Wilderness is still located in the Magic Kingdom resort area and is home to some delicious restaurants including Trail's End and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

In February, I spent a night at Disney World's most expensive resort, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

entrance to the grand floridian resort at disney world
The Grand Floridian Resort is in the Magic Kingdom area.Jenna Clark

I spent one night at the Grand Floridian in a standard room that costs about $900. Like with the campsites, the room rates vary throughout the year.

The sophisticated hotel is known for its Victorian design elements, dining experiences, and proximity to Magic Kingdom.

I've stayed at several other deluxe resorts at Disney World, including the Polynesian Village Resort, Contemporary Resort, and BoardWalk Inn. But my stay at the Grand Floridian surpassed my expectations.

The campsite at Fort Wilderness was spacious and had the necessary hookups, but it required a lot of packing.

empty campsite at disney's fort wilderness campground
I had to purchase and bring all my own camping supplies to Disney World.Jenna Clark

In addition to packing my clothes, there were many supplies I needed to purchase and pack as a first-time camper. I ended up bringing a tent, lamps, an air mattress, mosquito-repellent wristbands, a first-aid kit, towels, and a power bank to charge my phone.

Although my campsite was very spacious and equipped with a table, grill, hose, and outlets, it took a lot of energy to unpack and set everything up.

My standard room at the Grand Floridian was the most spacious one I've seen at Disney World.

wide view of a standard 2 queen room at the grand floridian resort at disney world
The standard room had two queen-sized beds as well as an extra living area.Jenna Clark

My standard room with two queen-sized beds was equipped with everything I needed for a comfortable stay. All I had to do was pack clothes and toiletries.

I only stayed in the room with one other person, but I think it could've comfortably fit at least four.

The living area in the back had a second television and made for a pleasant place to relax and chat.

In addition to the essentials, our room also had a stocked coffee bar, complimentary slippers, and free bathroom products.

I had to walk to the comfort station to use the bathroom at Fort Wilderness.

jenna posing for a mirror selfie in the public bathrooms at disney's fort wilderness campgrounds
I had to walk to the bathroom at the campground.Jenna Clark

Since I was camping in a tent, the comfort station in our campsite's loop had a communal bathroom.

It was cleaner than I expected and contained stalls, full-size sinks, changing areas, and showers.

My hotel room had a beautiful bathroom with separate shower and vanity areas.

jenna taking a mirror selfie in the big double vanity in the bathroom inside a room at the grand floridian
Our bathroom had two sinks, which made getting ready easy.Jenna Clark

I was impressed by the size of the bathroom's double sink and vanity area. It provided just the right amount of space for two people to get ready without feeling cramped.

I found the transportation at Fort Wilderness to be confusing.

internal bus stop at disney's fort wilderness campgrounds
There were both internal buses to get around the campground and transportation to the theme parks.Jenna Clark

The internal bus system at Fort Wilderness was very confusing, especially for a first-time camper. There are multiple buses with colored labels indicating their route.

The bus to Magic Kingdom, the closest park, can be found at the Settlement Trading Post store. But the buses to the other theme parks and water parks are located near the parking lot at the front of the resort.

If you don't have a golf cart, getting around the resort can be tiresome because it's large and the internal buses can be tricky. Luckily, I had a golf cart for a large portion of my stay.

I didn't have issues with the various modes of transportation at the Grand Floridian.

view of the monorail passing by the grand floridian resort taken from the resort's pool area
You can take the monorail, boats, and buses from the Grand Floridian.Jenna Clark

One of the biggest pros of staying at the Grand Floridian was the convenient transportation options, especially when heading to Magic Kingdom.

I took the monorail to Magic Kingdom from the resort. It was only about a three-minute ride to the park since it's one stop away.

I decided to try out the resort boat on the way back. There was no line, and it took less than 10 minutes to get across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

As for transportation around the resort, it was easily walkable. But there were still some employees driving club cars to transport guests and their luggage.

Chip and Dale made an appearance at the Campfire Sing-A-Long.

Jenna posing with chip and dale at disney's fort wilderness campground
There's special character entertainment at the Fort Wilderness Campground.Jenna Clark

I attended Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long during my camping trip.

For some reason, no other families had arrived at the campfire yet, and we were able to spend 30 minutes playing a game with the characters. I've never experienced anything like that before.

I didn't see any characters while staying at the Grand Floridian.

a motif of chip from beauty and the beast on the flooring at the grand floridian in disney world
I spotted Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Chip, Mrs. Potts, Cinderella, and Prince Charming on the floor.Jenna Clark