I booked a stay at Disney World’s cheapest accommodation, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

I have stayed at almost every resort at Walt Disney World during my over 20 years of visiting, but I’d never booked the cheapest accommodation — a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

This was my first time camping, so I was excited to see what it would be like and if the accommodation would be worth the low cost.

I booked a two-night stay for the beginning of November. It cost $92 per night and $207 total after taxes.

When we arrived, we had to pass through security.

Luckily this didn’t take long. A member of security asked to verify the name on the reservation and see my friend’s ID since he was the person driving.

The check-in process was seamless.

Next, we headed over to the Fort Wilderness Reception Outpost to check in.

Though the official check-in time was 3:00 p.m., we made our way to the resort earlier around 12:30 p.m. in hopes that our campsite would be ready. We wanted to give ourselves plenty of time to pitch our tent before sunset.

Fortunately, our campsite was ready when we arrived.

As I checked in, I got information about the resort’s activities.

Before leaving the desk, the cast member — what Disney calls its employees — handed me two sheets with information about the various available activities including a Movie Under the Stars and Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long.

The resort assigned us campsite 2069 near Spanish Moss Lane.

I was pretty happy with our campsite location since it was only a couple of feet from both a comfort station and a bus stop.

The size of our campsite surprised me.

The campsite was very roomy and provided more than enough space for our belongings and four-person tent.

According to Disney’s website, the main concrete area is about 10 feet by 25 feet and can technically fit up to two tents and 10 people.

It came equipped with space to park our vehicle as well as a picnic table, grill, hose, and various outlets to provide electricity.

Once I got a feel for the campsite, I lugged all of my stuff over to the picnic table.

Since it was my first time camping, I wanted to be overprepared instead of unprepared.

It ended up taking about 30 minutes to take the stuff out of the car, but it felt good to know that I was ready for the next couple of days.

I brought first-aid supplies, blankets, bug spray, and other basics, but we didn’t bring food because we didn’t want to attract any bugs or wildlife.

While unloading, I felt myself getting itchy from mosquito bites, so we sprayed bug repellent around our campsite and tent in the hope that it would keep them away.

I was also happy I packed mosquito-repellent bracelets.

Pitching the tent wasn’t easy, so I was grateful my friend and sister were there to help.

Originally, our plan was to rent a tent from Disney because its website says you can rent tents and cots for a fee, but I couldn’t find any clear information about how to do so.

When I contacted a cast member through the online chat, he said Disney rents out tents but doesn’t set them up and that he couldn’t tell me how to rent the tent or how much it would cost. Instead, he provided me with a phone number to call.

I called the number and was on hold for an hour. I then reached a cast member who said they don’t believe Disney has tent rentals, then transferred me to a different line. After 30 more minutes of being on hold, another cast member told me Disney doesn’t do tent rentals.

With that in mind, I purchased an “easy-setup” tent before my trip and brought it with me.

Sadly, I still struggled. Despite how many times I read the directions and watched videos online about how to assemble the tent, it just wasn’t going my way.

Insider reached out to Disney for additional clarification about its tent-rental policies but did not immediately hear back.

During the process, my friend got stung by a bee.

A bee stung my friend’s hand while he was assembling the tent poles.

I was grateful he was OK and that I had packed a first-aid kit. He put some Neosporin and a Band-Aid on and quickly returned to being a happy camper.

After almost two hours, a fellow camper stepped in to help us set up the rest of our tent.

After a while, we were growing discouraged as we didn’t seem to be making any progress.

A fellow camper recognized our struggle and offered to guide us in building the rest of the tent.

I had been using a rubber mallet to push the steel pegs into the ground, but she showed us it’s sometimes easier and quicker to step on them. With all of her guidance, what probably would’ve taken us another hour took only 15 minutes.

Pitching the tent took longer than expected, but it was rewarding to see it finally constructed and standing up on its own.

When it came time to blow up the air mattress, we realized that we pitched the tent too far away from the electrical outlets.

Since it was my first time camping, I didn’t think about the importance of the location where we pitched our tent because I was just eager to get it up.

Although we’d brought one extension cord with us, it wasn’t long enough to allow us to inflate the air mattress inside.

We ended up having to slightly inflate the air mattress, drag and place it in the tent so it would fit in the door, then finish inflating it.

Luckily, a fellow camper lent us a longer extension cord so we could finish inflating the mattress.

I noticed wildlife almost immediately after we arrived at the campsite.

As soon as we started pitching the tent, we heard turkeys approaching our campsite. I’d never seen turkeys in person, so they startled me. They didn’t bother us and they were cool to look at.

During the trip, I also saw a beautiful owl.

Our air mattress barely fit inside of the tent, but we made it work.

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