It’s no secret that Disney World is a fantastic place for families to visit. What many don’t know is that it’s a super popular place for RVing families to spend extended periods of time. That’s right, lots of Fulltime Families members live near Disney World for weeks or even months! The secret? Finding cheap camping near Disney.

You see, while Disney’s onsite campground (Fort Wilderness) is absolutely wonderful, it is also incredibly expensive. This means most full time RVers can’t feasibly stay there for very long. That said, there are a handful of options for cheap camping near Disney that make long term Disney World on a budget totally possible. 

In this article, we will discuss our top 5 parks for cheap camping near Disney World so you can start planning your time in the Disney World area. 

Sign for Bill Frederick Park

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Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

  • Driving time to Disney World: 25 minutes
  • Cost to camp: $20–$25 a night

First on our list is Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. This campground is located within a city-run park. It’s right in the middle of the city too, so it’s super easy to get to groceries, restaurants, and Disney World. However, it is set so far back in the park and the Spanish-moss covered trees are so plentiful, you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped into another world.

This campground is home to both full-hookup and partial-hookup sites, all of which are paved. The bathhouse has both flush toilets and hot showers, and is a relatively clean place overall. There is also a laundry room, a must-have for families staying long-term. 

Want some recreation opportunities without leaving the wider park? A pool and playground are available too, but they are a pretty far walk from the campsites.

Magnolia Park Campground

  • Driving time to Disney World: 40 minutes
  • Cost to Camp: $23 a night

Magnolia Park Campground is a gorgeous county park that also feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city without requiring a long drive into the countryside. Mature trees provide plenty of shade, something that is absolutely lovely when in Florida. Meanwhile, peacocks, ibises, and other beautiful birds wander the property.

Magnolia Park Campground is small, offering only 18 sites. This means you will need to book early. Each paved site includes water and electricity, but not sewer hookups. Fortunately, there is a dump station in the park. 

A playground and fishing pier are located in the park, providing opportunities for recreation, and the Eco Center is a fun place to visit as well. 

Lake Louisa State Park

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Lake Louisa State Park

  • Driving time to Disney World: 35 minutes
  • Cost to Camp: About $40 a night with fees

We love state park campgrounds and Lake Louisa State Park is no exception. This lovely little haven offers hiking trails, a lake, and is home to plenty of local wildlife. All in all, we’d say it’s the perfect place to escape into nature and experience central Florida at its finest. 

60 campsites are available at Lake Louisa State Park. These are quite spacious and some can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length, something many Fulltime Families members are sure to be thankful for. The sites are gravel and include full hookups, and a dump station, restrooms with showers, and a laundry room are all available for campers to use. 

For recreation, turn to the aforementioned hiking trails or head to the swimming beach and relatively large playground. Fishing is also an option within the park. 

Moss Park Campground

  • Driving time to Disney World: 1 hour
  • Cost to Camp: $23 a night

Another county-run option that we absolutely adore, Moss Park Campground is just wonderful. Yes this park is a bit far from the Disney parks, but we still think it’s a good choice. We love the natural setting and the fact that all of the shopping and dining options you could need are just a quick drive away. 

The large sites found in this park feature water and electricity, as well as plenty of shade from the Florida sun. A dump station makes it possible to empty your tanks, but there are no sewer hookups at the sites. 

Want to get moving? There are plenty of hiking trails in the park. Additionally, water access is available for those who enjoy boating or fishing.

Thousand Trails Orlando

  • Driving time to Disney World: 35 minutes
  • Cost to Camp: No nightly fee with membership 

Finally, we have to bring up Thousand Trails Orlando. This privately owned RV park is chock-full of amenities and is considered “home” by a huge number of Fulltime Families members. Owned by Encore, this park is a part of the Thousand Trails chain of campgrounds, meaning Thousand Trails members can stay with no nightly fee

If you want to give Thousand Trails a try, we recommend starting with a Zone Pass. This pass is currently $670. That said, it does go on sale often. Choosing the southeast zone will allow you to use the pass at Thousand Trails Orlando as well as the rest of the parks in that zone. You will be able to stay in any of these parks for up to 14 days at a time for the entire year. 

Many people also opt to add the Trails Collection option to their Thousand Trails membership, giving them access to even more parks (a huge number of which are in the Disney World area).

It should be noted that the Zone Pass does come with some limitations. For instance, you must stay out of the Thousand Trails system for 7 days in between 14-day stays, and you can only stay in parks located within your zone. Because of this, we highly recommend upgrading to a higher-tier membership should you plan to use Thousand Trails Parks often. 

As you can see, there are many ways to go camping near Disney World on a budget. Pick a park that sounds appealing to you and book it now so your family can have a magical adventure of their own!