What It’s Like to Camp in DreamVille – Tomorrowland’s Tiny City
Have you always dreamed of experiencing one of the World’s largest EDM festivals, AKA Tomorrowland? If so, you probably are aware of the unique camping experience that goes hand in hand with this event. DreamVille is a vibrant city that welcomes tens of thousands of festival goers who come to experience Tomorrowland. This is a campsite that literally has about everything you can think of. There are so many unique shops such as a grocery store, a bakery, restaurants, a tattoo parlor, and even a beauty boutique! If you are curious about what it’s like to camp in DreamVille, Tomorrowland’s tiny city, then keep on reading!
I am really not a camper by nature, but my husband and I were dying to try the camping out at Tomorrowland because it looked so unique and fun. We had camped once at Coachella years ago, and honestly did not care for it because you are basically bumper to bumper with hardly any space. Tomorrowland has a ton of options for camping that vary in price. As mentioned in my previous blog, my experience at Tomorrowland 2018, we had been saving for years to make the journey from California to Belgium and we wanted to splurge a bit. We went with the Cabana housing, but here are the options you’ve got:
Magnificent Greens Packages
This is a great option if you want to be cost-effective and are willing to bring your own tent and supplies. I believe you are also able to upgrade if you want Tomorrowland to provide a tent that is already setup for you. This location is the furthest from the festival but closest to DreamVille. Read more about the cost here.
Easy Tent Packages
The second option for accommodations is the Easy Tent Packages. This package includes branded Tomorrowland equipment such as a tent and sleeping bag that is already setup when you arrive. You can fit up to 4 people in these tents.
Relax rooms offer more of a glamping experience where you essentially arrive to your sea container with a bed, chairs, power outlet, and separate sanitary facilities. Find out more here.
Next on the list are the DreamLodges. These include everything that the relax room does but it’s a tent that zips up and is on a platform. If you actually like the idea of camping, then this is a nice upgrade as you have access to the nicer sanitary facilities and are closer to the festival. Learn more here.
Cabanas are the second highest glamping option available and since my husband and I are not big on camping, we chose this one! Our cabana came with two beds (we pushed them together), some hooks and little shelves for some storage, power outlets, and a shady covering above with lounge chairs. I really liked how much space we had between our neighbors, and Tomorrowland left eye masks on our beds for us to use and to cover any sunlight that might filter through our walls. It was super warm at around 10 every morning, so it is difficult to sleep with the doors closed (they lock). There is no A/C, but it did get rather chilly at night! The cabana also comes with two little lights and a shared sanitation area with the DreamLodge site. Loved that we were about a 10-minute power walk to the festival! I’ll share more about the campsite and what my experience was like below. You can find the pricing information here.
If you’re rich or maybe have a lot of friends who are willing to pitch in, you can literally stay in a mansion. I don’t know the prices on these, but they are even closer to the festival and it’s hard to see what they look like because there is so much foliage around that area. This estate includes over 5 rooms, a pool, a personal butler, and nearly everything under the sun! Check it out for fun here. I’m pretty sure this costs around $10,000 or something absurd like that.
If you choose to participate in Global Journey like we did, then you will be shuttled by bus from Belgium to DreamVille on Thursday. We arrived at around 5 PM and had to walk about half a mile to the Cabana area to check in. We really only went to DreamVille a few times during our stay. Once on Thursday evening for The Gathering (preparty) and then once on Friday morning for a meal that was cheaper than our campsite’s restaurant. There are options to take classes like Yoga or areas to chill out, but we kind of lived at our campsite! Something I do want to call attention to is the price. Tomorrowland uses their own currency, the Pearl, and although it’s great that you can buy essentially anything at the grocery store, we ended up paying nearly $60 USD for 12 large waters! I wish they had free drinking water fountains available, but I later learned that there was an Aldi (European grocery store chain) further away from the festival grounds. We could’ve saved a decent amount of money on food this way, but we didn’t really know at the time. Just keep in mind that the food prices are outrageous in DreamVille. I think I paid nearly $15 USD for a tiny fruit smoothie and granola bowl. Lesson learned!
After our walk over to Montague (where the cabanas and DreamLodges live), we arrived at our destination! The check in area was pretty cute because they have a little lobby area with the Tomorrowland Newspaper and staff members checking you in like a real hotel! Before grabbing the keys to our cabana, they searched our luggage quickly and we were shown to our little home.
I was honestly really impressed with our campsite. We had a nice restaurant and bar that served some really tasty (but expensive) food and there was even a sauna and a jacuzzi that we were able to use! Our area was quiet for the most part, but unfortunately some of our neighbors were blasting music until like 4 AM, so if you’re a light sleeper like me, I don’t know if camping is ever the best idea! The bathrooms had fully functioning toilets that were always clean and a separate shower area that had little areas with mirrors and outlets, so you could get ready. We even saw a couple get married on the last day! The staff members were nice, but a lot of them didn’t really know what they were doing. I believe I heard they are volunteers? The first night we had no power and we wanted to switch our cabana, but that was kind of a hassle as our campsite seemed to be understaffed. It took us hours to get the issue fixed and even the wifi was pretty spotty (you had to go up to the desk for an hour of wifi time). My only other complaint was that staff members walk around constantly at night but don’t really enforce the no noise rule after 2 like they are supposed to. I’m all for having fun, but camping for 4 nights and partying for 3 days requires a decent amount of sleep! I know I’m a grandma, but save your energy for the actual festival… haha!
Outfit details: Kimono, shorts, and shirt by Wild Love Clothing
The Gathering is a little kick off party for everyone who resides in DreamVille. It runs from about 8 PM until midnight and features a lot of local and international artists. The stage was pretty elaborate and I liked having a chance to look around the marketplace and to people watch the fellow festival goers. We were pretty beat from our weeks of traveling, so we actually went back to our campsite after an hour and a half and went in the jacuzzi to relax!
Entering and Leaving the Festival
One of the most appealing aspects of camping at Tomorrowland is being able to come and go as you please. We were fortunate enough to have a 10-15 minute walk each way. This was so helpful if we wanted to take a nap or go back and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. You do have to scan in and out of the festival and campsite with your wristband, so never take it off (besides to shower)!
Something nice about booking with Global Journey is that it alleviates a lot of planning. This included our shuttle to Brussels airport. After all the festivities are over, you pack up and bring your key to the front desk. After inspecting our cabana, we were gifted with a fun Tomorrowland x Mac makeup set, chocolates, and fragrance as we walked back to the shuttles. I forgot to mention that upon check-in you are given a wristband for the shuttles and on Sunday night they let everyone know what time the shuttles leave. Our flight was at noon on Monday, so we had to wake up at 7 to make sure we had enough time to pack, check-out, walk to the shuttle, drive to the airport, and to go through security. I’m so happy we left early because apparently Brussels is notorious for being slow (it took us 3 hours to get through security so get there early)!!
All in all, I’m glad we received the full experience of camping at Tomorrowland, but I just don’t think I’m a camping person! Even with the glamping :O ! I will say it was nice to come and go in and out of the festival as we pleased, and I do think the glamping is worth it if you ever decide to make the trek to Tomorrowland! I heard the showers for Magnificent Greens were gross and super crowded, so many people didn’t shower at all the whole weekend. Something else to keep in mind: the hotels are a 45-minute shuttle ride away and you are forced to stay at the festival for over 12 hours as the departure time is 11 AM and the pickup time back to the hotel isn’t until 1 AM! It’s also a 3 mile walk to the shuttles.
Camping at Tomorrowland was definitely a unique experience and I’m curious what your thoughts are. Have you camped at Tomorrowland? Would you try camping or do you prefer hotels? If you are curious about the festival itself, check out my experience here. Thanks for reading!