Dreaming of DreamVille
If there was one chorus that Heather and I couldn’t stop repeating to each other during out time at Tomorrowland, it was how insanely overjoyed we were with our decision to camp at the Dream Lodges in DreamVille. I mean, can you blame us for occasionally tossing around the idea of foregoing the festival altogether and just chilling here all day?
It had been a decision fraught with a fair amount of hand-wringing. Part of the reason I’m writing this in-depth post is to help others looking for DreamVille information in the future. Trying to find clear information about Tomorrowland and/or DreamVille is like attempting to get a live person on the phone regarding your flight rerouting during a major storm at JFK on Thanksgiving weekend — you might as well just light yourself on fire now and save yourself the frustration. Oh, and unless your goal is doubled over laughter at the the true depths of failure to which customer service can sink, don’t attempt to reach out to anyone at the Tomorrowland help desk.
So, we were somewhat in the dark about our choices. While of course there is always the option to stay in a hotel in Brussels or Antwerp and shuttle into the festival each day, or even take advantage of one of the handfuls of rooms rented by enterprising Boom residents, we were set on staying on site with 35,000 of our fellow ravers. Here are the options in DreamVille.
• General Camping: This option allows you access to the general camping zones of DreamVille. You must bring your own tent and camping gear. This is the only option available for solo travelers who don’t want to pay double — all other packages are sold by tent or by room rather than by person, and are meant for groups of two or four. You can buy a group camping pass which will allow large groups of friends to stay together in a special area. We did not consider this option as we were traveling internationally to the festival and did not want to deal with acquiring the necessary supplies upon arrival in Belgium. Cost: €52.50 or $67 per person.
• Easy Tent: This option allows you to rock up to DreamVille with a Tomorrowland-branded tent all set up and ready to go — there’s even a light inside. Easy tents are contained in their own special area slightly closer to the festival grounds than general camping. Tents are available for two or four people. We considered this option, but were concerned about how we’d feel either leaving our valuable unlocked or trudging to the campground lockers every time we needed something, and as two photographers we were concerned about charging our devices. Cost: €137.5 or $175 per person.
• Relax Rooms: Relax Rooms and Dream Lodges are contained in their own luxury compound in DreamVille’s closest edge to Tomorrowland. Strangely similar in appearance to storage containers, the Relax Rooms boast comfy beds, lights, power outlets and a clothing rack with hanging shelves — and of course, a lockable door. We considered this option but were concerned it would be stuffy inside once the sun came up. Cost: €475 or $603 per person.
• Dream Lodges: In the same plush suburb of DreamVille as the Relax Rooms, Dream Lodges were a new option in 2014 and so we were made somewhat nervous by only being able to reference digital renderings. Still, they promised plush beds, lighting, power outlets, a locker, and a cozy looking porch with two relaxing chairs and a table. Dream Lodges are available for two or four persons. Cost: €525 0r $661 per person.
• Mansion: There are no prices listed and as my Dad always says, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Didn’t consider.
Note that it is impossible to buy a DreamVille pass without a Tomorrowland ticket, the price of which is not included here. Specific bracelets meant only those registered to the special camping zones — Easy Tents and Relax Rooms/Dream Lodges — were allowed in those areas. Security was tight.
Eventually we narrowed it down to Relax Rooms or Dream Lodges — we realized our enjoyment of the festival would be multiplied tenfold if we could lock up our laptops (we both work online and were on long-term trips so having them there was non-negotiable), charge our cameras and phones, and sleep on a real mattress at night. After roughing it at Burning Man I was ready for some creature comforts and considering how hard it is to get tickets, we realized this was probably a once in a lifetime experience and thus something to splurge on. We were a bit confused however since the online descriptions indicated that the Relax Rooms had access to better facilities, despite being cheaper. In the end, though, fate made the decision for us — by the time we got through to the purchase page, only Dream Lodges were left as an option.
And we couldn’t have been luckier for it.
From the moment we checked in with a pink-toga-and-flower-headdress wearing receptionist we knew we were in for something special. Dream Lodges and Relax Rooms shared the same reception and communal spaces, including a private gourmet dining room, an on-site masseuse and hair team on call for pampering, bathroom areas boasting warm water showers and flushable toilets, and a friendly — and flamboyantly costumed — staff and security team.
So how much did I love camping at the Dream Lodges? Let me count the ways.
1. Home Sweet Home
While a few things weren’t quite as implied — the promised power plug was not a socket but just a USB port and the locker was laughably too small to fit dSLR cameras — we were pretty wildly in love with our little tent. The beds were insanely comfy and the set up was very communal, which meant we made fast friends with our neighbors over long chats in our deck chairs.
Every morning we woke up to a Tomorrowland newspaper on our porch, often accompanied by a little gift, like burlap bags of chocolate-covered almonds or cold bottles of Tomorrowland-branded water.
2. The Middle Party
All three days of the festival followed the same formula for us — venture in during the day and have a few hours of sun-filled fun, retreat back to DreamVille for what we quickly dubbed “The Middle Party” (who needs after parties?) and then head back out into the night, recharged and ready to rage. Goofing around at our campsite and getting silly with our fabulous neighbors — we couldn’t have lucked out more in that department — ended up being some of my favorite memories of the weekend.
3. All The Small Things
There were so many things I loved about our Dream Lodge that I didn’t even know to appreciate until a few days in. When I heard general camping residents complain of endless lines for cold showers — that they had to pay extra for — I said a silent thanks for our free warm showers, free shampoo, and never having to wait a single second before waltzing into one. We also didn’t have to pay extra for lockers, since we had our own (albeit small) ones in our tent, and security in our ‘hood was tight.
One benefit I didn’t even consider until we arrived was our commute. From our tent to the Tomorrowland gates was under a ten minute walk — for those in the far reaches of the sprawling general camping area, that walk could be almost forty minutes. This map gives an idea of the general layout — you don’t want to be in the pink camping!
And while I realize to many this would be a bummer instead of a blessing, I loved that our neighborhood was nice and quiet after hours. If we wanted an after party, we could easily venture into general camping, but when we needed to switch off, sleep came easily.
4. The DreamVille Marketplace
Tomorrowland wasn’t the only place full of surprises. The adorable DreamVille Marketplace boasted a supermarket, a bakery, Dreamville Radio, Tomorrowland boutiques, frozen yogurt stands and more all with matching false shop fronts. Regrettably I have none of my own photos of this twee-ness because, hangover, but here you go. While we did have our own fancy catering options going on in the Dream Lodge village, the prices in the communal marketplace leaned more towards standard-festival-ridiculous than the this-is-just-insulting levels we were talking.
Best part? Oxygen bar! For a mere €6, we exhaled away all our bad decisions from the previous days. That is how it works, right?
5. The Gathering
One of the biggest benefits to camping at DreamVille is extending the Tomorrowland experience by an extra night. While for some the festival may be a Friday through Sunday affair, DreamVillers start on Thursday night an exclusive but informal little rave right in the campsite. It’s quite the way to celebrate unpacking. Being in the Dream Lodge village meant we had access to the VIP stages for The Gathering.
A fun detail about The Gathering is exclusively features up and coming Belgian acts — a nice nod to the festival’s host country.
Room for Improvement
As I’m sure the higher ups at Tomorrowland and DreamVille are waiting with baited breath for my suggestions on how to improve the experience for next year, I’ve compiled a convenient list!
• Clear up confusion about the facilities between Relax Rooms and Dream Lodges — it should be made obvious that these are shared communal spaces. Also give more details about the details of the rooms — make clear the locker size, and explain that the power plug is a USB port (thank goodness we arrived with cameras fully charged!). Finally, consider adding some form of storage or organization in the Dream Lodges — the hanging shelves in the Relax Rooms were the one major benefit we saw to that option.
• Our first night at the campsite we were pretty horrified by the condition of the porta potties closest to us. It changed our
lives weekend the next day when we discovered that every single other bathroom area in the Dream Lodge village had gloriously flushing toilets. When we mentioned this to a security guard, he sheepishly admitted that it had been a mistake on the part of the set up team. Also, on the topic of toilets, I personally think I would have wept if after paying so much for a luxury camping experience I was in the row of tents directly facing the toilets! Surely there must be a way to arrange things so no one had to sit on their porch and watch people do the potty dance.
• Sell ice! While we were overjoyed at being able to bring in as much food and booze as we pleased into DreamVille (the only no-no was glass containers), we were not so thrilled at serving our mimosas warm. We were pretty shocked that ice wasn’t sold anywhere in DreamVille, and our neighbors couldn’t find it in Boom’s local supermarket when they ventured out, either. A few times we lucked out and got a friendly bartender from the dining tent to dole us out a few cubes.
• We loved that every trash can in DreamVille had a twin recycling bin right beside it, and that a trade-in token system for re-usable cups reduced plastic waste. We also appreciated that security handed out trash bags to us every morning and picked them up at night while we were sleeping. Personally, we were careful to separate our recyclables and carry them outside to the recycling bins ourselves, but it would be great if along with the trash bags, recycling bags of a different color were handed out to ensure that no one tosses their cans and bottles out of convenience.
• Throw an opening night cocktail party before The Gathering on Thursday night! While we immediately bonded with those in the tents around us, it would have been nice to have a mixer to get to know those who might be staying on the other side of the village.
DreamVille exceeded our wildest dreams! Now tell me, are you more of a camper or a glamper — or an I’ll-see-you-at-the-hotel-er?
Also in this series: Once Upon a Time at Tomorrowland • How Much Does Tomorrowland Cost? • Tomorrowland Tips and Tricks
You look like you had fun!
Love camping – whatever form it comes in 🙂
I’ve been a slow convert! And I think it would be a tad hard to go back to regular camping after this one… 🙂
I was shocked when I first saw the prices for the Dream Lodges, but after seeing what’s included, I can see why you chose to stay there! And the oxygen bar is a genius idea.
Festivals are definitely not known for being cheap! But yeah, we talked ourselves into upgrading pretty quickly 🙂
Looks like such a cool experience, and I love when fate decides things for me, I’m seriously indecisive! It looks soooo worth the cost!!
Ugh, tell me about it. Our ticket-getting process was such a nightmare, I was so relieved when it was all over — and the outcome couldn’t have been better!
That looks like so much fun. I’ve never actually been to a proper festival but think I’d have a hard time not locking everything up – did the tents have locks once you zipped them up?
No, they didn’t — but we felt super safe in our camping area. There was tight security to enter the Dream Lodge village, and a fairly constant patrol of good-natured staff inside (they mostly would just stop to chat with us and hang out, though technically they were working “security” 🙂 ) I would definitely not have felt the same way in the general camping zone.
this post was so very fascinating to me. of all the fests i’ve been to, i’ve never had such hyper-organized accommodation as you enjoyed in DreamVille. a night-before mixer? masseuses and hair people, what???
personally, i’m past camping. i either do a condo rental situation with a bunch of people which works out to be amazing value or camper van it & park in the designated onsite area. Camper vans beat camping for me but downsides include a way longer walk to the fest & still an “ick” factor — emptying the septic tank, plus things get messy in a camper van with a bunch of boys, FAST!
now glamping on the other hand with everything set up when you arrive is VERY appealing. but it would be hard for me to justify the cost. and compared with glastonbury & coachella glamping, i think dreamville is even on the cheap side?! funny that festivals with their bohemian image are so damn expensive!
I have no clue how this would stack up to glamping at other festivals but I would be fascinated to know! As it was just the two of us, we felt staying in a hotel would be somewhat isolating, plus the idea of the commute back and forth each day had zero appeal (and Boom itself has zero hotels). RVs and campers aren’t allowed at DreamVille, either, but I am hoping I can go that direction for Burning Man in 2015!
I can do the outdoors to a degree — I’ve never been too much of a camper, so I think glamping would be riiiight up my alley. It sounds like Dreamville/Tomrrowland was beyond worth the expense and the heartache it took to make happen! This whole experience is near the top of my travel to do list now. How did you guys end up locking up your dslrs and laptops?
The locker was really shallow so we were able to stack our laptops and slide our passports and iPhones in the side (when we didn’t have the phones with us) and lock it from there. But the rest of it — our dSLRs, my point and shoot and my GoPro — all ended up being just hidden in the tent and left behind! Obviously it wasn’t our first choice but after the first 24 hours or so we realized the Dream Lodge village was super secure and we didn’t really stress about it anymore. In general camping I never could have felt the same.
What a unique and fun experience! Looks like you made the right choice (even if it was by fate). The whole idea of luxury travel doesn’t usually appeal to twenty-somethings but this seems to be the rare case where it is perfectly suited!
I have the same question as some of the other commenters though, how did you end up securing your laptops and cameras?
See my response to Kristen 🙂 Yeah, glamping at a crazy technicolor Belgian rave is my kind of luxury! I was actually shocked by how generally young the Tomorrowland audience seemed to be, considering the cost of tickets. I guess there’s always something people are willing to splurge on!
Wow, that even looks a level above Glamping!
Insane, although a few of the things you referred to as nice touches, for $661.00 per person, I think it only reasonable that you got more than just a nice tent! 🙂
I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have complained if they threw in a free breakfast… 🙂
Now you’re talking!! 😀
We finish our Open Water accred this morning. Been so much fun! 😉
Also been very cool to have an instructor with a Caribbean accent…
Great coverage of this event we’ve heard very little about. The promoters seem to have really gone the distance to make it work on all levels.
BTW – you look fantastic in rubber boots 🙂
I’m glad I can share some Tomorrowland love with the world, Rick! And thanks — the boots were a necessity on the muddy main stage!
Aaaah this looks amazing! I’ve been to New Years Festivals at home in NZ but never anything on this scale. The ‘glamping’ looks utterly luxurious, what an experience!
I won’t be forgetting any of it anytime soon 🙂 Splurge of the year — or decade!
I have to say that your tent looks amazing. I would absolutely love to camp in it! Plus, after partying hard all day it’s always nice to have an actual bed to crash out on. But holy crap, $661 per person is crazy! But this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience so I probably would have made the same decision to splurge 😉 That being said having an outlet and a usable locker were two of the main reasons you booked that tent. I would have been mad that those features weren’t as advertised!
Honestly, as much of an amazing time as I had at Tomorrowland, EVERYTHING about buying tickets, getting there, figuring out logistics, etc., was such a struggle, I was not even a tiny bit surprised by the misinformation. I think because the desire for tickets is so high they don’t really have to try to make things easy for people, which is frustrating for the money. In the end I was fine with both those details — I was more riled up by the fact that the porta potties closest to us were the disgusting general camping variety, considering it was an admitted error and we had paid quite the pretty penny to have something a bit nicer.
I would of loved to have went for an upgrade in camping this year, but I decided to opt for the Global Journey package (travelling from Scotland) instead of upgraded camping, I couldn’t afford both unfortunately. One of the deciding factors was that I thought I would feel a little “cut-off” from the rest of the festival and I thought it may be quite difficult to meet other people if I had a designated camping area. By the sounds of things this wasn’t the case at all so I might try this option next time! Great blog!
Thanks Steven! We were really grateful to luck out with our tickets (I’ll explain how in an upcoming post!) because we decided that Global Journey just wasn’t worth the additional cost for us. This however, was the perfect splurge! We definitely didn’t feel cut off, but perhaps that was because we really bonded with a couple of the tents right around us.
Hey Alex 🙂
Oh, man, I love the way you write. “you might as well just light yourself on fire now and save yourself the frustration” – I’m sitting here in a cafe in Suva, Fiji, laughing out loud and possibly drawing some strange reactions from passers by!
And WOW, now THAT is camping!!! I an NOT a camper myself – while I do cherish some memories of primary school camp, generally to me camping is synonymous with cold, uncomfortable, and boring. But what you did? I would do that in a heartbeat, it looks amazing!!
Good on you for trying to provide others with info next time, too. It’s a great way to support other travellers and festival goers, cos it can often be really hard to find the right info before you go. I’m trying to the same thing in some of the posts on my blog, provide information for other travellers, because blog posts can be some of the most helpful things in understanding actually how to do certain trips, and to set your expectations at the right level.
Looking forward to the next post. I think you’ve got me hooked haha. 🙂
Yes, especially after coming from Burning Man, where there was almost an overwhelming amount of information and people willing to help around each corner, it was shocking how hard it was to navigate Tomorrowland planning. Hoping my posts will be helpful to others in the future — and glad to hear I got you laughing all the way in Fiji 🙂
Haha looks like completely insane fun! I’ve done many middle parties in my day 🙂
Yeah, our “after parties” basically involved wonderful nights of sleep after twelve hours of partying! Middle parties on the other hand were a bit more lively 🙂
After reading your last post I firmly put Tomorrowland on my bucket list, this is a must do for me, so all this extra info is super good. Thanks guys.
So welcome Anna! There’s more coming up, including a survival guide and a cost breakdown, so stay tuned 🙂
This sounds amazing! Makes me want to go, definitely adding it to the bucket list!
Oh and I can totally relate to this – “reading guidebooks to countries I have no immediate plans to visit.”
It is one of my favorite hobbies, and the reason I could place 10-15 Brazilian cities on a map despite never having set foot in the country. 🙂
Dreamville sure does look like a dream! Many festival tent sites in Northern Europe are so poor that I wouldn’t even consider going. It’s great when they make an effort to make people feel at home!
I really loved all the creativity and whimsy they put into it 🙂 Really impressive!
This looks amazing! I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to camping…I’ve “roughed it” in general camping, and I’ve also “hotel-ed” it and driven to the festival every day. Each has its perks, but I do enjoy the decidedly more social nature of camping (or glamping, in this case). When I make it to Tomorrowland I’ll probably follow in your DreamVille footsteps!
OR, even better, we could go to the Brazil edition TOGETHER! 😉
We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at one of our Dream Lodges! Lovely to read your comments and your experiences at Tomorrowland.
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Hey Julia! Glad to see this post caught your attention — you guys did great work! Hopefully you’ll consider my suggestions for next time 🙂
Will do, we try to improve our Dream Lodges for the next edition. So we’ll put your suggestions on our TO-DO list 🙂
Are you going to Brasil as well?
Unfortunately not this year… but hopefully next!
I am dying to stay in those tents. They look really cool.
I wouldn’t say no to returning to them 🙂 In love!
If i am a solo traveler and want to go for easy tent then will they provide this tent to one person. What can be the cost difference between staying in a hotel in boom and staying at easy tents??
Thumps up to the in depth information you provide with your blogs. Thanks a lot…:)
Hey Uttam, the easy tents are for two people so you definitely are at a financial disadvantage if you are alone — you’re basically paying a massive single supplement. I don’t believe there are any hotels in Boom — you can sometimes rent rooms or houses from locals, though. The closest convenient hotels would be in Antwerp or Brussels! Hope that helps.
Ok..So in short i need to find a partner for tomorrowland..hahah..:P
Else i will end up staying outside, which i really dont want.
I am obsessing over your blog right now! I’ll be making my very first trip to Tomorrowland this coming year (2015) … as long as the ticket process doesnt screw me over. I have a question for you, now that I saw the dreamville lodge I absolutely cant imagine camping in the easy tents! I’ll be going with my boyfriend and am curious how the ticket process worked? Do you buy one dreamville lodge ticket and it comes with two people festive tickets as well? (( I apologize if that’s worded funny)) I’m just so excited for the festival I cant put anything into words.
Dreamville lodge tickets do indeed come with two festival passes 🙂 Good luck with the ticket process, Mercedes!
Hi Alex.. firstly great job on this wonderfully written post! So im plannin to go solo this year to tomorrowland. I was wondering how safe is it for a single girl.. wud u recommend it?
I think the Tomorrowland festival is extremely safe and I’d feel very safe on the grounds as a single woman. However, both my friend Heather and I commented that we were glad we were not staying in general camping alone or just the two of us. I don’t want to be a fear monger and I’m sure there are thousands of girls who do so safely and happily but strolling around at night we weren’t totally comfortable with the atmosphere and were happy to be staying in a more secure, chilled area (the Dream Lodges). If you are traveling alone I might consider splurging on Global Journey (where you’ll be automatically making new friends in transit) or staying in a hotel or hostel if you’re concerned that you might not be comfortable. Hope that helps!
love your blog! Really full of awesome stories. 🙂
Thank you for writing about your experience with Tomorrowland.
I’m planning to get either the relax room or dream lodges as well, even though I’m going there by myself.
But as you mentioned that you were travelling internationally into the festival, how did you manage to get the bracelet?
This is because, I will be travelling around Europe in March and will be there until the festival in July (hoping that I could get the tickets), so I’m only worried about the bracelet.
Hey Nick, my friend Heather had the bracelets shipped to her parents in the US and grabbed them on her way to Europe. Sorry I can’t offer a more helpful suggestion! And definitely go for the Relax Rooms or Dream Lodges, but try to find someone to go in on one with ya so you don’t end up paying double!
Thank you for your reply. 🙂
No, please don’t apologize; your post has already provided me with sufficient information.
Well, that would be the best scenario, but unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find someone who is willing to fly to Belgium from Australia just for the festival; since I will be backpacking solo around Europe.
Sorry to be a pain, but could you please tell me more about the registration process for the tickets?
I know that the ticket has to be registered with the purchaser’s details, but what about the bracelets? Do you need to activate both bracelets with the attendees’ details?
Thank you so much for your post. Really helpful. Keep travelling and share your experience. 🙂
Love to read more of your stories.
You might try joining a Tomorrowland group on Facebook — there might be someone out there in your same situation and willing to share a tent with you, if you’re comfortable with that. From what I remember — my friend Heather purchased and registered our tickets so I am not 100% sure by any means — she only had to register the bracelets to herself. Hope that helps!
Yes, it does.
I was going to try my luck with the tickets anyway, so any additional information would definitely help.
That would be an option or perhaps during my travels, I would meet someone and that person just so happens would love to go to Tomorrowland, but does not have a ticket.
Regardless, thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions.
I may also be travelling solo from Aus- not 100% sure yet but lets swap details? My name is Pia Nemanic add me on FB?
Are you able to move the beds together in the dream lodge? My boyfriend and I want to stay there but we’d be sad if we had to sleep on separate sides of the tent 🙂
And was there a place in the bathroom where you could plug in a straightener?
Sadly my answer to both your questions is no! The beds were firmly locked down, though I suppose two people could squeeze into one 🙂 As for outlets, I think you’d have to head into the lobby or to one of the special charging stations in Dreamville.
Fantastic post, thank you so much. I’m trying to find out more information for Tomorrowland 2015 camping and it’s so difficult!! Your pictures helped a ton.
Ugh, no kidding. It’s shameful how hard they make it! But I guess with so many clamoring for tickets, Tomorrowland has no incentive to make it clearer. Glad I could help a bit!
Hi Alex, the hanks for the awesome tips, could I ask if the price per person is per night? So for my wife and me for dream lodge would be 950 euros per night?
Hi Daniel, the prices I listed are from the Tomorrowland website and, as noted, are per person. They are not per night however, the price is for the entire four night duration of the festival.
thanks for your post. i’ve been to TL in 2013 and stayed in relax room which was quite cosy. Now that there are dream lodges available we had quite a struggle with getting tickets and ended up with both, initially booked dream lodge which wasnt confirmed right in time and so we booked a package with relax rooms later on as they were available again. now sitting on tickets for both whereas we hope to be able to return one pair as we dont need both of them. fun fact aside, this happened in 2013 as well were we returned an easy tent package right away. so my question is how come dream lodge is more expensive than RelaxRoom and if u had the chance to decide, which one would u take? its kinda a first world problem but we are not sure what to do now and dont want to resell on any black market but return one package to TL directly as it has been booked by mistake…
Thx for you answer,
cheers from austria,
Hey Roman, as stated in this post, I was thrilled with our decision to go with Dream Lodges. I would have been really bummed had we ended up in the Relax Rooms. The only benefits I see to them is better organization (they have the hanging shelves) and the ability to lock up ALL your stuff. But we adored the Dream Lodges. That would be my pick! Best of luck!
How much room was in the dreamlodge? Do you recommend a rolling luggage or a duffle bag? Was there enought storage for that? And can you move the bed together? I can’t wait for TOMORROWLAND 2015!
Hey Delia, I don’t have the measurements or anything but I you can pretty much see the whole thing in a lot of these photos so that should give you an idea. I had a big backback and my friend Heather had a suitcase, we put them both at the head of our beds where there was some room. And nope, you can’t move the beds together. Hope that helps!
Hi Alex, a quick question, if I take a dreamville package for 2, I get two festival tickets as well right ? if yes, then since only one has to personalize his name , so i can end up taking anybody with me since the other person’s details are never disclosed?
Hey Rahul, I’m honestly not that sure about that. My friend Heather as the one who bought the tickets so I don’t know much about the personalization process. Sorry!
Hi Alex, so i booked only the full madness pass since i could not get the dreamville package, will i get access to the dreamville area ? i mean to the marketplace, oxygen bar etc since I have heard that half the fun lies there. Plus, if not, is there anything inside tomorrowland except the stages ? Thanks again!
Hi Rahul, no, you will not be able to access the Dreamville Marketplace, Oxygen Bar or any other amenities without a Dreamville pass. Sorry! But yes, there is PLENTY inside the Tomorrowland gates 🙂 A ferris wheel, amazing food and drink stands, and a million other things to occupy and entertain you. Don’t worry about getting bored!
Actually i want to go to dreamville for sure, so can you tell me that if a buy a camping only pass (i already have a full madness) can i get into dreamville like the marketplace etc ? and whether the entry is common for all different tent types or different and exclusive for each?
Yup, buying a camping pass will allow you into the marketplace and all the common Dreamville areas. You won’t be allowed into the Easy Tent or Dreamlodge areas though — those are private areas restricted to those who bought the more expensive camping options and you need to scan into them separately. Hope that helps!
Hi Alex! You mentioned that the power outlets were USB only however were the lamps inside the dreamlodge tent connected to a regular plug? Is there regular outlets in the bathroom area for a hairdryer or flatiron?
Hey Helen, no, the lamps were not connected to a regular plug — they were build in so we didn’t see any of the wiring. Unfortunately I can’t recall if there were regular outlets in the bathroom area or not! Apologies.
yes, there are few regular outlets in the bathroom for shower. i bring my hairdryer ever year.
Thanks for the info, Vera! Super helpful! 🙂
Hey Alex !
It was great reading about your experience, especially since my best friend and I are planning to attend Tomorrowland next year (2016) in Belgium. We couldn’t go this year cause I am finally turning 18 but she’s still under age. She will finally be age appropriate to attend it next year and we’re so excited !! I actually came upon this site while looking for answers and i definetly found them. I wasn’t sure whether we should go for the dreamlogde, relax room, or camping. But my heart was definetly more into the dreamlodge as we’re not really fans of the ‘real’ camping experience. After reading your experience, I know it is worth the money. We’re both new to this and I had questions regarding how to get the tickets for tomorrowland and the dreamloge cause i know it is pretty hard. I hope to hear soon from you and i would love some more advices for our trip !! It’s definetly a relieve to know the experience and fun coming from someone who has attended it. Now i can’t wait !! Thank you 😉
Hey Jade! I have plenty of ticket-getting tips in this post. Hope that helps — enjoy the festival!
Hello! I hope you can help me with this:
Im going to Brasil in two weeks for tommorrowland and im staying in the 2 bed dream lodge. The thing is that my trip to Brasil is very long so i´m going with a big luggage.
Does the dream lodge have enough room for that big luggage? Or I would like if you can suggest a type of luggage.
Hey Maria! Unfortunately I can’t say — from the illustrations it looks like the Brazil lodges will be a little different from the Belgium ones, so I’m not sure about the specifics. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!
Hey Alex ! I was looking for so long for a blog like this from someone who went to Tomorrowland and chose the DreamVille package I am definetly trying to afford (DreamLodge). I would really REALLY like if you can contact me to my email : firstname.lastname@example.org , so I can clear up some questions I have and so you can tell me, if you can, some more of your experience. XOXO & God bless !
Hey Natalee, I have definitely shared every single detail I had and could think of here and in the comments. If you have a specific question please feel free to give me a try, but chances are if I didn’t mention it in one of my many Tomorrowland posts than chances are slim 🙂 Hope you fund these posts helpful though and again, you can always ask your questions here!
Hey, looks like you had an amazing time! I’m saving to go next year and want to go from the thursday and go to The Gathering and also stay in the same area you did, in the dream lodges, but I’m nervous that ill buy a weekend ticket but then the lodges will sell out, as I really do not want to stay in general camping :s
Thanks for all of the helpful information. I am leaving for my Tomorrowland trip this weekend to see a little of Europe beforehand and couldn’t be more excited!!
I’m curious about the selection process of your Dream lodge. Where you automatically assigned one at check in, or were you able to select from available lodges? My girlfriend and I are traveling to TML with 2 other couples (all with Dreamlodge pkg) and are hoping we can get 3 lodges all together.
Also, in the Dreamville showers, is there a shelf or something to put your “kit” on while you shower, or would a hanging shower caddy work better? Thanks in advance!!
Hey Jason, we were indeed automatically assigned at check-in. They filled them row by row, so I’m sure if you come in as a group you’ll all be next to each other. Make sure you ask not to be facing the porta-potties — we were horrified that some people had to after what we’d paid!
As for the showers, I can’t remember exactly… I do not recall that there was a shelf. I kind of remember just having my stuff on the floor, but that part is very fuzzy.
Hello! I’m hoping to go to tomorrowland this year since I’ll be living in Europe until the end of the summer and I thought, heck why not?! If I go I will be reserving a Dream lodge (€525) and sharing it with another person, so the total package will be roughly around €1,050? I’m trying to figure out how much the DreamVille Dream Lodge package is so I know how much to save up. Also, how much money would you say one should save up for tomorrowland NOT including tickets and travel fare, just for the items, food, and activities within tomorrowland?
Hey Keahi — see above for how much I spent on all the categories you mentioned. That should give you an idea of how much to save! Good luck!
Just to give some more info for your readers.
A mansion at dreamville costs about €12.000 i think. And there is room for 10 ppl. And for the collectors among you: Easy-tents is a good thing to consider, you can take them home after the festival, including dreamville air-mattres, folding chairs, sleeping baggs, pillows and one of those chinese lamp thingy’s (solar powered). And the easy tents have the option for a power outlet (a real one, not just usb)
Greetings from belgium
Interesting that the Easy Tents have a better power setup than the Dream Lodges! Thanks for the additional info.
Hi Alex 🙂
Just to make sure. The prices you mentioned for Easy tent, Relax Rooms, Dream lodgers. That does not included the general full madness ticket right?
Btw. Another festival you should look into. It’s in Denmark, in a forrest by a lake. https://www.smukfest.dk/
From the post: “Note that it is impossible to buy a DreamVille pass without a Tomorrowland ticket, the price of which is not included here.” Thanks for the new festival recommendation!
Hi Alex, GREAT posts on tomorrowland. Honestly, THE nicest thing you have done by sharing the details. Invaluable. sincerely much appreciated!!!
Quick question- this dreamville lodging+tix combination: is it under the global journey onsale time, and the worldwide pass onsale?
I understand step on is pre-registration (and fingers crossed I get it and get a link)- but at the time of pre-registration am I suppose to select (one or the other) if I want to participate in GJ sales time or Worldwide sales time? Hope this question makes sense.. thank you for your time.
Hey Melleroo! Thanks for the kudos! I think what you are asking is this — do you need to preregister for Global Journey sales as well as general ticket sales? The answer is, I don’t know, ha. I’d register either way just to be safe, but I’m pretty sure anyone can buy Global Journey tickets as they are ridiculously priced. Global Journey opens before general ticket sales do.
Hey Alex, I got to say that your post is so great! Most helpful and informative so far. Tomorrowland should pay you for doing your hard work in research. Amazing! Questions I have hope aren’t repetitive questions ask already, please forgive me! What would you suggest for me coming from (Vegas) to buy Global Journey-Dreamville OR separate flight and bought dreamville ticket if possible? Is that what you did? And when pre-registered for the passes and personal link emailed mean I’m in the top ten? Or also a separate email saying so? How many years gone-and have u experienced same nightmare every time getting tickets? Any suggestions on how to possible be able to experience tomorrowland once by getting on the list or without paying over 3K for 2 will be highly appreciated. Thank you and hope to hear from you, absolutely need the help!
Hey Emily — please check out my other Tomorrowland posts linked to at the end of this one. They answer all your questions extensively! Short answer: it is significantly cheaper and often more convenient (ie. you control the flight times) to buy your own flight and ticket, but the only way to guarantee a ticket is to do Global Journey. I did NOT do Global Journey. Best of luck!
Thank you so much for the info. This helps me a lot for my tomorrowland 2016 plan. This is gonna be my third year for tomorrowland but it will be my first time in dreamville. I’ve just bought Dreamlodge package for camping. Did you go to after party in dreamville?
We did one night! Most of the time we just hung out with our Dream Lodge campmates and went to bed — we’d been partying all day.
Sounds like you had a great time. Pretty gutted I didn’t choose the dream lodge now -as went with easy tent package through global journey which cost a small fortune. Although, we paid more I’m glad I’m finally going!! I’ve tried the last 3 years in a row to get tickets in general lease with no avail!! My friend unfortunately was unable to get same package as us!! Do you know if general camping were able to visit easy tents?
Hey Lorna, unfortunately I don’t think so. The bracelets are coded to the different camping sections and I don’t believe you can enter any sections “above” your own. Maybe it’s different if you walk them in!
This is the most helpful thing ever!! Thank you so much!
We are planning to go to Tomorrowland 2016, is staying in the Relax room same as the Lodge? I’m sure there must be some differences but is it good enough? Specially the shower bit? Is it same as the Lodge or we have to be standing in ques in the relax room. Looking fwd to hear from you soon 🙂
Hey Mamta, from the post: “Dream Lodges and Relax Rooms shared the same reception and communal spaces, including a private gourmet dining room, an on-site masseuse and hair team on call for pampering, bathroom areas boasting warm water showers and flushable toilets, and a friendly — and flamboyantly costumed — staff and security team.” So they share the exact same showers and bathrooms. Hope that helps.
great blog and loved reading about your Tomorrowland experience. Me and a friend of mine went in 2014, too, and absolutely loved Tomorrowland. But since we were coming from Brazil and continuing our trip in Europe for another 4 weeks, a hotel just seemed like the more practical choice so we could lock up our luggage and valuables. And looking at the prices quoted in your post, it seems like the Dreamlodge and the hotel packages are roughly in the same ballpark anyway.
Agree with you, that global journey packages generally charge a hefty markup but hotel packages can be still somewhat reasonably priced and it is way easier to get a GJ package than scoring some tickets in the general admission sale.
Just wanted to give you some advice for your upcoming Tomorrowland Brasil adventure: Even though the festival itself still is pretty good (at least in year 1), it just wasn’t the same level that the Belgian version in 2014 was (just my opinion and had several friends agreeing with this). But make sure to somehow lock up your valuables and pay attention on the festival grounds because pickpockets were a major problem last year and many people left without their wallets and cell phones.
There just weren’t many security checks, no thorough searches at the entrance to the festival (neither body searches nor backpack/purses) and rather few security guards on the grounds.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself, just wanted to give you a quick heads-up so that you don’t get burnt, especially since losing your wallet/phone and stuff on the road is an even worse inconvenience than losing that stuff “at home”.
Thanks for all the advice on Tomorrowland Brazil! It is much appreciated. I’ve heard similar things from one other friend of a friend I know who went, so we will definitely be extra vigilant. As for the hotel vs dream lodges, yes I think they might be a similar price! We loved the experience of staying onsite and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world but it did help that I left a ton of my baggage back in a hotel in Brussels, for sure 🙂
Hello! Tomorrowland 2016 ticket’s are coming up and I just wanted to make sure that with the Dreamville Package (I’m planning on buying the dream lodge package) it comes with 2 tickets? So I will buy both tickets for my friend and I along with the tent? Do I personalize their bracelets as well?
In 2014, our Dream Lodge ticket was bundled with two Full Madness passes. Please confirm with the Tomorrowland site that it’s the same this year, just to be sure 🙂
One of the best tml review I have seem.
I was so struggling with Relax Room, DreamLodge, Spectacular DreamLodge and even Cabana. If you know more please give me some infomation.
There were over 180,000 people attent TML every year.
But you can’t even find more than 100 good review like this on the internet.(or maybe they are written by other languages)
It is bizarre, the lack of good Tomorrowland info out there! I’ve tried my best to share absolutely every shred of info I have. I just got back from Tomorrowland Brazil and will be posting reviews of that as well, so stay tuned!
Great !! Can’t wait for your reviews from TML Brazil
One thing I’m sure is the weather is better than Boom?!
Indeed! Much sunnier and much bluer skies. Only complaint? The sun sets WAY earlier.
Hi Alex! I’ve been reading everything you write about tomorrowland. I want to go so badly but it scares me because I don’t understand how it works and if I go I’ll go alone and I am from Costa Rica, so u can say I am LOST on everything. However, your blog has helped.
Glad to hear that Gaby! Maybe consider Tomorrowland Brazil, which is a little closer?
Well, I have but its Belgium the one that has my mind and heart set on. Its been years since I have been watching it live. That is way I will start saving money to go next year (hopefully)
Best of luck <3
Hello Alex. I’m saving up to go next year 2017. This is by far the best review I have read. Thank you so much. <3
You are so welcome Chaz! That’s what I was going for <3
Will you be going next year?
Probably not! I think I’ll focus on another festival 🙂
Hi Alex, your guides have been amazing help thank you. This would be my first time to Tomorrowland obviously and I would like to know what sort of supplies we can take with. I’m planning on the Comfort DreamVille Lodges.
Hey Kunal! Check out my Surviving Tomorrowland post — it’s linked to at the bottom of this one. You’ll find all kinds of practical information there. At least the year I went, you could bring basically ANYTHING as long as it wasn’t in a glass container! Let me know if you have any more specific questions.
Hey Alex! Your blog is truly amazing. Thank you for letting us know about your trip. Im worried about my dslr camera. I ve been been looking for some information but it’s still not clear If I can bring it on with me. I have a Nikon D5500, what is yours? My concern is about my lens which seems a lil bit big. Would it be a problem while going through security? In case they dont let me in with it, is there any locker outside ? Thankssss in advance!
Hey Daian, I have a Canon 60D and all was good! I didn’t have any issues with any of my lenses or cameras. Don’t stress!
Hey Alex I have a small thing to ask how did u get a DreamLodges?
Did u sand in line when u got there or did u pre order theme somehow?
How dose the system of getting a dreamville pass work is it first there and as long as they are not taken u can get one?
Because I don’t won’t to go and then sleep on the floor because i didn’t pre order!
Really won’t to get all my Info down so i can Plan 🙂
Hey Alexander, you must pre-book when you book your tickets. You can find more details about getting tickets from this post. Good luck!
this is helping a lot i must tell u u have 1 of the best info sites about Tomorrowland
Thanks Alexander! I appreciate that compliment 🙂
Do you know if they have still sold the Dream Lodge packages with 2 full madness tickets since 2014? If so how much are they? or how much was your package in 2014?
Hi Harry, to my knowledge yes they still sell the Dream Lodges. You’ll have to check the Tomorrowland website for current pricing for 2017. Details on what I paid in 2014 can be found here. Good luck.
Love the write up! Very informative.
The closest I ever came to camping was sleeping in a tent on an air mattress under a duvet when I went to Boots and Hearts with my husband. Although the festival was fun port-a-potties were most definitely not. Thankfully we paid extra for shower passes where I could have a private hot shower and wash my hair. I am definitely more of a glamper and hotel stayer.
I just had to look up Boots and Hearts — looks fun! Hot showers and hair washing are a must for me, too 🙂
I’m looking at going to Tomorrowland 2018 just solo. Can I glamp on my own or do all of the luxury camping areas allow 2 or more ppl? Are the prices listed for the whole festival or per night?
Hey Bonnie! Unfortunately you’ll have to pay for the full tent unless you can find someone to split it with you. Prices are for the full festival. Enjoy!
Thanks so much for this Alex! It was wonderfully written & has encouraged me to go next year!
Can I ask what camera you use on these trips? I have a Nikon D5200 but it’s quite large and I would definitely be very sad if it got stolen or broken! Thanks in advance. <3
Hey Kathleen — check my Obsessions page, I brought ALL those cameras believe it or not! We locked up the ones we weren’t using in the in-room safe, or just hid them in our tent. We felt safe doing so due to the amazing security onsite and the fact that we were staying in a walled-off, gated area. When we went to Brazil though for their Tomorrowland we hired lockers as we didn’t feel as secure and security didn’t seem as on it. Good luck!
I am planning to go in 2018 tomorrowland. Had some questions regarding their rules.
1. Do they allow Dslrs like canon 700d inside the festival grounds if i use only kit lens?
2. How much did you pay to fill up your bracelet with pearls while making the payment?
3. Can you please tell me the estimated cost of GJ flight package?
4. Will i get the access of all the 16 stages with the comfort pass along with a separate place to get a better view of the mainstage?
Sorry for so many questions. 🙁
THANK YOU 🙂
Hey there! To answer your questions:
1. Yes, we brought our dSLRs into the campgrounds with no problem.
2. I’d check the website for current prices — my info is probably out of date by now.
3. I have no idea, I’m sorry 🙂 It will vary wildly depending on your departure city.
4. Yes, with the comfort pass you can go everywhere you can go with the regular pass, however there’s only a VIP section at one or two of the stages.