If you are planning a vacation to Disney, often times people think the cost is HUGE. However, if you break down the costs to daily amounts, it is actually not as expensive as you might have originally thought.
Here is a scenario where a family of 4 visits the Disney World Resort. Since this family is on a budget, they will stay in a value resort (this includes the resorts of Pop Century, and the All Star Resorts). This family includes 2 children (over 2 years old each) and 2 adults. They appreciate music, thus will choose to stay at the All Star Music Resort for their stay. They will go to the parks 4 days and stay for 6 nights. To stay on budget, the family drives to Orlando, thus giving them the freedom to get around the Orlando area for groceries, dining, etc. We are assuming this family lives within 500 miles of Orlando. The family will bring their breakfast and budget $12 per person for lunch and $15 per person for dinner per day. The children’s meals should really only be around $7- $9 each but this will give the parents a bit of extra money for the cost of their meals.
Vacation Date: July 10 – 16, 2015
Room – July 10 – 16 for 6 Nights booked direct at DisneyWorld.com $958.24
Tickets – $1,118.00 One Park/Day Disney World Tickets at Best of Orlando (purchased from Disney direct would instead be $1,236.70, a savings of $118.70. Tickets are PRINTABLE, saving you time AND money at the parks!) Get you tickets today HERE!
Transportation – 500 miles X 2 x $3.25 per gallon with car getting 20 mpg = $162.50 Estimated Gas Cost
Food – Total per day of $27 X 4 people X 7 days = $756 Estimated Food Cost
Souvenirs – Estimated at $50 per person for the entire vacation = $200
Total Cost of Vacation = $3,194.72
The cost per day for the entire family is $456.39 or $114.09 per person. There is plenty to do to stay busy on that one non-park day, read here.
Another great way to save is to consider buying Disney Giftcards throughout the year. If you own a Target Redcard, you can feel free to head over to Target.com and purchase as many Disney giftcards you want and receive the 5% off of the cost. Therefore, if you purchase giftcards to buy only the Resort stay at the All Stars, you could save $50! You could also use those gift cards to purchase both the souvenirs (if bought from Disney!) and the food, saving close to another $50.
Assuming you are smart and use Target.com, that would bring the cost down on the vacation to $3,094.72 or $110.53 per person per day for the 7 days.
Remember too that the trip listed here could possibly be even a bit less expensive if you are able to travel on off-season dates. The dates listed here were during a much busier timeframe, thus leading to more expensive resort costs (and longer waits at the park attractions). Also, know the prices of the Disney tickets increases often so go ahead and grab them before the price jumps! Thanks for reading and be sure to comment here if you have anything to add for everyone!