Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World on a Budget: Sample Pricing

I have done Disney vacations on the lowest of budgets, and I have also spent an embarrassing amount of money. So I can safely tell you that there is no wrong way to do Disney World. But one of the most common questions I hear is “How much can expect to spend on my Disney World vacation?” While there is no set in stone answer, I can definitely give you an idea of how much certain things will cost.

The examples I am looking at assume a party of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 10). I am also looking at dates in July, as families with children often travel in the summer, and this will consider some of the peak rates. These examples are for 6 nights at Disney World. This pricing is also full rack rate. So looking at my tips on how to get Disney Worlddiscountsfor bigger savings!

Disney on a Budget: Value Resorts and Value Budgets

Disney has so many options for resorts. Don’t let the name “Value Resort” fool you. These resorts and beautifully themed. They are my kids’ favorites. The theming is amazing. The rooms are spacious. The pools are fun. You wont be disappointed.

For a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 10) let’s use the Pop Century Resort as our example. The standard room holds 4 adults.

Room only

Room &

5 day tickets

Room &

5 day park hopper

$1127.26

$2772.98

$3092.46


(Optional) Dining package addition:

Quick Service

Dining Plan

Regular

Dining Plan

Deluxe

Dining Plan

$915.36

$1241.64

$1916.88

 


Keeping in mind that the dining plan is totally optional, and that you CAN bring food in to the parks, you could realistically budget around $3500 for a family of 4 at Disney World if you plan on packing food for the parks (This assumes prices above, tax, and flexibility for extras). That would get you a room at the Pop Century resort, and 4 days at the parks with regular tickets. You can spend a full day at each park, and even have a day to walk around Disney Springs or play at your hotel pool.

Disney on a Budget: Moderate Resorts and a Moderate Budget

Maybe you want something other than the value resorts. Maybe you have a little bit more in your budget. How much can you expect to spend if you have a “moderate” budget. Well, at Disney World moderate = magical! In fact my last trip was at a Moderate resort, and I thought it was one of the most beautiful resorts I have seen. So what can you expect to spend?

This example is looking at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The rooms can actually hold 5 people. We loved this resort because it was right on the water. There are boats that take you to Disney Springs. The pool has a water slide. This is a fantastic option for any family. 

Room only

Room &

5 day tickets

Room &

5 day park hopper

$1635.76

$3281.48

$3600.96

 


(Optional) Dining package addition:

Quick Service

Dining Plan

Regular

Dining Plan

Deluxe

Dining Plan

$915.36

$1241.64

$1916.88


You could realistically expect to spend around $5000 on Port Orleans Riverside, 5 day Park Hopper tickets and even the quick service dining plan (This assumes prices above, tax, and flexibility for extras). This would give you most of your meals covered at quick service restaurants, park hopper tickets, and a day to spend at the pool or Disney Springs.

Disney on a Budget: Deluxe Resorts and a Deluxe Budget

Some people know that this might be their one and only chance to go to Disney World. They want to go all out. For this example we will take a look at the Contemporary Resort. This resort is the original resort of Disney World. And it is walking distance to the Magic Kingdom.

Room only

Room &

5 day tickets

Room &

5 day park hopper

$2961.02

$4606.72

$4926.20

 

Dining package addition:

Quick Service

Dining Plan

Regular

Dining Plan

Deluxe

Dining Plan

$915.36

$1241.64

$1916.88


You could realistically expect to spend around $7000 on the Contemporary Resort with 5 day Park Hopper tickets, and the regular dining plan (This assumes prices above, tax, and flexibility for extras). Your meals will be all but covered. You will be at one of the most convenient resorts. Your kids will have access to a pool with a water slide. And you will even have time to spend a day at Disney Springs. 

Do I have to book through Disney?

These prices all assume you are buying your tickets and booking your hotel directly through Disney World. Unless you can find a great packagediscountthrough Disney, you might want to consider buying tickets through a another source. I have a list of authorizedticket sellers that can get you great prices and save a couple hundred dollars. You can also sometimes find deals on resorts through companies like Orbitz or Priceline. But don’t trust that they have the lowest prices. Check their prices against the Disney website, and look for any discounts that might be available.

Options, options, and more options!

The beauty of Disney World is that you can combine so many options to make things work for your budget. For example, maybe you are a foodie, and your priority is the deluxe dining package, and not where you rest your head at night. I TOTALLY get that. Eating is one of my favorite things to do at Disney. You can always book a Value Resort and the deluxe dining package. Maybe your priority is to stay at the grandest hotel. You can book the Grand Floridian, but pack your food every day as you hit the parks. Maybe you want park hoppers. Maybe you don’t. There is no end to the combinations of hotels, tickets, food options, and extras.

Happy booking!

Still confused or need help?

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See you at the parks,
-Julie

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