How Much to Budget for a Disney World Family Vacation?

How Much Does Disney World Cost

Wondering how much it costs for a family vacation to Disney World? In his article on Finance Yahoo, What it Really Costs to Go to Walt Disney World, Brad Tuttle compares four sample family trips to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (If you click to the Finance Yahoo article link, scroll down below the second large photo and click the ‘Read More’ button to see the entire article.)

Sample Family Trip Costs:

In the article, the costs were totaled for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids between the ages of 3 and 9. At those ages, the kids qualify for a ‘child’ admission ticket rate to the Disney theme parks.

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The sample trips were all for 4 nights, but varied on the number of days of park admission: 4 days on the ‘Average’ and ‘Cheaper’ options, 3 days for the ‘Low-End’ option, and 5 days for the ‘Deluxe’ option.

Each sample trip used an average cost for flights into Orlando, with slightly increased transportation costs needed for off-site accommodations to include rental car and parking.

    The ‘Average Disney Vacation’ was $6,360.

    The ‘Cheaper Disney Vacation’ was $4,885.

    The ‘Low-End Disney Visit’ (with off-site hotel) was $3,564.

    The ‘Deluxe Disney Vacation’ was $9,781.


Compare Costs of Disney with Our Trips to Europe:

A Disney vacation is expensive, and many find it worth the cost. For comparison, contrast the Disney totals with my ‘family of 5’ trips to Europe.

    Our 2008 2-week trip to Munich, Berlin and Copenhagen was under $7,000, including hotel and airfare for 5 people. The kids were 10, 10, and 13.

    Our 2012 2-week trip to Paris and Rome was about $9,000, including hotels and airfare for 5 people. The kids were 14, 14, and 17.

Makes me very proud to see how my efforts to travel on a budget have really paid off!

You can read about our exact family expenditures in:
Family of 5 in Munich for 53 Euros Per Person Per Day
Family of 5 in London for 46 Pounds Per Person Per Day
Family of 5 in Rome for 89 Euros Per Person Per Day
Family of 5 in Paris for 106 Euros Per Person Per Day

Disney World Family Vacation Wish List

We have not yet been to Disney World, but since we live on the west coast, we have been to Disneyland in California three times.

Our three boys have always prefered Legoland, though, thus we’ve been to a few Legolands in a few countries: Five times to San Diego, California, and once each for Windsor, England; Gunzburg, Germany; and Billund, Denmark.

But a Disney visit does have great appeal to all of us!

A trip to Disney World may still be ahead for us — One of our kids, now a young adult, recently suggested it as a future family-trip idea. It’s now on the family vacation wish list.

Research These Websites for your Disney Family Vacation

If Disneyland or Disney World are in your future, you can research your vacation options, discount and budget ideas, and park features by perusing the 25 Disney websites listed in one of our previous blog posts, linked here. Of the 25 websites included, seven are devoted to Disney World, and 13 provide help for those planning a Disney World or a Disneyland vacation.


Compare Prices and Reviews for Disney World Hotels

Visiting Orlando? Compare Deals and Reviews, including the best Disney World hotels, at TripAdvisor. (Affiliate link – at no extra cost to you, using TripAdvisor through the link may result in a small commission to Sleeps5.)
And see our Sleeps5 Orlando family hotels page to see Orlando hotels, villas, and suites that can sleep a family of 5, 6, 7, 8, or more.

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Happy Travels!
-Sandy Nielsen


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