How much does it cost to go to Disney World? Example trips from $2,000-10,000.

(Article last updated: August 5, 2015)

Lots of people dream of a trip to Disney World but aren't sure how much money it will take to get there. Asking how much a trip costs is almost like asking how much a house costs - it just depends.

Let's take a look at different budgets and see what you can do with each.

Some assumptions

Let's just assume we're talking about a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids under 10 who live in the middle of the U.S., which is both cliché and a bit narcissistic since that describes our family on our first Disney World trip, but we have to start somewhere.

These are the main expense categories we'll look at:

  • Transportation - road trip expenses, plane tickets, train tickets
    • If driving, check out GasBuddy.com to help compute road trip costs.
    • If flying, check Hopper's Airline Fee Calculator to help you budget.
    • If flying and staying offsite, be sure to factor in rental car or car service costs.
    • If flying and staying onsite, you can use Magical Express to get from the airport to your WDW resort for free.
  • Lodging - offsite, onsite, hotel, condo
    • The decision to stay onsite vs. offsite should include more than just costs. Be sure to consider all of the benefits of staying onsite before booking your trip.
    • If staying onsite, use Mousesavers charts for 2015 and 2016 to help you figure out nightly rates.
    • If staying offsite, be sure to add in any resort or parking fees (for parking at the resort and at Disney World) when budgeting.
    • If staying offsite, consider using Priceline to bid on lower rates, but check this listing for hotels available through Priceline before you do.
  • Park tickets - different levels of tickets available, and from different sources
  • Food - eating in the parks, cooking some meals in your room
  • Souvenirs and spending money

Below you'll find what each budget will get you. Keep in mind that these are full prices that don't include promotions (except for the Free Dining example). Most people get discounts. You can check the 5 year history of discounts to see what is likely for your trip dates.

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$2000 budget

Going to Disney World at this budget won't be easy, but it could work in some situations.

Example 1: 4 nights at a WDW Value Resort during Value Season

  • Transportation: take a road trip, driving straight there without any overnight stops ($200 for gas)
  • Lodging: 4 nights onsite at Pop Century during Value Season ($111 x 4 = $444)
  • Park tickets: 4-day base tickets through the YES program. Get info on YES here. (around $300/adult and $200/child = $1000 for all 4)
  • Food: get groceries for most meals, maybe eat at an inexpensive restaurant 1-2 times ($200)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves just over $150 for spending money


Example 2: 5 nights at an offsite hotel booked through Priceline

  • Transportation: take a road trip, driving straight there without any overnight stops ($200 for gas)
  • Lodging: 5 nights at an offsite resort available through Priceline ($50 x 5 = $250)
  • Park tickets: 5-day base tickets through the YES program. Get info on YES here. (around $320/adult and $210/child = $1060 for all 4)
  • Food: get groceries for most meals, maybe eat at a restaurant 2 times ($300)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves around $200 for spending money (be sure to also factor WDW parking costs)


Example 3: go all out...for 2 nights

  • Transportation: take a road trip, driving straight there without any overnight stops ($200 for gas)
  • Lodging: rent DVC points for a studio at Animal Kingdom Villas ($125/night x 2 = $250)
  • Park tickets: 2-day Park Hopper tickets ($257.73/adult, and $243.89/child = $1003.24 for all)
  • Food: Regular Disney Dining Plan to cover all meals ($61.84/night for adults and $20.96/night for kids = $331.20 for all 4 people for 2 nights)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves just over $200 for spending money


$3000 budget

This is probably the lowest reasonable budget I'd consider for Disney World trips. In the examples below, notice that transportation and park ticket prices stay the same even when the number of days changes. If you're staying somewhere that's relatively inexpensive and not eating out all the time, you can often extend a trip from 4 to 7 days for very little money.

Example 1: 6 nights at a WDW Value Resort during least busy time

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: 6 nights onsite at Pop Century during Value Season ($111 x 6 = $666)
  • Park tickets: 6-day base park tickets purchased from a third party like AAA or a ticket wholesaler ($320/adult and $300/child = $1240 for all 4)
  • Food: get groceries for breakfasts and packed lunches, eat a few dinners out ($100 groceries + $300 restaurants = $400)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves almost $300 for spending money


Example 2: 4 nights onsite at a WDW Moderate Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: 4 nights at Port Orleans Riverside in a Garden View room during Regular Season ($236 x 4 = $944)
  • Park tickets: 4-day base park tickets purchased from a third party like AAA or a ticket wholesaler ($320/adult and $300/child = $1240 for all 4)
  • Food: get groceries for breakfasts and packed lunches, eat a few dinners out ($75 groceries + $200 restaurants = $275)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves around $150 for spending money


Example 3: 7 nights offsite at a WDW Downtown Disney resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: 7 nights at Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista during Regular Season ($84 + $15 daily resort fee x 7 = $693)
  • Park tickets: 7-day base park tickets purchased from a third party like AAA or a ticket wholesaler ($320/adult and $300/child = $1240 for all 4)
  • Food: get groceries for breakfasts and packed lunches, eat a few dinners out. Kids under 12 staying at this Holiday Inn get breakfast and dinner free at the Applebee's located at the hotel. ($100 groceries + $300 restaurants = $400)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: that leaves about $270 for spending money (be sure to factor in WDW parking costs)


$4000 budget

At this budget, we can start to have a little more room to eat in restaurants, fly instead of drive, or add a special experience to the trip.

Example 1: 5 nights at a Value Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Preferred Room at All-Star Music (average of $160/night x 5 - $800)
  • Park tickets: 5-day base tickets from a ticket wholesaler ($321/adult and $300/child = $1242)
  • Food: breakfast in the room, mostly Quick Service lunches, and 2-3 other Table Service restaurants (around $700)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: just over $250 for spending money


Example 2: 7 nights at WDW during Free Dining at a Moderate Resort

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: standard room at Caribbean Beach ($215 x 7 = $1505)
  • Park tickets: 7-day Park Hopper tickets - a required ticket upgrade for Free Dining ($424.94/adult, $403.64/child = $1657.16)
  • Food: free
  • Souvenirs/spending money: around $450 for spending money


Example 3: rent a house offsite for 7 nights in the summer

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: rent a house or condo offsite using a site like VRBO.com (big price range, but we'll use $150/night. $150 x 7 = $1050)
  • Park tickets: 7-day Park Hopper tickets from a ticket wholesaler ($406.95/adult, $385.95/child = $1585.80)
  • Food: eat in house/condo sometimes, eat in restaurants for most dinners ($600)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: just under $400 for spending money and other expenses, including parking at WDW daily


$5000 budget

At this budget, you start to get into more of a Deluxe-level trip with better hotels and special touches.

Example 1: 7 nights at WDW in a DVC Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: rent DVC points for an Old Key West studio ($202/night x 7 = $1414)
  • Park tickets: 7-day Park Hopper tickets from a ticket wholesaler ($406.95/adult, $385.95/child = $1585.80)
  • Food: have some snacks, drinks, and breakfast items on hand, eat remaining meals in restaurants (~$700)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $300 left over to spend


Example 2: 10 nights at WDW Value Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: Little Mermaid standard room at Art of Animation (~$175/night x 10 = $1750)
  • Park tickets: 10-day Park Hopper tickets ($435.95/adult, $414.95/child = $1701.80 for all 4)
  • Food: $900
  • Souvenirs/spending money: around $250 for spending


Example 3: 5 nights at the Swan hotel during spring break

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: standard room at the Swan (~$300/night x 5 = $1500)
  • Park tickets: 5-day Park Hopper tickets ($403.64/adult, $382.34/child = $1571.96)
  • Food: $600
  • Souvenirs/spending money: Just over $300 left for spending money and miscellaneous expenses, including parking


$6000 budget

At this level, Deluxe and longer trips are even easier. Throw in some magical touches for an extra special trip.

Example 1: 7 nights at a WDW Deluxe Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: Garden Wing room at The Contemporary (~$470/night x 7 = $3290)
  • Park tickets: 7-day base park tickets purchased from a third party like AAA or a ticket wholesaler ($320/adult and $300/child = $1240 for all 4)
  • Food: $800
  • Souvenirs/spending money: just over $200 for spending/extra expenses


Example 2: 6 nights at WDW in a Value Resort suite during a peak time

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Finding Nemo suite at Art of Animation (~$460/night x 6 = $2760)
  • Park tickets: 6-day base park tickets purchased from a third party like AAA or a ticket wholesaler ($320/adult and $300/child = $1240 for all 4)
  • Food: $700
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $300


Example 3: 10 nights offsite during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo at Wyndham Bonnet Creek booked through VRBO.com (~$1500)
  • Park tickets: 10-day Park Hopper tickets ($435.95/adult, $414.95/child = $1701.80 for all 4)
  • Food: $1000
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $800 for spending money and other expenses (like a rental car, parking fees, etc.)


$8000 budget

Example 1: 5 nights at WDW in a club level room at a Deluxe Resort during summer

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Garden View Club Level room at The Polynesian ($802/night x 5 = $4010)
  • Park tickets: 5-day Park Hopper tickets from a ticket wholesaler ($379.95/adult, $358.95/child = $1477.80)
  • Food: $800
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $800 (enough to allow for special experiences like fireworks cruises, gift deliveries to the room, etc.)


Example 2: 7 nights at an offsite deluxe resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Golden Oak view room at the Four Seasons (~$600/night x 7 = $4200)
  • Park tickets: 7-day Park Hopper tickets from a ticket wholesaler ($406.95/adult, $385.95/child = $1585.80)
  • Food: $800
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $400 spending and extra expenses (like parking at Disney World)


Example 3: 8 nights in a 1-bedroom suite at a DVC resort at Easter

  • Transportation: road trip with a night in a hotel on the way there and back ($200 for gas + $200 hotels = $400)
  • Lodging: 1-bedroom at Saratoga Springs using rented points ($5068)
  • Park tickets: 8-day Park Hopper tickets ($416.95/adult, $395.95/child = $1625.80 for all 4)
  • Food: buy groceries to make some meals in the villa, eat several meals in restaurants as well ($600)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $300


$10000 budget

Example 1: 7 nights at a WDW Deluxe Resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Garden View Beach Club room (~$560/night x 7 = $3920)
  • Park tickets: 7-day Park Hopper tickets - ($424.94/adult, $403.64/child = $1657.16)
  • Food: Deluxe Dining Plan ($111.73/adult per night, $32.56/child per night = $2443.34 total)
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $1000 for extras


Example 2: 5 nights at a deluxe offsite resort during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes (~$900/night x 5 = $4500)
  • Park tickets: 5-day Park Hopper tickets ($403.64/adult, $382.34/child = $1571.96)
  • Food: $1000
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $2000 for extras like VIP tours, fireworks cruises, spending money, etc.


Example 3: 4 nights in a bungalow at the Polynesian during Regular Season

  • Transportation: fly to WDW ($250 x 4 = $1000)
  • Lodging: Polynesian bungalow using rented points ($6480)
  • Park tickets: 5-day Park Hopper tickets ($392.99/adult, $371.69/child = $1529.36)
  • Food: $500
  • Souvenirs/spending money: $500 for spending money

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Again, these prices don't include any discounts so it's possible to fit even more into your budget if a promotion pops up.

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ATLmom

Thanks for this guide! My family always has about a $2000 budget and we do a combo of your example 1 and example 3. We drive, then spend four nights at a value resort with a two-day ticket package. On our “off day” we hang out at the pool and arcade, explore other resort hotels, and go to Downtown Disney. We eat breakfast in our room and stick to mostly counter service meals. Our kids save up for their own souvenirs. By going the value route we can go to Disney more often, so I’m all for it! (Although I’m daydreaming about the $7,000 budget …)

Misty

We are doing the same thing you describe (2 day park, one day at resort Art of Animation). Any tips for this being our first visit with an 8 and 3 yr old? Anything to hit, anything to miss?
Thanks for your time!

Sherry

My husband and I and our 3 children are driving from Michigan to WDW for my daughters 6th birthday November 2015. We are staying at the Polynisian Resort on the Monorail with the deluxe dining plan along with 5 day park hopper passes. Our bill to WDW is 4800 dollars. Flying right now is not possible with our peanut allergy child (accidental reaction 5,000 miles in the sky is bad news) and even if we did fly, tickets 5 people could eaisly cost us 1800-2000. We would rather spend that on vacation.

I should add that if you have a child with a life threatening food allergy, Disney is one of the few places that welcomes and accomdates families. (Chefs come to the table and take your order, they prepare your food seperate from everyone else, Disney Allergy Menues and careful cleaning of hotel rooms prior to your arrival) We have an AWESOME Disney Agent who is also part of the allergy community who is making a Dream Come true trip for our family.

Renee Eshnaur

Hello wdwprepschool!! I have a few quest hoping you can answer.. I’m flying Into Orlando Sunday morning July 23 @ 4:45 am with two adults and two kids ten and two years old. I’ve booked a room for 5 nights at Wyndham garden lake Buena vista Disney springs resort for $356 is this a smart move compared to staying onsite and spending twice as much? What do we do at 5 am to get to our hotel with a 4pm check in time? Rent a car and wander, eat breakfast lol? Other ride alternatives with suitcases and car seat? So sorry it’s so long hope someone has suggestions one week to date I’m so excited!

Csmith

Doing Disney in July! We’re staying 5 nights/6days. Here’s our breakdown so far…

2 adults, 2 kids:

park tickets: 1120
memory maker:150
vrbo house (for 13) our portion:500
plane tickets: 1200
Dining reservations: 250…that’s a rough estimate..3 restaurants.
Rental car for 6 days: 260

Extra stuff so far such as BB Boutique, universal studios tickets, groceries, etc.-1500

All in all, we will probably be in about 5k after it is all said and done.

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful tips! You have made planning this trip so much easier.

marks

Planning our 3rd trip to Disney. First was super cheap, stayed at an off site hotel. Whole trip was about $2k. Second time was more like $3500, stayed at a moderate Disney hotel. This third time will now exceed that, mostly because since the 1st trip we’ve added another child and they are all getting older (and more expensive for tickets and lodging). Will probably be about $4500. And I think we are doing it while being budget conscious, we drive down (12 hours), don’t get the dining plan and stay at modest hotels (less then $300/night). I googled Disney vacation costs because I’m having a hard time wrapping my around the fact that families stay at much nicer hotels, for longer, fly in, do all the character dinners AND do it yearly! I’m wondering if I’m not in on some secret Disney savings or if average families really drop $5k+ on a yearly Disney vacation. We are an upper middle class family, have an expendable income and have a healthy appreciation for Disney but I still have a hard time understanding the more “luxurious” Disney vacations/resorts. At some point the benefits don’t outweigh the costs and that right around $700/night for a hotel you’ll mostly just sleep in. 😉

Alayna

Driving to Orlando; 2 adults with 2 days at the parks over Thanksgiving 2016.

gas and food for 7 hr drive there and back; 300
hotel was a steal four nights; 250
http://www.qualitybytheparkskissimmee.com/
base tickets for two adults x 2 days; 430
uber 1 day and parking 1 day; 40
food and drinks; 450
souvenirs; 50
total 1,510

I did pay about 60 bucks for memory pics after the fact. We didn’t get the memory maker. Probably worth it for a longer trip.

this was our first trip in years and we wanted to see how cheap we could do it…. we did eat two nice meals at the parks and some other nice dinners including one at Disney springs. We also had mucho drinks at Epcot. Cutting out food and drinks could bring things down.

David Felix

I was just wondering how much will it cost to go to Disney world for a family of 30? 14 kids 16 adult.

Tabitha

Planned my own WDW trip 8 weeks in advance for my mom, me and my daughters first time in late October 2016. I really wanted to stay under $3000 and I was able to hit my goal. My daughter was 2 at the time (she didnt turn 3 until after we got back from our trip) so she didnt factor into theme/party tickets and meals.

Trans: Flights for me and daughter including luggage fees&taxes: $400
(my mom flew in from another part of the country to meet us)

Hotel: Pop Century Preferred Pool View 4 nights including tax: $615

Park tickets: 2-day base tickets for 2 adults (daughter was 2 yrs old): $430
Mickey’s Halloween Party for 2 adults: $203×2= $406
(so nice we went to the party twice!)total for park/party tickets: $836

Food: Opted out of the dining plan (next time we visit will defintely book a Free Dining Promo). We enjoyed 5 table meals (Boatwrights, Cinderellas Royal table, Disney Jr Play n Dine, Minnies Seasonal Dine at H&V and Chef Mickey’s) various QS meals/snacks.Used Prime Now for water/snacks delivery to room: $600

Souvenirs/Spending Money/Tips: $500

Total for a 2 adults and a child under 3 for 4 nights: $2,951

After writing it all out I see places where I can save even more money (taking my own food into the parks/buying costumes, ears etc before coming to Disney/only going to the Halloween party once lol) but was the MOST amazing time I could ask for and this site made my planning soo much easier! Thank you Shannon!

PS: we LOVED the halloween at WDW and weather so much we are making it a yearly trip during this time!

Arlene

Going with my husband in May 2017 for 6 nights! It’s his first trip so I’m spending more than I probably would if it weren’t.

Non-stop Airline tix from NYC area – $200×2
DVC Studio rental at Animal Kingdom – $1120
5 Day Park Hopper Tix through work program – $807
Budget for Food/Souvenirs – $1000
Memory Maker – $149

Total $3,476

Amanda L

Family of 4, 2 adults 2 kids (one under 3) going in November 2016 for 5 nights. We lucked into an extremely affordable trip, but I’ll share how much it would have cost as well.

Transportation: Flying from Washington, DC, 4 tickets – $750 (used credit card rewards point for cost of flights)

Lodging: 5 nights at Boardwalk Villas DVC – $2420 (No cost to us, a sweet relative is letting us use her points)

Park tickets: 5 day base tickets – 2 adult and 1 child – $1065

Food: $600 (two character breakfasts, otherwise eating quick service and grocery delivery)

Souvenirs/spending money: $400 (including $150 for Memory Maker)

Total: $5235

nicole

Hubby and I September 2016

Transportation: nonstop spirit flight from Detroit $306 total with luggage (sharing one checked bag)

Lodging: 4 nights at Boardwalk (can’t wait to walk to parks) $1300

Tickets: 2 day, one park per day $400
Arrive evening Fri, Sat HS, Sun relax and DS, Mon Epcot food and wine

Food: Budget $500 (high because, food and wine!)

Misc: $300
Total: $2800

Megan

2 adults and 2 children at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
(Savanna view room)
November 26- December 2nd (6 nights)
Deluxe Dining Package (free promotion)
Memory Maker
Transportation to and from the airport
=$4110.62

Flights are “free” & booked due to airline miles. bags are free due to having a united credit card.

I am thinking we probably need $1,000.00 cash for “Extras”

What am I missing? Is $1,000.00 enough? My kids are 2 & 3.

Megan

Forgot to mention 6 days of park hopper tickets included in the $4110!

Carly

I found this to be off for us personally. We had to include costs of driving 3 hours to the airport (and driving home from the airport) with gas and tolls(luckily my m is driving our van home and back up so we don’t have to spend hundreds on a rental plus carseats rentals), a 3 hr flight for four both ways, 6 nights at coranado springs with park tickets for 5 days, and the deluxe dining plan. What I would encourage anyone to do though is factor in tips and taxes on everything. We planned many table service meals that require tips, plus mousekeeping, checking luggage, tipping for luggage, etc.

Dana Hobbs

I guess maybe I find these to be way off. We have spent 4,230 with trip insurance for an 8 night stay in pop century Oct 20-28th of 2016. this includes park hooper+water park, the disney dining plan with table service and quick service and memory maker. When we add in the flights i have found for 1000.00 we are only looking at 5,230. For all 3 of us to go. So i feel like these are a bit off. i mean why not show the value resorts. We would rather do value and have more money to spend on things in the park.

Yvette D. Jordan

I have 5 adults ,and 4 grandchildren two who will be 5 and two who will be 2 in April of 2018. I have never been to WDW and feel my first experience will be shared greatly with our children and grandchildren. I will be graduating from college in Orlando at that time. What clubs should I join to help my family be able to afford at least a weekend stay off site and still enjoy the theme park for 2-3 days? All Sincere help will be welcomed!
Thanks ~Yvette

Brian Atkinson

In my humble opinion. Nobody does it like disney and their Christmas decorations are nice. Your value sense it going to be mostly taxed by lodging and food. Resort lodging is a categorical rip off and eating on site follows close behind. Minimize those those two things and that will go a long way to help your value sense. Also pay attention to crowd statistics…. that will go a long way to aid your pleasure meter. Crowds are the quintessential buzz kill and watch the weather (temperature stats). I may be one of the few people that put a number on things in terms of “value”. When it’s all said and done…. what number would you like too see vs what you experienced. To some… that number is high…. you can spend over $20,000.00 for a week at Disney… I couldn’t imagine. Is your number $2k, $4k, $6k, more? I’d be hard pressed to say that $2k for two people is worth it. So many people get dreamy…. we had a private tour of Egypt with our own Egyptologist….. that trip was almost $20k…. was it worth it…. nope.

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