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Planning a deluxe 1-week trip for 4 people for under $5k – PREP032

Planning a deluxe 1-week trip for 4 people for under $5k – PREP032

$5000 seems like a lot for a week-long family trip but it’s amazing how easy it is to spend way more than on a Disney World trip.

Today I have tips for planning a deluxe-quality, 7 night trip for a family of 4 for less than $5000.

I also have a quick tip to help you keep your MagicBands secure on your Disney World vacation.


These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Planning a deluxe trip

We’re going to assume that we’re planning a 7 night trip for a family with 2 adults and 2 kids who want a trip that includes a nice hotel and restaurants but staying under $5,000 total for everything.

Here’s what I suggest:

  • Step 1: when to go – you can make your money go further by avoiding the most expensive times of the year which include the last 2 weeks of December, the week surrounding President’s Day, Spring Break (the second week of March to mid-April usually), the week before and after Easter and Thanksgiving. People traveling in summer can pay a bit less by visiting the last 2 weeks of August.
  • Step 2: picking a hotel – I suggest renting DVC points (Animal Kingdom Villas, Boardwalk Villas and Old Key West are the least expensive) or staying at the Swan or Dolphin
  • Step 3: make a daily plan – plan to kick off the trip with a fun character meal and spend 6 days in the parks
  • Step 4: choose dining – I would suggest purchasing the Disney Dining Plan and then picking restaurants that maximize the value of a Disney Dining Plan credit such as Akershus breakfast, Chef Mickey’s dinner, ‘Ohana dinner, Boma dinner, Garden Grill, 1900 Park Fare dinner, Cape May Cafe dinner and Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Step 5: plan park touring – same touring principles apply for everybody
  • Step 6: add extra magic – I suggest the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party which would cost $68 for a family of 4

Quick tip of the day

To secure your MagicBand (I lost mine on a recent trip!), I suggest ordering a Bitbelt for everybody in your group.

They come in lots of colors and decrease in price if you order more than 1 ($5.99 for 1, 2 for $10, 5 for $20, etc.). These can be used on various fitness bands (like the Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band) but you’ll need to order the larger size to fit MagicBands.

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Do you have other questions or thoughts about planning a deluxe family trip?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments (but make sure you’ve listened to the episode first – I give way more info than what’s written in the text here).


Saturday 21st of October 2017

One quick tip if you already have a fitness band (FitBit Vivofit etc) most of them come with more than one of the rubber closures like Bitbelt. This is what we used on our last trip and it worked great!


Friday 27th of June 2014

I'm new to all of this Disney planning and this may sound silly, but I thought you had to buy everything through Disney (room and park tickets) in order to do the Dining Plan. Have I been misled???


Tuesday 1st of April 2014

I have been very interested in the Wishes Dessert Party for a while now but it is the hardest thing to book. Any pointers on how, when or who to call. Disney says all full at 180 days out, but Disney pages don't even have August 2014 available to pick from. My travel Agent tells me all full at 160 days out- again August is not even an option to book online. 4 months out and everything beyond June 1 are still greyed out so tell me.... Please what is the trick. How do I book this?


Wednesday 9th of April 2014

I was able to book the Tommorowland Terrace dessert party for August 27th already. It does not show up as available on the Tommorowland Terrace page but on the main reservations page it was available so you may want to try through there. It was however the only date that had dates left during our 9 day trip so it may be sold out already for most days :(

Maria B

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

It's 60 days, not 160. You won't be able to book until June if you are going in August.