Jun 202011
 

What Does A Trip To Disney World Cost?

In my little portion of the world, I’m the Disney World expert. When friends and co-workers think about taking a trip to Walt Disney World, one of the first things they do is ask me “How much does a trip to Disney World cost?”

Well, it’s hard to give a straight answer here, because it all depends on how many people are going on the trip to Disney World. Cost varies according to season, which hotel you’re staying at (and whether you’re staying in a standard room, a preferred room, or adding amenities), cost to travel (driving, train, plane, stopping halfway, cost of gas), what kind of tickets you’re getting, for how long, for how many, extra adults in the room, do you have more than 2 adults and 2 kids?, what kind of food you eat and how often and… well, obviously there is no cut and dry answer unless I know all of the details. This is one reason that Disney World travel agents are in such high demand. They work out all the costs and just tell you how much the whole thing will run!

What I can do, is what I do for my friends and co-workers when they want to know how much would a trip to Disney World cost. I start with “It usually costs us about $2000 plus souvenirs, but, there’s only two of us”.

So, since you want to know what a trip to Disney World costs, I’ll try to break it down for you here. This particular page is about how much a trip to Disney World costs for a couple. I already wrote a post on the cost to go to Disney World for 1 person here, and I’ll be doing a post on what a trip to Disney World costs for a family of 4 or 5. I may do some more posts down the line because I get a lot of searches for  how much a trip to Disney World costs for families of 6, 8, and other less common numbers, and it can take a bit of wrangling to fit families or groups of this size if there aren’t enough adults to split up into multiple rooms.

Anyway.

What A Trip To Disney World Cost For 2 People:

Ok, lets start with the basics, shall we? Hubs and I usually go to Disney World for 8 days, but most people go for 4 or 5 days. Most people stay at the nicest Disney Resort that they can afford, but what that hotel is varies from person to person. So we’ll start with the Value Resorts and go from there. By the way, I’m basing this on Disney World’s 2012 published rates. This is as accurate as I can make it as of June 15, 2011. Verify everything before actually booking.***

Disney World Resort room prices assume 2 adults and 2 kids (under 17) per room. So any amount of guests under this will not cost more. So…

5 Nights, 4 Days:

Cost of Staying at a Value Resort 5 Nights and 4 Days

2 adults, 1 room, Value resort, Value season 1 (basically, January-early February), 5 nights, standard room: $84 per night on weeknights. Total: $420. A Value Resort is All Star Music, All Star Movies, All Star Sports, and Pop Century. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is also a Value Resort, but does cost more than the others and is mostly Family Suites.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 4 days: $517.60 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $15 for a 5th day. Or, $479.90 through UndercoverTourist, or 493.90 for 5 days.

2 adults, 5 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $323. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each. (You can get tap water free at restaurants and in water fountains, but it’s not tasty).

So, rounded off, the cheapest trip to Disney World for a couple costs about  $1261. Add more for perks (preferred room, high speed internet, small refrigerator, park hopper passes, water park passes, dessert, table service restaurants), subtract some for discounted tickets (see the UndercoverTourist quoted price), special package deals (Disney usually runs ads for a free dining plan, discounted room rate, or gift card 2-3 months in advance), and budget eating (portions are large, you can split meals, or snack instead of eat full meals).

Don’t forget to add travel expenses to get an accurate trip to Disney World cost.

BTW- I’ll be writing a How To Save Money At Disney World post soon. You can do a trip for less money than quoted above, though only you can decide if the money saved is worth it.

Cost of Staying at a Moderate Resort 5 Nights and 4 Days:

2 adults, 1 room, Moderate resort, Value season 1 (Jan- early Feb), 5 nights, standard room: $159 per night on weeknights. Total: $795 Moderate resorts are Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs, and Caribbean Beach. Fort Wilderness Cabins are also considered Moderates, but cost considerably more than a normal Moderate room.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 4 days: $517.60 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $15 for a 5th day. Or, $479.90 through UndercoverTourist, or 493.90 for 5 days.

2 adultss, 5 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $323. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each.

Rounded off, a trip to Disney World costs about $1636 for a couple staying at a Moderate resort, but otherwise on a tighter budget (base ticket, counter service/quick service dining).

Cost of Staying at a Deluxe Resort 5 Nights and 4 Days:

2 adults, 1 room, Deluxe resort, Value season 1 (Jan- early Feb), 5 nights, standard room: $265 per night on weeknights. Total: $1325 for Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge. The other Deluxes, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Saratoga Springs, Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian, all cost considerably more.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 4 days: $517.60 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $15 for a 5th day. Or, $479.90 through UndercoverTourist, or 493.90 for 5 days.

2 adults, 5 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $323. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each.

So, rounded off, a trip to Disney World costs about $2166 for two people to stay in a Deluxe resort for 5 nights/4 days if they are otherwise on a tight budget.

8 Nights, 7 Days:

Because hubs and I usually stay at Walt Disney World for 8 nights and get 6 or 7 day tickets, that’s how I’ll price out this portion. Remember, this is just to give you an idea of what a trip to Disney World cost, so I’m not going to work out every possible scenario.

Cost of Staying at a Value Resort 8 Nights and 7 Days

2 adults, 1 room, Value resort, Value season 1 (January-early February),8 nights, standard room: $84 per night on weeknights and $94 per night on weekends. Total: $692. A Value Resort is All Star Music, All Star Movies, All Star Sports, and Pop Century. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is also a Value Resort, but does cost more than the others and is mostly Family Suites.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 7 days: $568.72 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $17 for an 8th day. Or, $507.90 through UndercoverTourist, or $523.90 for 8 days.

2 adults, 8 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $396. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each. (You can get tap water free at restaurants and in water fountains, but it’s not tasty).

So, rounded off, the cheapest trip to Disney World for a couple for 8 nights/7 days costs about  $1657. Add more for perks (preferred room, high speed internet, small refrigerator, park hopper passes, water park passes, dessert, table service restaurants), subtract some for discounted tickets (see the UndercoverTourist quoted price), special package deals (Disney usually runs ads for a free dining plan, discounted room rate, or gift card 2-3 months in advance), and budget eating (portions are large, you can split meals, or snack instead of eat full meals).

Don’t forget to add travel expenses to get an accurate trip to Disney World cost.

Cost of Staying at a Moderate Resort 8 Nights and 7 Days

2 adults, 1 room, Moderate resort, Value season 1 (Jan- early Feb), 8 nights, standard room: $159 per night on weeknights and $174. Total: $1302 Moderate resorts are Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs, and Caribbean Beach. Fort Wilderness Cabins are also considered Moderates, but cost considerably more than a normal Moderate room.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 7 days: $568.72 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $17 for an 8th day. Or, $507.90 through UndercoverTourist, or $523.90 for 8 days.

2 adults, 8 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $396. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each. (You can get tap water free at restaurants and in water fountains, but it’s not tasty).

Rounded off, a trip to Disney World costs about $2267 for a couple staying at a Moderate resort for 8 nights/7 days, but otherwise on a tighter budget (base ticket, counter service/quick service dining).

Cost of Staying at a Deluxe Resort 8 Nights and 7 Days

2 adults, 1 room, Deluxe resort, Value season 1 (Jan- early Feb), 8 nights, standard room: $265 per night on weeknights and $285 on weekends. Total: $2160 for Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge. The other Deluxes, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Saratoga Springs,Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian, all cost considerably more.

2 adults, Magic Your Way base ticket (expires 14 days after first use, only one theme park per day), 7 days: $568.72 (including tax, 2 tickets). Add about $17 for an 8th day. Or, $507.90 through UndercoverTourist, or $523.90 for 8 days.

2 adults, 8 days of food- 3 meals apiece per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) $49.54 per day,  1 drink per meal- $15, so for 5 days, approximately $396. The meals that I used as an estimate were the Adult Breakfast Platter ($6.29 on the AllEars menus), the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger meal ($8.79, includes fries or apple slices), and the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken meal ($9.69 includes mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable). Bottled water and sodas cost about $2.50 each. (You can get tap water free at restaurants and in water fountains, but it’s not tasty).

So, rounded off, a trip to Disney World costs about $3125 for two people to stay in a Deluxe resort for 8 nights/7 days if they are otherwise on a tight budget.

***I am not associated with Disney World in any way. All of my information comes from actual trips to the World and information that is published online or from talking to various reps or other Disney World fans. I’m providing the best information that I can at the time that I write the article, and sometimes update with new information, but not always and not always in a timely manner. I appreciate any updates, tips, or questions that you can give me via the comment form below, or through email (see my contact page). There are a lot of other factors involved in what a trip to Disney World cost, so please make sure that you’re getting the best deal available for you at the time of booking.

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