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Minimum amount of money for a Disney Vacation

by Tyler Brown
(Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

“Hi, Dad. Me and my family are in a big Mexican standoff. We are trying to find a way that we can experience all or most of what WDW has to offer, but at the same time, we want to spend as little money as possible we were told by a few people that a minimum of $1,500 to stay for a week at a hotel AND go to all the parks.

What do you believe is the minimum amount of cash we need in order for us to make our Disney dreams come true???”

One of the best ways to save money is staying at the All Star Movies

Sleeping with Buzz could save you some money – Photo by Rich Ramos

Going to Walt Disney World for the least money? Let’s see… I don’t know if I can make all of your Disney Dreams come true. But, I’ll try.

I asked our partners over at Destinations to Travel to answer this to help give a little background on what it costs since this is what they deal with all the time.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel Page

Nancy Casteel, who is one of their agents … One of their really good agents … has this answer. “It all depends on how many people are in your family, their ages, what time of year you would like to visit Walt Disney World.

If you want to visit all four parks, tickets alone for two adults and two children, ages three through nine, would be around $1400. That’s for four nights for four people. Unless Disney offers a special for four-day tickets to all four parks. There are Good Neighbor Hotels around Walt Disney World where you can save money on your room.

For a week’s stay in a nearby hotel and four-day tickets to Walt Disney World, you would need at least $2000 for a family of four. Some off-site hotels offer free breakfast with your stay, but you would still need money for food and souvenirs.”

I would add to that. At the average trip to Walt Disney World right now, is six days. That’s the length of the average trip. In addition to that, the average price of a Disney trip is around $3000 to $3500. Now, not everybody spends that much.

Depending on how long you stay, depending on whether you buy the dining plan, depending on a lot of things, it could change. A real good way to look at how to save money is to go to the WDW Discount Club where we’ve got all kinds of information.

Get your tickets. Instead of from Disney, get them from The Official Ticket Center because they have cheaper tickets.

Dad’s Official Ticket Center page

Stay off-site is a way to save money. Maybe a lot of money. Our partners at Destinations to Travel can help you with that.

Probably the minimum is $2,000 for a family of 4, depending on how long you want to stay, is possible if you’re only staying for three or four days. If you’re staying for six or seven days, then we’re talking more like $3,000 to $4,000. All right. I hope that helps.


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Comments for

Dec 27, 2017 Stay longer, pay less
by: Daniel

Hi Dad! Great comments, as usual! I would also suggest staying for a longer amount of time and pay less per day for your tickets. For example, using Undercover Tourist you an adult would pay 394.35$ for a four day magic your way ticket (98.55$ per day). An eight day ticket would be 433.12$ (54.14$). While a ten day magic your way ticket would cost 451.36$ (45.13$ per day). We usually stay on site but on our last trip we were on a more tight budget and stayed at a hotel 15 minutes from WDW and for three people it cost 50$ per night (and there were no bugs and there was a great pool).

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