What Should a Disney World Trip Cost?

Original AirDate: 3-21-23

What Should A Disney World Trip Cost?


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You’ve heard it before, the classic question following victories, major achievements and the super bowl – what will you do next? We’re going to Disney World! But how do you get there? What does it typically cost? Is it really a once-in-a-lifetime trip that is growing out of reach for many families? Today we tackle our budget breakdown of a typical family trip to Disney, with our exclusive tips and tricks on how to make your vacation work for your budget.



#1 Disney World Lingo

There are three categories of accommodations at Disney World and those are: Value, Moderate and Deluxe. As you can imagine, the perks you get with each level increase as the price increases. There are a few sweet spots in each category but they generally have a price range they stick to. By knowing each category, you’ll know exactly what to expect and whether or not you want to splurge to get a nicer resort. 

There are also three categories of dining at Disney and those are: Quick Service, Table Service and Signature Dining. In our base level budget that we mention in just a second- we only calculate Quick Service food- which is a cafeteria style experience. If you are looking for sit down meals, you’ll need to up your budget as well. 

#2 Our Base Budget 

Our base budget takes into account a family of four, 2 adults and 2 children (under 9 in Disney’s eyes). We have them at a value resort, 4 days at the park (one park per day) and eating 2 quick service meals a day (eating their own food for breakfast and sandwiches for the pool) and about $1000 in transportation- of course this will depend on how you plan to get there. Our budget is $5,000 with all this included. Starting with the base budget, you can see if you want to cut down on that- for example staying off property. Or if you feel like you can add to that- which of course the opportunities for that are endless at Disney World.

#3 Our opinion on popular additions

The #1 splurge in our opinion is a fireworks dessert party. #2 is a droid or lightsaber building reservation (if you’re really into Star Wars!). We don’t feel like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is worth it, but there are many furloughed cast members on the facebook page: Ear for Each Other, that do an amazing job! 

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Meet the Bargers

Bruce and Shelly are a 30-something couple always on the lookout for cheap eats, wildlife sightings and a good brewery. They started traveling together ten years ago and haven't looked back. They travel internationally at least three times a year and have been to 42 states, all while holding those pesky 9-5 jobs. They hope you can take these travel tips and live the life you've only dreamed about!

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