Money Saving Monday: Setting a Realistic Budget
One of the first things to consider when you start thinking about a magical Disney vacation is setting a realistic budget for the trip. For many people, the first thing they think of when they think Disney vacation is EXPENSIVE! That is not necessarily true. However, it is also not a place you can visit on a minimal budget and expect the full magical, experience. Here are a few things you will want to consider how much your vacation will cost.
Transportation. Unless you live in Orlando or Anaheim, you will have to travel by car or airfare to get to one of the Disney Parks. If you are flying, consider the cost of airfare. It is very difficult to find airfare less than $150 per person so you’re budget is already starting at $600 for a family of four. Disney offers Magical Express, a free bus from Orlando International Airport, to all Disney resorts. You can also choose to use buses, boats, and monorails to navigate around the Walt Disney World complex. If you choose a rental car, that is an extra expense and parking is also an additional cost if you drive your own vehicle to the parks each day.
Accommodations. Disney offers a wide variety of resorts to fit every budget. But room prices also fluctuate by season. While you can get a value resort room for under $100 a night during value season (early fall, early spring) that same room will be well over $100 during a busy season like summer or over the Christmas holidays.
Dining. Dining can also be a large expense for a family. We have a family of four and, without breakfast, we spent about $100 per day on meals and snacks at the parks. That did not include any character meals or table service meals. The Disney Dining Plans are great ways to save money. The Quick Service Dining Plan will cost approximately $38 per adult per day and $15 per child, while the Plus plan will cost about $57 per adult per day and $19 per child. But each of those plans gets you two meals and a snack per person, in addition to a resort refillable drink mug for each person.
Park tickets are also one of the biggest expenses for a Disney vacation. For a family of four (two adults, two children aged 3-9) to visit Walt Disney World for 4 days with base tickets (one park per day), the tickets alone would be $1150.
Don’t forget the miscellaneous items you will want to include for your vacation as well. PhotoPass and souvenirs can add to the budget as well!
With all of this information in hand, you can craft a realistic budget. And the great agents at Magical Adventures Travel can help you make the most of your budget by making sure you get any available discounts and have a magical trip without breaking the bank!