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Making a Budget

donaldinmathmagic-0347a-5_980One of the first things you need to determine before looking into a Disney vacation is just how much money are you willing/able to spend on your trip.  This is a huge factor and affects things such as length of stay, available lodging, ticket lengths and food options.  There are hundreds of variables that go into planning a Disney trip which is why I advocate beginning your planning at least one year in advance.  Yes, one year!  This will give you adequate time to plan and save money for the trip.  You will also save money by booking things such as airfare and lodging well in advance which normally will get you the best rates,  Lastly, many Disney attractions (dining, dinner shows, etc) will be sold out if you wait until the last minute.

So, let’s look at a few sample budgets so you have a ballpark idea just what a Disney vacation may cost you.  These are sample budgets only and assume the following factors:

  • You are a family of four
  • You are traveling in mid May 2014 (rates fluctuate based on the time of year)
  • Airfare is based on Southwest Airlines from New Hampshire to Florida

 

Sample A

 

House Rental (off Disney Property)               $750 per week (6 nights, 7 days)

Airfare (Southwest Airlines NH to FL)          $800 ($200 per person)

Disney Park Tickets (2 per person)                 $750 ($187.50 per person)

Car Rental (Using Priceline)                               $150 per week

Food (budgeting $100 per day)                       $700

Spending Money                                                      $350

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$3,500 or $875 per person

This budget is a barebones example of what a Disney trip could cost if you stay off Disney property (see my section on staying off Disney property), only go to the parks twice during your stay and keep food/spending expenses to a minimum.  The house rental is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house with its own pool.

 


Sample B

 

House Rental (off Disney Property)               $750 per week (6 nights, 7 days)

Airfare (Southwest Airlines NH to FL)          $800 ($200 per person)

Disney Park Tickets (7 per person)                 $1,200 ($300 per person)

Car Rental (Using Priceline)                               $150 per week

Food (budgeting $100 per day)                        $700

Spending Money                                                       $350

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$3,950 or $987 per person

This budget is the same as Sample A except for increasing your Disney park tickets from 2 per person up to 7 per person (one for each day of your stay).  It is worth noting that the cost per day of Disney tickets decreases dramatically the more days you purchase.

 

Sample C

 

Disney Value Resort + 2 park tickets per person        $1,680 per week

Airfare (Southwest Airlines NH to FL)                             $800 ($200 per person)

Food (budgeting $100 per day)                                          $1,000

Spending Money                                                                         $350

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$3,830 or $957 per person

This budget has you staying a week in a Disney Value Resort (see my section on staying on Disney Property for more information).  The park tickets are added to the resort cost and gives you 2 days in the parks.  I also raised the food budget as it is more expensive to eat meals at a resort compared to off Disney property.

 

Sample D

 

Disney Moderate Resort + 2 park tickets per person   $2,300 per week

Airfare (Southwest Airlines NH to FL)                                $800 ($200 per person)

Food (budgeting $100 per day)                                             $1,000

Spending Money                                                                            $350

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$4,450 or $1,112 per person

This budget has you staying a week in a Disney Moderate Resort (see my section on staying on Disney Property for more information).  The park tickets are added to the resort cost and gives you 2 days in the parks.

 

Sample E

 

Disney 1 BR Suite + 7 park tickets per person           $4,700 per week

Airfare (Southwest Airlines NH to FL)                         $800 ($200 per person)

Disney Quick Service Dining Plan                                    – price included in resort cost

Spending Money                                                                     $350

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$5,850 or $1,462 per person

This budget has you staying in one of the 1 bedroom suites at Disney’s new Art of Animation resort.  I also included 7 days of park passes and a Disney dining plan that will cover your food for the week (included in your resort costs).

 

Conclusion:

As you can see just from these 5 examples the cost of a Disney vacation can vary greatly depending on how much money you have to spend.  You really need to take the time to research all the options and choose the ones that best fit your family’s needs and available budget.  The trip planning section of this site will help you look over all the pros and cons to each phase of a Disney trip so you are better prepared to make the best, and most cost effective, decisions.

 


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