Are you trying figure out how much does Disney World truly cost?
Some people find it difficult to successfully afford to travel and enjoy Walt Disney World, especially families. As a solo traveler, you do have some benefits because of that.
The fact of the matter is, we can all find it feasible to visit and enjoy the most magical place on earth. If there are two things I learned as a Disney specialized travel agent, it’s this:
- Research will be your guide and savior
- Shop with your wallet, not other’s
By researching, you understand your options and what is available to you in order to make this trip come true.
Being aware that most cost guides are family focused and not solo travel focused, meaning your expectations of cost may deter you from trying if you’re traveling solo.
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Today’s guide will fix that by showing you travel costs compared to a family of four and ways you can accomplish joining us at Walt Disney World. We will break down:
- Cost for a Walt Disney World Vacation vs a Solo Traveler
- How to save for a Walt Disney World vacation
- Ways to find deals for Disney World
- How to save money while at Disney World
How Much Does Disney World Cost: Family of Four VS Solo Traveler
The three key things when it comes to planning is how you’re getting there and back home, where you will lay your head and what you will eat.
On average, a family of four seeking to have a moderate vacation to Walt Disney World will be looking at the following costs:
Walt Disney World Vacation Package Cost for Family of Four ($6,818.06)
- 7 Day stay in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in a Standard view room with 6-day 1 park per day tickets, memory maker and travel protection: $4,170.98
- Dining for 7 days per family member on average for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a standard Disney Dining Plan*: $1,519.28
- Airfare: $1,127.80
On average, these would be the costs for a solo traveler to have a moderate vacation at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World Vacation Package Cost for Solo Traveler ($3,439.36)
- 7 day stay in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in a Standard view room with a 6-day 1 park per day ticket, memory maker and travel protection: $2.619.34
- Dining for a solo traveler on average for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the standard Disney Dining Plan*: $546.07
- Airfare: $273.95
Numbers don’t lie and according to these numbers specifically, where everything is the same for each party, a solo traveler will save $3,378.70 compared to traveling with a family.
Imagine what a solo traveler could do with that kind of money on their Disney World vacation.
But then this leads to the next question, how do I save up for this kind of trip?
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How to Save for Walt Disney World Vacation?
To start, while you are probably excited about being in the magic, you do have to have a bit of realism and ask yourself:
- Do I need to go to every park?
- How many days do I need to enjoy the parks?
- What time of year do I want to go?
1. Get the Free Dining Plan Package
These kinds of questions really do determine how much you’ll be spending. If you go during summer, expect to drop a lot more money versus early September where you could save on a Disney Dining Plan with Disney’s annual free dining plan offer.
Looking back at the cost comparisons, it would save you $546.07.
2. Start Saving Early
The best advice I will give, as I mentioned before, is to research and start as early as possible so you can allow yourself a budget for saving.
3. Skip the Dining Plan
As a solo traveler, I would not recommend getting the Disney Dining Plan. Being as that its only yourself, you know how you will eat vs you having to figure out with a group what is feasible and affordable for you.
So, you can plan out all your dining ahead. Plus, Disney has all the menus for all their quick and full-service restaurants so you can plan in advance for how much to save for your dining that way.
Consider even bringing your own snacks too to the parks.
4. Use Gift Cards
Another great tip is gift cards. Places like Costco have Disney gift cards on sale sometimes which can allow you to save money. I have used this technique to pay off my Epcot Food and Wine Festival expenses plus my dining expenses when I planned it in advance.
This way, my credit/debit card isn’t getting a beating. It’s also a wonderful way to pay off your vacation package expense.
Hipster Power Tip: By planning to put a certain amount on a gift card at the end of the month to put towards certain aspects of your vacation, it will help you stay organized and not overwhelmed with cost.
5. Use Online Airfare Saving Websites
One of my absolute favorite ways to break up my costs is by using Airfordable or CheapoAir for my airfare. This is my personal secret way to get down to Orlando multiple times a year.
You find your flight, put in the website your chosen flight information and total cost and it will allow you to pay off your flight in payments as often as every 2, 3 and 4 weeks.
You simply pay a deposit and a small service fee. This system allows me to be secure in my flight with a guaranteed price.
6. Choose the Best Time to Go to Disney World
Finally, to save you big money on your package, try to visit during the following times of the year:
- Early January after New Year’s Day through Early February
- Late April through Early May
- Late August through Mid-September
- December 26th –31st
Disney always has deals throughout the year around the same time every year so keep your notifications on for those. Now you could always save more by getting a package with one of Disney’s Good Neighbor resorts too and still be near the magic.
If anything, if this is your very first visit, I would highly recommend booking with a specialized travel agent who can assist you with every aspect of your trip and even give you some of their amazing tips and trip knowledge for your future vacations.
How to Find Disney Deals?
Let’s go through a few ways that you can save money at Walt Disney World by finding the best travel deals.
1. Check the Official Disney Website
Stalking the Walt Disney World website is always a good idea Haha!
Seriously, going to the official site and seeing what they have available could make a big difference.
When booking a vacation package, the deposit is only $200 and refundable. If you book something early in the year, then see a new deal come out from Disney, you can always call and have them apply it to save money.
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2. Stay Up-to-date on Disney Travel Agency Blogs
Travel agency blogs and newsletters usually update with the latest deals and will sometimes know before the general public, which gives you a jump ahead of everyone else. Sign up for these as well as Disney parks emails to stay in the know.
3. Use Special Organization Discounts
Occasionally places like AAA will have deals as well if you are a member and Disney does the occasional teacher, first responder and military deal.
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4. Skip Park Hopper Tickets…for now
Start off with base tickets for your package rather than park hopper tickets. This will not only save you money in the beginning, but you may also run into a better deal before February when they usually raise ticket prices slightly.
5. Get Your Disney Tickets Early
Try to get your tickets before the price hike. Matter of fact, whether you are doing a package or buying your tickets separate from your hotel, buy them as soon as possible.
Wait until you’re about a month out to decide on add-ons for your trip. It gives you time to decide if you really need that park hopper, Memory Maker, etc.
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How to Save Money at Disney World?
The art of saving while at Disney World is a craft I’ve perfected over the years.
1. Have Money on a Gift Card
It starts with little things. While it’s okay to indulge while on vacation, put a set amount on a gift card for souvenirs and park snacks.
For every day of my trip, I put a bit aside for at least one sit down meal which allows me to partake and review some of the dining offerings at the resort.
2. Get Free Water
Doing little things like getting water from quick service locations throughout the park rather than buying bottled water will save you.
I have quickly moved on from this technique because I’m not trying to wait in too many lines. I invested in a filtered water bottle and fill from the park fountains.
3. Get Souvenirs Before Your Visit
Buying souvenirs prior to your arrival on ShopDisney.com or from small shops helps your wandering eye while you are there since everything you wanted is already in your possession.
Hipster Power Tip: You can also purchase $5 Disney shirts from places like Five Below before you vacation.
4. Use the Free Disney Transportation
While Disney World has lots of free transportation like the Skyliner, busses, monorail and boats, try using Lyft/Uber unless you absolutely have to.
Using these around property can eat through your wallet unexpectedly because the prices are higher due to being on property.
5. Buy Toiletries from Walmart of Dollar Tree
Stop at a Walmart or nearby discount store on your way from the airport to grab necessities like ponchos, sunscreen, etc. This will lighten your bags when you travel. I would especially do this for portable chargers.
Disney has some kiosks which sell them but at the hefty price tag of $30 plus tax. They don’t give a lot of charge either. Speaking of travel, find the perfect park bag and pack light.
6. Ask Cast Members About Discounts
Lastly, politely ask the Cast Member servicing you if there are any special discounts or deals currently happening in store or at the dining location.
You may get some special magic by happening upon a time when deals are happening. Closed mouths don’t get fed after all.
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Final Word on Your Disney World Cost
As you can see, I have laid out some great tips, information and numbers that show how affordable your solo Disney trip can really be!
When in doubt, if it seems too overwhelming, always book with a travel agency that is earmarked and specializes in Disney Parks travel. They will assure you that you will get fabulous deals and tailor it to fit your needs, as well as help you every step of the way, even during your trip.
Solo travel can be safe, affordable and fun, as long as you plan ahead and make time for the magic.
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.
She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.
She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.
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