Disney World is a dream destination for many families, but most people have no idea about how much does it cost to go to Disney World. As you’ve likely guessed, it’s not cheap which is why you want to prepare yourself.

For the purpose of this article, I’m going to suggest a 4-day 4-night itinerary as it’ll give you access to four of Disney’s major theme parks. I’m also going to assume that you’re travelling as a family of four.

My how much does it cost to go to Disney World guide will include many tips on how you can save so there’s no need to freak out if you think some of estimates seem high.

Disney World Cost for a family of four

 Estimated cost
Airfare$1,200
Accommodations$440
Car rental, gas & parking$365
Disney World tickets$1,648
Food and drink$688
Random spending$300
Total$4,641 USD

The above estimate is based on US dollars. If you want to know what it costs in your local currency, use XE.com for the conversion.

Again, the above is just an estimate of costs for a family visit. There are plenty of different ways to save money in Orlando which I’ll highlight below.

I should also mention that the time of year you visit can make a difference on costs. Hotels are a bit cheaper during the low season and that’s also when Disney ticket prices are the cheapest. The following times is when you can expect to see less foot traffic.

  • January
  • Late April / early May
  • After the U.S. Spring Break
  • Late August / early September
  • Before Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party begins and after it ends
  • Early November before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
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Flights

When determining how much does it cost to go to Disney World, flights can be a bit tricky since prices fluctuate based on where you live and what season you’re travelling.

I typically recommend estimating $300 a person for flights if you’re travelling within the U.S. which works out to $1,200 for a family of 4 That said, it wouldn’t be hard to find a flight in the $200 range if you’re flying from the east coast.

It is possible to save money on airfare. Within the U.S., there are multiple discount airlines such as JetBlue that typically have great prices. Canadians could take advantage of the WestJet companion voucher that comes with the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard.

If you’re travelling with kids, many families will opt to drive to Orlando as the savings on airfare and car rental can be a fair amount. Driving 15 hours+ each way may sound crazy, but if it can save $1,000+, it might be worth it. That said, think about your time since it’s valuable. Although you’ll save a lot of money, you’d probably spend 3-4 days travelling to/from Orlando. 

If you’re Canadian, you may want to consider applying for one of the best travel credit cards in Canada to help offset your costs by collecting points. For example, the American Express Gold Rewards Card gives you a signup bonus of up to 30,000 American Express Membership Rewards points which have a minimum value of $300 (potentially more if you transfer your points to Aeroplan or Marriott Bonvoy). There’s also the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card that has no foreign transaction fees, a sign up bonus worth $250 and it comes with airport lounge access.   

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Accommodations

The cost of hotels greatly varies on where you stay and the time you visit. I personally break down costs based on location. Cheap Disney vacations are possible, it just depends on what you’re willing to do to save money. It wouldn’t be that hard to find a hotel in the $110 a night range and they may even include free breakfast.

Disney World hotels – If you’re staying at one of the Disney World hotels on-site, you can expect to pay up to $300 a night. This is the most expensive option, but it’ll put you closest to the action. Some on-site properties also allow you entry into the parks early which appeals to many people. Keep in mind that many people choose to stay at a Disney owned property for the full Disney experience. That may be worth paying the premium for some people.

Hotels near Disney World – The are many hotels near Disney World just a 5-10 minute drive away in the $150 a night range. One popular spot is near the intersection of S. Apopka Vineland Rd. and Winter Garden Vineland Rd. as there are many restaurants and shops nearby.

Recommendations: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista ResortSpringHill Suites by MarriottCourtyard by MarriottClarion Inn Lake Buena VistaHawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hotels near Disney World with a shuttle – Hotels near Disney World with a shuttle are incredibly convenient if you don’t want to bother with a rental car. These hotels have multiple departure times and often go to more places than just Disney, so you have quite a few options. Check out my list of the best hotels near Disney World with a shuttle for some of my top picks.

Recommendations: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena VistaWalt Disney World SwanFloridays Resort Orlando

Vacation homes – You should also consider vacation homes in nearby Celebration and Kissimmee. Vacation homes are great since they come with fully equipped kitchens and come in different sizes/price ranges which will appeal to families. Celebration is less than a 10-minute drive from Disney so be afraid to expand your hotel search.

Recommendations: Meliá Orlando, Holiday Inn SWGaylord Palms Resort

International Drive hotels – If you’re looking for something that will cost you less than $100 a night, you should easily be able to find something on International Drive. There are plenty of motels and budget friendly hotels (as well as fancier hotels) in this area to help you keep your costs down. International Drive is just 15-minutes by car to Disney and has many shopping, dining, and attractions nearby to keep you entertained.

Recommendations: Holiday Inn ExpressClarion Inn & Suites, Rosen Inn

Luxury hotels – Don’t worry, if you like to stay in style, you’ll have more than enough choice when it comes to luxury hotels. Just keep in mind that your daily price will easily cost you $200 – $400 more a day.

Recommendations: Four Seasons Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Walt Disney World Dolphin

If you have the right credit card, you can save a fair amount of money on hotels. For example, Canadians should consider the BMO World Elite Mastercard since it typically has a sign up bonus of $250 when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months of card membership. This card does have an annual fee of $150 but it’s normally waived for the first year so you’re getting $250 for free. There’s also the Marriott Bonvoy American Express which gives you 51,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months. That’s enough points for up to five free nights at some hotels which could easily have a value of over $650.

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Car rental

Getting a car rental in Orlando is reasonable If you get a compact car, it’ll cost you about $35 a day. If you need a mid-size car, SUV or mini-van, you’re looking at about $45-$55 a day.

Luggage space may be an issue so don’t go for a compact car just because it’s the cheapest option. Renting a car seat is about $10 per day, per seat. If you need two, that’s an additional $80 you need to factor in.

I strongly recommend booking with a car rental agency that has a location at the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Every major car rental agency has a location there, but the cheapest ones are usually off-site.

You can save a little money by picking a vehicle that’s good on gas. For example, I once rented a Toyota Prius and only spent $4 on gas. Another time I rented a Nissan Rogue and ended up spending closer to $45. Both trips were 3 days in length.

When booking your flights, check the prices of adding a car rental when you book your airfare. One time I booked my flights on Expedia and it gave me the option to rent a car for only $20 a day. That was half the price compared to had I booked the car rental separately. 

You can reduce Disney trip cost by not getting a rental car at all, but then you need to stat at a hotel that offers a free shuttle and their hours of operation may not be ideal.

Disney World parking cost

All Disney World theme parks charge a standard parking fee of $25 per day. Preferred parking is available for $45-$50 a day which gives you access to the closest parking lot.

What’s nice about your Disney World parking cost is that it includes and out privileges at all the theme parks. That means if you’re visiting multiple parks in a day, you’re only paying to park once. There is no fee to park at Disney Springs.

Overall, you should estimated $365 for the cost of your car rental, gas and parking.

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Disney World tickets

The cost of Disney World tickets will depend on the time of year you’re visiting and which theme park you’re headed to. The following is a quick breakdown of the various options so you get an idea of how much you’ll need to spend.

1 Park Per Day

  • From $109

Park Hopper Option

  • $65 per ticket for 1-day tickets
  • $75 per ticket for 2 to 3-day tickets
  • $85 per ticket for 4 to 10-day tickets

Park Hopper Plus Option

  • $85 per ticket for 1-day tickets
  • $95 per ticket for 2 to 3-day tickets
  • $105 per ticket for 4 to 10-day tickets

Multi-day tickets (one park per day)

  • 4-day ticket – $412 ($103 per day)
  • 10-day ticket – $520 ($52 per day)

Buying multi-day tickets will always be the best value when buying Disney World tickets. As you can clearly see, the price drops quite a bit the longer you stay. This shouldn’t be a surprise as Disney wants you in their parks as long as possible and they know you’ll spend money when you’re there.

Many families spend their holiday at Disney since there are so many rides and shows, but for this article, I’m going to suggest getting a 4-day ticket since that will allow you to spend an entire day at each park. The cost of those tickets for a family of four adds up to $1,616.

Discount Disney tickets

There are discount Disney tickets available but they only come in the form of special offers. Generally speaking, the discounts are usually for multi-day tickets and meal plans. You can reduce your cost to go to Disney World by taking advantage of the promotions.

Since these deals happen once or twice a year and have a long window for you to use your tickets, it’s worth monitoring the Disney World website every so often to see what’s available.

I should mention that you should never buy discount Disney tickets from eBay, Craigslist or any other online store. Even if someone is offering to sell you two days from their 7-day ticket, don’t do it as it’s almost definitely a scam. Disney World tickets are tied to the individual via a fingerprint so it’s impossible to transfer the tickets.

Besides the special offers page I mentioned, finding deep discount Disney tickets just doesn’t happen. It doesn’t matter how legit an online retailer looks or if someone is offering you tickets in person, if the price seems to good to be true, you’re likely being scammed.

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Food and drink

Disney has some incredible restaurants, but what I noticed is that they also have some reasonably priced places to grab food for families. There’s also “snacks” that you can get that is pretty much a meal (possibly for two) like the roast turkey drumsticks.

I recommend budgeting the following amount for every person.

  • Breakfast – $8 (at your hotel or on the way to the parks)
  • Lunch – $20
  • Dinner – $15

That works out to $43 a person a day. You’ll also likely spend about $25 a day on snacks for the family. All in, you should budget $688 for four days at Disney World for your family. This obviously seems like an insane amount when you’re trying to figure out how much does it cost to go to Disney World, but it’s always better to overestimate when planning a trip.

Eating out three meals a day can get expensive so I advise picking a hotel with free breakfast or to grab food at a nearby grocery store (off-site). For cheap eats, you can grab sandwiches for under $10, while sit-down restaurants on-site will cost you what you would expect in a theme park.

More importantly, you’re allowed to bring food and drink into Walt Disney World. It’s possible to not spend any money at all on food while at Disney but I do recommend at least snacks since theme park can be fun. Be sure to bring in at least one bottle that you can refill at fountains. Otherwise, you’re looking at $3.25 USD for a bottle of water or pop.

There are some Disney meal plans available that can give you some savings, but that option is usually only a good value if you’re getting it as part of a special offer.

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Random spending

Finally, the last thing you need to budget for is your random spending which really comes down to merchandise. This is obviously optional, but if you’re travelling with kids, they’re naturally going to want souvenirs. Trust me, Disney is genius about their marketing and there will be a ton of things your kids will want to buy. If your kids get into Disney pin trading, you could end up spending a small fortune.

There are also a lot of cool things for adults such as cookie cutters, egg moulds, and even decorations for the home. I personally love pulling out my Disney Christmas ornaments every year.

As you can imagine, you can buy merchandise everywhere when you’re inside a Disney theme park. However, the largest Disney Store is located at Disney Springs which is worth checking out since it’s a massive entertainment and dining complex that’s good for all ages. Overall, I would estimate $300 for the entire family when it comes to random spending.

Final thoughts

So how much does it cost to go to Disney World? I recommend a family of four budget $4,609 USD for a 4-day trip, but obviously, there are plenty of ways to reduce your costs without sacrificing the experience.

For those who went to Disney as a child, thank your parents as it probably cost them a small fortune. For reference, here are guides on Universal Studios Orlando, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

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36 Comments

  1. Chonce on July 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Great post and I love the cost breakdown! We’re in the process of trying to find something affordable to do on our non-Disney park days while in Florida. I found an attraction that was just like Sea World but a bit cheaper (about $49 tickets) but was wondering if you ever went to Disney Springs which is nearby all the parks and what you thought of it. Is it just shopping and food? Or actual things to do?

    • Raquel on July 21, 2019 at 1:55 PM

      Hello Chonce,
      I’ve been to Orlando many times as well as Disney Springs. DS is mostly shopping and food but they do have a bowling alley (Splitsville) and a movie theater (AMC) that you and your family might enjoy. In the evenings there is usually entertainment from various artist (local) around the area, so it’s pretty fun to grab a bite or drink and enjoy the music. Hope this helped and happy vacation .

  2. Anne on August 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Thank you. This really helped 🙂

  3. truth447 on March 24, 2018 at 4:44 AM

    You mentioned you went during non peak times, what month did you visit or would you say is the best time to visit

  4. Pam on April 15, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Best site I’ve found so far for information. thanks

  5. Sue Cole on April 15, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Thank you very informative.Answered my question.

  6. Terry on November 15, 2018 at 10:52 PM

    Great information planning a trip for family group of 25

  7. Clint on December 5, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Great info Barry. We visited Disney in early January/17 (family of 5). I wasn’t afraid of doing my research and shopping around. It was a 12 day trip with 7 days at Disney. Our whole trip cost $6200 (CDN). We had airmiles to use for three Disney tickets. Rented a condo with a 15 minute drive. Bought groceries for breakfast and packed lunches for everyday in Disney. Purchased dinners on site in Disney. We even drove to Cocoa Beach for a day to enjoy the ocean.

    It was an amazing trip. The planning sure makes it worth while. It can save you a lot of money and headaches.

    Keep the great information coming.

    • Barry Choi on December 5, 2018 at 12:34 PM

      Hey Clint,

      Thanks for sharing. I think you nailed it. Planning is definitely worthwhile and can save you some money.

    • Loku on January 11, 2019 at 3:19 PM

      Hi Clint. Is this amount with airfare? and what type of Disney ticket did you purchase?

      • Clint on January 11, 2019 at 7:39 PM

        Hi Loku.

        Yes that includes airfare. We are in Winnipeg and I found cheap fights through Allegiant in Grand Forks. Now Flair Air has lots of cheap flights to Orlando from Winnipeg.

        We purchased 1 park a day tickets. It is so huge there that you need at least a full day per park to see everything you want.

        • Loku on January 11, 2019 at 9:02 PM

          Great infor. Thanks very much!!!

  8. Park on December 11, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Great article! I agree with those families that pack their own food/sandwiches etc. Especially if you’re a family of 4 or more! Thank you for these awesome tips!

  9. Sean on December 15, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Awesome, AWESOME review! This information is just what I needed, and was looking for! Thank you very much for your meticulous breakdown, I Will be referring to your information regularly

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  11. Jas on June 30, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Hi – thanks for the info. It was very helpful. I am from the Caribbean so it’s very helpful to me because it gives me a number to start with or aim to for my family of four

  12. Debbie Simpson on August 16, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    What does Hopper mean

    • Barry Choi on August 16, 2019 at 7:35 PM

      Hi Debbie,

      Hopper passes allow you to visit multiple parks per day.

  13. Sam on November 13, 2019 at 4:31 AM

    I am an old time fan of Tampa, FL. I have been to the Disneyland several times. I used to drive down from Tampa. But if you are coming from out of town my best recommendation for stay would be in Kissemmee which is close to the Disney parks. Tye http://www.airbnb.com. I can promise you that you will be surprised that you can get such lovely accommodation at such low prices. They are excellent value for money and all found. You may have to rent a car if you use Airbnb accommodation..

    • Barry Choi on November 13, 2019 at 5:29 AM

      Sam,

      Yes, Kissimmee offers a lot of value since there are lots of vacation homes and Airbnbs available there.

  14. Archie Roberts on November 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    I have been to Disney in orlando several and stayed on and off site. You can take an overseas trip to Rome or Paris for a week cheaper than Disney. However Disney is the most fun place I’ve been and worth the money.

    • Barry Choi on November 17, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      Archie,

      Yes, Disney World is not a cheap place to visit. It’s a different experience than visiting other countries, but it’s an amazing experience nonetheless.

      • Brian Henry on December 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM

        I am wondering if the tickets for Disney from Visit Orlando are OK. They are cheaper than getting it just from Disney. Thank you very much. Even with the Canadian discount they are cheaper but maybe they are not the same tickets. I checked for a 4 day ticket one park per day.

        • Barry Choi on December 1, 2019 at 1:28 PM

          Brian,

          Visit Orlando is the official tourism board of Orlando so the tickets are 100% legit. It’s possible that the price is lower because they have their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale right now where all tickets are 10% off which includes mutl-day tickets or exclusive offers they have.

          • Brian on December 1, 2019 at 1:41 PM

            Thank you so much for your response!!



  15. Pooja on December 11, 2019 at 6:21 AM

    fantastic information. Really helpful

  16. Derek Moore on December 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Great Artcle packing our own food & sealed water bottles

  17. Lisa on January 5, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    I just went for new years 2020. Parking was $25/day for standard car. Sometimes we took a bus, sometimes we took an Uber. The water park is by far the best value and the least crowded. I love Disney, but do not recommend going during Christmas week. By far the least enjoyable time I’ve ever had,although still a good time. Just lots of people which adds to wait times at every turn. Highly recommend going during.Food & Wine festival time, Halloween, and March

    • Barry Choi on January 5, 2020 at 4:30 PM

      Lisa,

      I went in early November when crowds are more manageable and it was still crazy busy/ I love Disney too, but the last two times I’ve been have not been as fun. The fast pass system was good when it started, but it feels like every ride is gone right away now unless you’re staying on-site.

  18. Jackie on January 22, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Very helpful article! What is the fast pass system?

    • Barry Choi on January 22, 2020 at 9:16 PM

      Jackie,

      Fast Pass allows you to pick a few rides where you get a dedicated time to go on them. Basically, you don’t need to wait in line. That said, although every ride is available for Fast PAss, there isn’t an unlimited amount so the rides you want me not be available for Fast Pass.

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