2018 is a new year and that means that everything is more expensive than 2017.
I’m waiting for the year where prices go down….
And though my last year’s guide to going to Disney on a budget is still relevant in many ways, I’m ready to take it to the next level with this information on going to Disney on a Budget 2018.
And this year I received hundreds of responses to my question:
And the responses were so great to collect. But also disheartening, most people think a Disney World vacation costs around $6,000.
No wonder, that’s so much money!
Straight from my survey
And some twitter friends too!
So here’s what I think. You all have a ton of money to be saved. A Disney vacation for 4 can most definitely cost $6000 or even more, but it doesn’t have to.
Here’s my budget. These are real numbers that I ran;
Spending on a 5-night/6-day Disney Vacation (for four):
Park Tickets: $1190
Let’s go through the bolded sections to see how I got there.
One of the many great things about going to Disney World so often is I get to try different offsite hotels to tell you about.
Let’s be frank. As I always am.
With off-site hotel prices as low as $20/night, at a decent location may I add, there’s no way you can financially beat that price.
You might be able to find a hotel with shuttles as many of them now have, but even adding in a car rental and gas. That would put you at about $40/night.
That being said. My suggestion is the Ramada Gateway. 1 mile away from the entrance to Disney World property.
The trick with looking up hotel prices is to check multiple sites. Expedia, Trivago, and Priceline are my three.
There was a time where I assumed every travel aggregator was the same with the same deals. But it isn’t true at all. Make sure to check all three.
When looking for a hotel, try to find one with different add-ons that will save you even more money. Such as complimentary breakfast or theme park shuttles.
The majority of your Disney vacation costs come before you get there. But two do not and souvenirs are one of them.
It’s also a part of your budget that can’t be strictly planned.
The best way to save the most on souvenirs consists of a few methods.
Pre-buy as many souvenirs as possible. To show you how much you can save by doing this I’d like to give you two examples.
Belle Dress – Favorite attire for the kids at the parks
Mickey Shirt – Great to wear during your vacation
Give yourself a strict souvenir budget and find creative ways to stick to it.
Put souvenir money on a Disney gift card. When the gift cards run out then you know that’s it.
Wait. When you see something you like, use the Shop Disney App to save it to your cart and wait until the end of the vacation to buy your souvenirs. A lot of times waiting gives us the clarity we need to say no and then you can have everything shipped to home.
Stick to inexpensive yet useful souvenirs. No need to spend an arm and a leg on something you’ll only look at a few times in your life.
Which is basically 1 or 2 people traveling. At this point, I think the decision becomes very numerical.
Can you find an inexpensive flight? And with the tools in my eBook, I can’t see how you can’t.
What’s the cost of driving compared to the cost of flying?
My trip in December will only be two of us and we will be driving. Because it’s the holiday season the flights are way too expensive and the ulterior was not going.
More than 20 hours from Disney World
Any family size
Time is money, right? What makes a drive that is longer than a day worth it?
Maybe a family with at least 3-4 drivers? I can understand that.
You don’t want to get to your vacation exhausted from your drive or have to spend the entire time dreading the drive back.
Really think through such a long drive. Write down the numbers, consider the effect on your time, etc.
Cheap Disney Tickets
What’s a Disney vacation on a budget withou cheap Disney tickets?
Have you taken a look at how much Disney World tickets are going to cost you?
Park tickets will always be a huge part of any Disney vacation budget. They’re incredibly expensive. 1 day at Magic Kingdom costs more than $100/person per day. Not a great number, but it’s reality.
The good news is that there are discounts available for Disney World tickets and I’ll tell you exactly what they are.
Disney World is very strict with their tickets. They make sure that every person inside those parks has paid their fair share (using fair loosely here). As expensive as they are, you have to see the goodness in knowing that everyone had to deal with that.
There are two ways you can legitimately buy Disney tickets.