The Best Cheap Disney Packages in History – 2018

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The Best Cheap Disney Packages in History

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When looking into cheap Disney packages, it can be hard to find one that fits into your budget. Finding the right Disney package deal can be tough.

I’d like to put together the cheapest Disney World family package for 5. But also show you where my reasoning comes from.

Hotel

The cheapest hotel is going to be outside of the Disney World Resort property. Staying outside of Disney World does mean renting a vehicle, gas and parking costs, but it’s usually still significantly cheaper.

A one-week car rental from Orlando International Airport will run you between $150-$200, depending on the time of year and how far in advance you can book.

The average cost of a good quality hotel off of Disney property is $45-$70/night. You definitely can get something cheaper with some advance reservation and the right season. More about that later.

You might even be able to stay on property, at a hotel that is not Disney owned, for the range above.

Don’t get me wrong, you can get a decent hotel for $30/night but you will sacrifice quality.

But you’re in the right place, I have a secret for you. Ramada Gateway is less than a mile from the Disney World entrance and you can stay here for $25-$50 night. It’s a large hotel with a little bit of motel feel but the quality isn’t bad at all. I’ve stayed here multiple times.

Price them out on Priceline and then call them and see if they can do something cheaper than what’s online.

For a great Disney package deal that includes flights, I would use JetBlue Getaways. This is what I used back in 2012, which is the trip that started this website. For under $600 I was able to buy two flights and 6 nights at a hotel in Lake Buena Vista.

When you’re booking anything for your Disney trip, make sure to use Ebates to earn free cash back.

Food

All inclusive Disney vacations are a dream come true… Unfortunately, they don’t actually exist.

Getting as close to that as possible is the goal. Plan out your meals as much as you can and when you can’t, at least set yourself a budget for the meal.

Once you have your agenda and meals planned out you’re as close as can be to an all inclusive Disney vacation because you can now wrap that cost into your overall Disney budget.

Want to save money on your food budget? Head over to the Disney on a budget 2017 guide

 

More Information:

Disney on a Budget Worksheet

 

Park Tickets

Just recently I had someone reach out to me last minute about cheap Disney world tickets.

When you’re putting together a cheap Disney package, theme park tickets are one of the biggest parts of your budget.

Though it’s difficult to save a lot on Disney World ticket, it is possible.

In fact, I have an entire post on the subject.

If we are putting a Disney World family package for 5, and we are doing a 3-day ticket, you can save up to $20/ticket with Undercover Tourist.

Right now they have a 4-day ticket that gives you an extra two-days FREE.


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Transportation

Getting to and around Disney World can be tricky when putting together a cheap Disney package because there are so many variables.

Where are you located?
When are you traveling?
How many people are in your party?

If we take it back to planning a Disney World package for 5, and you are within driving distance (20 hours or less) of Disney, the cheapest option is to drive.

However, if it’s only two of you and the drive is over 10 hours, flying is probably the better fit.

Here are some tools I like to use:

  • Skyscanner.com – allows you to look at flights over a month’s time.
  • Kayak.com – Will tell you if it’s a good time to buy

I linked to my Disney on a budget worksheet before, use it to figure out whether driving or flying is the best fit for your trip.

Getting around Disney World

During a Disney trip you have three options;

  1. Use Disney’s free transportation
  2. Use your own transportation
  3. Use Uber.

If you are driving a vehicle, don’t forget to add in the cost of parking. At Disney parking is $20/day. Once you do pay, make sure to save your receipt for re-entry. Especially if you are park hopping.

Timing

When trying to go to Disney World while getting the most bang for your buck, it’s important to choose the right timing. Getting a good Disney package deal has a lot to do with the time of year.

During its peak period, Disney World is more expensive, more crowded, and just harder to deal with all around.

I noticed this for the first time when I went for a week near my birthday. Aquarius here.
The weather was cool, I wore a hoodie most days and the crowds were low. As were prices. After a good amount of research and personal experience, here are the dates I suggest.

Mid January – Mid February
Late August
September – Mid October
Early November
Early December

No Gos

May-Early August is super busy for Disney and also very hot.
Any holidays are busy.

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Cheapest Disney Package

Disney World Family Package for 5
One week stay

Hotel – $356
How: I’d really shop around for this one. Start at TripAdvisor and also try Expedia and Priceline.

Right now you get 10% cashback with Ebates, so don’t forget to sign up for free.

Parking– $60
How: $20/day, 3 days at the parks.

Tickets – $1500
How: I saved over $100 by using UnderCover Tourist.

Transportation – $500
How: I used Expedia.com to book my car rental, I’ve tested a few different travel sites and Expedia has the best prices. Flying for 5 people just doesn’t make sense financially so we’ll drive the 18 hours.

Food – $1625
How: This one is hard to estimate as food really depends on preferences within the family. I would start with my post on cheap eats at Disney. I figured $125 for groceries that cover breakfast and most snacks, and then $250/day for all other meals. Some days you will spend less and some days more.

Total – $4041

Part of putting together your cheap Disney package should also be in investing in both my Disney on a Budget eBook and the Official Guide to Disney. Between my tips and the coupons found within the Official Guide, you can take your savings to the next level.

Because a Disney vacation can come in so many different shapes and sizes, there are so many ways to save money. Don’t miss out on the opportunities there are to keep some money in your pocket.

 

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33 thoughts on “The Best Cheap Disney Packages in History – 2018

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    I think this was a great guide and your ideas are real savers. I never realized you could get a hotel for that low a price especially around Disney.

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    I think you raise a good point about staying outside of the disney properties – we stayed inside when we went and hated the fact that we had no control over food, had to eat what they had in food courts etc. I think it’s also worth actually looking around online to suss out great deals like you’ve said!

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    It’s been a while since I last went to Disney! It’s definitely a dream destination especially if you have kids. These packages are awesome and helpful! It’s always nice to be able to save!

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    I have been dying to take my kids to Disney forever! We have three kids though and the price always seems impossible. It’s nice knowing you can do it on a budget!

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      For sure. When I do example Disney budgets for a family of 5 it’s always a shocking number to see. But I have to remember it’s 5 people not 2 like I’m used to.

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    All I can say is I’m glad that we are Florida residents because without those discounts, we would never have been able to go!I It’s just so expensive!

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    This is really worth noting. I would surely bookmark this for future disney plans! Great, thanks for sharing!

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    I am glad to be a FL resident b/c I know Disney could be much more expensive! We live only about 1.5 hr away so not terrible but we still like staying so we don’t have to drive home.

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    I have this goal to go to every single Disney them park in the planet, lol. We’ve been to a number of them but it’s definitely not possible without careful planning especially with the expenses! I love these packages!

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    This is just what I needed! My husband and I definitely want to take our boys but having a hard time finding the right package!

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    I actually like staying at Disney properties just so I don’t have to think about transportation. It’s nice walking out of the hotel and to a shuttle then basically being in the park. Of course, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend with my kids yet so I’ll have to see how much money they add to the trip to see if it’s worth it!

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      I feel the same way. There really is nothing like staying on-site. I think when trying to do the cheapest Disney vacation you have to stay off-site but trying to find the budget to stay at a Disney resort is well worth it

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    A Disney vacation is definitely expensive, but if you plan ahead you can save money. I would say the meals were the thing that caught me off guard, even though I had the meal plan. Next time I visit, I will be even more prepared.

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    We go to Disney at least once a year. These are some great package deals!

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    Disney has not been on our radar in a while but now it could be. Thanks so much for making me aware of these.

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    Thank you for the tips. I will be keeping these in mind the next time we plan for a trip to Disney. Anything to help cut down on the cost would be very much welcome.

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    We have never been to Disney as a family yet, but I definitely can’t wait to go on the cheap!

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    We went once and were able to get a deal with a free meal plan if we stayed on the disney property. It made it feel like a luxury vacation. Our youngest was young enough to be free so we only had to pay for three.

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      I haven’t snagged that deal yet but I’d love to. It really is the best one out there

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    Oh wow, this is so interesting! Thanks for breaking everything down and sharing! I’ve been dying to go on a Disney trip and all this info is so helpful!

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    I’ve always wanted to go to Disney World and seeing your tips sure was helpful and makes us save a lot. Thanks for sharing these cheap disney packages. ^^

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    We are going in March and booked a house right outside the parks from homeaway. Now I am searching for transportation deals!

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    These are some great ways to save money. I would love to come to Disney once I have a family, but realise it wouldn’t be a cheap holiday. Its important to be sensible and well planned to avoid spending too much.

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    Great post! We’re headed to Disney next spring for the Princess Half Marathon so we’ll definitely be using these tips to make our trip fun and affordable!

    Carrie & Shannon \ YouMeDC.com

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    I haven’t been to disney see I was a pre-teen, but when planning to take my littles for the first time I was floored by the total cost. What happened!? Lol, anyway, we’re still going, so a guide like this is very useful.

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    Amazingly, I have never been to Disney World, but my family and I definitely want to visit someday day. We’ll also be looking for ways to save money when we do.

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    If you shop around, and go during free dining, you can literally spend the same amount for a family of 5 staying on Disney property and you can have all the perks of staying on property. This includes extra magic hours, magical express transport to and from the airport, and not having to deal with carrying bags at the airport. You also get a free refillable drink cup for each person for your entire stay. I would never stay off property. Too many perks to factor in, and if you factor those in, staying on property may be cheaper.

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    I’m heading to Disney in October, these are great tips!! always looking to save money

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    I’ve been to Disney World before and it was so expensive! I couldn’t imagine staying near the park. We always find super great deals on Priceline.

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      I once got this GREAT hotel stay for $20/night. It’s super possible

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