The Best Cheap Disney Packages in History
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.
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.
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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
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.
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;
- Use Disney’s free transportation
- Use your own transportation
- 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.
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
September – Mid October
May-Early August is super busy for Disney and also very hot.
Any holidays are busy.
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.
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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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