What does the trip cost calculator’s estimate include?
Our Disney World Cost calculator factors in these items when providing you with an estimated Disney vacation cost:
Time of year
We factor seasonal pricing into your estimated costs, based on the general time of year you expect to travel to Disney World. This primarily affects the cost of hotel rooms and Disney theme park tickets.
Theme park ticket prices
We calculate estimated prices of Walt Disney World theme park tickets, based on how many days you’ll go to the Disney World parks, whether you’re upgrading your tickets to include the Park Hopper option, how many Adult and Child theme park tickets are needed, and seasonal pricing for the general time of year you expect to travel to Disney.
For Disney World Hotels, our calculator factors in an estimated cost based on the general time of year you expect to visit, how long you’re staying, and whether you’ll be staying in a Value, Moderate or Deluxe Resort, or in one of the Disney Deluxe Villas.
For offsite hotels (those not located on Disney World property), we ask you to directly enter the nightly cost of your hotel so we can include that amount in the estimated final total expenses.
Transportation to and from Disney World
For those traveling by plane, we ask you to directly enter the cost of your flight to Orlando so we can include it in the final total. We also factor in the estimated cost of ground transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Disney World based on your input.
For those who are traveling by car, we ask you to directly enter the driving distance between your home and Disney World. That allows our calculator to factor in an estimated travel cost (based on average gas mileage and average fuel cost) when calculating your total vacation cost estimate.
If you indicate you’ll be driving, we’ll factor in the cost of Disney’s parking fees.
Disney Dining Plans are currently suspended. In the meantime, we ask you to tell us your general plans for Disney World dining (such as if you expect to have a table service meal on most days, or if you’ll bring your own food); we use that information to factor an estimated cost of food and drink into your overall estimated trip price.
For those who indicate they qualify for some of the most common Disney discounts, we factor those savings into the overall total estimated vacation costs.
What is not included in the Disney World cost calculation?
There are a few things that we don’t try to account for in our calculator when providing an estimated cost of your Disney World trip. Some of these are simply impractical to provide in the calculator, and others are left out because they don’t apply to everyone (so be sure to budget for them separately if you plan to include them in your vacation).
Exact costs based on your exact dates of travel and room/ticket type
Our tool provides a range of estimated average costs based on some general information you provide. For an exact quote, you’ll need to do some further research or contact a travel agent specializing in Disney.
- Hotel rates vary on a nightly basis. Different hotels within the same category of resort can have different prices for the same night. Some rooms charge a premium based on view. Prices for the exact same room on the exact same night can vary depending on how soon or how late you book. With that in mind, our calculator factors in an estimated average cost, but cannot produce an exact cost.
- Theme park tickets are priced based on a demand calendar, so different days have different pricing. Our calculator uses an estimated average cost based on the time of year, but does not produce an exact cost.
Multiple hotel rooms
Our Disney calculator presumes that everyone will be staying in a single hotel room. If you have a larger travel party, this may not be possible. While Disney World does have some Disney Deluxe Villa accommodations that hold a large number of people, most regular rooms hold 4-5 people. If you need more than one hotel room, you should divide your party up and run the calculator once for each hotel room.
There are plenty of options to spend “just a little more” inside a Disney World theme park or around the area. Each individual item isn’t necessarily that expensive, but they can add up over the length of your vacation. For example, Disney Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane access allows you to avoid some of the lines for rides. You might want souvenirs like a pair of Mickey Mouse ears or a Walt Disney World t-shirt. Or perhaps you’ll play some mini golf while you’re here. If you think you’ll purchase any of these, don’t forget to pad your budget accordingly.
Ticket purchases for days in non-Disney theme parks — such as Universal, SeaWorld, LegoLand, FunSpot, Gatorland, Kennedy Space Center, and other Orlando and Central Florida attractions — are not included. If you plan to spend a day or more outside of the parks, factor those costs separately from the total we show you here. Also, note that this calculator is optimized specifically for Disney World in Florida; it is not programmed for Disneyland in California, which has its own rates for hotels and tickets.
How can I calculate the exact price of my vacation?
If you want to go beyond the estimates we provide here and figure out the exact cost of a vacation, you have a few options:
Research each component of your Disney World Vacation separately
Our articles How to Plan a Disney Vacation and How Much Does it Cost to Go to Disney World cover information about each of the major price factors you’ll need to budget for. Using those lists as a guide, you can then visit the Disney World website to get specific prices for tickets, hotels, dining, recreation, tours, and more all based on your exact travel plans. Don’t forget to factor in crowd levels and make a note of when you’re able to begin actually making dining reservations.
Let a travel agent handle your Disney World Planning
If you’d rather not do all of the leg work yourself, you can always enlist the completely-free services of a travel agent who specializes in Disney. We’ve extensively covered why you should use a Disney travel planner in the past, but as a quick reminder:
- Most agents don’t charge a planning fee for their services.
- The trip won’t cost more than if you’d booked on your own; you might even find it’s cheaper!
- They know all the tips and tricks, including any Disney discounts you might not be aware of.
- They’ll provide you with an exact price quote based on your travel preferences, with no obligation to book.
- Your travel agent will make all of your Disney reservations for you, so there’s no getting up early, waiting on hold for hours, or struggling with websites.
- A good Disney travel agent will monitor your reservations after they’ve been booked, and automatically apply new discounts as they become available.
We believe The Vacationeer is the best Disney travel agency. Their team includes more than 90 travel agents who specialize in all things Disney — contact them for a free quote.
Does Disney World offer a payment plan?
It’s no secret that going to Disney World can come with a bit of a sticker shock. When you combine the price of hotels, tickets, food, and everything else, it’s likely your trip will cost at least a few thousand dollars.
That’s a lot of money to come up with all at once. Fortunately, Disney World offers very flexible payment arrangements for their vacation packages.
In most cases, all that’s required to make your Disney reservations is a small deposit of $200.
Once you’ve made your deposit, you can pay Disney on any schedule you like, as long as you’re paid in full by 30 days prior to your vacation. There are no minimum payments, and there are no payment milestones that Disney requires to be met prior to the date that final payment is due.
Note that this payment plan is offered only for Disney World Hotels, and for any Disney theme park tickets that are bundled into your Disney hotel vacation package. If you’re not staying on-site at Disney World, any tickets you purchase will have to be paid in full at the time of purchase. Ticket costs also have to be paid in full if you’re buying them separately from your Disney hotel reservation.
It also goes without saying that the costs of anything you’re not buying from Disney itself cannot be bundled into a Disney payment plan. Tickets for non-Disney theme parks, airline tickets, off-site hotels, ground transportation from the airport, and other third-party services would be subject to whatever payment options those providers offer.
You might be able to pay your off-site hotel over time, but it’s reasonable to expect to pay in full (or at least charge the full amount to your credit card) for plane tickets, ground transportation, and non-Disney theme park tickets.
How can I budget for my visit to Disney World?
The fact that Disney allows you to essentially make your own payment plan for your vacation is great, but it also means that a big part of your Disney World planning is figuring out how to budget for your vacation; Disney is not going to tell you that you must pay a certain amount each month.
Our Disney trip cost calculator will give you a range of what you can expect to spend to go to Disney World, but it’s up to you to break that down into a reasonable method to save up that amount.
The most simple way to decide how much to budget for your vacation is to take the estimated cost from our calculator and then divide it by the number of months between now and your vacation’s start date. Or, you might determine how many times you’ll get a paycheck between now and then, and divide by that number instead.
You might need to further adjust those smaller payments to account for bigger sums you might be able to apply towards your vacation (such as a tax refund or holiday bonus), or to make up for months when you might not be able to pay Disney as much as you’d like (perhaps due to seasonal employment changes).
Of course, breaking your vacation expenses down into smaller amounts is only part of the equation. You also need to be able to actually come up with that money. There are plenty of ways to find extra cash or adjust your vacation plans slightly so they’re more affordable. Even making slight adjustments to your Disney World food costs or hotel plans can make a significant difference. We offer 9 tips for cutting costs to get you started with saving on Disney.
Planning a visit to Disney requires budgeting for a number of factors. Not only are there the obvious expenses like Disney park tickets, but there are also expenses that might not be so obvious, like parking fees and ground transportation. With proper planning for each of these well in advance of your stay, you can make sure that your visit to Disney doesn’t become a financial burden. That’s why we created this tool; we want to make sure everyone who wants to go to Disney knows how much it’ll cost and doesn’t wind up with any nasty financial surprises along the way!