One of the hardest things to estimate about your first vacation to Disney World is the cost for each line item in your budget. In this post I want to share an example budget that might help you predict more of the secondary costs. Obviously each family has different needs, but I think this is a decent outline of what to expect.
Sample Disney Vacation Budget:
– Smith Family – 2 adults and 2 children under 9 years old
– Traveling from Cincinnati, OH
– 6 day / 5 night vacation
– Summer 2013: Leave 6/23/13 – Return 6/28/13
– Direct Fight Airline Tickets (round trip) = $1259.29
– Mini-Van Rental Car (with 2 child seats) = $618.00
– 2 Bedroom Suite at Nickelodeon Suites Resort (1 mile away) = $2351.00
– 4 Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket from Undercover Tourist
2 Adults @ $268.64 each & 2 Kids @ $251.25 each = $1039.78
– 1 Day Admission to Universal Studios
2 Adults @ $91.90 each & 2 Kids @ $85.95 each = $355.70
Food Budget and Misc.
– Food ($70 adults per day & $40 kids per day) = $660.00
– Souvenirs ($60 per day) = $360.00
– Gas for Rental Car = $100.00
– Emergencies and Special Treats = $500.00
Total Disney Vacation Budget $7243.77
A couple things to note about this particular example…
– I found room nights as low as $129 while researching this budget, but I used the Nick Resort because I know it is close, fun for kids, and the separate bedrooms are a big plus for parents.
– The food budget is a little high, especially if you bring snacks with you. Nonetheless this budget allows for flexibility in your dinning selections.
– If you do a little research you can find complimentary alternatives to renting a car. However, having a car lets you explore more of the Orlando area and is much more convenient then waiting for shuttles.
– The Universal Studios trip is obviously optional, but it can be fun to see other sites outside of the Disney World resort area.
– The summer time frame is considered peak season at Disney World. Cheaper rates on flights and hotels can be found in off seasons like February, April, September, and October.
– Driving from Cincinnati (instead of flying) would save about $1600 on flights and rental cars if you figure 1500 miles/28 miles per gallon x $3.60 per gallon. With these calculation the price of gas would be $192.