When planning a Disney World holiday, the cost is peoples number one question. There is no simple answer. What I can tell you is that if you ask on a Facebook site whether you have a good deal, the answer will always be no. People wont compare similar times of year. They wont compare family size. They wont compare accommodation or flights. The only way to tell is to price it up yourself.
When doing this, there are some things to consider which will ultimately impact the cost of your holiday one way or another.
- Which parks do you want to visit? Park tickets are a massive expense in an Orlando holiday, especially the Disney ones! Do you want to do theme parks every day of your holiday or take a more relaxed approach? Look at the ticket packages and choose the best for you.
- Do you want to stay onsite? If so then you could look at the Disney Dining plan which is a great way of eating in the parks and free at certain times. Things to think about are the space of the room that you are in. Personally, 5 of us together in a room for 2 weeks is not our idea of a holiday. Also if you have table service you will also need to pay tips, which can mount up. You would also need to look at booking a lot of your meals 180 days in advance.
- Do you want to stay offsite? If so a villa might be an option but would require you hiring a car. There are also parking charges to factor in – currently $25 a day at Disney parks.
- Do you want to fly direct? Flying indirect is one of the easiest ways to cut the cost at peak times. However, it means getting there and getting back will take you longer. Some people love this and save hundreds.
- Do you need a car? Many people chose not to drive in Florida. This will depend on your accommodation choice. If you are near enough, Uber and Lyft are good ways of getting around.
- Can you go when it is quieter? As a teacher, this is the biggest issue for our family. It really only leaves us with Easter (which is one of the busiest times) and August (where it is really hot and thunderstorms happen daily.)
Once you have considered all of these things then you will have an idea of what you want from the holiday and can start pricing it up. Many advocate a DIY approach which will take time to get the best prices. When we looked DIY and a travel agent were pretty much the same cost so we opted for the travel agent to get ATOL protection.
Do you have any other things to consider when booking a Disney World holiday?