Trip: April 2019
Megan, a reader, shared her mother daughter trip to Disney on a budget with me. It’s a great example of how affordable family travel is possible even to Walt Disney World.
Her 5 day, 4 night trip included 4 days in the park and 3 sit down meals including one character meal for a Total cost of $1220 Total.
- Sign up for emails through major budget airlines. She signed up for Allegiance, Southwest, Frontier and Jet Blue. They will frequently email promotion codes.
- Keep an eye out for Disney’s special offers. They frequently offer 25-30% off.
- Keep an eye out for special ticket offers. The 4-day 1 park per day pass is usually offered January through April each year.
- To save on food costs bring breakfast and share meals.
Megan was able to snag round trip flights to Orlando for only $150 total for her and her daughter on Allegiance Airline. She has flown them a handful of times and never had any delays or issues.
She was able to score a $75/nt rate for Disney’s all-star movies with a promotion. She refuses to pay more than $130/nt for a hotel and recommends you keep checking Disney’s site frequently. Total cost $330 with taxes and fees for 4 nights.
Park tickets are usually the most expensive part of a trip to Disney World. Food sometimes is but there’s ways around that. Megan was able to grab a special ticket offer for 4-day 1 day per park tickets for only $210! That’s a total of $420 for the 2 of them.
Megan brought food for breakfast from home which I always recommend doing as its an easy way to save. Disney portions are so big, she was able to split meals with her daughter. She spent a total of $320 on food and some other items including sunscreen, wipes and Zyrtec that she needed. She splurge on 3 sit down meals: Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow white and friends, Rain Forest Café and Sci Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. For 5 days for 2 of them all food,a few nonfood items and 3 sit-down meals for a total of $320. Disney meal options range from $10-$20 for an entree but some of there $10 items are very large and shareable. Sharing a meal could easily average only $20-$30 a day for lunch and dinner. But make sure you plan a little in your budget for some Disney snacks. She also brought a refillable water bottle and got filtered water at any of the quick service restaurants or snack shops.
Megan tries to avoid purchasing souvenirs at Disney but spent a total of $60 on items including a $50 gift card her daughter received for her birthday. Her daughters favorite was experiencing pick a pearl in Japan at Epcot. She had purchased a Cinderella cage pendent on-line before the trip to save and they were able to “make” the necklace together.
$1220 Total for a 5-day 4 night trip to Disney for 2 with 4 days at the park and 3 sit down meals.
Thank you Megan for showing us affordable family travel is possible even at Disney World.