Recently we did a podcast with 2017 pricing and looked at many different budgets. My budget was for $2,500. The guidelines were that is must be for 3 nights and 3 day park tickets for a family of 2 adults, 2 children 10 and 5.
My trip was June 12-16, 2017 at Port Orleans French Quarter in a standard room with 5 day base tickets the total is $2440.70
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If we cheat a little bit and go over budget you can add Memory Maker and the grand total would be $2589.70
I wanted to also price out a similar vacation that included some type of dining plan. Using the same dates of June 12-16 we move over to a value resort All Star Movies standard room. For tickets we have the 3 day base tickets and the Quick Service Dining Plan the total is $2466.98. Bringing this just under the budget!
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Of course these are priced out without any type of discount. If a discount is available that will help you save some money as well.
It’s a question we hear a lot. Is the Disney dining plan worth it? Unfortunately this question does not have an easy answer! It depends. For most families the convenience of paying for your meals ahead of time is absolutely worth it. Budgeting for such a variable can be difficult but when “pre-paying” with the meal plan that’s one less thing you need to worry about. I was curious about cost though, so during my last trip I kept track of one of our day’s dining and decided to do a comparison.
Location: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (POFQ)
Three Beignets (snack credit, or $2.99), Coffee (resort refillable mug, or $2.49 out of pocket)
Location: Be Our Guest Quick Service (MK)
Carved Turkey Sandwich ($12.99, quick service credit), Soda ($2.99 or included with quick service meal), Chocolate Cream Puff ($4.59 or included with quick service meal)
Location: Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine
Buffet dinner ($46.99 for adults, or 1 table service credit)
Total cost: $73.04 or $60.64 per night per adult on the Disney Dining Plan. So in this case, we absolutely made out using the Disney Dining Plan! As always your family’s own eating habits will decide if the dining plan is right for you, but you can see that for some, it is a great choice!
In a new series the Dole Whippies explore what’s available for families on different budgets at Walt Disney World. For our examples we’re going to explore families of 4 with two adults and two children between the ages of 3 and 9. All rates are also going to be “rack” which means during a time in which there are no discounts offered at Disney. As we all well know, those times are few and far between! If you choose to travel during a time that there are special offers at WDW you’ll be able to upgrade rooms, tickets or even earn a free dining plan for these same prices. As always, for guidance on which vacation options are best for you and your family feel free to email us or fill out the “Free Vacation Planning!” tab right here on our website. The assistance of one of the lovely travel agents working for Magical Moments Vacations doesn’t cost you a single penny on top of these prices!
Option Number 1
Three days and two nights at Disney’s Pop Century Resort (value resort)
3 Day Base Tickets
Option Number 2
Three days and two nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort (moderate resort)
2 Day Park Hopper Tickets
Option Number 3
Two days one night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in a Garden Wing Garden View Room (deluxe resort)
2 Day Park Hopper Tickets
Which option would you choose? What other budgets would you like to see us explore (and yes, there will be a “fantasy” budget to conclude this series, for fun!)?
Have you ever wondered what kind of Disney vacation you could have if you only had a certain amount to spend? Wonder no longer because we’ve laid out some helpful scenarios with common budget amounts for you! There’s lots of great information this week so if you think you can’t do Disney because of your budget, you’ll want to catch this week’s episode! Spoiler alert: Disney works with most budgets!