Disney Vacation Cost for a Family of Five

What is the Disney vacation cost for a family of five? How much does a Disney vacation cost?

These are the questions I often get when I share about our Disney vacations. The cost of traveling to Disney World with a family of five can vary depending on a lot of factors. Today I am sharing details on what our Disney vacations cost and give you an idea of the average cost of a Disney World vacation for a family.

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The average cost of a Disney World vacation can vary but expect to spend between $4,000.00-$7,500.00 including hotel accommodations for a week, 4 day park tickets (not including park hopper), and food. Transportation and extra spending will vary.

The biggest factors in the cost of a Disney trip will be the age of the family members and the time of year you visit. I go into more details in my article: How to plan Disney on a Budget that includes ways to save.

For the purpose of this article I want to break down the cost of a Walt Disney World vacation and set up your expectations for what a typical Disney trip will cost.

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How Much Does it Cost to Go To Disney World

You will need to consider these things when pricing out your Disney World vacation:

  • Age of Everyone Traveling (at the time of the trip)
  • Preferred Resort
  • Time of Year You are Traveling
  • How Many Parks You Will Visit
  • What Type of Dining Do You Want to Include
  • Transportation Costs
  • Extra Costs, Souvenirs, etc.

What Are the Ages of Your Traveling Party

This may come as a shock to most people traveling to Disney World with a family of five but a child is considered 3-9. That means when your child turns 10 they are considered an adult at Disney World.

I’ll let that sink in.

That means we have 4 adults and 1 child (for a few more months) when we book our Disney World vacations.

From a cost perspective you pay adult prices for tickets as well as table service dining that is pre-fixe.

Let me explain the dining a bit. If you have reservations at a table service restaurant and you pay per person, like at a characters meal or buffet the price will be adult pricing. If dining cost $59.99 a person for adults includes anyone over the age of 9 regardless of what they actually eat.

If you are ordering off the menu it is at the discretion of the cast member. Usually they will allow you to order off the kids meal but you will receive kids portions. Keep that in mind when booking table service.

For quick service meals (counter service) that you order by mobile ordering or walk up, most of the time anyone can order from the kids menu. I have ordered off the kids meal myself and have never had an issue.

If you have a child under 3, your child is free for tickets and dining at character meals. We took full advantage of this for our first visit in 2013. I share how much that Disney trip cost at the end of this article.

What is the Cost of a Disney World Hotel

The cost of a Disney World hotel can range from $170.00 to $1000.00+ a night. Disney World resort categories are Value, Moderate, and Deluxe.

This will be a large cost of your Disney vacation and it depends what you are looking for. Staying on-site includes transportation to and from the parks, but you will pay more per night than staying off-site. Check out the perks of staying on-site at Disney World.

Making the choice of where to stay depends on your prioritize. We like staying on-site even though it can cost more than off-site.

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What is the Most Expensive Time to Visit Disney World

The most expensive time to visit Disney World is during the busiest times. This usually means July, end of December, and mid-March-April will be the most expensive times to visit.

What is the Least Expensive Time to Visit Disney World

The lease expensive time to visit Disney World is during low crowd times. This is September, January and early February, and the end of August.

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What are the Ticket Costs at Disney World

Tickets costs at Disney World will be one of the biggest costs of the entire vacation. Ticket prices start at $109.00 a day for 10 and up. For our family, one day at a Disney park costs $658.88. This does not include dining or any extras we may purchase.

The more days you purchase the less expensive per day the Disney parks tickets costs. If you purchase a 5 day ticket the daily ticket price is $89.00 a day.

Keep in mind depending on the season you visit you can expect to pay up to $159.00 a ticket for busy season. I checked December 25, 2021 ticket price for one day and it was $159.00 per person.

We find in beneficial from a cost perspective to plan multiple days during our Disney vacation.

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What are the Dining Costs at Disney World

Dining is the one place where we do a great job of staying on budget! We often stick with quick service options because there are so many great ones at the parks. We don’t like wasting time with sit down meals and only plan one or two during our trips.

If you visit Disney World and want to sit down to a table service meal daily be prepared to spend a lot. Dining is not cheap at the parks and a sit down meal at Disney World will cost you over $100.00 a meal.

On a recent visit we spent $136.00 for lunch at a resort restaurant for the five of us. If you want to sit down for a meal a day be sure to factor that into the cost of you vacation to Disney.

I will say quick service meals at Disney World go well beyond the typical theme park food. Some of our favorite meals are at quick service locations and we prefer to spend less time eating and more time enjoying the attractions.

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What are the Transportation Costs to Visit Disney World

Disney World used to offer the Magical Express which was bus service from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort. As of January 2022 this will no longer be offered.

You have a few options for transportation. Book a car or Mears transportation to and from the airport. Mears cost $16.00 each way for adults and $13.50 for children. (As of 9/2021)

Rent a car. Be sure to include cost of parking at the resort. Currently parking costs $15.00 (value), $20.00 (moderate), and $25.00 (deluxe) per day. Guests staying at the resort receive complimentary theme park parking if you choose to skip the Disney transportation.

Disney offers on-site transportation to and from your resort and the theme parks. These vary by resort but are either monorail, bus, boat, or the Disney Skyliner.

How Much Spending Money for Disney World

A once in a lifetime visit may require a larger spending budget on extras during your Disney World vacation. We like to visit a few times a year and because of that we keep a very small limit on our daily extra spending.

If you plan to purchase souvenirs at every park or one item for the entire trip, consider what the cost into your overall trip. Set your expectations on this before you start your vacation.

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Example Cost of Disney Vacation (August 2021)

I thought it would be helpful to share the cost of our Disney Vacation from August 2021.

7 Nights at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

2 Adults, 3 Children (13, 11, and 9), 5 Day Non-Park Hopper

  • Resort and Tickets: $4672.88
  • Dining: $945.28
  • Transportation(Flight): $1100.00
  • Total: $6718.16

Disney is certainly a pricey vacation. There is no way getting around it. I will say we had to make a last minute change to our resort and didn’t get the best deal on our package.

Dining is where we really saved. We did all of our meals at quick service locations except for one table service brunch during a non-park rest day.

We also split meals at times or I often purchase a kids meal. It is worth looking over the menus before you arrive to help you plan the cost of your trip to Disney.

Example Cost of Disney Trip (February 2013)

5 Nights at Disney’s Pop Century

2 Adults, 3 Children (5, 2, and 1), 4 Day Non-Park Hopper

  • Resorts and Tickets: $1695.15
  • Dining: Included in Resort and Tickets Package
  • Transportation (We Drove)
  • Total: $1695.15

I ran the numbers for 2022 and Pop Century was not available. I checked prices for All Star Movies and the total came to $2,131.51, this does not include dining like our trip in 2013.

This trip was years ago and I don’t want to give the impression that cost is anywhere near this now BUT you can save a lot of money visiting Disney before your kids are over 3 years old.

A lot of people wait because they want the kids to remember it but if you want to go and see your kids experience the magic of visiting Disney World it will be the least expensive Disney trip you will ever take!

I will never forget dining with the princesses, watching the night parade, and eating a Mickey bar with my kids at that age. They may not remember but it is a memory I will cherish forever.

Also be on the lookout for free dining offers. Disney has not offered them since the start of the pandemic but they will most likely bring them back in the next year.

I hope this overview of a Disney vacation cost helps you plan your next Disney trip. We are always looking for ways to budget for our Disney trip and plan more visits!

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