• On Dec 12, 2008
    Shelina from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I are on a very tight budget. They have been begging to go to DisneyWorld for a few years now. Is it realistic to think that a family of five could go there on less than $3,000.00 and have a great experience?


    There are so many variables that will affect the total cost of your vacation including the ages of your children, how long you stay, and where you stay.  That said, I ran some sample dates/ages of children through the Disney World quote system on the homepage and the numbers came back very promising.  Here are just some of the things you can do to keep your trip within budget:

    - Travel during value season. Room rates during these times of year can't be beat!
    - Don't overbuy when you purchase your park tickets. A great time can be had by all without adding the park hopping or water park option.
    - Get the most for your resort room dollar.  Depending upon the ages of the children, a family of five can comfortably stay at Port Orleans Riverside (a moderate resort).  If you'd like to spread out, consider the family suites at the All Star Music Resort.
    - If you'll be flying in, use Disney's Magical Express, a free airport transfer for Disney resort guests.
    - Skip the rental car.  Disney provides complimentary transportation throughout the resort.
    - Take advantage of the specials Disney runs from time to time.  Currently, you can stay seven nights for the price of 4.  In the fall, Disney has offered free dining for guests who pay rack room rates at their resort hotels.

    It can be done!  With just a little planning, you can treat your family to a Walt Disney World vacation for less than you might think.  Good luck!
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If you're looking to plan a trip for a large party or if your group includes special needs travelers, you've come to the right mom! I'm a southeastern Arizona girl, eager to help you plan the most magical trip you'll ever take.  Learn More About Darcie

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