• On Jun 22, 2016
    Tonya from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it possible to have a good vacation experience with a budget of $5,000? This budget also includes airfaire. This will be our first time as a family of 4 visiting Disney. Thank you

    Hi Tonya,

    I have good news! You can absolutely have a wonderful Walt Disney World vacation on just about any budget. I've made great memories in just one day, so believe me when I say there is plenty of magic to go around.

    We love Disney Resort Hotels for theming, pools and ease of travel using Complimentary Resort Transportation. I recommend Disney's Pop Century Resort or a Little Mermaid room at Disney's Art of Animation Resort to save on room costs. These Value Resorts are great because they each have a dedicated bus that goes to and from the parks, which cuts down on travel time. You'll save a little on your room rate if you visit Sunday to Friday, eliminating weekend nights and if you can travel during a value season, you'll save even more.

    I also don't think you need a ticket for each day. We love having a day off to enjoy the pool or visit Disney Springs. You can't do everything, so choose a few must-see attractions and plan around them. On a 5-day trip, my family might visit the parks for 3 of those days to leave room for other things.

    In the parks, we always bring water and snacks with us. That doesn't mean we never get a Mickey Premium bar, but it saves a lot of money to have a few items to munch on throughout the day.

    For dining, I recommend one Character Meal during your stay and enjoy the less-costly but tasty Quick Service options for the remainder of your time. Remember, this is your vacation! There are many ways to enjoy Walt Disney World and they are all wonderful!

    Wishing you a fun and budget-friendly trip! Happy planning.

    Andrea U.
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, North Carolina

Born and raised in Florida, I have been a fan of Walt Disney World Resort for my entire life. My husband and I love watching our preschool and kindergarten-age sons experience new attractions as they grow with each visit. In my house, we believe you’re never too old or too young to have a fantastic time at the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Andrea

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