All parents want to give their children the gift of knowing their favorite characters in Disney World and here we tell you what expenses you can expect
For many parents, taking their children to Disney World in Orlando, Florida has become an important goal. Not only to fulfill the dream of many children, but also is one of the most family-friendly destinations, for all the facilities it offers.
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However, the first consideration that parents take into account when they think about making the trip are the costs, which is understandable, in no way is it a cheap experience. However, there are strategies that you can take into account to make this trip friendlier with your budget.
We will omit air expenses, as they vary greatly depending on location and time of year. Here, we tell you how much you can expect to pay for an experience in the happiest place on earth:
Your hotel expenses will be the first determinant of how much your trip to Disney will cost you. In general, according to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018, the best reviewed tourist guide of the most popular amusement park in the world, the choice of hotel makes you decide: Do you prefer less days in a better hotel? Or more days in a worse one?
When we talk about 'a better hotel' we usually refer to some of the ones that are inside the parks. Among these, the most comfortable, best located and with the most convenient transportation to and from the airport, there are also three price bands. The most expensive, the Disney Wilderness Lodge, a luxury hotel decorated like a cabin in the northwest of the United States, has rooms from $ 373 dollars with capacity for four adults.
The most affordable among the Disney hotels would be the Disney Pop Century Resort, with rooms from $ 130 dollars and capacity for four adults. Both have the advantages of free transportation between parks and hotels and offer their guests additional time inside the parks, before or after the closing time.
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The cheapest alternative, however, is to stay at a low-cost hotel outside the parks, which offer an accommodation comparable to that of Disney hotels without the convenience, but at a much lower price. A good option for families could be the Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort, with rooms from $ 80 dollars per night for four people, an aquatic theme park that can even replace a day in the parks.
Finally, if you travel with more than 4 people in your group, the cheapest option begins to be the rental of a house, usually in one of the condominiums that abound around the parks. For a three-bedroom house, you can expect to pay from $ 150 to $ 180 dollars and have a kitchen, which can reduce your travel costs significantly, since the restaurants inside the parks have a reputation for being expensive.
2. The entrance to the parks
The other significant expense you should consider when planning your trip to Disney are the tickets to the parks. One thing is clear, you must buy your tickets in advance through the website, because at the entrance it will cost about $ 20 dollars more.
There are a lot of options to consider for the tickets. The price of a day ticket to a single park costs $ 109 dollars, but you can buy options like Park Hopper, which allows you to visit more than one park in one day for an additional $ 55 dollars.
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In general, the more days you buy, the lower the cost of a single day's entrance. Keep in mind that Disney World has four amusement parks to visit: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.
So, if you want to go to the Disney parks for two days, you should bear in mind that for each member of your group you must pay $ 101 dollars per day. If you also want to visit the four Disney World parks in those two days, you should also try Park Hopper, which will leave the total cost of each ticket at $ 133 dollars per day. For a family of four, entering the Disney parks according to this plan would cost $ 404 dollars going to only two of the four parks and $ 532 dollars trying to go to the four using the Park Hopper option.
3. Food and shopping
Having covered air tickets, lodging and the entrance to the parks, the only other expenses that you must take into account are food and purchases.
It's easy to save on food during your visit to Disney World parks in Orlando, although restaurants within the parks are usually expensive (a plate at Epcot's Le Cellier restaurant costs on average about $ 47), there are ways to reduce expenses. Carrying small meals with you in the parks that help alleviate hunger and keep your group fed while finding a cheaper option outside the parks is a good alternative to eating at Disney restaurants.
On the other hand, purchases depend a lot on your budget, and can even be missed from the trip. However, if you want to buy Disney merchandise, it is preferable that you do it outside of the parks, in places like Disney's Character Warehouse, located in the outlets around the parks, where you will find products that are the same or similar to those that can be bought in the parks at reduced prices.
LatinAmerican Post | Pedro Bernal
Translated from “¿Cuánto te puede costar ir con tus hijos a Disney World?”
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