Figuring out how much to budget for a trip to Disney World can be a challenge. With so many variables, and a desire to spend as little as possible while still taking in the full experience, it’s important to get a good idea of your options before you take off. We found a great resource for setting your budget. Take a look or see below for the best tips.

Keep an eye on when you’re visiting

One of the biggest factors in the cost of your trip will be when you visit. The busiest months will typically offer the fewest discounts and highest rack rates. These months include the summer plus holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and 3-day weekends. If you have flexibility, you’ll appreciate both the lower cost and the lower crowds during less busy months.


Understand the importance of age

Many parents are surprised to discover that, for the purposes of ticket prices and dining plans, children 10 and older are considered adults. Those under 3 are essentially free to get into the parks and more. Those between 3 and 10 can get significant discounts on tickets. The key is to be prepared for the costs of your 10+ year-old kids to be considered adults.

Accommodations matter most

If you’re like most families, you’ll spend more on accommodations than anything else. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to. There are many ways to save big on lodging, compared to what you’d pay to stay on property at a Disney resort. Check out nearby resort hotels, or considering renting an Orlando vacation home. These homes start at just $99 a night and offer tons of amenities that make them well worth staying a few miles from the parks.