Think a substantial Disney vacation is out of reach financially? I’ll show you how to do Disney in 6 days for $3000 or LESS!
Before we begin, there are two things you must know. First, your best bet is to go during the off-season when room rates are discounted, lines are shorter, and temperatures are cooler. February is a fantastic time to visit, so those are the prices I will compare here. Other great times include September, May, and early November. Second, these prices obviously don’t include the travel expenses of getting to Walt Disney World, so be sure to take that into account when planning your budget and adjust accordingly.
Option A – Value Resort/6 Day Park Pass/Full Dining – $2900
You can have it all! For under $3000 you can stay five nights/six days at the All Star Music or Sports Resorts with six day passes to any of the four Disney Parks. Plus, this price includes the full dining package, which will afford you 1 table service meal, 1 counter service meal, 1 snack, and 1 refillable drink mug for each night of your stay. This is Disney’s fully-immersive, yet super-affordable option. And you still have $100 to spend on souvenirs! The only down-side I see to this plan is that you may not want to spend 6 days in the parks, so potentially some of those passes would not get fully utilized.
Option B – Value Resort/4 Day Park Pass/ Quick Dining/Water Parks + Golf – $2800
With this option, you could still stay at an All Star Resort for five nights/six days. But instead of having 6 passes to the parks, you could instead choose 4 park passes (meaning still have a full day in each park) and add the Water Parks and More option. This way, you could have a little time to enjoy your resort and hit the (amazingly fun!) water parks or golf courses. This could be a more relaxing, vacation-y option instead of trying to fit in 6 park days. This price also reflects a down-grade to quick-service dining, however. That means instead of a table service credit, you’d have a second counter-service credit for each night. If having a sit-down meal each night is important to you, you’d have to break the budget a little to upgrade this back to the regular dining plan – around $3150.
Option C – Value Resort/4 Day Park Pass/Quick Dining – $2575
For a more pared-down version, Option C would still allow you to stay at an All Star Resort with 4 days in the parks. This price also includes the quick dining option. But since this option leaves you with some room in the budget, you could consider either upgrading to the full dining package or to a park hopper package for an additional $250 each (approximately). The hopper option helps you to really make the most of your time in the parks, utilizing late night hours more efficiently and allowing you to repeat some favorites. Also, remember that even if you don’t have table service credits, you can still make table service reservations if there’s a place you’re dying to try – just pay individually for those meals.
Option D – Off Property Suite/4 Day Park Pass/Water Parks + Golf – $2150 + meals
Finally, Option D allows you some flexibility with a large off-property suite. Going just a stone’s throw away from Disney property can offer a lot more space at a fraction of the price. Check out this article for some recommendations: The Top 5 Hotels Outside Of Disney Property. You’d be on your own for meals with this option, but with $850 left to spend in the budget, you can make some pretty fabulous choices over six days, especially considering a suite will allow you to have at least one meal in your room. Also note that this price includes the Water Parks and More option, meaning that pretty much your entire vacation will be spent on Disney property anyways – you’d only be sleeping a little further away.
Doing Disney for under $3000 is totally within your reach! Just choose the options that are most important to your party, and you’ll be on your way to creating magical memories – without breaking the bank.
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