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  1. Cooper
    June 12, 2018

    hello! I am going on a Disney vacation with some friends but I only need to pay for myself. how much do you think I would need for roughly a 5 to 6 not stay? if I want to stay off Disneyworld property. would 1000 be enough?


    • Dave
      June 13, 2018

      Cooper, 5 days of tickets will cost around $420 (unless prices go up before you buy them). You may be able to find an off site hotel for <$100/night, but make sure you are adding in taxes, any resort fees and any parking charges--if you are driving. You then have to figure park transport--its $22/a day to park at the parks. Off-site bus transport, if offered, is commonly very weak. This leaves nothing for eating, so you will likely be hard pressed to do it for less than $1,250 or so


  2. Scott
    March 7, 2017

    I’m tryin to plan our first trip to Disney and it’ll be between feb. 19-23 2018 planning on stayin on site for 3 nights. Could you give me an idea of how much it’ll be? family of 5 3 kids ages 12 7 3… Thanks


    • Dave
      March 8, 2017

      Scott, see this for tickets and this for rough dining costs. Your hotel could be anywhere from $250 to 900/night…


  3. Michelle
    January 18, 2015

    Thank you so much! I am visiting your site everyday for updates! 🙂


  4. Michelle
    January 16, 2015

    Hello! Thank you so much for sharing all this awesome information! I was wondering, since all the prices are geared towards a family with children, if you could help me think of ways to save when it is just 2 adults. We have never been to Disney, but because of both pricing, and our jobs, my husband and I would have to travel there January 2016. I looked at what the best week would be (the one starting with January 31) and I agree the Art of Animation would be the best place for us to stay in, but when is the best time to book? We plan to be there for 5 nights, and would love your tips! Thank you so much!


    • Dave
      January 17, 2015

      Hi Michelle! The basics of saving are the same for everyone.
      When you book doesn’t matter, as you can always try to re-book into a deal if one comes out.

      Driving is usually cheaper than flying, you won’t save much on tickets anywhere (but try Undercover Tourist https://www.undercovertourist.com/?AID=5527147&PID=7124071).

      Ticket prices will likely go up soon, so buying them soon will avoid that cost.

      The Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation are the most expensive value rooms, and–so far–have been excluded from deals. You might want to do All-Star Music instead. You’ll save $20-30 a night pre-deal, and if a deal comes out, another $15-20 per night as well!

      Among the three lowest-priced values, All-Star Music is my top choice for adults. See this for more on Music: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/07/03/review-disneys-all-star-music-resort-2/


  5. pam
    June 23, 2014

    I am going by myself. Looking to stay at pop century value resort at christmas time (late november..anytime through december). Everything looks to be geared toward families and children. Do you have any tips?


    • Dave
      June 24, 2014

      Hi Pam, Disney can be a hoot as a single traveler. Most of my visits are solo (I travel too frequently to be able to afford bringing my family always too!) and about all I miss is the table service dining, which I’ll rarely do solo. Your dates, avoid December 20 and later…


  6. bobbi
    January 28, 2013

    I am considering a, Walt Disney trip, around, August 1, 2013 for about, 4, nights. I am looking at,myself,46, and one,19 year old and one, 18 year old. I am intrested in, lodgeing and park tickets, I am sure the boys will want to do their own thing and at any time they decide. I do believe that the the dining options will be, fine, becuase the boys will eat anything they get as long as they are on the move at the, Walt Disney, attractions.Do you have any,lodging and ticket, suggestions? I am also trying to do this on, $4,000.00,,,, Is it even possible??? Thanks


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