Chris and I were driving home from work last week and as always, the topic of Disney came up in conversation. Chris mentioned that he was wondering the cost of a Disney vacation compared to any other vacation, and we started talking about what a trip to Europe, for example, would cost compared to what we paid to go to Disney World (and what we project we’ll be paying for another upcoming trip to another Disney destination;)).
Here’s the deal: Disney is expensive. There’s no doubt about it. From the hotels to the food to the park tickets, everything adds up very quickly, and you can easily feel shocked by the price tags. It’s almost inevitable to gasp every time you see the total estimated cost for a Disney trip.
But when Chris and I spoke about the cost comparison of Disney trips and others, a very important point was made: with Disney, you are getting a lot out of what you pay for. Sure, the park tickets are undoubtedly expensive. But when you enter the park gates every day, you know that every activity has already been paid for.
Chances are, if you’re planning a European vacation, you are going to participate in tours, go on excursions, visit museums, watch shows, etc. And each of these things will likely cost you money and a separate ticket…see where I’m getting at?
But I’m getting ahead of myself here. So here are some definitive reasons why we love and value Disney vacations.
Nearly all of your heart’s desires are included in your park tickets
As I mentioned above, when vacationing around the world, you’re most likely going to want to participate in excursions, visit museums, tour monuments and capitols…and, well, these things cost money.
And while Disney park tickets are quite expensive, they include so much more than unlimited rides. From fireworks displays and castle shows to water pageants and parades, almost everything you could ever want to do or see in a Disney park is included in your park ticket. The California and Florida parks offer so much to park guests, so be sure to take advantage of both the rides and everything else when you visit! Whether you’re visiting for one day or one week, there is a ton to see and do.
Your vacation can have that all-inclusive feel you’ve always wanted
With the Disney Dining Plan, you can pay for your meal costs up front and eliminate the stress of meal costs before your trip even starts.
Side note: Disney is very flexible when it comes to paying off your trip—all you have to do is pay a deposit when booking your vacation and pay off your entire vacation by the month before your trip (although policies on this may vary depending on which Disney destination you are vacationing to).
Disney World offers three Dining Plan options: the Quick Service Dining Plan (which includes two quick service meals and two snacks per day), the Disney Dining Plan (which includes one quick service meal, one table service meal, and two snacks per day), and the Deluxe Dining Plan (which includes one quick service meal, two table service meals, and two snacks per day). These plans can be a great option for those who want to pay for their entire trip before even setting foot on Walt Disney World Property.
Plus, Disney World often releases free dining promotions for those staying in a Disney resort, so be on the lookout for when those are released! Christopher and I, for example, took advantage of this free dining promotion by accepting the Quick Service Dining Plan for free and paying the difference of upgrading to the Disney Dining plan. We only paid a total of approximately $125 per person for an entire week of dining!
Disney isn’t just for kids
Disney is something that many people don’t fully understand unless they love Disney. And when you’re an adult couple without any kids, finding people who understand why you would vacation to kid paradise is pretty rare.
But Disney isn’t just a vacation destination for kids and families. Disney parks and resorts are some of the most romantic and thrilling places to be! There were several instances on our WDW vacation last fall that were so romantic and lovely. The entire vacation was purely blissful and magical. While we are definitely kids at heart, I think a lot of the magic came from the little romantic moments during our trip, from holding hands while watching a beautiful fireworks display to dining by a window in Cinderella Castle overlooking Fantasyland.
Disney has some of the most fantastic restaurants and ambiance imaginable, amazing food festivals, and entertainment that people of all ages can enjoy. I even believe that I love Disney parks even more as an adult than I ever did as a child!
Thanks so much for reading! If you love Disney vacations or if you have a destination that is your favorite place to travel to, let me know in the comments! 🙂