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How To Do Disney on a $2,200 Budget – Plan #1

When I speak with people about a potential Disney vacation, the most commonly cited reason for not visiting Disney is the cost. Many people are highly intimidated by the idea of expending what they perceive to be exorbitant amounts of money on a Disney vacation. Admittedly, a Disney vacation can be costly, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to break the bank if you plan well! Disney Fanatic will be publishing a series of three articles, detailing recommendations for a week-long vacation(6 nights) for a family of four! We hope they can help make dreams come true for a family who may have thought a Disney vacation was simply out of financial reach! All prices are based off of information found on the Walt Disney World website for 2015, as well as other sites that detail meal costs. These plans do not include taxes, or any fees for your transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort.

Budget Amount – $2200

Accommodations: All-Star Music

Season: Late February (during Spring Room Offer Promotional Room Rate)

Cost of Room: $640 for 6 nights

Cost of Park tickets: $1,156 (3 adult tickets and 1 child ticket for 4 days, no Park Hopper Option)

Cost of grocery delivery: Approximately $100. This includes:

  • Bottled Water – $10
  • Bagels – $14
  • Cream Cheese – $10
  • Bread – $10
  • Peanut Butter – $7
  • Jelly – $3
  • Cold Cuts and Cheese – $15
  • Snacks (Pretzels, Fruit Snacks, Teddy Grahams) – $16
  • Delivery Fee – $14

Cost of restaurant meals: $223 – This includes:

  • Dinner at Earl of Sandwich – $24
  • Dinner at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – $36
  • Dinner at Fairfax Fair – $39
  • Lunch at The Dolphin Fountain – $46
  • Dinner at Pizzafari – $36
  • Dinner at Sunshine Seasons Food Court – $42

Day 1 – Arrive mid-day. Make sandwiches from grocery delivery for lunch/early dinner. Take a bus to Downtown Disney and have a light dinner/snack at Earl of Sandwich (average cost of entrée – $6.50 X 3 plus $4 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink).

Day 2 – Make bagels in-room for breakfast. Begin the day at Magic Kingdom. Eat packed sandwiches for lunch with bottles of water from grocery delivery. Enjoy dinner at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (average cost of entrée – $10 x 3 plus $6 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink)

Day 3 – Make bagels in-room for breakfast. Take a bus to Epcot and transfer to a bus to the Boardwalk Resort. Take the FREE Boardwalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour at 9:00am. Take a boat ride on the “FriendShip” boats around Crescent Lake. Get off at the Dolphin hotel and have lunch at The Dolphin Fountain (average cost of entrée – $13 x 3 plus $7 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink) Head to take a bus to Animal Kingdom and transfer buses to Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House. Enjoy the wildlife in the savannah behind the Lodge. Take the FREE culinary tour (leaves from Boma Restaurant) at 3:45. Head back to All Star Music for a swim in the pool and sandwiches for dinner. Take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and transfer to a bus to DIsney’s Fort Wilderness for the FREE Campfire Sing-a-long with Chip and Dale!

Day 4 – Make bagels in-room for breakfast. Begin the day at Hollywood Studios. Eat packed sandwiches for lunch with bottles of water from grocery delivery. Enjoy dinner at Fairfax Fair (average cost of entrée – $11 x 3 plus $6 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink)

Day 5 – Make bagels in-room for breakfast. Begin the day at Animal Kingdom. Eat packed sandwiches for lunch with bottles of water from grocery delivery. Enjoy dinner at Pizzafari (average cost of entrée – $10 x 3 plus $6 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink).

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Day 6 – Make bagels in-room for breakfast. Begin day at Epcot. Eat packed sandwiches for lunch with bottles of water from grocery delivery. Enjoy dinner at Sunshine Seasons Food Court (average cost of entrée – $12 x 3 plus $6 kids meal with cups of ice water to drink).

Day 7 – Depart Disney. Make sandwiches with leftover bread or bagels for the plane ride or drive home! As you can see, the above plan takes advantage of the fact that Disney allows guests to bring their own food and beverages into the parks! If you are driving to Disney and don’t require delivery service, you will save a bit of money on your groceries. Even on this tight budget you will be able to enjoy some of the delicious food Disney has to offer. Look for another article coming soon for another budget-conscious vacation plan!

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– How You Can Do Disney on a $2,200 Budget – Plan #2

– How You Can Do Disney on a $2,200 Budget – Plan #3

About Jessica Brosnan

Jessica is a mother of one and an elementary school teacher in New Jersey. She enjoys musical theater and loves to cook. Jessica is a Disney Vacation Club member and is perpetually planning her next Disney vacation.