Disney World Or Disneyland

Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort – Which Costs More?

How much does a Disney vacation cost? Well, the answers to that question are as plentiful as the fish in King Triton’s ocean. Add to that the variables of flying or driving from a variety of different cities and this becomes a question for the ages. But recently our friends at Hipmunk did some extensive research and squirreled together some numbers for traveling to Disney World or Disneyland. For the purposes of this exercise and to have an apples-to-apples comparison, prices are based on a family of four for four nights with kids ages 7 and 9. (Children 10 and over are equal in cost to an adult park ticket)

From Hipmunk: “The columns on the far right and left represent the base prices, meaning on average, a family of four will spend more than $3,000 on travel, accommodations, and park admission at either location. Disney World is about $250 less expensive, however— and those are savings that can make a big difference when on a budget.”

Disneyland Resort Hotel Prices:

  • Grand Californian $620.42
  • Disneyland Hotel $552.73
  • Paradise Pier $423.10
  • Average $532.08

Disney World Resort Hotel Prices:

  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside $255.40
  • Caribbean Beach Resort $205.41
  • Art of Animation Resort $245.58
  • Wilderness Lodge $374.62
  • All-Star Sports Resort $132.61
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village $320.70
  • Polynesian Village Resort $455.55
  • Bay Lake Tower Resort $780.75
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa $577.66
  • All-Star Music $134.69
  • Average $348.30

While Disney World hotels are on average less expensive than their counterparts at Disneyland, we found that some fan favorite foods are less expensive at Disneyland. So, in short, there is no neat and tidy answer to the question of which Disney destination is actually cheaper. But, it stands to reason that with a larger number of resorts at different price points available at Disney World, visitors can find accommodations to suit whatever budget they have. Including flight, hotel, food and spending money, a day at either magical destination can cost approximately $500-$1,000 per person per day. Driving to either Disney location, choosing a budget resort and participating in the Disney Dining Plan can afford even more savings for your family.

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After his 1st trip to Disney World when he was 5 years old, Disney Fanatic has been hooked on all things Disney ever since!