If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question, I would be able to book a Disney holiday once a year, haha! I thought it was about time that I put together a blog post covering the costs when planning your Disneyland holiday. Firstly, if you’re not in my Family Travel Addicts Facebook Group and Disney Mums and Dads Australia Facebook group, you’re missing out! You’ll find a heap of info on planning a holiday with kids there, so come over and join us.
So how much does it really cost to take a trip to Disneyland? Let me help you!
Flights– You should be aiming to pay under $1000 pp return depending on the time a year that you’re booking. Obviously, in December, you’ll be paying big bucks. I personally would never pay over $1000 pp for flights to the states. Both times we’ve been to Disney we have flown directly from Brisbane to LAX with Virgin Australia (they are fantastic to fly with). For the first trip, we paid $860 return, and the second trip was $960 because we had 2 internal flights to add on. How do I get them that cheap? I watch and stalk online sites for cheap flights and then take them to Flight Centre to match (I’ve since been told Flight Centre no longer match flights).
Accommodation– If you plan on staying on-site at a Disney resort, you can expect to pay 2x the price you would if you stayed off-site just across the road. We stayed at the Park Vue Inn during our first visit and on the second visit, we stayed budget at the Eden Roc Inn & Suites at the bargain price of $130 AUD per night! I book all our accommodation on hotels.com because it’s in AUD and you get a bonus night for every 10 nights booked. Seriously though, as long as it’s clean and close, you’re never in your room, so I don’t see much point in spending too much money on accommodation. If your budget stretches, for sure stay on site! The Disney experience is pretty amazing, but you sure do have to pay for it. I’m planning to save like crazy and stay on property just once so my kids get to experience it.
Now tickets depend on how long you want to spend at the parks (Disneyland and California Adventure). We are a family of DISNEY ADDICTS, so we opted to get the 10-day Disneyland and California Adventure Park Hopper, which allows unlimited visits for 10 days. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s only a little more than the 3-day pass! These 1- day passes are only available to Australian and New Zealand residents, and only available here in Australia from a travel agency.
10-Day Park Hopper $548 AUD adults (10+) and $521 AUD children (3-9)
3-Day Park Hopper $410 AUD adults (10+) and $410 AUD children (3-9)
I budget a minimum of $200 AUD per day for food. Some days we spent less and some days we spent more. We did go to Target and Walmart to stock up on snacks, drinks and a few breakfast things to save money. I recommend doing this and you’ll save a heap!
You need travel insurance if you’re travelling to the states as health care is mega expensive. For a family coverage with OneCover, you can expect to pay around $250, but the price will vary depending on how long you’re travelling for.
Before you can even think about entering the USA, you need to purchase an ESTA online, which is basically a visa that allows you to travel to the States. There are a few dodgy sites that charge 5x the usual $14 USD fee, so make sure you only book through the official site. The ESTAs are $14 USD each and you can pay via credit card or PayPal online. If you don’t have your ESTA, you will not even be allowed to check in for your flight!
You can expect to pay $60 AUD for a small 5-seater car and around $100 AUD per day for a 7-seater van. I book via CarRentals.com because it’s in AUD and if you watch prices and the car comes up cheaper, you can contact them and they will happily reduce the price for you.
Spending money is a tricky one because it’s so hard to know how much each person would spend. If you do plan on shopping a bit, there are some fantastic outlets not far from Disneyland if you do have a car.
This is not a sponsored post and none of the included links are affiliate links. I’m just a Disney Addict (even named our poor cat Minnie, haha) and I love planning holidays on the cheap. I cover the rest of our USA holiday in this post, which is quite extensive and includes everything you need to know about booking a trip to the States.