How Much Does a Disney Vacation Cost? Comparing the Cost of Walt Disney World vs. Other Disney Parks

by | Nov 7, 2023 | Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Parks, Hong Kong Disneyland, International Parks, Shanghai Disney Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, WDW Blog

Here’s a look at how much it costs to vacation at a Disney destination, from Walt Disney World to Disneyland to the international parks and resorts.

From theme park tickets to hotel reservations to the flights and transportations costs – and let’s not forget about food and souvenirs! – a Disney vacation often adds up to thousands of dollars. However, the cost of a Disney vacation does vary, especially when you compare U.S. Disney resorts to international ones. So, what’s the true cost of one of these trips? And are U.S. theme parks more expensive than international Disney parks? We’re breaking it all down below.

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The Cost of a Vacation at U.S. Disney Resorts

Here’s a look at how much it would cost for a family of four to vacation at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, both during peak seasons and non-peak seasons of the year.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Walt Disney World?

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Disney World Ticket Prices

The cost of Walt Disney World theme park tickets varies, depending on when you plan your vacation and how many days you’re planning to visit the parks. You can also increase your ticket cost by opting for extra add-ons, like Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus.

Ticket prices start at $109 per day and can reach as high as $189. Adding on options like Park Hopper can increase the per-ticket cost to $183 to $252.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for seven days, theme park tickets with Park Hopper added would total:

  • During peak season: $3,542.20 ($842.48 per adult and $820.67 per child)
  • During non-peak season: $3,100.34 ($738.30 per adult and $717.26 per child)

Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort

If you’re planning to stay on-property at one of Walt Disney World’s many resorts, you have a lot of choices – and options at three different price points. 

Here’s a look at what it would cost to stay in a standard room at a value, moderate, and deluxe resort during the peak season:

  • Value resort (Art of Animation): $2,227.50 ($330 per night)
  • Moderate resort (Disney’s Coronado Springs): $2,143.14 ($317.50 per night)
  • Deluxe resort (Disney’s Contemporary): $5,076 ($752 per night)

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay in a standard room at a value, moderate, and deluxe resort during the non-peak season:

  • Value resort (Art of Animation): $1,408.50 ($208.67 per night)
  • Moderate resort (Disney’s Coronado Springs): $1,663.90 ($246.50 per night)
  • Deluxe resort (Disney’s Contemporary): $3,668.63 ($543.50 per night)

Disney World Airfare Prices

Assuming you’d need to fly to Walt Disney World, here’s a look at a sample cross-country flight price ranges, during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from LAX (Los Angeles) to MCO (Orlando), and cover both nonstop and connecting flights:

  • Peak season: From $369 to $830 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $228 to $448 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you:

  • $1,476 during the peak season
  • $912 during the non-peak season

Walt Disney World Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $3,542.20 $2,227.50 $1,476 $7,245.70
Non-Peak Season $3,100.34 $1,408.50 $912 $5,420.84

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 7-day Disney World vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at a value resort, with airfare, would cost $5,420.84. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with Park Hopper theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $7,245.70 during the peak season.

Of course, it’s important to point out that these total cost estimates don’t include food – and dining can be a significant expense, too! The cost of your food during a Disney World vacation can really vary, though, depending on what types of restaurants you choose to dine at, if you eat every meal out, and if you opt for extras like the Disney Dining Plan. 

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Disneyland?

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disnelyland. Photo by Brian Shih

Disneyland Ticket Prices

The cost of Disneyland theme park tickets varies, depending on when you plan your vacation and how many days you’re planning to visit the parks. You can also increase your ticket cost by opting for Park Hopper, which allows you to enter both Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

Ticket prices start at $83 per day and can reach as high as $179. Park Hopper costs an additional $60 to $65 per ticket.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for five days, theme park tickets with Park Hopper added would total $1,850 ($475 per adult and $450 per child) during both peak and non-peak seasons.

Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

If you’re planning to stay on-property at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, you have three options: the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Here’s a look at what it would cost to stay in a standard room at each one of these hotels during the peak season:

  • Grand Californian Hotel and Spa: $3,638.70 ($777.50 per night)
  • Disneyland Hotel: $2,973.96 ($597 per night)
  • Paradise Pier Hotel: $2,620.80 ($560 per night)

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay at the three Disneyland hotel options during a non-peak season:

  • Grand Californian Hotel and Spa: $3,350.88 ($716 per night)
  • Disneyland Hotel: $2,517.84 ($538 per night)
  • Paradise Pier Hotel: $2,073.24 ($443 per night)

Disneyland Airfare Prices

Assuming you’d need to fly to Disneyland, here’s a look at a sample cross-country flight price ranges, during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from MCO (Orlando) to John Wayne Airport, and cover both nonstop and connecting flights:

  • Peak season: From $481 to $822 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $257 to $586 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you:

  • $1,924 during the peak season
  • $1,028 during the non-peak season

Disneyland Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $1,850 $2,073.24 $1,924  $5,847.24
Non-Peak Season $1,850 $2,620.80 $1,028 $4,951.24

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 5-day Disneyland vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at the most affordable hotel (Paradise Pier), with airfare, would cost $4,951.24. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with Park Hopper theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $5,847.24 during the peak season.

Of course, it’s important to point out that these total cost estimates don’t include food – and dining can be a significant expense, too! The cost of your food during a Disneyland vacation can really vary, though, depending on what types of restaurants you choose to dine at, if you eat every meal out, and if you dine on- or off-property. 

The Cost of a Vacation at International Disney Resorts

Here’s a look at how much it would cost for a family of four to vacation at each one of the international Disney resorts, both during peak seasons and non-peak seasons of the year. And yes, we’ve included the cost of international travel!

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Disneyland Paris?

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Disneyland Paris Ticket Prices

Purchasing tickets for Disneyland Paris is a little different than purchasing tickets for either Disneyland in Anaheim or Walt Disney World’s theme parks. You can choose from two ticket types: Dated for 1-4 days or 1-day undated. Either of these tickets can include admission to just one theme park (Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park) or both. Ticket prices start at $66.64 per adult for one day.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for four days, 2-park theme park tickets would total:

  • During peak season: $1,685.12 ($437.94 per adult and $404.62 per child)
  • During non-peak season: $1,085.32 ($280.85 per adult and $261.81 per child)

Staying at a Disneyland Paris Hotel

There are eight themed hotels to choose from at Disneyland Paris, and you have options that range from outdoorsy and rustic to sleek and modern. Each Disney hotel features a star rating to hint at its price range, from 0 stars to 5 stars. Options like the popular Disney Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel are the most expensive, while the Cars-themed Disney Hotel Santa Fe is more budget friendly.

Hotel reservations and theme park tickets are bundled together, so booking your stay on Disneyland Paris property will include 2-park theme park tickets for the same number of days as your hotel reservation. 

Here’s a look at what it would cost to stay in a standard room at a 4-star and 2-star hotel at Disneyland Paris for 4 days/3 nights, with theme park tickets, during the peak season:

  • 4-star: $3,382.16
  • 2-star: $1,977.46

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay at a 4-star and 2-star hotel at Disneyland Paris, with theme park tickets, during a non-peak season:

  • 4-star: $2,522.62
  • 2-star: $1,619.62

Disneyland Paris Airfare Prices

Traveling to Disneyland Paris does require an international flight, if you’re based in the U.S. – so here’s a look at sample cross-Atlantic flight price ranges during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from MCO (Orlando) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):

  • Peak season: From $986 to $1,298 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $625 to $1,041 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you:

  • $3,944 during the peak season
  • $2,500 during the non-peak season

Disneyland Paris Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $1,685.12 $1,977.46 $3,944 $5,921.46
Non-Peak Season $1,085.32 $1,619.62 $2,500 $4,119.62

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 4-day Disneyland Paris vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at the most affordable hotel (a 2-star hotel), with airfare, would cost $4,119.62. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with 2-park theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $5,921.46 during the peak season.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Hong Kong Disneyland?

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Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Prices

When you purchase Hong Kong Disneyland tickets, you’ll notice your options are a bit more limited than at other Disney resorts. You can either buy a 1-day ticket or a 2-day ticket – but there are no longer multi-day ticket options like you’d find at Walt Disney World in Orlando or even Disneyland Paris. So, if you’re visiting for 4 days, you’ll need to buy multiple sets of tickets.

Ticket prices start at $639 for Hong Kong Disneyland, and 2-day tickets (with a special 2-Day Tourist option) start at $789.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for four days, purchasing 2-Day theme park tickets would total:

  • With Tourist special offer: HK$5,540 (HK$2,770 per set of 2-Day tickets for the entire family)
  • Without special offer: HK$6,332 (HK$3,166 per set of 2-Day tickets for the entire family)

With current currency exchange rates, the 2-Day (Tourist) ticket offer for Hong Kong Disneyland would total $709.10 for the entire family.

Staying at a Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

There are three themed hotels to choose from at Hong Kong Disneyland:

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
  2. Disney Explorers Lounge
  3. Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

Each hotel offers different amenities, room package options, and price points. Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is the “value” option of the three, while Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is the top-tier “deluxe” choice.

Here’s a look at what the total cost to stay in a standard room at each one of the three Hong Kong Disneyland hotels would be during the peak season:

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel: HK$9,350 ($1,96.95 USD)
  • Disney Explorers Lounge: HK$6,930 ($887.15 USD)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Hotel: HK$6,160 ($788.58 USD)

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay at the three Hong Kong Disneyland hotel options during a non-peak season:

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel: HK$8,250 ($1,056.05 USD)
  • Disney Explorers Lounge: HK$6,270 ($802.60 USD)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Hotel: HK$5,280 ($675.87 USD)

Hong Kong Disneyland Airfare Prices

Traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland does require an international flight, if you’re based in the U.S. – so here’s a look at sample cross-Pacific flight price ranges during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from LAX (Los Angeles) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG):

  • Peak season: From $1,672 to $2,369 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $1,260 to $1,804 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you:

  • $6,688 during the peak season
  • $5,040 during the non-peak season

Hong Kong Disneyland Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $709.10 $788.58 $6,688 $8,185.68
Non-Peak Season $709.10 $674.87 $5,040 $6,424.97

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 4-day Hong Kong Disneyland vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at the most affordable hotel (Disney’s Hollywood Hotel), with airfare, would cost $6,424.97. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with two sets of 2-day theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $8,185.68 during the peak season.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Shanghai Disney Resort?

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Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney. Photo by TDR Explorer

Shanghai Disneyland Ticket Prices

Shanghai Disneyland offers a few different theme park ticket packages and ticket types. You can choose from:

  • One-Day tickets
  • Two-Day tickets
  • The Disney Dream Day ticket package, which includes a 1-day dated ticket and your choice of of Disney Premier Access Sets
  • The Disney Dream Day with Disney Concierge Services ticket package, which includes a 1-day dated ticket plus all of the benefits that come with concierge services

Prices do vary depending on the date you choose to visit, and you’d need to purchase multiple sets of tickets for longer trips. Ticket prices start at ¥599 ($83.94 USD, based on current currency exchange rates) per adult for a single-day ticket. You’ll find tickets start at ¥449 for children for a single-day ticket.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for four days, theme park tickets would total:

  • During peak season: ¥4,528 ($634.50 USD)
  • During non-peak season: ¥3,772 ($528.57 USD)

Staying at a Shanghai Disneyland Hotel

There are two Disney hotels to choose from at the Shanghai resort: Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel. Each hotel offers different amenities, room package options, and price points. Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is the “value” option of the three, while Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is the top-tier “deluxe” choice.

Here’s a look at what the total cost to stay in a standard room at each one of the Shanghai Disneyland hotels would be during the peak season:

  • Shanghai Disneyland Hotel: ¥13,978 ($1,958.72 USD)
  • Toy Story Hotel: ¥7,774 ($1,089.36 USD)

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay at the Shanghai Disneyland hotel options during a non-peak season:

  • Shanghai Disneyland Hotel: ¥13,377 ($1,874.50 USD)
  • Toy Story Hotel: ¥6,350 ($889.82 USD)

Shanghai Disneyland Airfare Prices

Traveling to Shanghai Disneyland does require an international flight, if you’re based in the U.S. – so here’s a look at sample cross-Pacific flight price ranges during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from LAX (Los Angeles) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG):

  • Peak season: From $1,340 to $2,641 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $1,340 to $1,690 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you $5,360 total.

Shanghai Disneyland Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $634.50 $1,958.72 $5,360 $7,953.22
Non-Peak Season $582.57 $889.82 $5,360 $6,832.39

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 4-day Shanghai Disneyland vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at the most affordable hotel (Toy Story Hotel), with airfare, would cost $6,832.39. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with two sets of 2-day theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $7,952.22 during the peak season.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Tokyo Disney Resort?

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Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Photo by TDR Explorer

Tokyo Disneyland Ticket Prices

If it’s customization and value you’re looking for, Tokyo Disneyland offers some of the best options out of all the Disney resorts. You can purchase single-day theme park tickets for either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea – but you can also buy cheaper theme park tickets with options like early evening and weeknight tickets.

Ticket prices start at 7,900 yen for a 1-Day adult ticket. Ticket prices do vary depending on the day and season. If you’re interested in partial day tickets, Weeknight Passport prices start at 4,500 yen per adult; Early Evening Passport prices start at 6,500 yen.

If a family of four – two adults, two children – wanted to visit for four days, theme park tickets would total:

  • During peak season: ¥120,000 ($851.32 USD)
  • During non-peak season: ¥107,200 ($760.51 USD)

Note: Currently, multi-day tickets aren’t available for Tokyo Disney Resort. However, at times, you’ll find options like 2-, 3-, and 4-day Magic Passports available for purchase, which may lower the overall cost of tickets.

Staying at a Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

There are five themed hotels to choose from at Tokyo Disneyland, and you have options that range from budget-friendly to luxurious. Each Disney hotel features different theming that suits its location and price point, giving you choices like Tokyo DisneySea’s Hotel MiraCosta (one of the pricier options) and the fun Toy Story Hotel (with some incredible character theming).

Here’s a look at what it would cost to stay in a standard room at two of Tokyo Disneyland’s hotel options for 4 days/3 nights, with theme park tickets, during the peak season:

  • Disney Ambassador Hotel (a deluxe resort): ¥170,700 ($1,211.01 USD)
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration (a value resort): ¥86,500 ($613.66 USD)

And here’s a look at what it would cost to stay at two of Tokyo Disneyland’s hotel options during a non-peak season:

  • Disney Ambassador Hotel: ¥158,700 ($1,125.87 USD)
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration: ¥78,000 ($553.36 USD)

Tokyo Disneyland Airfare Prices

Traveling to Tokyo Disneyland does require an international flight, if you’re based in the U.S. – so here’s a look at sample cross-Pacific flight price ranges during both the peak season and non-peak season. These prices assume you’re flying from LAX (Los Angeles) to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND):

  • Peak season: From $1,383 to $2,375 per person
  • Non-peak season: From $845 to $1,394 per person

Assuming you choose the cheapest flight available for each season, your airfare costs for a family of four would roughly cost you:

  • $5,532 during the peak season
  • $3,380 during the non-peak season

Tokyo Disneyland Vacation Total Cost

Tickets Hotel Airfare Total Cost
Peak Season $851.32 $613.66 $5,532 $6,996.98
Non-Peak Season $760.51 $553.36 $3,380 $4,694.47

 

If you’re looking at the most affordable dates for your trip, a 4-day Shanghai Disneyland vacation during a non-peak season, with a reservation at the most affordable hotel (Toy Story Hotel), with airfare, would cost $4,694.47. That total covers the primary expenses for a family of four, with two sets of 2-day theme park tickets.

That same vacation would cost $6,996.98 during the peak season.

Which is Cheaper: Visiting U.S. Disney Parks or International Disney Parks?

As you can see below, the difference in cost between U.S. Disney parks and international Disney parks isn’t huge! In fact, you’re likely to spend between $4,000 and $5,000 total whether you head to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA or Disneyland Paris in France. 

Disney Resort Trip Length Total Cost (Peak Season) Total Cost (Non-Peak Season)
Walt Disney World 7 days $7,245.70 $5,420.84
Disneyland 5 days $5,847.24 $4,951.24
Disneyland Paris 4 days $5,921.46 $4,119.62
Hong Kong Disneyland 4 days $8,185.68 $6,424.97
Shanghai Disneyland 4 days $7,952.22 $6,832.39
Tokyo Disneyland 4 days $6,996.98 $4,694.47

Airfare is really what makes the difference in cost between the international and U.S. Disney resorts. Depending on the flight prices you’re able to find – and how much it costs to fly out of your preferred local airport – it can make heading to the international destinations reasonable or out of reach. Without airfare factored in, the costs of visiting the international Disney parks isn’t too far off from Disneyland, California and Walt Disney World, Orlando.

When it comes to value for your money, Walt Disney World offers more days for less. You can spend a whole week at Disney World for less than 4 days at most international Disney resorts! However, Disneyland Park in Anaheim is a close second, offering 5 days of fun for a relatively reasonable price compared to 4 days at international theme parks.

It’s also important to keep one detail in mind: We didn’t include the cost of food and souvenirs in our estimates. These two factors do increase the total price (especially with all of the adorable international merch available!). 

Ultimately, a Disney vacation to an international destination like Paris, Tokyo, or Hong Kong can be quite similar in price to spending a similar amount of time on vacation at Disneyland in Anaheim. It all really depends on your preferences! If you’re looking to spend the most amount of time at Disney theme parks, Walt Disney World offers a great “deal” in value; however, if you stay off-property at other Disney destinations, you may be able to cut costs and spend less even with international travel.

Need help figuring out what you’d like to do for your next Disney vacation? Click below – our travel partner, Destinations 2 Travel, can offer expert insight, advice, and even budgeting help as you decide between options.

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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