Most guests who visit Walt Disney World are doing it on some kind of budget. Whether that budget is $5000 or $25,000, there’s probably a limit on what you’re willing to spend on a trip to the parks. And let’s be honest — Disney World isn’t cheap!
For kicks and giggles, today we’re doing the math to see what it would look like if we tried to have the most expensive day ever at Walt Disney World.
For starters, we’re going to need somewhere to stay! There are several incredibly expensive places you can stay, so to find prices, we checked out a few of Disney World’s fanciest rooms on a random night in July. Here’s what they cost:
- 3-Bedroom Villa at the Riviera Resort: $2774 for one night
- Outer Building 2-Bedroom at the Grand Floridian: $2700 for one night
- Newport Presidential Suite at the Beach Club: $2786 for one night
We also looked into the price of the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which were $2816 for a night in January. Based on these prices, we’ll make our budget $2800 for our incredibly fancy one-night stay!
NOTE: These prices will vary depending on the season, so it could be more expensive if you visit at a busier time. Also, there are several other rooms that may be pricier to stay in, but they will have less availability, so we used ones that are easier to book for this example.
At this time, the most expensive one-day ticket option you can buy is the Park Hopper Plus Ticket. This ticket will get you into any of the theme parks, as well as visits to the water parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports, and rounds of mini golf or regular golf. The ticket ranges in price from $194-$244 per person depending on the date that you visit.
Now that we’ve got our resort stay and our park tickets, let’s talk about what we’re going to eat! For breakfast, one of the most expensive things we can do is head to a character meal to dine, and luckily, there are a few different choices.
The character breakfasts at Chef Mickey’s, Hollywood & Vine, and Topolino’s Terrace each cost $42 per adult and $27 per child. Each meal serves HUGE portions of food, so thankfully, we’ll be able to walk it off in the park afterward. 😂
For lunch, we’re looking at two different options in Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant. To dine inside either castle, you’ll be paying the hefty price of $62 per adult and $37 per child. That’s not cheap, but hey, you can’t beat the theming!
If you want a signature dinner, there are a few different places we could pick from. You might want to chow down on a steak at Le Cellier in EPCOT, where the entrees are priced between $34-$59 apiece. Or you could eat at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with meals ranging in cost from $37-$64.
However, the real kicker is located at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian. This Five Diamond award-winning restaurant serves up an incredibly luxe meal, but it comes at a cost. The 7-course “Tasting Menu” is $185 per guest, but that price goes up to $250 per person with wine pairings.
And if we’re going to splurge on food, then you know that we’ve got to have dessert! (Even though we already had it with lunch and dinner. 😜) We’re going to head to one of the theme parks for a fireworks dessert party with special viewing — these events usually cost about $99 per adult.
And even though we’re spending money on tickets, a resort stay, and food, we’re not sure we’ve spent quite enough yet! We’re doing the most expensive thing we can think of, and we’re booking a VIP Tour. These private tours cost between $425-$725 an hour and must be booked for a minimum of seven hours. For the sake of our math, let’s say that we book the tour for $550 an hour and for 10 hours, making the total $5500.
And besides the VIP Tour, there are plenty of other activities around the Walt Disney World Resort that you could participate in. There are several other VIP Tour options that cost around $250 a person, or you could rent something at your resort, like a cabana at the pool or a boat if that’s an option. There are so many add-ons you could get to hike up your day’s total!
Pricing this day out for two adults, you could end up spending more than $10,000 total, depending on what time of year you visit! Now THAT’S an expensive day in Disney World. Even though that’s quite a bit of dough, it sounds like it would be a pretty awesome, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
If you’re looking for help budgeting for your trip (so that you DON’T spend $10,000 a day!), then stay tuned to AllEars for the latest planning tips and news on Disney discounts and special offers! Maybe one day, we’ll get to have this kind of “dream day” in the parks, but until then, we’ll be searching for all the ways to save money.
Have you ever done any of the things on this list in Disney World?