Looking to plan a trip to Disney World in 2023? Now might just be the best time to start thinking about your plans.
We certainly don’t blame you for wanting to plan a trip — there is so much to see and do around the parks! The 50th Anniversary Celebrations will continue through March 2023, and with new attractions like Journey of Water – Inspired by Moana and TRON: Lightcycle Run potentially on the horizon, you might be wondering just how much a 2023 trip will cost you. While we may not be able to predict the future (yet), we can still help you prepare. So, let’s find out just how much it will really cost you to go to Disney World in 2023!
LET’S MEET OUR TWO SAMPLE FAMILIES AND SEE WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE
We’re building a couple of different vacations here, since no two families or trips are the same. It’s also important to note that Disney World prices can fluctuate wildly, so this will serve as an example of what a 2023 Disney World vacation might look like to give you a general idea. THIS IS JUST AN ESTIMATE! Our first sample family will be a family of four with two adults and two kids. They’re planning their trip from June 22nd to June 28th, 2023 (six nights) and will be traveling from Washington, D.C.
Our other sample family is an adult couple with no kids, who are traveling between September 14th to 21st, 2023 for a total of seven nights. They’re flying in from Chicago, Illinois.
Each family will have different plans and needs, so we’re going to break it down and find out just how much a 2023 Disney World vacation might cost.
Disney World Hotels
Our family of four has decided to stay at Pop Century, a Value Resort with access to the Disney Skyliner and buses. We searched and found a Standard View Room for $221 per night.
Our couple has decided to go big and book a Deluxe hotel, so they’ll be staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort with boat access to Magic Kingdom and bus transportation as well. This room will cost them around $492 per night.
Since Disney allows you to book your hotel and tickets at the same time, that’s what both of our families decided to do!
Our family of four wants to have a few days to rest in between hitting the parks, so they decided to book 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets. Our couple also wants a day or two of rest by the pool, so they’ve chosen 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets.
If you’re planning on visiting Disney World multiple times throughout 2023, it might be worth considering buying an Annual Pass (if they become available again — right now, the only pass for sale is the Pixie Dust Pass which is exclusive to Florida Residents!).
Airfare and Ground Transportation
The airline industry has been a little up in the air lately, and flight prices are notorious for fluctuating practically on the hour. These numbers are just examples based on when we wrote this article, so take them as just a general idea!
Our family of four is flying in from Washington, D.C., and they secured round-trip airfare for approximately $1,012. To get to Pop Century from Orlando International Airport, they’ll be taking Mears Connect which will cost $118 total.
Flying in from Chicago, Illinois, our couple booked round-trip flights for $379. It’s important to note, that at the time of writing September 2023 flights weren’t available yet, so this is based on 2022 prices.
They’ll also be taking Mears Connect for a total of $64.
Since the Disney Dining Plan has still not come back yet (though Disney has indicated it IS coming back…eventually…) we’re estimating these costs based on mostly quick-service meals, but we did include 2 character or table-service meals for both families.
Our family of four has budgeted $40 per day for breakfast, $60 per day for lunch, and $60 per day for dinner. We’ve also included around $250 for 2 table-service or character meals. This brings our total food cost for our family of four to $1,210.
Following the same pattern for our couple (but adjusted based on just two people), they’ve budgeted $25 per day for breakfast, $40 per day for lunch, and $40 per day for dinner. They’ve also opted for 2 table-service or character meals at around $200. This brings our couple’s total to $935 for dining.
Other (Optional) Expenses
Now, you might have noticed that so far, we’ve pretty much covered just the essentials. There are PLENTY of ways to upgrade your Disney World vacation. You can pay to skip the lines with Genie+ and book Individual Lightning Lanes, and you can even get tickets to an after-hours event like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party if the timing is right.
Both of our families chose to purchase Genie+ at $15 per person, per day for each park day of their trip. For our family of four, the total cost is $240 for four park days. Our couple will pay $150 for five park days.
Memory Maker is another optional add-on, where you can pay one price to download all of the Disney PhotoPass pictures from your vacation. Guests can pay a one-time fee of $169 ahead of their trip and have access to all their photos taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers.
TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST OF A DISNEY WORLD VACATION!
Family of Four traveling in June 2023:
- $3,900.22 for value resort & tickets
- + $118 for Mears Connect
- + $1,012 for airfare
- + $1,210 for food
- + $240 for Genie+
- No Memory Maker, no After Hours event tickets, no rental car/parking fees, no new MagicBands
- Approximate total cost before spending/souvenir money = $6,480.22
Couple traveling in September 2023:
- $5,046.24 for Deluxe resort & tickets
- + $64 for Mears Connect
- + $379 for airfare
- + $935 for food (assuming DDP comes back, reflecting 2020 prices)
- + $150 for Genie+
- No Memory Maker, no After Hours event tickets, no rental car parking, no new MagicBands
- Approximate total cost before shopping/spending money = $6,574.24
Hopefully, this gives you an idea of what a 2023 Disney World vacation could potentially cost you. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and there are so many variables that could affect your trip. Disney World vacations can usually be customized based on your budget, but it’s important to be on the lookout for any deals and discounts that might pop up!
If you’re looking for help planning your trip, consider using a Disney Travel Agent like our friends over at MEI Travel. They can take care of all the planning and make sure you’re getting the best possible deal. For the latest Disney news and more, be sure to stay tuned to AllEars!
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