You might think that coming up with a budget to spend the day at a Walt Disney World theme park would be simple, but there are many moving parts regarding the bottom line cost. For starters, you’ll need valid park admission to one of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). A one-day ticket varies depending on the exact date you plan to visit. The current pricing ranges between $109 and $159 per day for a one-day base ticket. We should note that the per-day price is more expensive for a one-day ticket than it is for a multiple-day ticket.
For current ticket options and pricing information, head HERE.
Something else you’ll need to take into account is food. There are many ways to minimize the cost of eating during your Disney visit, but let’s be honest, it’s expensive to eat out and even more so to eat out at a Disney theme park. Doing things like packing and bringing your own food for at least one meal is one way to save money. You can also save a decent amount by ordering a kids’ meal. We’ve often found that smaller portions are just right for some adults, especially if you eat healthy snacks (or Mickey Bars, ahem) between meals. Using the restaurant menus we have on our site, we’ve estimated that if you purchase an adult entrée with a non-alcoholic beverage on average for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, one guest could spend about $45 per day if they went to a quick service location for each meal. We’ll round that number up to $50 to be safe. Of course, you’ll want to multiply that for each member of your traveling party.
If you park your car in the theme park parking lots, you will be charged a fee for standard parking, although that price may vary depending on the date you visit and other factors. For more information about parking at Walt Disney World, click HERE.
In addition to food, parking, and theme park admission, a more recent addition to Walt Disney World’s planning tools is Disney Genie. There is a free version, but if you want to take advantage of saving time waiting in line for your favorite Disney attractions, you may want to purchase Disney Genie+, which gives you the ability to use Lightning Lane. Lightning Lane replaced Disney’s free FastPass+ service and is available on most popular attractions at all four major theme parks. There are also select attractions that offer guests the option to purchase Individual Lightning Lane.
As you can see, without purchasing souvenirs, adult beverages, or any other extra expenses, one adult guest at Walt Disney World will spend between $181 and $201 daily. This is just an estimate and could vary considerably depending on which options you choose to add. Guests can easily spend much more or less than this depending on several factors.
As so many variables go into planning even a single day at Walt Disney World, many choose to use planning and travel professionals such as official DIS sponsor Dreams Unlimited Travel.
Senior Editor for the DIS and DCL Fan | Disney Vacation Club Member | Thrilled to have been a '13/'14 Disney Parks Moms Panelist (now planDisney) | Lover of all things Disney; the Magic of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line | ºoº