Last Updated on February 4, 2022
One guaranteed way to save your family big bucks is to plan your Walt Disney World Vacation before your children turn 3 or 10 years old. Walt Disney World savings can be achieved using low season, discount tickets, and to save you time a dedicated Disney Travel Agent.
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Spending Plan: Before Your Children Turn 3 & 10 Years Old
There are 4 main components in a typical Walt Disney World vacations:
- Theme Park Tickets,
- Theme Park Reservations (they are free but don’t forget!), and
- Dining Plans (when available)
Below, we will examine the impact that children turning 3 and 10 years old can have on the cost of your vacation
Infants Before Age 3
Many rooms that sleep a maximum of 4 will allow for 1 or 2 infants to be in the room without counting towards the maximum capacity. Disney also has a number of playpens and travel cribs available free of charge.
Theme Park Tickets
Free under 3 has never looked better. Saving $120 per day, going before your kid turns 3 years old can mean the difference between on-site and off-site, or actually being able to visit Disney in the first place.
Infants are free but are expected to eat off of a parent’s plate. Even if your 2-year-old is a big eater, a child’s plate is significantly less expensive than an adult plate – or order 1 adult plate for 2 children.
There are a handful of extras that one needs to consider when travelling to Disney with an infant, but these are the same extras one needs to consider simply leaving the house for the day or visiting grandma for the weekend.
Children Ages 3-9 Years
Accommodations for a second human over the age of 3 starts at $23/night extra per room. And before you ask, it is imperative that all members of your family are registered at your resort; not only for fire and safety but for Fastpass and Advanced Dining Reservations.
Theme Park Tickets
At $5/day, there is very little cost difference between an adult theme park ticket and a children’s theme park ticket.
The 2020 Price for the Standard Dining Plan is $78.01 per night ages 10 and up, and $30.51 per night ages 3 to 9. Considering how much less a child 3-9 eats than an adult, I am happy to see the price be so different. This is where you will see the most savings when visiting Disney with your kids before they turn 10 years old.
Depending on the size of your family, these savings can be significant, so if a Disney World Vacation is on your family’s radar in the near future, and you have children turning 3 or 10 years of age, help us help you to take advantage of guaranteed savings and let’s start planning your vacation now.
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