Disneyland vs. Disney World: Which Is Cheaper?

Disneyland (Michael Saechang/Flickr)

Disney is on every little kid’s bucket list — and on lots of big kids’, too. But a trip to one of the parks for a family can be an expensive endeavor. With Disneyland’s 60th anniversary being celebrated this year, and with the recent announcement that The Walt Disney co. will be investing $1 billion to spruce up its parks in Anaheim, Calif., travel booking site Hipmunk wanted to find out exactly how much the Disney trip of a lifetime actually costs — and which park is more affordable, the west coast’s Disneyland or Florida’s Walt Disney World.

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Hipmunk looked at prices for a family of four at each park, including airfare (averaging all round-trip flights departing from the top 30 U.S. airports and arriving at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. and at Orlando International Airport); hotel rates for four nights (average hotel price in the Anaheim and Orlando areas, excluding all Disney-branded or affiliated hotels); park tickets (for four days); and snacks (goodies like the famous Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar outside the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland and Captain Cook’s and Aloha Isle at Disney World).

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So what was the outcome? A Disney vacation for four will cost the family anywhere from $3227 to $4954, according to Hipmunk’s data. If the family is staying at a non-Disney property, Disney World is cheaper by nearly $250, and when staying at a Disney Resort, Disney World is about $900 less expensive.

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