Taking a child to Disneyland is often one of the most magical things a parent can do. Children remember these visits forever. For parents, it can be a bit more complicated than that because they have to budget out how much they expect to spend on the trip. Let’s work with a five-person family model of two adults and three children. The vacation will be for three days.
Hotel prices are another thing you have to factor in. A modestly-priced hotel that’s close to Disneyland usually runs around $200 per night for 3 nights if you can manage to get a package deal. Many of the hotels and inns surrounding Disneyland run deals where if you stay a minimum number of nights – usually 3 or more – you get good discounts. Always look to take advantage of these packages.
Then you factor in meals. A typical family can expect to spend anywhere from $150 and up per day on meals. It’s possible to spend less if you end up in a hotel room with a kitchenette but since most families opt for simpler rooms, they will usually spend around that amount per day. On a three-day trip, this adds up to anywhere from $450 and up on food for the duration.
Then, there is the cost of travel, which varies widely depending on where one is flying from, what time of year, how many people they are traveling with and how far in advance the flight is actually booked. Plan to spend at least $300 per ticket on airfare.
After that, consider the cost of the tickets. Disneyland offers special incentives with passes that can be used for every theme park surrounding it. This is great for families with children of a wide age range. For kids who may have outgrown Disneyland, these other parks may offer them a good time. A 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket offers the holder admission to Disneyland, Disneyland’s California Adventure Park, and one Magic Morning early entry admission pass per ticket. This means that on one day you can enter certain areas of the park 60 to 90 minutes before they officially open. These tickets, which are good for three days of admission, cost $149 a pop.
It’s also wise to purchase some travel insurance for your trip. Cheap travel insurance is often enough to cover anything that may happen on the trip, whether it’s a sudden accident or even a death in the family because the trip will have to be cancelled. Getting good travel insurance is one of the best ways to make sure that you get some compensation even if you don’t you still get to enjoy the trip. When you’re going to be spending at least $3000 on your trip to Disneyland, it makes perfect sense to get travel insurance and keep yourself covered in the event of an accident.