In calculating costs, Hipmunk conjures the proverbial family of two adults and two children ages 3 to 9 and includes airfare from one of 30 top marketing destinations, four nights lodging, and four days’ admission without a Hopper pass. Hipmunk excludes costs for food and transportation to and from hotels or the park.
Hipmunk’s Disneyland versus Walt Disney World
Disneyland’s prices are down 5-7% versus 2015 for the Hipmunk four night “package”. The 2016 costs are $3,110 if you stay at a non-Disney property and $4,426 at a Disney lodging compared with $3,279 and $4,762 respectively in 2015.
To save more money:
Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), further away from Disneyland than John Wayne International Airport (SNA), Orange County. Typical fares from Newark, NJ (EWR), to LAX are $360 compared with $587 to SNA. From the East Coast the average airfare to Disneyland from LAX is $284 versus $384 to SNA, a savings of $100 per seat. From Cleveland, a typical flight costs $252 to LAX and $451 to SNA. The average airfare is $292 to LAX versus $386 to SNA, a saving of $94 per ticket.
Stay at an Anaheim hotel. The average price per night at an Anaheim hotel is $149 compared with an average of $478 to stay on property at Disneyland.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World’s prices are only negligibly less for Hipmunk’s four-night “package.” Despite higher-priced park tickets and higher fees for lodging onsite and in Lake Buena Vista in 2016, this year’s four-night vacation costs $3,006 for a non-Disney hotel and $3,826 at a Disney property. In 2015 prices were $3,023 for a non-Disney hotel and $3,848 for a Disney onsite stay.
Average 2016 flights to Orlando: $241 from the East Coast; $200 from the South; $201 from the Midwest; and $372 from the West.
Stay in Lake Buena Vista to save money. A Lake Buena Vista hotel averages $183 per night and a Walt Disney World hotel averages $388 per night.
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