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How Much a Walt Disney World Trip Costs for Canadians in 2020

How Much a Walt Disney World Trip Costs for Canadians in 2020

By Thomas Kenzaki

Walt Disney World is one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the world. It’s a place where both kids and adults can let their imaginations run wild and immerse themselves in the world of Disney. If you’re thinking about visiting this year, here’s a breakdown of how much it might cost.

It can be an expensive place to visit, but if you’re smart about planning and take advantage of numerous discounts available to Canadian travelers, it can be quite reasonably priced compared to other destinations.

There are 5 main cost considerations: Transportation, Accommodations, Theme Park Tickets, Food, and Shopping. To keep things simple we’ll look at the most affordable options available for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids) leaving from Toronto.

Approximate Cost
Notes
Transportation
$1,050US
Four flights from Toronto to Orlando
Accommodations
$900US
6-nights at Disney's Pop Century Resort
Tickets
$1,427US
Four 7-day tickets with Canadian discount
Food
$840US
$120 per day for Quick-Service meals
Shopping
$800US
Four $200 Disney Gift Cards
Total
$5,017US

All chart prices listed are in US dollars.

Transportation

Flying is the quickest and most popular option, but it’s also the most expensive. Flights from Toronto to Orlando can be found for $300 return per person during a great sale, but expect to pay closer to $400-500, especially if you’re not flexible with your dates. West Jet and Air Canada both offer multiple daily direct flights. Newcomer Swoop can offer extra savings if you don’t mind leaving from Hamilton or the various other risks.

If you fly WestJet you might get lucky and get the Magic Plane

Driving is the best way to save money and even more so for larger groups. Most vehicles can get to Orlando and back from Toronto for around $300 in gas. If you can handle it, drive straight through for maximum savings or grab a cheap hotel each way to break up the drive. Either way, you’re saving money versus flying, and the bonus is that you have your car there for Target runs and grabbing cheap food outside of the parks and resorts.

Flying: $1,200-$2,000CAD
Driving: $300-$500CAD

Accommodations

Where you choose to stay can be one of the biggest factors on how much your vacation ends up costing. There’s also the whole on-site (at a Disney hotel) versus off-site debate, but for this article I’ll be focusing on staying with Disney because of the many advantages it provides guests.

Disney's Yacht Club resort is perfectly located between Epcot & Hollywood Studios theme parks

When you stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel you get all of the following benefits:

  • Free airport transportation on the Magical Express motorcoach
  • Free transportation to the theme parks, water parks, & Disney Springs
  • Free Magic Bands
  • Early access to FastPass+ reservations
  • Extra Magic Hours

Walt Disney World has multiple categories of resort hotels to choose from, ranging from Value to Deluxe. Value hotels start in the low $100s per night while Deluxe hotels start around $400US per night. All resorts offer pools, comfortable sleeping accommodations, food, free transportation, and great disney theming.

Pop Century offers classic Disney vibes, refurbished rooms, & direct Skyliner transportation

A room at Disney’s Pop Century resort (my favourite Value resort) can often be found for between $150-180US per night. Disney often has resort room offers to save 10-25% off your room so check their special offers page for any current deals.

Tip: You may be able to decline Mousekeeping (Disney’s housekeeping) and receive a $10 gift card per night for the length of your stay minus 1 night.

6-night stay at Disney’s Pop Century resort: $900US

Theme Park Tickets

Orlando is a great city and Disney resort hotels are a fun place to be, but the main reason to visit Walt Disney World is to visit their amazing theme parks.

How much your tickets cost will vary depending on your individual group’s needs. Single day tickets are very expensive and range from $109-$159US each for adults. Buying multi-day tickets can significantly reduce your ticket costs with a 10-day adult ticket starting at $47US per day.

Tip: Disney loves Canada and has offered a Canadian resident discount periodically over the past few years. There is a current 20% offer on 4-day or longer tickets until February 7th which can be used anytime this year. It’s the best way to save on tickets outside of redeeming rewards program points (e.g: Air Miles).

7-day Ticket (1 park-per-day) for 2 adults + 2 kids: $1,427US

Food

Food is one area where you can easily save some money. There are so many great places to grab a snack or meal at Walt Disney World that you could end up spending a fortune if you don’t watch your budget.

Your average Disney quick-service meal for a family of 4 will cost $40US and table-service meals $80-$100US. The theme parks let you bring outside food and beverages in, so you could cut your food costs down big time if you shopped for groceries to help save money.

For a budget trip where you’re all about the rides and attractions and don’t want to waste much time or money eating, your food costs could easily be budgeted to $120US per day for a family of 4.

Tip: Free dining is sometimes offered throughout the year and has the potential to save you money if you are big eaters or love character dining.

7-Day Food Budget - $840US

Shopping

It’s hard to go away on a vacation and not buy anything. Especially so when you visit a place like Walt Disney World where there are things to buy everywhere you look!

The best recommandation I can give here is to come up with a set spending limit per person. Purchase a gift card for each person in that amount and ONLY use that card for shopping. This way you’ll make sure you only spend that amount of money, and can easily track your spending as your receipt will always show your remaining balance.

A Coca-Cola thermal detonator drink is a cool (and refreshing) souvenir for $6US

Walt Disney World souvenirs aren’t cheap so make sure your shopping budget is realistic to the cost of items at the resort. Here are a few examples of popular items available for purchase:

  • Minnie Ears - $30US
  • Spirit Jersey - $70US
  • Souvenir Popcorn Bucket - $25US
  • Medium Size Character Plush - $20US
  • Collectable Pins - $12-25US
  • Handbuilt Lightsaber - $200US

Four $200US Disney gift cards: $800US

Final Thoughts

Going to Walt Disney World isn’t the cheapest vacation you can take, but it’s definitely one of the most memorable that you can go on as a family. By going at the right times during the year, taking advantage of multiple discounts available to Canadian travelers, and setting budgets, you can easily spend a week at the most magical place on earth without breaking the bank.

Are you thinking about going to Walt Disney World this year? Let us know how much you’re budgeting and if you have any tips for saving money.

39 Comments

    • Good deal! No discount for California Adventure?
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    • ariel wrote: Good deal! No discount for California Adventure?
      Disneyland discount says it's for "1 park per day" tickets. There are only two parks there.... The Disneyland and California Adventure parks. It is good for both.
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    • Is this really a deal? Seems like cruise ships to me. There's always some promotion going on, but you're never actually saving money and it always costs the same. It's like Canadian tire. 20% off+ is the going rate!
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    • Pretty sure it used to be 25% no? Disney counting on our dollar getting better in the next half year? Or just getting more greedy? I’ll go with the latter lol. Frankly I’m just glad we get a Canadian discount at all as Disney is already crazy expensive but having no CAD discount would be dreadful.
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    • Behacad wrote: Is this really a deal? Seems like cruise ships to me. There's always some promotion going on, but you're never actually saving money and it always costs the same. It's like Canadian tire. 20% off+ is the going rate!
      Yes, this is really a deal.
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    • ClarkZuckerberg wrote: Pretty sure it used to be 25% no? Disney counting on our dollar getting better in the next half year? Or just getting more greedy? I’ll go with the latter lol. Frankly I’m just glad we get a Canadian discount at all as Disney is already crazy expensive but having no CAD discount would be dreadful.
      WDW was 20% but Disneyland had 25% off last time around so you're not getting as much of a discount there. I think overall park attendance is down (maybe because of the price increases) so that's probably why we're seeing this deal now.
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    • 4 days is a damm long time to spend at a theme park. I did it 2 years ago.

      We stayed at a nearby hotel and went back at noon for naps and food. Then went back to park in the evening.

      Hit the park as early as possible to avoid lines and buy the Express pass if you can afford it. 45 lineups are the norm. Not fun. (Edit: fast pass Max -addon)

      Download the disney app. It'll save you time by allowing you to book rides and restaurants. Also maps and gps.
      Theres also ride descriptons and thrill/severity ratings.
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    • If you want to go to Disney go to the one in Tokyo. I spent less on tickets there than at Canada’s Wonderland. They also don’t gouge on food. I paid $65 to feed 6 people at the park.
      It cost me half of what it would have Cost to go to Disney in Orlando.
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    • najibs wrote: If you want to go to Disney go to the one in Tokyo. I spent less on tickets there than at Canada’s Wonderland. They also don’t gouge on food. I paid $65 to feed 6 people at the park.
      It cost me half of what it would have Cost to go to Disney in Orlando.
      And you get to go to two of the best theme parks in the work! Tokyo Disney Sea is legendary!
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    • Is there a way they sell in CDN price or all Disney prices are in USD?
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    • bman95 wrote: And you get to go to two of the best theme parks in the work! Tokyo Disney Sea is legendary!
      Yeah it was a quick trip and we we had time for was Disney Sea. Hopefully next year in Japan again we will do Disney World and Universal in Osaka.
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    • bman95 wrote: And you get to go to two of the best theme parks in the work! Tokyo Disney Sea is legendary!
      They also have some of the best theme park food I've ever had!
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    • greg123 wrote: Is there a way they sell in CDN price or all Disney prices are in USD?
      Anything directly through Disney will be charged in USD. To get the best exchange rate buy Canadian Disney gift cards and use those to pay for the tickets (or anything else you'd book from them).
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    • TomRFD wrote: Anything directly through Disney will be charged in USD. To get the best exchange rate buy Canadian Disney gift cards and use those to pay for the tickets (or anything else you'd book from them).
      Is this because you avoid the Creditcard "convenience fee"?
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    • najibs wrote: If you want to go to Disney go to the one in Tokyo. I spent less on tickets there than at Canada’s Wonderland. They also don’t gouge on food. I paid $65 to feed 6 people at the park.
      It cost me half of what it would have Cost to go to Disney in Orlando.
      Tokyo DisneySea is incredible. I’ve been to Orlando and the park in France and the one in Tokyo was better. More unique rides and areas. And the lines for characters were so organized, with wait times listed, unlike big swarms of people crowding around characters in France. Don’t bother doing the Aladdin show in Tokyo unless you speak Japanese lol
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    • Psykopathik wrote: 4 days is a damm long time tonspend at a theme park. I did it 2 years ago.

      We stayed at a nearby hotel and went back at noon for naps and food. Then went back to park in the evening.

      Hit the part as early as possible to avoid lines and buy the Express pass if you can afford it. 45 lineups are the norm. Not fun.

      Download the disney app. It'll save you time by allowing you to book rides and restaurants. Also maps and gps.
      Theres also ride descriptons and thrill/severity ratings.
      Buy the Express pass? I think you're confusing WDW and Universal Studios.

      We spend four days at Magic Kingdom alone. I can't imagine trying to squeeze all WDW into four days unless it's part of another trip, like a cruise or Universal Studios.
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    • Buy the Express pass? I think you're confusing WDW and Universal Studios.

      We spend four days at Magic Kingdom alone. I can't imagine trying to squeeze all WDW into four days unless it's part of another trip, like a cruise or Universal Studios.
      Fastpass maybe? Whatever its called. Definately worth it.
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    • This is a good deal. I lucked out on a 25% off Expedia last month which ends up being cheaper than this but that promotion is over. This is the hottest offer now.
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    • Psykopathik wrote: Fastpass maybe? Whatever its called. Definately worth it.
      Fastpass is free with park entry.
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    • canadiancynosure wrote: Is this because you avoid the Creditcard "convenience fee"?
      In part yes. There's no fees at all and you'll get the previous day’s closing mid-market exchange rate which is generally better than what the banks would give you.
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    • Heading to Tokyo / Disney Sea next June. Need to find some deal on ticket for Disney Sea / resort there.
      Was hoping I don't have to eat popcorns all days to fill my stomach, even though they have different flavors. LOL.
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    • ariel wrote:
      Tokyo DisneySea is incredible. I’ve been to Orlando and the park in France and the one in Tokyo was better. More unique rides and areas. And the lines for characters were so organized, with wait times listed, unlike big swarms of people crowding around characters in France. Don’t bother doing the Aladdin show in Tokyo unless you speak Japanese lol
      All the shows were in Japanese. Nothing is in English! And yeah the rides have almost no wait time when we went in July. Never waited more than 20-25 minutes for any of the rides.
      Coladdict wrote: Heading to Tokyo / Disney Sea next June. Need to find some deal on ticket for Disney Sea / resort there.
      Was hoping I don't have to eat popcorns all days to fill my stomach, even though they have different flavors. LOL.
      I wouldn't stay at the resorts near Disney or Disney Sea in Tokyo. There's nothing around if you want to leave the hotel. We stayed near the Skytree in Asakusa. Minutes from the Tokyo subway stations that get you anywhere and lots to do around the hotel. Look for something near the Skytree. There's plenty of daily shuttles from the Skytree to the Disney Parks.
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    • rinse wrote: Yes, this is really a deal.
      Ok! I'll take your word for it! I thought they always had some kind of a promotion going on, but I must be wrong.
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    • jcon wrote: Fastpass is free with park entry.
      Disneyland has what is called a MaxPass and it is like $15 pp/pd and allows you to get fast passes via the app (no advance booking), where as Disney world has the magic band system (where you can book in advance)
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    • I just gave Disney Help Desk a call... I booked Disney World vacation package with CostcoTravel a few days ago, which is having 3-Day base park tickets included. Saw this offer today and wondering if I can take advantage. Called Costco first, but they were like there is nothing they can do once the tickets are issued then transferred me to Disney HD. Talked to a Cast Member:) about it and she offered to change my tickets to 4-Day at no cost... I certainly accepted it. Now, I have to plan how to do 4 parks in 5 days with my small boy. Overall experience: CostcoTravel is professional and would like to help. Disney Help Desk is quite nice and surprisingly flexible.
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    • I just booked a flight to Orlando for 335/PP from YYZ; I’ve been looking for something to take my fiancée to, as we’ve never been there.... now if only Universal had any type of discounts 😭
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    • I was about to jump on this, but the need to select a start date kills it. Thats annoying.
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    • dammit came back from Disneyland a couple of days ago ._.
      would have saved another $170USD :(
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    • Plan your trip around Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. This is a "must do" ride. Only ride I've been on where people were clapping after the ride. If you can't get a fastpass, plan on lining up for it. Shortest lines are a half hour before park closing. And their policy is to let everyone in line go on the ride. Epcot had the least value for our family, but they do have the Croissant Donut at the Refreshment Port to the right of the entrance to the world showcase. And book character dining as far in advance as you can.
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    • Ugggghhhh......


      Just purchased tickets literally a few days ago from undercover tourist. Not all is lost though.

      We are doing magic kingdom, but purchased the xmas party ticket and go from 4pm to midnight

      We then got the mid day passes for Hollywood studios and animal kingdom.

      IMO the mid day magic seems to be a good deal. You arrive at 12pm until close. Keep in mind the parks open at 9 am. This way we can sleep in a little, have brnch and head down. See the parks at day/nighht/fireworks vs going at 9 am and being completely burnt out by 6.
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    • great to see they had this back
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    • It is a wondering plan. I have saved it for later.
      corcoran_chris wrote: Ugggghhhh......


      Just purchased tickets literally a few days ago from undercover tourist. Not all is lost though.

      We are doing magic kingdom, but purchased the xmas party ticket and go from 4pm to midnight

      We then got the mid day passes for Hollywood studios and animal kingdom.

      IMO the mid day magic seems to be a good deal. You arrive at 12pm until close. Keep in mind the parks open at 9 am. This way we can sleep in a little, have brnch and head down. See the parks at day/nighht/fireworks vs going at 9 am and being completely burnt out by 6.
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    • 20% off also applies to the Parkhopper ticket option for Disneyland. $272 USD for the single park/day for 5 days, and $316 USD for the Parkhopper for 5 days. Around $420 CAD which was less than what I paid through Perkopolis and I went 2 weeks ago ($475CAD). You really only need 3 days to see both parks and everything they have to offer, but I went 5 days and it was the perfect amount of time not to be rushed and to sit down to take it all in. Now to see and wait for flights to be cheaper to Orange County Airport.

      Don't know how many times I see families go for 3 days because that's 'just enough' or what they can afford and they end up running themselves into the ground from rope drop till close.
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    • brunes wrote: I was about to jump on this, but the need to select a start date kills it. Thats annoying.
      I'm not a fan of the new date-based ticket option either but it could work out better if you're not travelling during a busy time. You can add a "flexible dates option" onto your discounted tickets but it's not cheap at ~$126 per ticket. Better to just wait until you know the dates you're going.
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    • ADay wrote: Disneyland has what is called a MaxPass and it is like $15 pp/pd and allows you to get fast passes via the app (no advance booking), where as Disney world has the magic band system (where you can book in advance)
      The Magic Band system is unrelated to Fast Passes (FP). Yes, you can use your Magic Band to access the FP on your My Disney Experience (MDE) account but it is not necessary. Your MDE account is what holds your FPs. Your Magic Band can be used to access your room and pay for food/merchan or redeem food credits if you're staying on property.

      EDIT: I've added this comment because I don't want anyone to think that you NEED a Magic Band to book or use FPs. You can get by without. A trip to WDW is expensive enough and plenty confusing for the uninitiated.
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    • brunes wrote: I was about to jump on this, but the need to select a start date kills it. Thats annoying.
      They have a flexible date option
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    • Going on a Disney cruise next year and was thinking of doing 2-3 days pre-cruise of Disneyworld. Too bad it's minimum 4 day pass
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    • ironmen77 wrote: I just booked a flight to Orlando for 335/PP from YYZ; I’ve been looking for something to take my fiancée to, as we’ve never been there.... now if only Universal had any type of discounts 😭
      Man, I just came back with my girlfriend from Universal Orlando... it was UNBELIEVABLE! The single best trip i’ve been on to date. This was our first time going and everything there was amazing! Food (overpriced, but really good) drinks, rides, shows and just the overall atmosphere - amazing! You should try and do the Halloween Horror Nights there because that was just crazy! I’m so jealous you’re going because i’d go back in a heartbeat.
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    • Watchdogz wrote: Man, I just came back with my girlfriend from Universal Orlando... it was UNBELIEVABLE! The single best trip i’ve been on to date. This was our first time going and everything there was amazing! Food (overpriced, but really good) drinks, rides, shows and just the overall atmosphere - amazing! You should try and do the Halloween Horror Nights there because that was just crazy! I’m so jealous you’re going because i’d go back in a heartbeat.
      me too! I want to go back to Orlando in general! been to Disney world but i want to go to Universal Orlando too! but i am not sure if winter time those new water park attractions are mostly closed.
      Had a great time last time in Disney World, and yep lessons learned, i should have rented a car there so you own your time as we booked our hotel in Holiday Inn Orlando, just 5 minutes away from the gates but still.

      Just too bad, i used up all my vacation, i have to wait January for it to replenish, but i want to experience Christmas or Halloween there!
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