There are few things better in life than spending quality time with your special someone at the Disney parks. You know — that spouse, partner, or friend where you guys finish each other’s…sandwiches? 😉
If this sounds anything like you and your Disney ride-or-die, then have we got a proposal for you — and it’s a BIG ONE! We’ve crunched the numbers, and have figured out how much it would cost for you and your bestie to embark on an epic journey to four different countries and visit all twelve of the Disney theme parks in one super-legendary ULTIMATE Disney dream vacation! DUN-DUN-DUUUUUN!!!!
Now before you get salty with us for only figuring out the cost of two adults on this voyage — just know that most people crazy enough to attempt an insane quest like this tend to keep their traveling party pretty small and nimble.
It’s going to take quite a while to hit all these places and do so at a leisurely-enough pace so that we’ll actually have the time to enjoy ourselves.
We’ve chosen to kick this trip off in January of 2022 because of off-season pricing (hey, we gotta save money where we can!) That being said, there’s still going to be plenty of ways you can save even more money based on your resort selections, duration of stay, souvenir budget, etc. We’re huge merch nerds, so you’ll see we gave ourselves a HEFTY merch allowance for each stop — when’s the next time we’ll be in all these spots?! Maybe never! But maybe you’d rather spend it on fine dining, upgrades, whatever you enjoy the most — you do you!
Our mindset was this: since we’re doing this, we’re going to make our trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience without going TOO over-the-top. If you’re planning your around-the-world Disney trip with a different objective in mind (fastest, most frugal, etc.) the total amount you’ll end up spending may be different.
Alright, here’s what our All Twelve Disney Theme Parks Fantasy Vacation looks like — and more importantly, costs! Note that our prices don’t include tax.
First Stop: Walt Disney World!
Itinerary dates: January 19th – January 25th, 2022
We’ll be packing up our bags and heading off to Walt Disney World in Florida on Wednesday, January 19th, where our hypothetical saga begins!
Now, this first travel bit is going to be super varied for you, but for US to get to Disney World it costs about $178 per person for a one-way non-stop flight from Dallas, TX, our starting point (we’re using Priceline for our airfares, and we’re selecting MOSTLY non-stop flights except for our return flight home).
Unfortunately, Disney World’s Magical Express will be going away in January of 2022, so we’ll need to figure out an alternative way to get to our hotel from Orlando International Airport. We took a look at booking an Uber, and since we looked during an especially busy time in the afternoon, it was priced at around $63 for the cheapest option.
We’re booking a room for 6 nights at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This moderate resort is at the hub of the Disney Skyliner; making it a convenient spot to get to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios easily. Plus, this hotel is close to Disney’s Riviera Resort, which has some fantastic dining options!
We’ll be visiting the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a six-day Park Hopper ticket. (We’re not heading to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach on this go-around since it’ll be a little chilly in January, but if you wanna swing by these Disney waterparks, add some more funds for a Park Hopper Plus ticket!)
That should give us enough time to hit up everything on our must-do-at-Disney-World list while still allowing us the chance to circle back for a few more rides on Spaceship Earth, ’cause why not?! The Spaceship Earth transformation may be delayed, but you never know what could happen in the future!
As a general rule going forward, we’re going to have a $125 per person daily food and drink allotment. That should allow us a good amount of leeway to enjoy a couple of quick counter-service meals throughout our trip, along with a bunch of snacks, cocktails, and even a table-service dinner or two peppered in! (We tend to favor coffee and a grab n’ go bite for breakfast, so the bulk of the food budget is for just our lunch and dinner eats each day, plus treats!)
We’re also implementing a separate souvenir budget of $300 per person, per location — hey, we warned you it was hefty! If you’re anything like us, you’re going to want to do a little (or a lot!) of shopping along the way (especially in Japan!). If you’re not all that into merch, just treat this budget as extra spending cash or nix it from the budget completely!
Non-Stop Flight to Disney World (Dallas to Orlando in our example):
$178 per person x2 = $356
Ride to and from airport and hotel:
$63 x 2 = $126
Six Nights at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort with Six-Day Park Hopper for Two:
$125 per person x 6 days x 2= $1,500
$300 per person x 2 = $600
So for a grand total of $5,501.94 we’ll be able to knock out four Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT) and have fun doing it! Onto the next stop!
Next Destination: Disneyland!
Itinerary dates: January 25th – January 29th, 2022
After our stay in Disney World, on January 25th we’ll be on our way to the OG that started it all — Disneyland! We’ll also be swingin’ by Disney California Adventure, too!
The cost of a non-stop flight to Los Angeles from Orlando is around $69 per person (last we checked) to fly out in the early AM.
From LAX to Disneyland, the average ride-sharing service is $40-47 one-way for the cheapest option. We prefer this method since it’s cheap and convenient, but if you prefer a taxi or shuttle service, any of those would work too.
We’re not going to hit the parks the first day we get in — instead, we’re going to check into the Disneyland Hotel and relax for a spell!
Note: The Disneyland hotel is currently temporarily unavailable. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is set to reopen on April 29th, but Disneyland Resort’s other hotels still do not have a reopening date. Click here to see the latest information on what’s going on with the historic reopening of Disneyland.
Maybe we’ll go for a ride on the monorail waterslides by the pool and we’ll definitely be hitting up Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for some signature tiki drinks!
Note: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is currently unavailable.
By the morning of the 26th, we’ll be feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed again! Time to go to Disneyland! We purchased three-day Park Hopper tickets. Since we’re staying in a Disneyland hotel, we’ll be able to tackle a Magic Morning, allowing us to get into one park an hour early one day of our trip. We’ll be early enough to enjoy a short wait for Radiator Springs Racers and maybe have time to hop back in line AGAIN before the wait gets too long!
Non-Stop Flight from Orlando to Los Angeles:
$69 per person x 2 = $138
Ride-share to and from the airport:
$40 x 2 = $80
Four Nights at The Disneyland Hotel with Three-Day Park Hopper for Two:
$2706.77 — This is based on prices from 2020. Prices for 2022 for the Disneyland Hotel are not yet available as the hotel is currently closed, and the Disneyland website will not allow us to search beyond December of 2021 for hotel prices.
For comparison’s sake we also looked at what it would cost to stay at the Grand Californian Hotel from September 14th through September 18th, 2021 — which is also a Tuesday through Saturday during a relatively slow period in the parks (somewhat similar to our proposed January dates). The price for this was $4,025.
So, for the purposes of this hypothetical, we’ve averaged those two costs to give us — $3,365.89.
$125 per person x 2 x 4 days = $1,000
$300 per person x 2 = $600
Our California Disney trip’s grand total is $5,183.89. We’ll have just officially seen every Disney theme park in the United States! Now it’s time to take this vacation international!
Next Location: Tokyo Disneyland!
Itinerary dates: January 29th – February 4th, 2022
On Wednesday, January 29th we’ll be going to Japan for our next two Disney theme parks — Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea!
If you’ve never been to the parks in Japan, you’re in for a wonderful treat! DisneySea is one of the most visually stunning Disney parks with its astonishing architecture and large bodies of water scattered throughout its seven ports (a.k.a. “lands” that make up this ocean-themed Disney park). Dare we even call DisneySea romantic? It’s a popular date night destination for Japanese couples!
We also can’t forget to mention that Tokyo Disneyland has some of the cutest merch and eats we’ve ever seen! You might just have to increase the food and souvenir budget even more for this leg of the journey!
Our non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Japan is going to cost about $665 per person.
Now this is where things get a little hairy — we’re going to lose over a day due to the 11+ hours of flight time and the change in time zones (Japan is 16 hours ahead California), meaning our flight that leaves at 12:40PM on January 29th doesn’t get in until 5:30PM the following day.
We’ll definitely try to do some sleeping on the plane, but we’re anticipating that we still might be left with some jet-lag, so once we land, we’ll be hopping a direct bus and heading straight to the Disney Ambassador Hotel to get a bit of rest and maybe just spend the day exploring some areas outside of the parks!
While taking the train from the airport to Tokyo Disneyland is less expensive, it can be a little more complicated than just hopping a bus that will take us straight there, and after such a long flight, we’re expecting to be a little out of it!
The Tokyo Disneyland website notes that the bus from Haneda Airport to the Tokyo Disney Resort area is about ¥850 per person. Right now, that’s about $7.86 per person.
Note — there is no Park Hopper add-on in Japan, so you must purchase your Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea tickets separately.
There used to be a number of tickets available including a “Starlight Passport” which is a discount ticket that allows entry after 3 pm and an “After 6 Passport” which is even cheaper, allowing entry after 6 pm.
Note that currently only 1-day passports, fixed date and time passports for after 10:30AM, and fixed date and time passports for after 12PM are available to purchase. But, this is all subject to change. You can also get an early entry ticket add-on if you’re staying at a Disney hotel — but a valid 1-day passport is required in addition to the early add-on.
We want all the time we can get to enjoy both of these parks, so we’re choosing to buy a 4 day Magic Passport (under the assumption that this ticket type will be back in 2022). A nice perk with this ticket is that on the third and fourth days you can move back and forth between Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea as you would with a Park Hopper ticket!
Non-Stop Flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo:
$665 per person x 2 = $1,330
Bus ride to and from airport:
$7.86 per person x 2 x 2 rides (to the hotel and back to the airport) = $31.44
Four-Day Magic Passport:
$208.86 per person x 2 = $417.72 (This is based on ticket prices from 2020)
If we were instead to buy regular 1-day passports, which is what is available right now, the price would be ¥8,200 – ¥8,700 per ticket per adult. That’s about $75.86 to $80.49 per person per ticket. Based on that calculation at the highest price, that would come out to about $643.92 per person.
So, for our example, we’ll average the prices since it’s unclear what will happen in 2022 and what tickets will be available then — the average is $530.82.
Five Nights at The Disney Ambassador Hotel:
$1,887.18 (This is the price from 2020).
The Tokyo Disneyland website doesn’t let us look at prices into 2022 just yet and was not showing availability for some other dates we checked at the time.
$125 per person x 2 x 6 days = $1,500
$300 per person x 2 = $600
That makes our grand total spent in Japan $5,879.44! Time to head off to our next country — China!
Hello Shanghai Disneyland!
Itinerary dates: February 4th – February 7th, 2020
Over halfway through our journey, we’re really looking forward to riding Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure — we’ve heard it blows the other Disney pirates attractions out of the water!
Here in Shanghai, we’ll also get to ride TRON Lightcycle Power Run, which will have hopefully already opened at Disney World too (but possibly not)!
Here’s something you’ll want to factor in for this leg of the journey — if you’re not a Chinese citizen you must obtain a tourist visa to visit China. The cost is about $140 bucks and you’ll want to apply for it at least one month in advance, just to be on the safe side! We didn’t factor it into our grand total, but keep that in mind!
Our non-stop flight to Shanghai Pudong International Airport leaves Tokyo on Tuesday, February 4th. The flight time is about 3.5 hours and each airfare is costing us about $502. Well be getting in around 5:05PM.
So, we’ll be taking a direct bus from the airport to our resort (again, for us, it’s just easier to hop on a bus and let someone else do all the navigating)! Once we arrive we’ll be laying low and exploring our accommodations for this leg of the journey… the Toy Story Hotel!
Being the huge Toy Story fans that we are, we couldn’t pass up the chance to stay at the Toy Story Hotel with its “Andy’s Room” wallpaper exterior and giant statues of Woody and Buzz! It takes only a couple of minutes to walk to the park — and as guests of this resort, we have access to a special priority entrance to Shanghai Disneyland! Our three-night stay should give us ample time to explore the Enchanted Storybook Castle, Treasure Cove, and Gardens of Imagination!
Non-Stop Flight from Tokyo to Shanghai:
$502 per person x 2 = $1004
Bus ride to and from airport:
$8.72 per person x 2 (x2 for return trip) = $34.88 (prices may vary)
Two-day ticket to Shanghai Disneyland:
$146 per person x 2 = $292 — This is the price we saw in 2020.
We can’t look at 2022 prices just yet, so we took a look at some days in May and chose one day that is “regular” and one that is “regular plus” to get some variation in the pricing. The total price was 1616 Chinese Yuan or $248.96. Those prices, of course, are subject to change and could be much higher for peak days.
So, we’ll average the cost of the tickets for now to get an estimate — that comes out to $270.48.
Three Nights at The Toy Story Hotel:
$222.78 x 3 = $668.34 — Those are the numbers we saw for 2020 when this article was previously written.
It looks like a special deal is available for February of 2022 that gave us 20% off, making the room priced at 1,085 Chinese yuan each night. That’s about $167.16 per night. Without the discount, it’s about $197.74 per night. Using the discounted rate, it would be about $501.48 for 3 nights.
$125 per person x 2 x 3 days = $750
$300 per person x 2 = $600
Wow! Our Shanghai grand total came out to $3,160.84. Next we’re traveling to Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Disneyland, Here We Come!
Itinerary dates: February 7th – February 10th, 2020
Although Hong Kong Disneyland shares many of the similar classic attractions you’ll find at other Disney parks, its version of the Haunted Mansion is totally unique!
Many folks even say that Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor (even the name is different!) is one of the best Disney ride ever made! We’re hoping to ride it over, and over, and over again during our two-day visit to Hong Kong Disneyland!
Not to mention, we’ll be getting our Marvel on at Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!
February 7th is when we’ll be hopping our flight to Hong Kong! We had to look outside of Priceline for this one because it wasn’t giving us a lot of options. But, when we looked at Google Flights we found some choices, including a nonstop flight for $368 for both tickets
Thankfully it’s relatively quick and inexpensive flight — and it can be cheaper than taking the Shanghai-to-Hong Kong bullet train, but should you prefer trains over planes, you may wanna splurge! You’ll just need to check what forms of transportation are available then, as several things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can opt for a bus, train, or taxi from the airport. This time we’ll opt for a taxi that can take us directly to the hotel.
We’re going to stay in and chill when we get to the resort (what can we say? We like to pad our travel days with lots of R & R!). We’ve chosen a three-night stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel — it’s only steps away from the park and gives us some serious Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort-vibes in terms of looks, but costs only a fraction of the Grand Flo’s price!
Non-Stop Flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong:
$368 for both tickets
Taxi ride to and from airport:
$94.38 per taxi ride (prices can vary) x 2 (x2) = $188.76
Two-day ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland:
$212.51 for 2 tickets
Three Nights at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel:
$309.11 x 3 = $927.33
$125 per person x 2 x 3 days = $750
$300 per person x 2 = $600
Our quick jaunt to Hong Kong Disneyland only set us back $3,046.60! We’ll be finally making a break for the finish line as our next park is our FINAL stop!
Viva la Disneyland Paris!
Itinerary dates: February 10th – February 14th, 2020
Ah, Paris! Can you believe we’ll have almost made our way around the world by now?!
France has two Disney theme parks — Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. In our opinion, Disneyland Paris has one of the prettiest castles (and it has an animatronic dragon in a moat underneath it!!)
We’ll be the first ones in line for the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril rollercoaster! And we can’t wait to get lost in the Alice in Wonderland hedge maze…
…not to mention partake in a few go-arounds with Ratatouille: The Adventure! Walt Disney World will be getting a version of this coming to EPCOT in 2021!
Our flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport leaves on Monday, February 10th, and it’s going to take us ::yeesh:: about 13 hours to fly there. There are some direct flights available but they are VERY pricy. We’ll gain 6 hours because of the time zone difference, but once we get to the resort, we’re going to need some serious shut-eye!
The high-speed TGV train will get us to Disneyland Paris (we’re going via train this time since it’s the fastest!) and we’ll be moseying over to Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne from there for some zzz’s in our Sheriff Woody-themed rooms!
On February 11th, we should be recharged enough to hit Disneyland Paris. It’s an eight-minute complimentary shuttle ride from our Resort!
Flight from Hong Kong to Paris:
$744.80 per person x 2 = $1,489.60
TGV Train to and from airport:
About $20.00 per person x 2 (x2) = $80
Four Nights at The Disney Hotel Cheyenne plus Disneyland Tickets included in the Package
$125 per person x 2 x 5 days = $1,250
$300 per person x 2 = $600
And there you have it! Our trip to Disneyland Paris came out to a grand total of $4,183.58! Can you believe we’ve gone around the world and visited all twelve of the Disney theme parks?!
And as luck would have it, the last day of our epic around-the-world trip-of-a-lifetime just so happens to be Valentine’s Day in the City of Love! How romantic!!!
This incredible journey has taken us 27 days for a grand total of — drum roll, please… $26,956.29! We don’t want to be stranded in France though (or do we?), so let’s tack on another $1,186 for our return airfare, and there you have it:
12 Disney theme parks for $28,142.29!
Excuse us, we’re over here picking ourselves up off the floor after that sticker shock wears off! That’s a LOT of dough, but oh so worth it for a trip of a lifetime. So next time you and your Disney BFF start dreaming about your next trip to Disney, why not dream BIG and plan a trip around the world! That is — if you happen to have an extra 30 grand lying around!
Now, remember — we found some super cheap flights (and splurged on some non-stops!) for our research purposes. Your mileage may vary on park tickets and transportation as well, depending on the time of year that you travel and what sites you use. You may choose to stay in off-site hotels (we went a little high-end in our accommodation choices), and, of course, you could be a little more financially modest when it comes to your food and souvenir budgets than we were. So while OUR trip cost us almost $30K, yours could be significantly more expensive…or LESS expensive!
Also, keep in mind that some hotels, parks, or transportation options may not be available right now and may not be available in the future, so that’s just something to keep in mind. For example, at the moment, Disneyland Paris is still closed.
We’d love to hear how YOU’D plan your round-the-world trip to hit all the Disney parks! How would you change your priorities from ours? Let us know!
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What do you think? Would you ever attempt such a daring trip? Let us know in the comments!!