Are you debating on where to take your next family vacation?
If you’re trying to decide between going to Disney World or visiting somewhere else, we understand the struggle. We’ve also wanted to explore other vacation destinations, but obviously, we’re super hooked on Disney! But, if you’re trying to make your decision based on your budget, we’re here to help. We’re going to compare how much a trip to Disney World costs versus an all-inclusive stay in The Bahamas!
To get the best comparison, we’re going to be looking at trips in late July 2022 for 7-days and 6-nights. Both trips will be for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids. Do note that prices can and will vary depend on when and where you book.
For our trip to The Bahamas, we’re going to stay at Lighthouse Pointe Grand Lucayan — an all-inclusive resort located in Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama.
We chose a trip for July 24th, 2022 through July 30th, 2022.
With 2 adults and 2 kids, an all-inclusive stay starts at $684 per night. This includes the room, taxes, service charges, resort fees, energy fees, entertainment, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages (both alcohol and non alcohol).
It also includes golf, tennis, fitness center, and spa access, as well as WiFi.
So, if we multiply that starting rate by the 6 nights of our stay, our total comes out to $4,104.
Walt Disney World
We’re going to choose a Moderate hotel at Disney World, because while the hotel we’re staying at in The Bahamas is on the water, the rooms really aren’t anything special. So, it seems more fair to use a Moderate hotel to compare as opposed to a Deluxe.
So, for a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for these same dates, rates start at $273.67 per night, before tax. If we multiple that by our 6 night stay, and add in tax, the total comes to $1,847.28.
Now, let’s look at theme park tickets. We’re going to get 5-Day Park Hopper tickets for these dates, which are $582.73 per ticket for adults, and $563.80 per ticket for kids. That brings our total to $2,442.12 with tax.
Since food is included with the trip to The Bahamas, let’s also factor in food to the Disney World trip. We’ve done the math in our Guide Book and worked out how much money a family of 4, with 2 adults and 2 kids, would spend on food per day in Disney World. If the family eats a quick service breakfast, quick service lunch, a moderately-priced table service dinner with dessert, and has two snacks per person, they will spend $274.23 per day.
Obviously, this can vary greatly depending on your family’s eating habits and where you choose to eat at Disney World, but this is our estimate based on the choices mentioned above. So, if you take the amount of money the family will spend per day and multiply it by 6 (5 full days and 2 half days), the total comes to $1,645.38.
Adding all of this up, the total for the Disney World trip comes out to $5,934.78.
So, overall, a trip to Disney World is more expensive than an all-inclusive trip to The Bahamas! This can differ depending on where you stay, what you do during your trip, transportation, what souvenirs you buy, etc., but this should give you a rough idea of how a trip to The Bahamas compares to a trip to Disney World.
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Would you rather take an all-inclusive trip to The Bahamas or vacation in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!
We usually do an annual trip to WDW and stay at a Deluxe (Poly, Contemporary) with theme park view, but not this year. We are heading to the UK and France for 12 days instead (including a DLP visit) for slightly less than our WDW vacation has averaged the last few years. Just ready for some time away from WDW and all the crowds/drama right now – hopefully things will settle over the next few years and we can go back, but will stick to other vacation destinations until then.
What is the price of the stress of Disney vs. all inclusive island destination? Headed for the islands!
christine bunt says
My concern would be the entertainment first. You may be comparing apples and onions. Yes, for an example a Disney cruise can be a lot more expensive than a nonDisney cruise, or a lot less. But the bottom line for me is how much fun I get out of one day on a cruise. the cruise. Personally, I have no use for a smoky, casino. And I love seeing happy families as well as the variety of ways to enjoy myself on and off a Disney ship. When it comes to WDW. I have had to change my mind because of all the new regulations. I would think seriously about a trip to a beach etc. as better than nothing for a vacation. But there is a certain loss of variety in an all-in-one vacation resort. One thing about WDW is the endless of choices for meals, entertainment and such even if you do not go to the parks. Does it make up for all the new regulations? That depends on what you enjoy.
Jackie Shipley says
Heck, I’ve priced out a 10 day trip to Europe (France and Spain) that is cheaper than staying at a Deluxe accommodation at WDW, including airfare. Sorry, but Disney is pricing itself out of the average family’s budget (and what’s the point of going to WDW if you’re not going to stay in a resort hotel and eat your meals at the park or at the resort). After all, it’s supposed to be a vacation; I don’t want to be preparing meals and/or spending all my time on the phone trying to get Lightning Lane passes and see when a dining reservation might open up. WDW can be fun, but it’s not so much fun right now between the crowds and high prices.
Wow. That’s really eye opening.
Susan Blackie says
The comparison you made was a good one, however you failed to factor in that the Bahamas trip has very little in the way of activity’s . Where as Disney has TONS of things to do AND you can go swimming. The saving seemed very little. I will stick to my annual pass and my trips to Disney.
Emma M Turner says
Disney offers so much for a Family of adults and children something for everyone attractions are endless
A trip to the Bahamas offers a Beautiful Beach some sight seeing more for a couple who wanted relaxation and quiet
Even a Disney vacation for 9 people could costs close to 10,000$ I feel we’d All get a trip of a life time
Sad part is ive been in the hospital for the last 3 and a half years financially has put the trip on hold for a couple of years
As soon as I am able to get back to work I will start saving for My kids and Grandchildren and Myself for this Special vacation!
Thanks for the info 👍it help make my decision 👍 🙂