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Walt Disney World or Disneyland: Who Can Decide?

Check out this Disneyland vs Disney World Cost Comparison between the two parks to help you make your decision.

Making the choice between heading to Walt Disney World and Disneyland can be daunting.

Pacific Ocean or Atlantic Ocean?

West Coast or East Coast?

California or Florida?

We want to help make the decision a little easier by providing you with a cost comparison.

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Fist up, let’s talk about annual passes

Walt Disney World has only one option for non-Florida residents. It’s the Disney Incredi-Pass, for everyone three and older.

Let’s check out the perks:

  • Allows admission for one or more parks per day
  • You can make up to five reservations at a time
  • There are NO blackout dates (a huge perk for anyone visiting the park)
  • Free parking
  • Savings on dining plans
  • 20% off merchandise throughout the parks

Yearly price: $1299.00 not including tax

You can also add a Photo Pass for $99/year and a Water and Sports Pass for $99/year.

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Disneyland has three options for annual passes:

Dream Key Pass:

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks every day of the year.
  • Hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time
  • Up to 20% off select merchandise
  • Up to 15% off select dining
  • Standard theme park parking included (excluding blockout days)

Yearly Price: $1399 not including tax, this pass is currently SOLD OUT.

Believe Key Pass:

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year.
  • Hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select dining
  • 50% off standard theme park parking (excluding blockout days, and available for purchase at Mickey & Friends
  • Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure and the Toy Story Parking Area)

Yearly Price: $949 not including tax

Enchant Key Pass:

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year.
  • Hold up to 4 theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select dining

Yearly Price: $649 not including tax

Each Magic Key Pass has additional benefits at the parks and Downtown Disney as well.

What about a day trip or a few days?

In our Disneyland vs Disney World Cost comparison guide, let’s talk about how long you plan on going to wither park.

Walt Disney World offers one day passes, where you can choose a single park or park hopper options where you can travel to any of the four parks in one day.

  • One day Single Park Pass: $109
  • One day Park Hopper Pass: $174
  • One day Park Hopper Plus Pass (includes Water Park & Sports): $194

The longer you stay and play, the lower your price becomes.

  • 5 days Single Park Pass: $90
  • 5 days Park Hopper Pass: $107
  • 5 days Park Hopper Plus Pass: $111
  • 10 days Single Park Pass: $54
  • 10 days Park Hopper Pass: $62
  • 10 days Park Hopper Plus Pass: $64

Disneyland offers one day passes or multi-park passes.

  • One day Single Park Pass: $104
  • One day Multi-Park Pass: $164
  • 5 days Single Park Pass: $76
  • 5 days Park Hopper Pass: $136

**Make note of weekend/holiday visits, prices at both parks rise during these times. Be sure to check your calendar when making reservations.

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What about parking?

Walt Disney World is $25 per day and Disneyland just raised the price to $30 per day.

What can I expect to pay for a hotel?

If you’re flying to either Disneyland California or Walt Disney World in Florida, you’ll probably be spending a few nights. Which is why we couldn’t leave hotels out of our Disneyland vs Disney World Cost comparison guide.

We, Nerds, chose three hotels from each park to compare.

*All packages are based on a 2 adult, 3 children – 5 night/6 day park visit.

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Walt Disney World Resorts:

  • Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Packages begin at $6,570 this includes (the most basic) room and park hopper tickets.
  • Disney Animal Kingdom Hotel: Packages begin at $8,635 this includes (the most basic) room and park hopper tickets.
  • Disney’s Yacht Club: Packages begin at $5,984 this includes (the most basic) room and park hopper tickets.

Disneyland Resorts:

  • Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: The most basic room begins at $538.00/night. If you include multi park tickets you are looking at $6,090.
  • Paradise Pier: Rooms begin at $324, add in multi park tickets, you will end up around $5,020.
  • Disneyland Hotel: Rooms begin at $432, throw in your multi park tickets and you can expect to spend around $5560.

*Remember these are all the most basic rooms, you can choose to upgrade and experience either park to the extreme.

*Parking at hotels is not free, you can expect to pay anywhere from $35-40/night at Walt Disney World and $15-25/night at Disneyland.

Who loves to dine with Disney Friends??

In Walt Disney World you can join the Disney Jr Crew for breakfast or Minnie Mouse for lunch/dinner at Hollywood & Vine. This fun restaurant has a big menu, surely something for everyone and plays fun, festive music to get you up and dancing with the characters. All meals run from $35-59.99.

At Disneyland hang out with your Disney favorites at the Plaza Inn. This restaurant boasts American Fare with a lavish backdrop, it opened in 1955 and was one of Walt Disney’s favorite restaurants to dine in. You can expect to pay $35-59.99 for breakfast and $15-34.99 for lunch and dinner.

A few Walt Disney World Honorable Mentions…

Lastly, in our Disneyland vs Disney World Cost comparison guide let’s look at a few memorable extras you might decide to add to your Disney vacation.

Walt Disney World offers many Enchanting Extras.

Here are a few that you can choose from:

  • Capture Your Moment. This is a photo session during a special moment within your trip, think birthdays, engagements, anniversaries. You can choose which park you’d like your moment captured in. For these sessions expect to pay $50.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Custom Astromech Units aka Build Your Own Droid. This experience starts at $99.99.
  • Visit the Fantasia Garden and Fairways Miniature Golf and play a round for $14/adult and $12/child.

There are many more options of adding extras to your trip to live it up and enjoy Disney to the fullest!

We hope this quick overview of cost comparison between Walt Disney World and Disneyland has helped make your decision easier.

No matter where you end up, relax, enjoy, and NERD OUT!!

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