Ten Things that Cost $100 at Walt Disney World*

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With the recent info dumps about the new Genie program and the new annual pass structure, talk about the cost of Walt Disney World is so thick you’d need a custom lightsaber to cut through it.

There are lots of ways to think about the financial aspects of a Disney vacation. TouringPlans blogger Becky Gandillion has looked at the cost per hour of various WDW trip components as well as what a vacation looks like at $2,000, $4,000, and $6,000 expenditure outlays.

I’m slicing and dicing a different way, looking at the different types of things you can at Disney World for the basic building block price of $100. Here are ten example of what you can get for about that price. (Note: some items don’t fit neatly into a $100 chunk, but I aimed to get as close as possible.)

1. One night at All-Star Movies in the off season.

The official Disney website offers some standard rooms for $129 per night. You might be able to find these same rooms for less on Priceline.com. So, give or take a bit, one night in early September 2021 will cost in the neighborhood of $100.

2. A spirit jersey.

This now classic souvenir will run you a bit under $100, depending on which style you select.

3. A single day ticket to a theme park, during the off season.

One-day theme park tickets start at $109. That will get you weekday access during much of September 2021.

4. A ride for four people on the Aerophile balloon at Disney Springs. ($25 per person)

5. A custom droid build at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. ($99.99 starting price)

6. Dinner for two at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs. (Two $29.00 chicken dinners, two $13.00 cocktails, one $12.00 hummingbird cake. Tax and tip make it more than $100. Skip dessert or a drink to bring it closer to exact. )

7. Lunch for six at Casey’s Corner.

Six $11.50 hot dogs + six $4.50 fountain sodas = $96

8. One ticket to the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs.

One not-quite-nosebleed adult ticket is $119.00.

9. Water park tickets for two DVC members.

Adult DVC water park tickets are $49.00 each.

10. A night out for two at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Two $15.00 cocktails each + two $11.50 snacks + tax and tip.

When you consider the $100 chunk, you can easily see how substituting different elements of expense can change the tone of your vacation — easily making decisions like:

  • If we skip cocktail night at Trader Sam’s we get close to the price of an additional hotel night.
  • That hot air balloon ride will only last a few minutes, but Mom will wear that spirit jersey for years–maybe that’s a good trade off.
  • The whole family can grab a quick lunch at Casey’s for the same price as a sit down dinner for just the parents.
  • We could spend about the same amount for a few hours entertainment at Cirque du Soleil as for an entire day at a theme park.

How do you like to think about Disney expense planning trade-offs?

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

3 thoughts on “Ten Things that Cost $100 at Walt Disney World*

  • September 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm
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    My friends laugh at me because my ‘mental math’ for things= I could spend X # of days at WDW for that price… 🙂

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  • September 3, 2021 at 7:48 am
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    Ain’t Walt Disney a shameless themselves taking things away and keep on raising prices we go all the time but now we quit cuz they’re taking away all the benefits the perks of going you know not handling your suitcases from the airport having them in your room and the bus ride now we got to pay for all that stuff I thought Walt Disney was the expensive is the way it is sincerely Ray price

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    • September 10, 2021 at 7:24 am
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      I feel your pain Ray. The extras were a big draw for us. We are taking our 3 grandkids in January and honestly it may be our last time. Not looking forward to dealing with the luggage when we get in but we want the kids to experience Disney atleast once. Like everything else, once it goes away it never comes back. I’m sure Walt wouldn’t agree with everything that’s going on.

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