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How much does it cost to holiday in Orlando, Florida?

Budgeting for a Orlando and Disney Holiday

A holiday to Orlando, Florida and Disney World may sound expensive, but the there are cheap Disney Holidays available, and with some planning and research, your Disney holiday may be more affordable than you think.

Flights to Orlando

Flights can be booked separately, with the hotel or villa or as part of a package holiday. Flights operated by British Airways or Virgin Atlantic to Orlando, Tampa or Miami are all scheduled full service flights, flights operated as part of a package holiday will be charter flights.

When reviewing flight prices be certain to check what is, or isn't included in the price you are reviewing. The price shown for full service airlines will include all 'extras', food, luggage, check-in and so on, that other airlines may class as 'additions' with these only added to the price you see when you come to pay.

If you book your flight with a scheduled airline as part of a combined flight and hotel/villa holiday, you may well find the flight price will be cheaper than one booked separately.




You can convert your Tesco Clubcard vouchers into British Airways Miles and then use these to discount the cost of flights with British Airways. The weekly shop and petrol over two years can reduce the cost of flights by 70%.

Orlando Hotels and Villas

Villa's can be booked as part of a package with a tour operator, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic or can be booked direct with the owner. Prices for villas booked direct with owners will depend on the size of villa booked and the facilities offered with that villa. Bookings made for villas with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic are for a grade of villa, with your actual villa allocated on arrival.

The prices below are based on 2 adults and 2 children in August 2012, savings can be made for combined villa and flight bookings. The villa price will be the same if booked for 4 adults and 4 children, you are paying for a 4 bed villa either way. If you are travelling as 2 families then the villa cost can be shared between you.

British Airways Villas 7 Nights 14 Nights Sleeps
Standard Villas £517 £1,034 8
Superior Villas £568 £1,136 8

Disney offers hotels in three price categories, value, moderate and deluxe, there is some variation of price within the price groups. Dining plans are available at additional cost, but the Disney Transportation System is included in all bookings. Savings can be made by booking the hotel room as part of a package with flights and park tickets.

Disney Hotel
Price Category
7 Nights 14 Nights Sleeps
Value £581 £1,162 4
Moderate £896 £1,792 4
Deluxe £1,421 £2,842 4

Prices are based on travel in August 2012 for 2 adults and 2 children. Prices are average for price category.

Universal has three hotels that can be booked direct with the hotel chain or as part of a package with a tour operator British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Universal hotel bookings include a complementary express queue pass for each guest.

Universal Hotels 7 Nights 14 Nights Sleeps
Royal Pacific £983 £1,656 4
Portofino Bay £1,166 £1,997 4
Hard Rock £1,280 £2,183 4

Orlando Car Hire

If you are staying in a Disney hotel and not venturing outside of the Disney complex then you can get away without a car, otherwise you are most likely to need one. The good news is the roads are safe and car hire is easy and cheap.

The big thing to look out for when checking car hire costs is what is included and what is not included in the hire price, pay particular attention to insurance.

You may get a hire car included in your holiday package, or you may be able to add one onto a flight and hotel booking. You can hire cars locally, and you can hire a car for short periods of your holiday if you prefer.

Car Hire as part of a holiday package

Holiday Package Rental Company Cost of Car Insurance Child Seats
British Airways Avis £276 Included From $13 per day
Virgin Holidays Alamo Included £265 From $7 per day
Thomson Alamo Included £350 From $6 per day

Holiday basis; family of four (2 adults / 2 children) booking 2 week holiday, staying in superior villa. Based on web searches carried out on 05/05/2012 for holidays in August 2012.

Orlando Theme Park Tickets

Having got all the way to Orlando chances are you are going to want to take in a theme park or two, and the cost of tickets is going to be a significant part of your overall budget.

It is important to understand what parks you want to visit, how much time you have, the age range in your group and what parks are best suited to them. The more parks you choose to visit the greater the cost.

As a rule of thumb Disney has a greater selection of rides for younger visitors, whilst Universal has more of the bigger faster rides.

Disney is huge, and with four main parks very diverse in its offerings, between them they cover the entire spectrum offered by all the other Orlando theme parks.

If this is your first visit, you are not all teenage or above and you are not staying for more than two weeks then consider carefully if you need to venture outside of Disney.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate when you arrive, online directly from the Theme Parks or through independent agents. The ticket variety available on the gate may not be as great as that available for prior purchase. Disney, and independent agents offer online ticket deals aimed directly at the UK market.

Independent agents offer deals for all the parks and whilst individual tickets will be the same price as those offered directly from the Theme Parks, combinations of tickets may well offer a saving. In addition these agents will often offer other related special offers or additional promotions. If you purchase from an agent make sure they are providing you with actual tickets, not just proof of purchase to be exchanged on the first day. We have found Attraction Tickets Direct well priced and reliable.

Disney Tickets

Disney offers either the Premium or Ultimate ticket, where the Ultimate ticket allows unlimited entrance to all of the parks and waterparks as many times as you like for the duration of the ticket. Premium tickets allow unlimited entrance to the main parks with and a limited number of visits to the water parks and other attractions.

 2012 Prices Premium Ultimate
5 Day 7 Day 14 Day 21 Day
Adult £231 £236 £246 £284
Child £204 £209 £219 £257

Prices from Disney

A family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) purchasing the 14 Day Ultimate ticket will spend £930. This will get you access to all the Disney Parks, water parks and other attractions as many times as you like for the duration of your stay. You can hop between parks visiting more than one each day. All rides, shows, parades the Disney Transportation System and other attractions are included in the ticket, once you are in the parks the only extras are refreshments and souvenirs.

Whilst this is a significant cost and is worth putting into context with entertainment in the UK.

Ticket Price Comparison

  Family of 4 per day
Disney's 14 day Ultimate Ticket £66.42
Alton Towers £113.40
Lego Land £116.10
Cinema Tickets + drinks and snacks £50.00

Universal Tickets

The Universal brand stretches far beyond the theme park with the group including Universal Studios Theme Park, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Wet 'N Wild. Ticket options are available for a few or as many of those parks as you want to take in.

  2 Park 3 Park 5 Park 6 Park
Adult Price £99 £113 £183 £197
Child Price £89 £104 £168 £183
Universal Studios Yes Yes Yes Yes
Islands of Adventure Yes Yes Yes Yes
SeaWorld     Yes Yes
Aquatica     Yes Yes
Busch Gardens     Yes Yes
Wet N Wild   Yes   Yes

Orlando Holiday Costs

Holiday Example A - Premium Villa with Private Pool

Holiday Details British Airways Thomson
Group Details 2 Adults / 2 Children 2 Adults / 2 Children
Flight Details Gatwick / Orlando Int Gatwick / Sandford
Luggage & Catering Included Included
Accommodation Premium Villa with Private Pool Premium Villa with Private Pool
Car Hire Included (Mid-size)
Insurance Included
Included (Mid-size)
Insurance additional Cost
Duration 14 Days 14 Days
Cost £4,660 £5,965

Based on web searches carried out on 04/05/2012 for holidays during August 2012

Holiday Example B - Disney Value Hotel

Holiday Details British Airways Thomson
Group Details 2 Adults / 2 Children 2 Adults / 2 Children
Flight Details Gatwick / Orlando Int Gatwick / Sandford
Luggage & Catering Included Included
Accommodation Disney's Pop Century Resort Disney's Pop Century Resort
Car Hire Included (Mid-size)
Insurance Included
Included (Mid-size)
Insurance additional Cost
Duration 14 Days 14 Days
Cost £5,137 £5,389

Based on web searches carried out on 04/05/2012 for holidays during August 2012

Holiday Example C - Premium Disney Hotel

Holiday Details British Airways Thomson
Group Details 2 Adults / 2 Children 2 Adults / 2 Children
Flight Details Gatwick / Orlando Int Gatwick / Sandford
Luggage & Catering Included Included
Accommodation Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Car Hire Included (Mid-size)
Insurance Included
Included (Mid-size)
Insurance additional Cost
Duration 14 Days 14 Days
Cost £6,793 £7,219

Based on web searches carried out on 04/05/2012 for holidays during August 2012