A trip to Walt Disney World is expensive. There is much of a budget when planning a Walt Disney World vacation. From flights to resorts to tickets, many believe that a trip to Walt Disney World is just “too expensive.”
Unfortunately, as we start this new year, prices aren’t going down at Walt Disney World. Instead, we are seeing prices increase. If you have a trip planned to Walt Disney World in 2024, there are some critical price increases you will want to be aware of as you plan.
An additional cost that guests need to budget for is Genie+. Although Genie+ isn’t required, it is a great way to spend less time in line and enjoy the park’s magic more. When Genie+ was first introduced, the cost was $15 per person daily.
Since 2021, when Genie+ was introduced, we have seen Disney increase the price for this feature. The system now has date-based pricing. This means that the cost is set per day. It is also different for each park.
This holiday season, we saw Genie+ reach top prices of $35 for Magic Kingdom and the Multi-Park option.
As you plan for your 2024 trip to Walt Disney World, you must realize that if you use Genie+, you will want to budget accordingly. Disney doesn’t share pricing beforehand, so we recommend planning for the peak pricing so you aren’t caught off guard.
Disney Dining Plan
We are thrilled that Disney is bringing back the dining plans. By adding a dining plan to their vacation package, guests can prepay for their meals. This can take a lot of stress off of mealtime during a trip.
With the return of the dining plan, we saw a significant increase in the cost. The Disney Dining Plan gives guests one table service, one quick service, and one snack daily, which is $94.28/adult and $29.69/child (ages 3 to 9).
The quick-service dining plan that allows guests two quick-service meals and one snack per day is $57.01/adult and $23.83/child.
If you add a dining plan to your vacation package, order those more expensive items off the menu. This is how you can ensure that you get your money’s worth. Also, always make sure you use all of your credits. If you don’t use them, it is throwing money away.
Overall, food costs at Walt Disney World (and everywhere) have increased over the past year. As you plan for your vacation, ensure your food budget reflects this increase.
General Price Increase
Finally, be aware that everything will cost more if you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in a while. Resort prices, ticket costs, and food have increased over the years.
Look for those discounts on rooms and tickets to help save money. Consider taking a trip during a slower time when you won’t see top prices for Genie+. Use our tips below to save money on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
Trips to Disney are still just as magical; they just take a little more budgeting and planning than before.