With so many caveats, it might seem like these numbers are rendered meaningless, and this post is just an exercise in futility (like most things I do!). However, the info and numbers here should at least provide a good baseline so that those of you who have never planned a Walt Disney World vacation have a ballpark idea what kind of costs you’ll encounter.

There are a lot of (clickbait) blog articles with titles like “How to Have a Walt Disney World Vacation for $1,000 or Less.” Those make extravagant claims that are really deceptive and ultimately lead to disappointment or unrealistically high standards. For the vast majority of people, $2,000 is simply enough to gain admittance, and even then it’s pushing it.