Is Orlando expensive? This is the price of an Orlando vacation, including food & hotel prices, as well as saving money in Orlando.
The simple answer, Orlando is expensive if you want the full ‘Orlando Experience’. Here is a breakdown of costs and typical prices, so you can plan your trip and make the most out of your time and money!
Cost of an Orlando vacation
Hotel Prices in Orlando
Some people may opt for a villa, some may choose a Disney resort or one of the chain resorts in the area whilst others may search for a boutique hotel. There are lots of cool hotels in Orlando and here are a few options for all budgets – including prices!
- Villa – If you are looking to rent a villa during your stay, you can make some big savings by booking in advance. Because there are cheap places to live in Florida, make sure to compare prices and look a little further away from the parks to get the best deals. Homeaway.com is a good option for first-time renters, you can find condo’s to rent for as little as $50 or even villas with a private pool from $100. Here is a guide to the best villas in Orlando.
- 5-star luxury – Couples looking to splash the cash on an exclusive resort should check out Villas of Grand Cypress with rooms starting at $225 a night. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is also a great choice but quite a bit pricier at $490 a night.
- Resorts – In a popular area in the Celebration neighbourhood, you can book rooms at Magic Village Resort Orlando Near Disney for around $200 a night or Universal’s Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort for a similar price; plus the latter allows for earlier entry into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you are looking for the Disney experience then you can book the for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for $165 for a standard room or if you want to splurge, look at the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for rooms around $400+.
- Moderately priced Luxury – If you are looking for luxury but don’t want to spend a fortune, Orlando have some great options for all types of visitors; particularly rooms around or under $100. The Comfort Suites Maingate East starts at $110, The Point Hotel and Suites cost $101 and the Holiday Inn on International Drive can be as little as $90.
- Cheap and cheerful – With the cost of theme parks and food, it may be worth saving on accommodation whilst in Orlando. Comfort Inn & Suites Convention Center, Baymont Inn & Suites Orlando Universal Blvd and Ramada Kissimmee Gateway all cost $60 or under.
Food Prices in Orlando
Orlando is a great holiday destination for fussy eaters and/or families. There is a wide variety of restaurants but also many supermarkets – many resorts include a kitchen or at least a kitchenette for you to prepare food at home.
Some good restaurant choices (and of course, the price!):
- Fine Dining – Victoria and Albert’s is praised for being a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ kind of experience. Reserve a table well in advance and expect to pay upwards of $250 per person.
- Fun Dining – Orlando certainly isn’t short of its themed restaurants; head to B-Line Diner to choose your own backdrop, with breakfasts starting at $10. You can also step in T-REX in Disney Springs for around $20 or pay a little more for lunch in one of the many themed restaurants within the parks themselves – The Leaky Cauldron is a firm favourite of mine.
- Pricey but worth it – The Bull & Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria offers delicious food from around $30 or check out the Ethos Vegan Kitchen for Vegan options under $10.
- Cheap eats – Q’Kenan serves up South American dishes for under $10, The Gnarly Barley does the same but with massive, yummy sandwiches and the Blaze Pizza offers completely personalised pizzas for just $10 AND it is Disney Springs!
- Dessert lovers – There is always a place for dessert on my budget plans. The Chocolate Emporium at Universal is amazing but a little expensive with Sundaes starting at $10+. For fruity pops, head to The Pop Parlour at $3.50 a pop or for as little as $2, head to P is for the Pie Bake Shop for AMAZING pies.
- Eating in the parks – There are lots of options in the parks including some great Quick Service options in Magic Kingdom and beyond, with meals costing between $10 – $20.
Prices for getting around Orlando
Orlando isn’t a walkable place to stay. To be honest, if you are staying for more than a handful of days, the best advise I can give you is to rent a car.
- Car Rental – Prices vary but you can get a comfortable car for around $45 a day. Note that it costs $20 to park at any Disney theme park or Universal Studios for a day.
- Taxi’s – A taxi from Disney Springs to Universal Studios costs just under $40 and takes around 30 minutes; around $2.50 per mile. We use TaxiFareFinder to get a fairly accurate estimation.
- Shuttle Buses – Most resorts will offer some type of shuttle bus to and from the theme parks. Take advantage of these, they are normally free. You can find a list of these hotels here.
- Public buses – Buses are available around Orlando and cost $2 per ride. A 7 day pass is available for $16.
Prices of attractions in Orlando
Walt Disney World® Resort Tickets – 1 day base ticket
Walt Disney World® Resort Tickets – 5 day base ticket
Park to Park Universal one day ticket
Seaworld one day ticket
Discovery Cove WITH dolphin swim
Kennedy Space Center
Madame Tussauds on I-Drive
Sea Life Orlando
The Wheel ICON Park
Fun Spot America
Crayola Experience Orlando
Ripley’s Believe it or not
Medieval times dinner and show
How to save money in Orlando
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- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
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What to pack:
- No matter where we travel to, I always take these trusty hand sanitizer’s and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these, over backpack and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.