I was just sitting on my sewing room, idly looking through my blog reader feed this afternoon, and then this idea came to my head: a vacation where I got to visit all Disney Parks in the world. Yes, it would be kind of sad to miss visiting the countries where all the Disney Parks are, but at the same time, how cool it would be to visit all 5 in one swoop and get to see all the differences and have your picture taken in front of all 5 castles? Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll ever do this, but maybe anyone interested should leave their name and email address in the comments and we can start saving/planning on this tour together.
Here’s my idea for an 3-week itinerary (take into consideration I have not looked at plane times or anything of the sort, this is just dreaming for now):
DAY 01 – Travel to Tokyo from LA
DAY 02 – Arrive in Tokyo and rest/adjust to new time
Day 03 – Disneyland Tokyo
Day 04 – Disney Sea
Day 05 – Disneyland Tokyo and Disney Sea (I’ve heard Disney Tokyo is the best, so an extra day is a must)
Day 06 – Travel to Hong Kong from Tokyo
Day 07 – Disneyland Hong Kong
Day 08 – DHK again, because they only have one park, and it feels mean to just stay a day.
Day 09 – Travel to Paris from Hong Kong
Day 10 – Disneyland Park
Day 11 – Walt Disney Studios
Day 12 – Travel to Orlando from Paris
Day 13 – Magic Kingdom
Day 14 – Hollywood Studios
Day 15 – Epcot
Day 16 – Animal Kingdom
Day 17 – Travel to LA from Orlando
Day 18 – Disneyland
Day 19 – Disney California Adventure
Day 20 - GO HOME (take a day off before going back to work too)
Photo: No Model Lady
This cost estimate is just an idea. I am throwing numbers out to try to figure out how much I’d need to save before attempting this (think of all the miles you can get with this!). I chose Disney hotels too, that may increase the overall cost of the trip, but it would only add to the experience of the theme of the trip. The cost is also based on 2 adults sharing a room. I also thought to include at least one character meal in each of the city stops. And we got to take into consideration prices change, you can get discounts, you can use miles, etc… So the cost is just a guideline for savings, not a final price :)
Flights: The most expensive leg of this trip would be Paris to Orlando, everything else was below $600 per one-way flight. So the Hong Kong-Paris would be a great one to use miles and save $2,000 off the final price. Either way, the total I calculated for flights (all coach, and all off season) would be: $3,500
Hotels: All Disney hotels, value option when available. $3,650 total (ouch!). BUT, that’s the price for two people, so you split that in half with whoever you are sharing your room with, and then it’s $1,825.
Park Tickets: Each park has a different price, some are better deals than others. But after making the math, it would be: $875
Food: I am a cheap eater and won’t go for the fancy restaurants, so I think a $10-$15/meal would be sufficient. So about $60/day, $1,200 total. But I’m adding in a character meal per city, and I’m just averaging that those would be about $50 per meal, so an extra $250 for character meals, making our new total for food $1750 (maybe I should bring some protein bars…).
Transportation to and from airport: $100 per city. But Disneyland and Disney World offer airport transfers for free (yay!). Total: $300.
Spending money: This is for extra stuff to buy, souvenirs, etc. I’d give myself a max of $300 per city, but I am not someone who usually buys a ton of souvenirs, to I’ll probably underspend. Either way, it’s good to have a number to budget. Also, sometimes you have expenses you didn’t plan for, and this would come out of my spending money budget as well. $1,500 total.
ESTIMATED TOTAL: $8,000/person
Eek, that’s a lot of money to save, might have to go ask my boss for a raise on Monday! But, to be fair, it’s not as much as I expected, and I’m sure there’s a lot of room to find ways to save and bring this price down. For example, using miles on the Paris-Orlando trip, as I suggested above, cutting down a day in Hong Kong and Tokyo each, staying on non-Disney hotels, etc.
So, who’s in? Who wants to attempt to do this crazy around the world tour with me? Needs to be before Disney has time to open a 6th park, or I’ll need to take an entire month off work! Any travel agents out there willing to make this happen? I’m all (mouse) ears, and would be glad to help plan/lead such tour.