Did you know that with around 140 million guests, Disneyland became the largest amusement park chain in terms of attendance in 2016? According to data published by Statista, the top three amusement and theme parks worldwide were all Disney parks in 2016. With 20.4 million visitors, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida acquired first position; second was Disneyland Anaheim in LA, California, which received 17.94 million visitors, with Disneyland Tokyo taking the third position.
Visiting Disneyland Anaheim is one of the major reasons people travel to the United States. And it’s true that there is nothing like a trip to Disneyland California, the “original” Disney Park.
If you too are planning your travel to America to visit Disneyland, here is a quick guide that will help you come up with a total estimate of this fairly costly trip.
USA Visit Visa Processing Costs
Since a trip to Disneyland will come under the category of pleasure/vacation, the applicant needs to apply for a non-immigrant, B1/B2 visa, by filling an elaborate 18-page application online. After this, two appointments will be scheduled at the local US consulate, one for bio-metrics, including your photographs and fingerprint submission, and the other for your actual visa interview, where you need to carry all the required documents with you. The application fees for a tourist visa, according to ustraveldocs.com, will cost you $160 per applicant.
Click on this link to know more about visa application.
USA Flight Tickets Costs
To reach Disneyland Anaheim, the easiest route would be to take a one-way flight from Delhi to Los Angeles. There are as many as 50 in a day to choose from. According to MakeMyTrip, the flight tickets could vary from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 45,000, depending to the day on which you are travelling and any ongoing discounts or deals.
The best time to travel to the US is May to June, which is the time of the summer holidays in India. This is also when fares are comparatively lower than other months of the year. Here’s more info.
Travel Medical Insurance
According to data published by InternationalInsurnace.com, if a person ends up going to an emergency room in a hospital in America, he would end up spending a good $2,000-$3,000 for the visit, which makes buying health insurance very wise decision. Policies offering $50,000 – $100,000 in medical coverage are recommended for a 4-5 day trip to America. However, pay extra attention to calculating the trip cost and compare various travel insurance policies to get the right type of plan.
You can find the 4 best health insurance plans when visiting the US here.
You should know that Disneyland is composed of 2 adjacent theme parks, one being the “original” Disneyland Park, divided into 8 themed areas, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontier Land, Critter Country Mainstreet USA, New Orleans Square, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, while the adjacent theme park is Disney California Adventure, where you’ll get to see Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak, A Bug’s Land, Hollywood Land, Pacific Wharf, Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Paradise Pier.
You’ll need to stay for at least 4-5 days in Disneyland to be able to explore each and every part of it. To save on your transportation, it is advisable to consider staying at any of the Disney Hotels within easy walking distance of the parks.
If you are looking for the least expensive option, opt for Deluxe Resort and Paradise Pier, where you need to pay $200-$300 per person per night. Click on the link to know more options.
Average cost of visiting USA
USA has lot of options to choose from. If you want to go cheap, there are plenty of options for it. If you want to go fancy, plenty of options as well. So, average cost of visiting US depends on who you are and what you want to do. Let me give you an idea of both extremes.
If you decide to go cheap, here are your options.
- Stay in AirBnBs, do couch surfing, take public transport.
- Stay in motels or small hotels.
- Go to public spots avoiding entry fees.
- Visit in groups if possible.
- Visit few places that are close to each other.
- Eat at McDonalds or dept. stores.
Estimated cost for a one week visit.
- Flight tickets from India – ~$1,200 (rough estimate).
- Accommodation – ~$350.
- Getting around – ~$150.
- Food – ~$300.
- Total – ~$2,000.
If you don’t mind the budget, here are your options.
- Stay in standard/fancy hotels.
- Get your own rental car.
- Cover more places.
- Visit at your own leisure.
Estimated cost for a one week visit.
- Flight tickets from India – ~$5,000 (rough estimate).
- Accommodation – ~$2500.
- Getting around – ~$1000. (car rental)
- Food – ~$1000.
- Total – ~$10,000.
So, have you got all you need? You are about to have the time of your life!