The cheapest weeklong Disney vacation is this one

For budget-conscious fans, options for taking a Disney vacation are slim. Disney ticket prices can add up quickly, and paying extra for line-skipping privileges like Lightning Lane and Genie+ is practically imperative for a memorable trip.

Then, there’s food, hotels and other inevitable add-ons, from Mickey Mouse ears to princess makeovers. Yet hidden within the realm of Disney’s offerings lies a surprisingly accessible option: the Disney cruise.

While the notion of a Disney vacation may evoke thoughts of pricey indulgence, embarking on a Disney journey at sea ranks among the best examples of how to do Disney on a budget.

NerdWallet analyzed total average trip costs across hundreds of sample itineraries for the following U.S. destinations:

  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
  • Disneyland Resort in California.
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
  • Disney Cruise Line voyages departing from U.S. ports.

NerdWallet also broke down trips into three price tiers — Value, Moderate and Deluxe — to represent travelers’ range of frugality versus luxury (e.g., Value cruise cabins were inside with no windows, while Deluxe cabins faced outside and included a balcony).

For seven-night trips, here were the average prices per person (assuming double occupancy) across each Disney destination:

Assuming double occupancy, weeklong Disney cruises cost less than $2,000 per person, on average. Even a cruise with all the frills (like port excursions, spa treatments and upgraded meals) still costs less than a value trip to Aulani.

What’s included in a Disney cruise

While cruises have a high price tag upfront, most everything is included on board. And for folks who take advantage of it all — meaning the all-you-can-eat buffets, the kids clubs and the shows — the net cost of a Disney cruise often turns out lower than that of any other Disney trip.

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Power outage shuts down Six Flags Great Adventure through Friday

JACKSON−Six Flags Great Adventure will remain closed through Friday due to a power outage within the amusement park, the park announced.

Utility crews worked to solve the problem throughout the morning. But Six Flags tweeted around 3 p.m. that Great Adventure was closed for the day and is expected to reopen at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari, which are a short distance from the park, remained in operation Friday, park spokeswoman Kristin Fitzgerald said.

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Chris Hoenig, spokesman for JCP&L, said the outage appears to be a problem with park-owned equipment.

“JCP&L crews have found no fault in our equipment out there,” he said.

Fitzgerald said theme park tickets for Friday were being honored at the water park. And Six Flags offered Wild Safari free to guests onsite.

Theme park tickets for Friday will also be accepted through Labor Day and Six Flags will refund any date-specific theme park admission plan, like THE FLASH Pass, she said.

Updates will be posted on the Six Flags Great Adventure website and on Twitter, Fitzgerald said.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Power outage at Six Flags Great Adventure shuts Jackson NJ park

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