We went as a family of 5 recently and dont remeber it being that much... mind you we did run up a horrendous bar bill by drinking which I am embarrased about even now so i have blocked all thoughts of money from my memory.
Doesn't sound right, we're a family of 3 going for 3 nights in a couple of weeks staying at the sequoia lodge and are paying 1300 including eurostar and half board vouchers, so unless you're staying at the pink hotel and travelling 1st class its way too much, we've been loads of times and never payed anywhere near that. Which hotel are you booking and who are you booking with?
greg - you need to book at the right time, when there is a special offer like 40% off hotel/ tickets/ transport, and kids under 7 or 12 stay and play and travel free. Different offers come out all the time, like Free Dining, 20, 30, 40 or even 50% off as in the recent one week flash sale. I have never stayed in the Disneyland Hotel as I can't see the point in paying high price for a hotel room and breakfast. Anyone can book lunch or dinner in the hotel's restaurants, as in all the Disney hotels. For basic budget Disney accommodation with Extra Magic Hours and walking distance to the Village and parks, see the Santa Fe and Cheyenne hotels. I stayed in the Cheyenne in January for 3 nts/ 4 days and thought the cowboy town theming was very well done, and fun for kids having bunk beds. Sequoia Lodge is a nice moderate hotel by Lake Disney, 10 mins walk to the parks, and with more comforts than the budget hotels, and swimming pools.
Prices also depend on the time of year - January and February are usually cheapest, outside school holidays, but more rides can be closed for refurb at this time. Summer holidays are pricey, but you have longer park hours until 11pm, with electrical parade and fireworks every night.
A nice time to go for low crowds, decent price and very Magical experience is early December weekdays for Christmas celebrations, before schools break up, or early October for Halloween Festival weekdays, before it gets busy.
All the Disney hotels in DLP include buffet breakfast, which the Disney hotels in Florida do not include. A hotel package includes breakfast and park tickets for every day including arrival and departure day, so book an early flight out and a late flight home for maximum benefit and value for money, or use the direct Disney Eurostar train.
3 of us got to Florida for less than that incl spending money Whit 2010. Had a week in a villa with pool, did 5 days in the theme parks & then had 2nd week in villa over on the coast, car hire 14 days. All elements booked separately.
If people are looking to go in school holidays without large crowds, go in May half term week, as French and Spanish schools do not have holidays at this time. Posters on the TA DLP forum reported short queues this year, with hot weather. Also make sure that you avoid French and Spanish National Holidays as the parks are usually busy at this time.
We have been to WDW / Orlando 5 times, for either two weeks or a bit longer. Two weeks did not give us many rest days, as there are so many parks to visit, so we found we needed longer. We stayed in the cheapest Disney hotels - All Stars Movies, which is just the room, no breakfast included. With flights for 2 adults , 2 kids, park tickets for Disney and the other parks, taxi fares to the non Disney parks ( DH did not want to hire a car ) our holiday cost around £6000.
There are cheaper places to stay outside DLP in the same way that many people stay outside WDW. DLP can be done on a budget, as this person did, with 2 adults/ 2 kids.