• On Mar 17, 2016
    Sara from NC Asked

    My FIRST Disney trip!!!(: Staying 6 nights inside the park, five full days at the park.. We did the fast dining plan also. I need to know how much spending money I should take with me? I am lost with this because I have never been. Help!

    Hi Sara, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question! Budgeting is always such a tricky subject because it really depends on the types of souvenirs and food that your family enjoys. I don’t want to give you an unrealistically low number, but, at the same time, I don’t want to give you a high number that doesn’t reflect your family’s tastes and budget! 

    Because you’ll likely still have to pay for one meal or because you may want some additional treats that aren’T covered by your Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, scope out the menus on unofficial websites like allears.net and the disneyfoodblog.com to get an idea of the costs associated with the dining locations you’d like to visit. Don’t use your Dining Plan entitlements for the cheapest meals of the day in order to maximize the Plan’s value for your family. Personally, I wouldn’t budget less than $30/day per adult (based on the fact that you’ve purchased a Disney Dining Plan). 

    As for souvenirs, again, it depends on what you think you may want to purchase while you’re in Walt Disney World Resort. Your budget would be very different if all you want are a few fridge magnets vs. new charms for a Pandora bracelet! I usually set aside at least $20/day per adult for souvenir spending and set aside $25-50 in total (depending on your overall budget) for your little ones (if you have any). Again, a great way to get an idea of prices before you leave would be to check out the “Disney Parks Product” section of the online Disney Store to get a preview of some of the souvenirs that you’ll be able to purchase during your upcoming visit. 

    Have a Magical Day (and have a wonderful First Visit!), 
    Lynne
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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