Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 14, 2015
    Tmmy from TX Asked

    Hi,,, its our first time to Disney,, our trip is paid in full along with our dining plan and memory book. We are on a tight budget. How much money should we take just for food and a couple souvenirs for our 6 year old.


    Your first trip to Disney will be a memorable one and if everything, including your dining, is already paid you'll be able to enjoy the trip even more.

    The Disney Dining Plan should more than cover your meals and even snacks so that if you're on a tight budget, you could easily forgo spending any more out of pocket on food. But if you're looking for extra snacks, budget $4 to $5 per snack. Again because you're watching what you spend, if you are on the basic dining plan, you can easily eat breakfast in your room if you'll pack snack bars, beef jerky, along with oranges and apples and spend your counter service credits for the better value of counter service lunches and dinners over breakfast at your resort food court. 

    We've never given our children more than $50 for souvenirs, however I know parents who've spent that and more per day. We have found the best way to handle this with our children is to give them money upfront with the knowledge that once it's gone, it's gone. This has helped them make thoughtful purchases and hold off impulse buys. For planning, typically a t-shirt is around $30, hats range from $20 to $30 and toys run the gamut. No matter your budget, though, you'll find something in your price range. 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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