Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 22, 2014
    Carolyn from ON Asked

    How much money should I bring for food and souvenirs and can I book parasailing my my older 2? Where? ( airfare hotel an 3 day+water paid) Single mom with 12,8 & 16mth staying for 7 days. Staying jan 1-8.

    Hi Carolyn,

    First, let me answer the easy question. Parasailing is available at the Contemporary resort from Sammy Duvall's Watersports. Several of my friends have participated in this experience with their children and rave about it.

    Now the more difficult question about how much for food and souvenirs. That's such a personal issue that it's hard to say definitively. My family tends to spend more on food than souvenirs because dining is our favorite Disney activity. However, you can eat relatively inexpensively at the quick service venues. As a way to gauge the minimum, please know that most quick service meals for adults run between $8 and $12 plus drink. Kids meals are about $5.50 to $8 and include a drink. Ice water is free at all quick service locations.

    If you go with the minimum amount, you won't be relegated to a diet of hamburgers and hot dogs. There are some great salads, seafood and other offerings at the quick service locations for variety.

    Of course, you may want to budget for snacks, too, such as a Mickey ice cream bar or a Dole Whip treat. Those usually are in the neighborhood of $3.50 to $6, depending on the treat. (You also are welcome to bring drinks, snacks or even sandwiches into the park with you if you like as a way to stretch your budget.)

    A souvenir budget is similar to a dining budget. You can spend extravagantly, or you can find mementos for as little as a few dollars. When my daughters were the age of your children, we would decide how much they could spend each on the visit and let them decide if they wanted to spend it all on on thing or on a variety of items. They got to keep what they didn't spend, and often would go home with money in their pockets.

    I hope that gives you a bit of a guideline. I'm limited on space, but let us know if you need additional help or dining details. Enjoy your visit!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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