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  • On Jan 29, 2018
    Julie from OK Asked

    We are planning a trip for March 2018! We have purchased a dining plan and are staying on property, I am at a loss as to what to budget for spending money in the parks. My children are 6 and 4.

    Dear Julie,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning ahead for your family's upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    This is SUCH a great question, and also is such a personal one for your family, since every family has a different budget and different values, interests, and needs. For my kids, we always give them each one $50 Disney gift card for the week, and they can use that to buy a shirt, a toy, or another few small trinkets. Typically, we plan ahead and we say that (of course) we will pay for meals, and one extra sweet treat per day. If, for example, after their sweet treat of the day they want to buy a bag of gummies as a souvenir to take home, that would come out of their souvenir money. Our feeling in our family is that the trip itself is the gift, and anything "extra" on top of that is just really lucky for them. 

    Other families handle it differently, for example giving their child a fixed amount each day to spend. This works better for the child who likes lots of small items and isn't "saving" for something larger. Other families give no specific amount at all, but I don't recommend this because in my opinion then it is a constant parenting battle over what constitutes an appropriate gift, you know? I'm not interested in those arguments while I'm on vacation, so I prefer the "fixed amount" method. There are a lot of opinions about this on external sites, also, so you might want to search around a bit to settle on an amount and a plan that works for your family!

    No matter what you decide, your family will have a magical time!

    - Jan K.  
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a Disney Parks Moms Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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