Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 7, 2012
    Andrea from IL Asked

    Thank you for answering my last ?. My 2nd ? is how much money should we bring for spending? We have a plus dinning plan. We are on a tight budget. (I plan on buying autographbooks & pins on E-Bay. ) 2 young kiddies and 2 adults. 4 full days and 1 half

    Thanks for the question, Andrea! I completely understand needing to be budget-minded when vacationing! I wish I knew exactly which dining plan you will be on during your Walt Disney World Vacation to better assist you.We were on the Basic Dining Plan back in December and let me just say that we did not need to spend any additional money on food during our trip. Because we received drinks, as well as, desserts with our quick-service and table-service meals at lunch and dinner, we did not feel we needed to purchase additional food items. We purchased the famous Dole Whip, other various ice cream treats, Mickey Pretzels, popcorn, bottled water, pastries and more with our snack entitlements. We even had unused snack credits at the end of our vacation which we used to purchase goodies for the trip home at Goofy's Candy Company.Gratuities are not included at table-service restaurants unless otherwise indicated. Refillable mugs are included in the 2012 Disney Dining Plan. The refillable mugs have saved our family a great deal on drinks during our Disney Vacations. We usually budget $25- $35 per child for souvenirs. f you will be utilizing Bell Services at your Disney Resort, then bring cash for tips.Other miscellaneous items that we have spent money on during our vacations are stroller rentals, sunscreen, and medicine.Visit the unofficial website allears.net to view the Disney Restaurant Menus you can get a better idea of what the gratuity would be at any table-service restaurants. If you will be on the Basic or Deluxe Dining Plan, and will be enjoying table-service restaurants on your vacation, then I would plan at least $100-$150 spending per day to allow for gratuities.However, if you will be on the Quick-Service Dining Plan, then you may be able to budget for $75 per day.I hope this helps! Please write back if I can offer any other suggestions or answer any other questions that you may have! Best wishes for a Magical Trip!
    Happy Planning,
    Jodie  
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

I'm the mother of 4 amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for 22 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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