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  • On Nov 15, 2009
    Renee from MO Asked

    Will be at WDW Nov 21-27. Staying at music resort, have the dinning plan, park hopper and more. My husband insist that there will be hidden cost when we get there. Other than breakfast and souviners what should i expect and any money saving advise?

    Hi Renee,

    I don't know if I would call them "hidden" costs, but there are a few incidentals that you should expect to pay for.  The most obvious one is gratuities.  You'll want to have money to tip the following:

    Anyone at the airport who help you with bags - usually about $1 per bag.

    Magical Express Bus Driver, especially if you have a ton of carry-on luggage that is really quite heavy.  It's always nice to give him/her a few dollars.  You don't have to tip the cast member who delivers your luggage to the room; they've already been compensated for that service if you've taken Magical Express.

    At table service restaurants you'll need to leave a tip for your server.  This isn't included on the dining plan.  Also, you'll be charged for any items that aren't included in your meal plan (for example, alcoholic beverages.)

    Housekeeping (or, Mousekeeping) - generally, we leave a few dollars each day for housekeeping.  We bring envelopes labeled Mousekeeping and lay one out each morning before we head off to the parks.

    Some activities like miniature golf or Characters In Flight in Downtown Disney are not included in your Park Hopper and more admission.  You would have to buy a separate ticket for these activities - but there are so many other things to see, you really won't miss out if you don't do them.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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