Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Apr 22, 2010
    Joy from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What other "cash" expenses don't families typically think to budget for?

    Hi, Joy!  Even if you are on a dining plan, which is already paid for, make sure you budget a little extra for extra drinks or snacks while you are wandering the parks.  I can't tell you how many times my husband heard the popcorn cart near the exit at the Magic Kingdom calling his name - even after a big dinner at Crystal Palace! 

    We always set a limit for souvenirs, but my kids for some reason think that things not sold inside the four walls of a store don't count as souvenirs.  As a result, we tend to go over with things like balloons.  There's also the money for the arcades, in the event we head back to the hotel a little early, or if we have time to kill before a dining reservation.

    Allow a few dollars in case you forget incidentals, like sunscreen or for things like cold medicine or headache relief in the event someone comes down with something.  It also doesn't hurt to have a credit card with a few dollars on it in the event of an emergency that requires a visit to a walk-in clinic.  Some of them take insurance plans, but others have you pay and submit it yourself when you get home.

    Don't forget budgeting for gratuities! 

    I hope that covers most things you might encounter, and I hope your vacation is absolutely magical!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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