• On May 31, 2012
    Danielle from NY 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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    Hello! Disney Families first trip together in July! I already paid for the whole disney vacation, plane, dining plan, tickets and hotel. My concern is extra spend money. DS 6 and DS 7, how much is the reccommended spend money from other parents?

    Hi, Danielle!  I think how much extra spending money you allow for the children depends on what you expect them to pay for.  Over the years, I've found that the amount I budget for my own kids changes, but it almost always depends on how much stuff I think I can fit in my suitcases on the way home!

    I never expect my kids to pay for things like extra snacks or drinks, but I always budget money if they want to make those giant "pixie sticks" - the powdered candy you pour into a plastic stick.  I also generally budget for a t-shirt or sweat shirt, depending on what season we're headed into, and then a little money for something else - a stuffed toy, a lightsaber, or something like that.

    For us, about $100 per kid usually covers it.  They can earn their own spending money by doing extra chores from the chore jar I keep at home, and if they have money that they've saved from a birthday or holiday (or the money Grandmom sneaks into their pockets for no particular reason), they can bring that with them, but I try not to let them overspend. 

    Hopefully, this gives you some idea how much to plan for!  Have a wonderful first trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

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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