• On Jan 8, 2018
    Tamera from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Im planning my kids and I first trip to Disney. I wanted to know if I can add everything i want and get the final price were trying to budget since were driving in from NC. So i wanted to know if there any payment options plans or no.

    Hi Tamera, Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Oh I'm so excited for your first trip to Walt Disney World Resort. Your family will remember this vacation for a lifetime!

    When you book a Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Package, you'll be asked to pay at the minimum a percentage of the total amount of your customized stay, with the balance due at check-in. However, you are absolutely welcome to call (407) 939-5277 as many times as you'd like between booking and checking-in to pay some of your balance in advance. This initial cost will only include specific pre-purchased items, such as a resort hotel stay, park tickets, memory maker, or a dining plan.

    As far as budgeting the rest of your trip, some Enchanting Extras, such as tours and dessert parties, require full payment at the time of their reservation. Others, like a first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop, only require a credit card to hold the reservation, and when checking out in person you can swap the payment to another form, like cash or a gift card. Many guests, myself included, like to buy Disney Gift Cards at home from grocery or big box stores to budget as their 'fun money' for souvenirs and extra snacks.

    And speaking of food, budgeting for meals can be it's own headache because there are just so many variables. Luckily Disney recognized this and created three great Dining Plans that allow for two or three meals, plus two snacks, daily! And best of all, you're able to add whichever plan you pick to your initial vacation package and pre-pay for it all before you arrive.

    I hope this helped, Tamera, and we'll see you real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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