Family With Medals
  • On Apr 30, 2008
    Amanda from MO 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.

    Little nervous. We have Dining plan paid for, all hotel, tickets, even CRT paid for. We will have to pay for BBB (est 200.00) still but was wondering if we will have enough play money. Going for 9 days. Is 500.00 per day enough. 1st trip! Want MAGIC!!!

    Without knowing make up of your party (particularly the number of people in your group), it's a bit difficult to make an exact call on this, but for most families, I'd say that $500 per day of "mad money" is more than enough. If you take travel, food, lodging, and park tickets out of the equation (as you say you've done), you will need to still budget for tip money in restaurants (this is not included in the dining plan), but after that it's up to you how much extra you want to do.

    Here are some of the "non-essentials" that you could spend money on if you wanted. (The prices here are all just ballpark figures and could change, so just use them to get a general idea):

    - Boat or bike rentals. A surrey bike that will hold a family of six is about $30 for an hour.
    - Alcohol (which is not included in the meal plan). Try a WDW signature Glowtini. Disney Mom Laura put me onto these drinks which are both fun and yummy. About $10.
    - Water park admission (if you don't have this option already on your park pass): About $45 per adult, less for kids.
    - A massage. ($100-150 depending on what you get.)
    - Ride photos. Several rides have cameras that will catch you experiencing the attraction. About $12 each.
    - Souvenirs. There's everything from $2 pens to $2,000 watches. Most children's Ts are in the $15-20 range. Plush toys are $10-30+. Classic Mickey ears are $10-15.
    - Pool toys. Noodles were about $5 each at the Beach Club on my last trip.

    With $500 per day, you could get a lot of drinks and buy a lot of souvenirs and still have plenty of spare change. I think you'll be more than fine staying within your budget.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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