Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Aug 3, 2023
    Delaney from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am planning my first family vacation for my family, we will have our infant, and one of the things we are unsure of is how much to set aside for food and suvioneers. I have absolutely no idea how much is too much or too little.

    Hiya, Delaney, and welcome to planDisney! Hearing about a family's first visit to Walt Disney World Resort makes my heart soar, so let's jump right in and do some planning.

    First, let's talk about one of my favorite subjects: food! Many guests rejoiced when Disney Dining Plans returned for 2024. Since your visit is next year, this is one option for you to consider. When you book your Disney Resort Hotel, you'll have the option of choosing a Vacation Package. The advantage of booking a package is that you only pay a deposit, and you can add options like Park Hopper, Memory Maker, and dining packages. You'll be prompted before payment to choose a specific dining package, so at that point, you will see how much it would cost for your family. You will make payments during the year, so your entire package will be paid for before your trip arrives. Feel free to call Disney Resort Hotel Reservations for more details on Vacation Packages.

    Another option is to browse the dining options online and click View Menu to see current pricing. Some restaurants offer Table Service, where you sit down and have a traditional restaurant experience. Others are Quick Service, where you order at a counter or on your My Disney Experience Mobile App. My family typically eats a light breakfast of fruit or cereal at our hotel before leaving for the theme parks. We grab Quick Service for lunch, and I usually book a Table Service meal for dinner. Once you've estimated how much you think you'll spend each day on food, you can set aside that amount.

    As for your souvenir budget, you can browse shopDisney to get an idea of what might be available in the theme parks. You can see the pricing for items like T-shirts and ear hats since those are popular souvenirs. I recommend purchasing a Disney Gift Card and adding money throughout the year. It's like a savings account! You could also buy gift cards for meals if you don't opt for the dining plan, and then you'll be stress-free during your trip.

    Delaney, every family is different, so it's hard to estimate how much is too much. But with a little online exploring, you'll get a good idea of what to allow for food and fun. Please stop by planDisney with any other questions because my panel pals and I love to help new guests. I'm sprinkling pixie dust your way!

    Magic awaits,
    Elaine
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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