EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 27, 2012
    Greta 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.

    I am planning a trip to WDW on a tight budget in March 2012. I plan on only spending 1 possibly two days in the parks. I have a suite that should allow us the opportunity to prepare foods and store foods. Can any one give me a realistic budget?

    Hi Greta,

    I'm assuming you are asking for a budget that does not include your accommodations.  It's not clear if you are staying on property or not.  If you are, you won't need to budget for a rental car, as you will be able to make use of Disney transportation to travel to and from the parks. If you are staying off property and you drive, parking fees are $15 per day at the theme parks.  If you are planning on preparing your own food inside your resort suite, you can feel free to bring your food, snacks, beverages (non-alcoholic and not in glass containers) into the parks with you, and save on concessions and meals inside the parks.  However, I would still allocate at least $15 per person per day for snacks.  For my family, it's tough to resist the hot pretzels, turkey legs, popcorn, ice cream novelties, candy apples,  etc.!  A one-day Magic-Your-Way base ticket is currently $90.53 for guests ages 10 and older, and $84.14 for children ages 3-9.  Guests under three do not require a ticket for admission.  Adding additional days and/or a Park Hopper Option will increase your costs.  Click HERE for more specific ticket pricing.  You will also want to decide on a budget, if any for souvenirs.  I usually allow my children about $20-$25 each for a given vacation, but, obviously, this is a personal decision.

    I hope some of my suggestions help you to plan your budget.  Feel free to write back with more specific details.  Have a great trip!

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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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