Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Mar 19, 2009
    Maura from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thanks for your answer Anna, my next question is a tough one. My DKs are 4,2,&1. We have three ADR with the characters, and we are planning on have breakfast and maybe a light lunch the room, after that about how much would you budget for meals/day?

    Hi, Maura!  Budgeting for food is a really difficult question, and it is best answered by first determining how much your little ones eat, and where you can feed them.  When I start looking at what I want to budget for meals, I go to and click on to the dining page to browse the menus.  The site lists table service and counter service restaurants and snack locations, and there is a pretty accurate listing of menu items and prices at each location. 

    For example, I might know the day I go to Magic Kingdom, I'm going to give the kids breakfast in the room .  Breakfast won't cost me anything that day.  I know we're going to get a snack from Aloha Isle, and that will be about $3 each.  We'll do an early dinner at Crystal Palace, which will be $30 for each adult, and $14 for kids.  At bedtime, I'll have snacks back at the hotel that I've brought from home or purchased down there, and the whole day for food has cost me about $40 for each grown up and less than $20 for each kid.  That's with snacks and juice boxes that I bring with me.

    I think if you are going to plan to have some meals back in the room, you are probably safe with about $40 - $50 per day per adult, and $20 - $30 per day per child (less for the two little ones, especially because if you go to the buffet restaurants, they are free).  Some days you spend a little more, some days you come out a little less.  Better to be safe and over estimate, then you can use the surplus to order pizza the day you get home and don't want to cook after a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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