Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 23, 2012
    Taryn from WA 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.

    Hi There, We are looking at either May 2013 or September 2013. We are planning on paying for a meal plan for 5 days. My question is regarding how much extra spending money we may need while visitng. Not sure on prices of souveniers etc.


    So when my family comes (me, wife, 2 younger girls), we average about $50 per day, with an added $100 for the week. Let me tell you what that is for us, so you can assess what you need.

    The $50 per day covers incidental food and drink on a daily basis. This is after lunch and dinner are paid for (as yours would be via a dining plan, presumably). Where does that $50 go? Here is a list;

    • We eat breakfast via food that we bring with us. That means breakfast bars and cereal. Some of that $50 goes to the milk, fresh fruit, and other things we use to complete that breakfast.
    • Snacks and treats, like a Mickey Ice Cream bar if the girls have been good.
    • Drinks, like the occasional bottle of soda or water in the parks. We bring water bottles for the girls to keep that cost down, but still end up buying some.
    • Alcoholic beverages at dinners.
    • Tips at the pre-paid meals.
    The $100 that we add to the total weekly budget is for general merchandise. This is without a doubt a very low figure. We already have more trinkets that we need, so we use visits as a way to teach our kids budgeting, limiting them to one t-shirt and one affordable toy for the trip. But you are probably going to want to spend more, so consider prices like the fact that Princess dresses are up to $65/$70 each, Mickey Ear hats are about $15 each, and toys range in prices all over the place.

    I wold recommend that you budget at least $100 per day for food incidentals (dependent upon your dining plan), and at least $100 per person for the trip for souvenirs/shirts.

    If you write me back directly with information about your family, I can help you hone down on a more specific figure.

    Have a magical vacation!

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