• On Apr 17, 2018
    Krisst from MA 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 trying to come to Disney in July. I have booked a hotel that is about 5miles from Walt Disney. I'm having a hard time with trying to figure out a budget. My question is what is the realistic budget for a family of 4. 2 adults and 2 kids 3&9

    Hi Krisst,

    While some families closely watch their pennies and others love to splurge, all families, regardless of budget, have a magical time at the Walt Disney World Resort and make memories to last a lifetime! 

    I'd encourage to think about each spending category rather than trying to come up with one lump sum. You'll first want to plan for either gas money or airfare for your family to travel. After that, the other big considerations are lodging, tickets, and food. Whether you're staying off-site or right in the middle of the magic at a Disney Resort hotel, you'll find lodging to fit any budget. Ticket prices have quite a range, too, depending on how many days you're visiting and if you'd like to add the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Options. Prices drop pretty drastically the more days you add, and it's not very much more per person to go from a five-day ticket to a ten-day ticket, but feel free to choose the tickets that work best for your family's needs. As for food, you'll find menus online with prices to help give you a feel for how much to budget. I generally budget about $15 per adult (ages 10+) and $7 per child for an average Quick-service meal. Table-service restaurants vary quite a bit in their price, so definitely check menus online and feel free to call (407) 939-3463 for more specific prices for buffets or Character meals as their price varies by season. And if you want to save some money on food, you're always welcome to bring some of your own!

    Beyond those items, don't forget to factor in parking, snacks, photos, and souvenirs. Whatever you decide to spend, Krisst, have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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