Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Apr 28, 2008
    Kim from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    we will be visiting WDW in sept and staying at AS Music, we are on a tight budget and was wanting to know is there any hidden costs we should know about. we will be paying for resort stay and WDW tickets before hand..just don't want to be suprised....

    Hi there Kim,

    I will see if I can help here to make you worry free before your vacation. If you have all the costs calculated for the All-Star Music Resort (including all applicable taxes) and your park tickets (Magic Your Way Base, Park Hopper or Water Park Fun and More Options) already planned whichever one of the above selected you have chosen then the only other expenses that I can think of would be your food (whether you will be eating on-site or off-site and which experiences you may be choosing as well as the costs associated with them (for example: will you mostly be eating at Counter Service locations or Table Service? or will you be doing a lot of Character Dining Experiences or Dinner Shows?), these different options can make a big difference on your budget, so I would plan some of these expenses ahead of time if possible to give you a better idea of the associated costs in dining (including gratuities). Then of course there will be souvenir shopping, which I would just allocate a certain amount that you feel comfortable with for your entire stay and stick to that! I tend to go shopping at home before I leave and get as many Disney souvenirs at a lower cost and then bring them with me on vacation. Sounds silly I know but it really does help on not having to buy everything while in Walt Disney World and every day I can surprise my daughter with a little gift that she thinks I bought during our vacation...she does not mind anyways, as long as it's Disney, she's happy! You probably won't have costs for transportation unless you are planning on renting a car and the Magical Express Coach Service which takes you from Orlando International Airport to your Resort is complimentary for Resort guests staying at Walt Disney World. I think I have covered everything I can think of....oh yeah, one more...snacks! You can't go to WDW and not have a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar (I can't anyways!). I hope this helps!

    Have a magical stay!

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Meet the Panelist: Brigitta, British Columbia

I am a Canadian citizen working in the tourism industry. My Disney World experiences started with my family when I was just a little girl. I have continued this tradition with my daughter who has been there now more than 15 times. Learn More About Brigitta

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