Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 29, 2012
    Rafael from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello Moms!! Going to WDW July 20-27, 2012. Me,wife and 3 kids(b8,6, g3). Wondering how much I should budget for expenses and extras without having to be too frugal!! Also anything you recomend that is reasonable for a family of 5. May do pirate cruise.

    Hi Rafael! I'm a budget-minded vacationer too so, I've got a few good ideas from my own personal Disney travel experiences to share with you.

    I'd recommend sending your two little boy buccaneers on a Pirate Adventure! Children ages 4 to 12 board a pirate-themed boat and scour the waterways in search of pirate treasure during a swashbuckling high-seas adventure. A light snack and a bag of pirate booty is included in the 2-hour sailing voyage that takes place each day at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

    For your 3 year old daughter, a magical transformation into her favorite Disney Princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is certain to be one of the highlights of her vacation. Simply call (407) WDW-STYLE or (407) 939-7895 to make an appointment.

    The Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage is truly one of my family's "must-do's" on every Walt Disney World vacation and it's well worth the added expense for this amazing experience!

    As far as budgeting for extras, be sure to check out the menus on the unofficial website www.allears.net for estimating dining costs. You may also wish to provide your children with a preset spending limit for souvenirs prior to leaving home to avoid any issues once you're inside the theme parks. Purchasing a few surprises from the local Disney Store or ordering items online that you can pack in your suitcase to present during the trip can also be a real cost saver.

    May your Disney vacation be practically perfect in every way!

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Meet the Panelist: Kim, North Carolina

I am a wife and mom of 2. I have some unique Disney planning experiences related to special diets, touring with a preschooler and teenager at the same time, and meeting mobility needs. I look forward to helping you plan the vacation of your life! Learn More About Kim

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