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geordie ric
11-22-2005, 02:31 PM
What would Dis'ers think was the minimum you should take for a 2 week stay.
There are 2 adults and 1 child in our party and we already have the ultimate park hopper ticket.I have an amount in my mind but as I've never been before it will be interesting to see what amounts people who have been before come up with. :confused3

Miffy2003
11-22-2005, 02:35 PM
This is one of those "how long is a piece of string" questions, LOL. I bet you will get lots of different answers :)

For me, I have done a fortnight's trip for 2 adults and 2 children on £800. We were on a very strict budget this trip and ate mostly offsite and did not do much shopping.

I have also done a similar trip with the same people for far far more than that!

Do you expect to be doing much in the way of shopping? This can make a huge difference :)

Eating onsite is in general significantly more pricey too, so how much of this you plan to do will affect your spends.

Oddjob
11-22-2005, 03:04 PM
Last time I took around 2 and a half Thousand for 2 adults 2 kids but brought around £800 home Ill be taking the same amount this time
Last time it worked out at $300 a day eating in hotel on I drive and lunches in parks at counter service only all tickets etc already paid for..

Frances999
11-22-2005, 03:17 PM
This really does depend on a whole host of different factors. Everybody will take and spend different amounts. Why not take a look at typical restaurant prices and estimate your gift spending?

I guess we spent just over $5,000 on our last trip for food, snacks, souvenirs and other essentials. This is for 2 adults and 3 children with at least 1 full service meal per day.

:wizard:

ely3857
11-22-2005, 03:21 PM
Me & DF took $3000 last trip ($200 per day inc day of arrival and departure).

We dont like to scrimp at all on holiday although we are not very extravagant.

We dont do any clothes shopping, just food & drinks, souveniers, fuel and car parking. All our park tickets had been purchased already.

We did bring some home but this was just a bonus to go towards our next holiday.

:flower:

Jodie

Laurafoster
11-22-2005, 03:55 PM
Me & DF took $3000 last trip ($200 per day inc day of arrival and departure).

We dont like to scrimp at all on holiday although we are not very extravagant.

We dont do any clothes shopping, just food & drinks, souveniers, fuel and car parking. All our park tickets had been purchased already.

We did bring some home but this was just a bonus to go towards our next holiday.

:flower:

Jodie


Im the same, although im not exctravagent and go on big expensive meals each day - i work hard for my 1 holiday a year and my attitude is im not going to not do the things i want to try and save a few quid. We took $3500 this year for 3 weeks but brought $1000 back - mostly because i was having such a gd time i didnt want to leave the parks for something to eat lol :earboy2:

wicket2005
11-23-2005, 02:55 AM
We had already bought the Ultimate and 4 park Flex Pass for our holiday in July. We had breakfast at the Ponderosa and either a meal/snack in the parks, plus bought sandwiches from Subway. We are not into dining at expensive restaurants. We spent £1700 for a family of four, (two kids 16 and 14). This doesn't include the kids' spending money.

JohnnySharp2
11-23-2005, 03:03 AM
It is , as previously stated , a very difficult question to answer.

I would say minimum $2000 - we took double that in August but brought $1500 back home with us.
It really depends on where you are staying, how much shopping you will do , if like us you stay in a villa you will need to budget for groceries etc, will you be eating out a lot, restaurants at hotels can be expensive..could go on and on really.

Obviously if you have theme park tickets to buy you will need to budget for that also.

Sorry cannot be more accurate, but it really is a question that is hard to answer.

princess jackson
11-23-2005, 03:31 AM
We normal take for 2adults and 1child, $4000, we normally come back with $600-$900 dollars.

We used to take less when eating off site, we now eat on site, so need more.

geordie ric
11-23-2005, 06:01 AM
Thanks everyone for the info.As has been said you work hard so you can go on holidays like these so I'm not going to scrimp and save when I'm there.I had planned to take £2000 plus credit card which seems to be adequate on the information provided on this forum. :grouphug:
With WDW being more expensive on site than off does this also apply to the commission rates they charge on cashing travellers cheques. :teacher:

princess jackson
11-23-2005, 06:39 AM
We tend to use our travellers cheques to purchase goods or meals, and get the change, ie meal costs $30, we usually use a $50 cheque and get $20 back.

We never cash cheques where you pay comission.

Shopping say DTD, we use travellers cheques.

MazdaUK
11-23-2005, 08:26 AM
we used a mixture of cash, TC and credit card. We used cash and/or TC in all shops and most restaurants except Walmart and any onsite Disney/US (resoning they're big enough to trace and fight if there's a problem ;) ). We charged most Disney stuff to our room but checked it at intervals and paid off lumps with TC - we didn't want to run out of money for the last day, as on our 1st trip we ended up at LAX with only enough $ for 1 beer between us :rotfl2:

This worked very well, we bought just about everything we wanted (I was talked out of one jacket but DH regretted it as I ended up paying more for a similar one back home :teeth: ) - we couldn't have carried any more anyway :blush:

we tended only to eat two meals a day -one large one (table service/buffet) and one counter service, with occasional small snacks (doughnut, icecream) and water, and found it plenty.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/500/73452familydonald-thumb.jpg (http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6613)

Laurafoster
11-23-2005, 09:04 AM
We tend to use our travellers cheques to purchase goods or meals, and get the change, ie meal costs $30, we usually use a $50 cheque and get $20 back.

We never cash cheques where you pay comission.

Shopping say DTD, we use travellers cheques.

Aslong as you are using US dollar travellers cheques you can just spend them like cash and get change. If you are staying at a Disney hotel they cash them free of charge for you.

wayneg
11-23-2005, 10:11 AM
I have just paid the credit card bill today for our 3 week Oct trip. 2 weeks in Orlando plus 1 week on Disney cruise. £1000 CC + $200 free onboard credit plus £200 cash. Total for 3 weeks £1,300ish includes buying 3 annual passes to Space centre, all other annual passes we already had from our Xmas trip.

paulh
11-23-2005, 10:47 AM
like most said we buddet aprox $150 per day for food $50 per day for drinks and fuel so $200 per day we dont take much cash or many TC as now we use our nationwide flexaccount to withdraw money from publix cash machines as there is no fee and you get the beter bank rate not the tourist rate and the rest go`s on nationwide CC as same reason no commison so better rate we only take abit of cash to start us of tips ect so we buget £1600- £2000 but it usaly comes in at about £1200-£1400 if we need tickets we buy seperately as we sitll got days left on tickets from a couple of years ago if its first time expence is a lot more but as we been 16 times now we dont need to do everything as we know we will be back for our trip in may to california we are budgeting £5000 this is for flight, accomadation, food . tickets and car but our aug trip to WDW we are budgeting £3000-£4000 flight, accomadation, food and car no nead for tickets as allready got them
Paulh

jns
11-23-2005, 10:58 AM
we mostly use credit cards or charge to the room
its nice to live like a queen for a few weeks

ERICS MUM
11-23-2005, 11:25 AM
Thanks everyone for the info.As has been said you work hard so you can go on holidays like these so I'm not going to scrimp and save when I'm there.I had planned to take £2000 plus credit card which seems to be adequate on the information provided on this forum. :grouphug:
With WDW being more expensive on site than off does this also apply to the commission rates they charge on cashing travellers cheques. :teacher:

Don'tforget -take ONLY US Dollar travellers cheques, DO NOT TAKE STERLING ONES, as they will be almost impossible to cash.

Linda :paw:

Laurafoster
11-23-2005, 12:44 PM
Don'tforget -take ONLY US Dollar travellers cheques, DO NOT TAKE STERLING ONES, as they will be almost impossible to cash.

Linda :paw:


I was in a hotel this year when someone did try to cash a sterling travellers chq - poor guy they just looked at him asthough he was completely mad! :earboy2:

TinkTatoo
11-24-2005, 02:19 AM
We had a budget of $150 per day for 2 adults and 2 kids and over our 4 week holiday we came in well under budget. We ate breakfast in the villa (mainly cereal and muffins) and most dinners were off site with a few nights when we ate Subways. Here are a couple of days spends from my trip reports which are posted on another site

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (spent the day at Universal)

Croissant Moon $7.84
Comic Strip Café $10.84
Moose Juice $4.80
Unicorn Cart $12.74
Thunder Falls Lunch $31.09
Croissant Moon $1.26
Trading Company $35.62
3 refills $4.24
pizza and Coffee $7.34
Target Groceries $15.72

Total $131.49


Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (played Mini Golf and went to the Cinima)

Winter Summer Land Golf $19.17
Winter Summer Land Coke / Crisps $4.49
Disney’s Pin Traders $49.79
Golden Corral $39.23
Hess Petrol @ $2.45 per gallon $30.00
AMC Movies $26.00
Virgin Store Coke / Coffee / Snacks $22.32
AMC Popcorn $4

Total $195.00

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (Cape May Breakfast and the Cinima again)

Cape May Breakfast $70.00
2 x Cokes $4.00
2 x Pins $16.95
Cinema $26.00
2 x Ice-creams $7.45
2 x Drinks and large popcorn $12.50
2 x Subway Subs $10.04

Total $139.46

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (Fashion Square Mall and chilling)

2 x Chicken and Rice $6.37
2 x Subway $11.70
2 x cokes $4.00
2 x Ice-creams $6.03
2 x Latte’s $5.50
Golden Corral $ 39.43
Toys R Us $35.60
Yu-Gi-Oh Cards $12.51
2 cokes $2.43
2 Beanie Babies $14.89

Total $138.46

I hope that helps someone with their planning :flower:

JohnnySharp2
11-24-2005, 03:17 AM
We had a budget of $150 per day for 2 adults and 2 kids and over our 4 week holiday we came in well under budget. We ate breakfast in the villa (mainly cereal and muffins) and most dinners were off site with a few nights when we ate Subways. Here are a couple of days spends from my trip reports which are posted on another site

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (spent the day at Universal)

Croissant Moon $7.84
Comic Strip Café $10.84
Moose Juice $4.80
Unicorn Cart $12.74
Thunder Falls Lunch $31.09
Croissant Moon $1.26
Trading Company $35.62
3 refills $4.24
pizza and Coffee $7.34
Target Groceries $15.72

Total $131.49


Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (played Mini Golf and went to the Cinima)

Winter Summer Land Golf $19.17
Winter Summer Land Coke / Crisps $4.49
Disney’s Pin Traders $49.79
Golden Corral $39.23
Hess Petrol @ $2.45 per gallon $30.00
AMC Movies $26.00
Virgin Store Coke / Coffee / Snacks $22.32
AMC Popcorn $4

Total $195.00

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (Cape May Breakfast and the Cinima again)

Cape May Breakfast $70.00
2 x Cokes $4.00
2 x Pins $16.95
Cinema $26.00
2 x Ice-creams $7.45
2 x Drinks and large popcorn $12.50
2 x Subway Subs $10.04

Total $139.46

Today’s Food / Extra’s Budget $150 (Fashion Square Mall and chilling)

2 x Chicken and Rice $6.37
2 x Subway $11.70
2 x cokes $4.00
2 x Ice-creams $6.03
2 x Latte’s $5.50
Golden Corral $ 39.43
Toys R Us $35.60
Yu-Gi-Oh Cards $12.51
2 cokes $2.43
2 Beanie Babies $14.89

Total $138.46

I hope that helps someone with their planning :flower:

Dear me - that is very thorough, I am sure it will be of help.

Laurafoster
11-24-2005, 03:48 AM
lol, complete oposite of me! i always look at the end of the day and think where did i spend that £50 lol

Andy, Lou & Meg
11-24-2005, 04:07 AM
If you go with someone like my DW, then just fill a suitcase with $100 bills, and don't expect to bring any back!

Keep $20 hidden somewhere, so you can buy a few strong drinks when you get back from the malls.
And NEVER buy another suitcase while you're out there, as this gives them more of an excuse to buy more stuff!

How many pairs of trainers does a girl need?????????.......................

pixiepower04
11-24-2005, 05:39 AM
We went out in December 2004 and were staying for 3 weeks with a 3 day stop off at Washington DC on the way back. We took £1000 for each week (2 adults, 2 under 7 year olds) and worked out what that would be per day which seemed very reasonable.

When we arrived we went shopping and bought cerial, juice, sweets, fruit, crisps etc and just bought milk from the on site food hall for breakfast or went off site if we were visting somewhere else. We ate from each place we visited, Disney, Universal etc but ate from counter service with a couple of "special meals" thrown in.

The cost of eating in the parks is practically the same as eating out over here so whilst it's generally considered to be expensive, in relation to what we pay here - it's not!

We took out 5 suitcases and came back with 6, two were filled to the brim with goodies!!!

The only downer for me was that I contracted Viral Meningitis on the 22nd December and missed Christmas completely. I came out of hospital 5 days before coming home so what I saved by being in hospital was very quickly spent before coming home!!

At the end of the day it was our first time there and I deceided that if I was never to go back I wanted to at least have some very visible memories, if I didn't collect Disney pins or be a member of the WDCC then the spending would have been alot less.

What you buy is up to you but the £3000 was a great safety amount and will be the same amount we take out when we go back in 2007. Each night I worked out what we'd spent and what we had left and what that worked out to be per day for the rest of the trip and so knew what the limits were and just saved the spending for the end.

Take what you can afford, but leave the big spending until the last few days before you head home, that way you know you you won't run out.

Have a fab trip and just go with it!!

Kind regards

Paula-Jane

MazdaUK
11-24-2005, 08:41 AM
And NEVER buy another suitcase while you're out there

Men just don't understand - clothes are so cheap its SAVING MONEY to buy them out there, that way the cost of your trip is actually REDUCED by the money you spend in the malls - therefore the more you spend the cheaper your holiday :teacher:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/500/73452familycastle-thumb.jpg (http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6612)

Merylj
11-24-2005, 11:34 AM
Men just don't understand - clothes are so cheap its SAVING MONEY to buy them out there, that way the cost of your trip is actually REDUCED by the money you spend in the malls - therefore the more you spend the cheaper your holiday :teacher:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/500/73452familycastle-thumb.jpg (http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6612)

great wisdom - but will Dh fall for it :rotfl:

Miffy2003
11-24-2005, 01:30 PM
Welcome to the Dis, Pixie Power04 :)

Oh my to getting viral meningitis!! Thank goodness you were all right :)

TinkTatoo
11-24-2005, 01:39 PM
Dear me - that is very thorough, I am sure it will be of help.

LOL - I had envelopes with each days spends in and just put the receipts back in the envelopes each day and jotted down the snacks, that's why I included them in my trip reports otherwise I would have never remembered each day :flower:

Miffy2003
11-24-2005, 01:43 PM
Jakki, you were so organised! I think your careful recording would be very helpful though, especially for first timers!

Cinderella
11-25-2005, 04:50 PM
It really depends on whether you eat on or off site, and how many sit down meals you do. I am budgeting about £150 a day this trip for 2 adults and two children. One of my children is 11 so he will have to pay adults price for meals, as we eat mostly onsite. We have at list one nice sit down meal a day and always drink wine. We have AP's so we will be getting Disney Dining experience which will give us 20% off most meals, so the discount will basically cover the tax and tips.

I am sure you can eat cheaper though. When we have eaten off-site, it was amazingly good value.