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Old 11-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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A few final Questions

We leave in 5 days, 1st family trip - can't wait but now I really need to think about how much money to bring and how to handle my cell phone package.

So, how much spending money do you normally bring for a 1 wk trip? We are on the dining plan so don't need money for that.

What do you do with your cell phone? Thinking of just adding on $15/month x2 for our 2 lines that will allow us to send 30 text messages while in the States - Rogers.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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If you are doing any Table Service Meals, you will still need to budget for tips. Other potential costs are tips for room cleaning, shopping/souvenirs, any any alcoholic/specialty beverages.

We also had 'Free Dining', but chose to bring our own bowls/spoons and buy milk and cereal for breakfasts in our room so the kids wouldn't be hungry when we first got to the parks.

We took walkie-talkies to communicate in the parks and did not turn our cell phones on while down there.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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That cell phone package seems hefty- thats $1/text. If you have smart phones, you could consider just using wi-fi to send emails back and forth.

As for spending money, I assume you're flying and not driving- so you'll need tip money for anyone who handles your baggage, mousekeeping tips (we tip $2 pp/per day, souvenirs, alcohol, extra snacks, extra meals (only 2 meals per day on the DDP unless you're going deluxe), and TS tips. How much this will all cost depends on your personal spending habits and the number of people in your party.
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As far as tipping goes for TS,6 or more people will get an automatic 18% tip added on to your bill.Looks like you'll be safe from that but even at 10% over 7 days that will add up
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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In regards to tipping at TS they give a recommendation on the bottom of the receipt, it will show amount for 18% & 20%. Of course you can leave whatever amount you want.

We took $600 & that covered souvenirs, tips, breakfast or whatever meal wasn't covered on DP and lots of water. There are 3 of us & not our first time. It will all depend on size of family & how many souvenirs you want.

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Old 11-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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We charge almost everything to our room using our Key to the World card (meal tips included). Last visit to WDW we only used cash for Mousekeeping & Magical Express tips and small incidental purchases.
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