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Old 08-20-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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How much is your trip to WDW?

Sorry if this thread seems too personal for some, but I know I'm not the only person with this question. I've done a search, but haven't found anything with the information I was looking for. The reason I ask is to help with future planning and budgeting, as I intend to make Disney an annual or bi-annual family vacation. As you can see from my ticker, our first family vacation is in less than 2 months. I've already set the dates for our second trip on Oct 31, 2010, and I'd like to make the most of our money as I don't know how well I did with budgeting on this first one.

So I'll start for this upcoming trip October 12-19.
I'm staying offsite in a 3 br 3 ba townhome for 7 nights for 2 adults, 1 child 5, 1 infant.

House - $720
7 Day Base Tickets - $646
MNSSHP - $171
BBB and 3 character meals w/tip - $350
Photopass - $100
Parking - $55
Gas - $240
Groceries - $100
Spending - $700


Soooo... How much did you spend?
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:40 AM   #2
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We booked a package
2 adults 1 4yr old and a 2yr old.
9/26-10/3 5day tickets with park hoppers and the dining plan $1483 stayin at ASMU
MNSSHP around $170
BBB $100
tips $300
Photopass $22
Spending money $800
Stroller rental $100
Groceries $100
Airfare $600
Total $3675

i over budget everything, we probably wont spend $800 in souvies and probably wont tip $300 but i like to over plan things just incase~
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Well, we spent much more...

6 Night Package including DDP for 5 3 Disney Adults and 2 Children $3,648 - we stayed at the YC
Travel - $500 (We Drove)
Souvenirs, Tips & Food over the DDP - $900 - this includes $150/child of their own money for souvenirs
DH was sick so over $100 for ibuprofen, cough syrup, etc. (Very Expensive at WDW)
Photopass CD, photobook and prints of pictures $250

This was a first trip for the kids so we let them go overboard with the souvenirs.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
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$100 for a hotel in DTD for Sept 26. We decided to go down a day early after the package was booked.
$1927 for our Disney package staying Sept 27-Oct 3. It includes our Disney resort... SSR. We were booked at ASMo originally but we got an AWESOME upgrade to a 1bedroom villa at SSR for no additional cost.We also have free dining and 6 day park hoppers passes for 4 people.
$120 for tips
$175 gas (We are driving to Disney)
$100 for food on the drive down and drive home
$50 for Disney shirts for the kids. We go to Disney a lot so we don't do a lot of souvenirs.

A total of......$2472
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:06 PM   #5
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We are 2 adults and DD5. Nov 25- Dec 2. Seven nights at CSR with FD and 7 day base tickets

Food on the way- $50 (two meals we do fast food and get back on the road quick)
One OOP CS- $40(may be overestimating)
Groceries for the room- $50
Tips -$100
Sovies- $100
total- $2422
This is less than what we spend last year for just our package for 5 days without FD!!
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:37 PM   #6
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We are going 10/14-10/20
2 adults, 1-year old and 1 2 year old

well we spent
2400.00 on

Hotel all star movies
3- 7 day park hopper
dining plan

then got 4 tickets to MNSSHP-I forget but I think it was around $150 or more
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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We were very pleased with our trip this time. 2 adults 2 kids 5 and 3 yrs old, we're staying at value resorts, just need a bed! I'm working to try to make it annual, biannual too, so I'm looking forward to hearing your other responses!

We got 8 days 8 nights free dinning (goes by # of nights, so we'll get food for all the days) $1657
Gas round trip from Pa $150
mousekeeper tips $32 qs dinning so no tips there
souvies 400.00
T Rex lunch free with mypoints
photopass $75
snacks/food for drive $50

Total $2364
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:46 PM   #8
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I don't know if I want to answer out of pure fear but here goes.

We booked a pkg with Dreams Unlimited.

We are a family of four: 2 adults, 1 child, 1 infant
AirFare - $173 x4 = $692
Pkg - $1411
Value Resort, Preferred Room, Free Dining, 6 Day Park Pass (no hopper)
Extra Meals - $230
Tips - $125
Cake (it's DS's B'day) - $50
Souvenirs - $360
Airport Parking - $30
Gas to airport (we live far away) $100
So $2998

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Old 08-20-2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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no free dining here it was cheaper to use the military deal
oct 15-23
8 nights at CBR in pirate room with QS dining plan for 2 adults 1 teenager 1 under 3 1900
5 day park hoppers w/ waterpark and more 300 (military deal)
2 character breakfasts 120
a disney floral delivery for the kiddos 80
photop pass prepurchase CD 100
crib rental (we didn't want a pack and play we would like some decent sleep) 100
gas 150
one plane ticket for the teenager we are bringing (my brothers daughter 300$ ouch
souviners and what nots 800

3700 ouch, why did i go and add that up, it is painful... if we weren't bringin my neice (who is comming to help with my 2 year old daugther ) it would have been about 1000$ less but i really wanted to show another child who would otherwise not be able to experience disney a chance to do it. I can't wait to see her face when she is there, she said, it's just like six flags rt. ha ha ha
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:03 PM   #10
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We have eight people going. Me, DW, DD17, DD13, DD11, DD9, DS3 and DD17's friend. We were originally planning to get a 4BR villa for $900. Take the auto train down $1230 plus about $400 for gas round trip (I have a Durango.) Five day MYW base tickets (discounted) were around $1700 (give or take $50.) Plus around $1000 to $1200 for food and incidentals... Also, we were planning on going to Sea World, so add another $550 or so. Total would have been around $5980.

Here's what we're actually doing: About a month or so ago Southwest Vacations was running a "Friends Fly Free, Friends Play Free" promotion. The only thing was that the travel dates had to be Mon-Thu. No big deal. I ended up booking a flight (from Albany, NY), two rooms at POFQ, two rental cars, and 8 seven day MTW HOPPER tickets for $5276.38. We'll probably just forgo Sea World. This doesn't include food, but since we'll have the rental cars we'll just go off property and do some grocery shopping.

We'll probably end up paying a couple hundred extra, but we'll be cutting a total of over 48hrs of travel time off the trip by flying (totally worth it!) AND, we'll be staying on-site (even more totally worth it!)

Oh, and we're going to squeeze in MVMCP on DS's 4th birthday! (12/8)
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:24 PM   #12
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We went over spring break and spent about $2000.

We stayed offsite the first night in Orlando (we drove, didn't fly). We got in town late, checked into an offsite hotel, checked out around 8:30 the next morning and went straight to our hotel. To our surprise, CSR had our room ready!!!

We stayed onsite for 3 nights, 4 day park hoppers, no dining plan. Ate CS most of the time, but hit up T-Rex in DTD and did Ohana for breakfast one day. DH spent most of the money on candy and we bought 6 pairs of ears! (one for each plus 2 pair for nephews back home)

I don't think I would have done anything different! It was everyone's first trip but mine, and though we didn't get to do as much as I would have liked, it was the perfect amount for the initial immersion in all that is WDW. DH was ready to book for next year by the end of our trip.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:57 PM   #13
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We have 5 adults, 3 kids(1 14years old) and will be in WDW from 9/11 until 9/21. This is our cheapest trip since 1997!!! We were staying at Pop, 3 rooms, but got upgraded to 2 1bdrs, and 1 studio at SSR. We have free dining. The total package price for the 8 of us was $4110.97. They refunded $149.00 when we were upgraded, bringing our package total to almost $4000!!! It seems almost to good to be true. We usually take $1000 cash for cover tips, souvies, etc. Our biggest expense was the $400 plus dollars for the MNSSHP, but I think it will be worth it. On our previous trips with just dh and kids, we usually spend around $4000 for room, food, souvies, etc... It's hard to believe 8 people will be enjoying disney for 10 days for under $4000. I doubt this will ever happen again. Happy planning.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:57 PM   #14
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We've got a 5 night trip planned over New Year's Eve. We did 8 days last March where we bought AP' we already have our park tickets. Family of 4 (two adults, two kids):

Air Fare- 150.00 for one ticket (3 tickets were purchased using miles)
Hotel- Free (DVC Members)
Transportation- Free (Magical Express)
Dining Plan- ~120.00 per night x 5 nights= 600.00
Souveniers- 50.00?? (We don't buy much)

So---It adds up to about 800.00--mostly for food. Toss in gratuities and incidentals--we're looking at about 1K.
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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our trip is 3 adults and baby. me, hubby and my mom. baby is free. we are staying at pop. i think my mom wrote hubby a check for $530. includes her share for tickets/room and the ticket for mnsshp.

we're driving down from new orleans and spending the nite off site. i dunno how much that is, hubby booked it.

we have free dining and will have an ice chest in our room with cokes. i'll be bring some jar baby food as well as formula. hopefully he can have finger foods by then.

i wanna say with the package deal and gas and buying stuff (we get off easy since son will only be 9.5 months and won't know! )it's about $1800.
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