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Old 08-20-2009, 02:51 PM   #16
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We went on our very first trip last Thanksgiving, Nov 27- Dec 3. Stayed 6 nights at POP in preferred room. DH, DS10 and myself. Dollar amounts are rounded:

685 Airtran tickets
600 room only with AAA discount
660 6 day MYW tix thru UT
600 food and groceries, includes all CS meals plus 1 character meal, appetizers at T-Rex, and way too many groceries from GG
150 souvenirs
275 La Nouba
120 towncar to and from airport
30 mousekeeping tips
50 2 cab rides
10 fridge swap
40 3 refillable mugs
110 trip insurance

TOTAL 3330

This does not incl buying luggage (we did not own any), stuff we packed to bring along for the room, the guide books and online tourguide subscriptions, and all my DS10's own money he spent on souvenirs (and he spent a ton!)
Things I would do differently next time....way less groceries from GG, no refillable mugs, and no La Nouba (since we already saw it).
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:17 PM   #17
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Going over Thanksgiving:
DH, Me, DD 6, and DD 3

Airfare- 1764.00
Hotel/park passes/trip insurance- 2231.34
DDP- 713.72

Total spent so far- 4709.06

Figure 600+ more on tips and OOP expenses.

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Old 08-20-2009, 03:37 PM   #18
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We are a family of 4 2 kids (4 yrs & 2 yrs), our APs aren't due for another 8 months so we only needed to renew the child one and we get it at an DVC rate. The DDP doesn't include the 2 yr old and he is free into the parks.

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Old 08-20-2009, 07:08 PM   #19
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We are going for around $2000.00. There are two adults and one child staying at ASMU during the week of Thanksgiving with free dining. Package price was a little over $1400.00. We are driving from Georgia and plan to spend the first night in a hotel off site. Including extra money for some food, tips, gas and souvenirs, I assume we will spend about $500.00. We think it is a great price for a holiday week!
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:24 PM   #20
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We paid over $16,000 back in 2006, but that was to join DVC.

Now our rooms are paid for thru the year 2045 (give or take a few years).
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:47 PM   #21
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Here is what we are spending for our upcoming November trip for my DH, DD 4, DD10 and myself.

Airport roundtrip transportation $50.00

Airfare roundtrip with Airtran: $994.76 (could have saved $500.00)

3 days at Pop Century w free dining 1 QS and 1 sitdown plus one day park ticket for each :$948.04

MVMCP tickets: $230.00

Happy Limo: $215.00 (to and from port)

DCL bounceback cruise: $726.92 with trip insurance verandah room cat 6
also doing glass bottom boat tour for excursions

Spending money for both DCL and WDW $600.00 I have been buying shipboard credit every paycheck to lessen the blow lol!

Day room at the Hyatt at MCO $89.00

$3853.72 total
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:20 PM   #22
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Not to personal for me. I'd like to get an idea if I overspend as much as a certain DH tells me I do. This will be our 3rd trip and I think last one for a number of years. Knowing my 9 year old WDW will be "lame" before too long. I'll just have to wait until she grows up and rediscovers the magic!

I just booked us for 12/4 - 12/13/09 for 2 adults 1 child (9)
Package $4,556
- Polynesian for 8 nights
- Deluxe dining plan
- Christmas party - approx $150 on top of package
- EVC rental (offsite company) - approx $300
- town cars (departing airport-MCO to WDW- WDW to MCO - home from airport) $300
- possible Discovery Cove - $750
- air far - it I get it soon approx $725
- photopass $200
without spending and tips its about $6,900
Adding in misc spending I'd say we'll spend around $8,000
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:59 PM   #23
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We are doing a extended family trip 5 adults 1 child (2).

Deluxe Hotel (Animal Kingdom Lodge w/savannah view 1bdroom) $4174
6 day park hoppers $1415
Free Dining Plan for 5 adults
Airfare $780
5 tickets to MNSSHP $250
Total: Around $6600

We are also bringing $1500 to buy things and for tipping since we get charge 18% since we are a party of 6
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:44 PM   #24
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Disney can be done with a variety of different budgets. It all depends on what you want to do, where you want to stay. You can stay off site for as low as $35 a night, or stay on site and spend $100-$400+ per night for a room. Then there are choices for what kind of tickets you buy. Will you buy for multiple days? Will you park hop? Will you visit the water parks or Disney Quest? Do you have travel expenses to and from Orlando? Will you rent a car? There are so many different variables. Personally, we prefer to stay Deluxe, on site, like participating in the dining plan, always park hop and get the water park option, and like to stay for 10 days. We love the Beach Club and won't stay any where else. We also have airfare expenses. We don't rent a car as we don't need one when we stay on site. For our most recent visit in May, we spent about $8000+. sister and her family of four have gone the last several years, stayed 10 days, had park hopper with water park, and participated in the dining plan and they were able to do it for half of that by staying at a Disney Value, Pop Century. In my opinion, the only way to do Disney is to stay on site! I have done it both ways and would never stay off again as it is a different experience entirely and well worth the extra money.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:41 AM   #25
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This is a BUDGET trip for us. We are 5, me, DH, DS14, DS12 and DS6. We are staying at POR Riverside for 5 nights.

Package 1904 with Free Dining
Airfare 108 x 5=540
Spending money 300
Tips 200
Being dropped off at airport (20 minutes away)

So give or take it is about 3000+ We go every year so we don't need to do the extras (Disney Quest, Water Parks and MNSSHP) Done them all many times before. Grandparents give each son money for spending) So for a family of 5, I think it is a great price!

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Old 08-21-2009, 07:54 AM   #26
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for me it will be around 32500 to 3000 euros as im going solo it is a bit more exspensive
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:57 AM   #27
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Here are my estimates for our last trip:

We stayed offsite at a 3 bedroom condo for 8 days/ 7 nights and drove from southern NH.

Gas: 175
Hotels we stayed at while driving: 200 (one night each way)
Lodging: 900 (we got a great buy 5 nights get 2 free deal)
Tickets: 1000
Food: 700 (We brought breakfast foods and snacks from home and set a goal of spending no more than $100 a day and we stuck to it! Many days we spent even less thanks to coupons for many chains that we used and gift cards from family. It also helps that we brought our 2 year old who just likes to pick a little off of everyone's plates.)
$ for souvenirs for the kids: 140 (Each kid had a $50 limit. My oldest two managed to spend only $40, but I spent $60 on my daughter.)

So, we spent a little bit over $3000. Not bad for being away from home for 10 days with a family of 5. We love to go to Disney and figure when they get older, we'll probably start adding many more extras to our trips. But until then, our kids are 6, 4, and 2 and are happy enough just to be on vacation that they don't notice that all we do is go the parks and swim at the pool.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:24 AM   #28
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we are a family of 3 , 2 adults and 1 child 7 ..

i did the package deal with dinning plan. we are going 2 times this year oct. and dec. so it was $ 2201.86 for 4 days at all star music + dinning and 10 days of non exp tickets with park hopper. so we have tickets for the next few trips down there.

stay on site parking is free

gas 140 ( round trip )
tips 200$
fun money 300$

so about 3G total. I over budget as a just in case. but i normaly come back with extra money. i remember my first trip down there and was very worried i didn't take enough money.. I took envilopes and put 100$ in each on for every day i was there and what ever was left i would add to the next day . that way i was in my daily budget. we didn't spend that much a day.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:38 AM   #29
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For us, we go only when I can get a discount or have a pin code. I apologize that this is ballpark as I don't have any of the paperwork or emails anymore.

Our last trip in may was the 4/3 deal for the room at the Contemporary book as a package with regular DDP and 8 day park hoppers - about $3200
Rental Car - about $180
Gratuity, "adult" beverages, OOP food/drink expenses - about $400
Misc expenses (balloon ride in DTD, souvenirs) - about $200

My husband laughs at me, because no matter what "deal" I find, we always end up spending about $4,000 for an 8 day/7 night trip.

This is for 2 adults and 1 child.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:54 AM   #30
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Well, as we can see you can spend quite a varying amount for a Disney trip. We are going in Sept. with my SIL and her family. Both families have 3 disney adults, and 1 child. 2 very different budget levels. This is first trip for DSIL, and they are on a much tighter budget. We are not and wanted to try Deluxe this year cause of the queen sized beds and bunk beds. We don't get any sleep sharing doubles at the values.

So, my budget:

Flights: $900
AKL, MYW, Free Dining: $3000
Tips: $200
Misc travel and hotel at airport: $500
Souvies: $300

Total: $4900

SIL Budget:

Flights: $700 (not Direct)
ASSp, MYW, Free Dining: $1666
Tips: $200
Misc travel & Hotel at Airport: $500
Souvies: $100 (there are 2 of them celebrating B-Days, so they will take the gift cards)

Total: $3166

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