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Old 08-21-2009, 10:03 AM   #31
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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.
Oh - I forgot about our flights! Oops!

We always take Continental direct flights, and for the past few trips one of us has had enough miles/points for a free flight. The flights are generally $200 or less r/t per person, so I always budget $600 for flights, but the last few times have spent $400 or less for the 3 of us.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:24 AM   #32
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We went August 2008 (wish I was there now..)

It was dh, myself, dd (then 7½), ds (nearly 5) & dd (2½).

Airfare for the 5 of us was $945 on Jet Blue & my dad took us to the airport so we didn't have to pay for parking (yay!).

We used ME.

Poly for 7 nights was about $2000, maybe $2200 as I can't remember. I think it was either $260 or $280/night.

Park tickets-5 day park hoppers & we only needed 4 since dd was still free. I got them thru AAA so they were around $900.

Food which we paid out of pocket for was about $800 which included Chef Mickeys (paid for 4 of us since youngest was free), WCC (paid for 5 of us) & Ohanas for breakfast (paid for 4). Plus we ate at RFC (paid for 5 of us). The rest was CS as well as drinks & treats around the world.

We (OK ME) spent about $200 in souvies.

So I guess around $5000.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:41 AM   #33
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Upcoming trip, this Monday, 10 days, 9 nights, POP, Free dining. Myself, DW, DD and DS. Roughly $1800 with travel costs. Were driving, so saving a LOT there. Total package from Disney just over $1500, so I'm adding $300 for gas, food and lodging on the way down. I'm very happy with this price, especially for 10 days.

For reference, stayed at CSR for 9 days 8 nights back in June for $2300 on teh 4/3 deal. Also drove.

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Old 08-21-2009, 10:44 AM   #34
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Tickets- $300
Military Room/Dining (7ts 7qs 7s) for 3people for 7days- $1234

Total- $2134

we are bringing about $1000 for souvies, but hoping not to spend it all.

Its not real cheap I know.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:48 AM   #35
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I'm not entirely sure I want to see the numbers added up! Right now, we're pricing based on rack rate for 8 nights at the Poly, in two rooms, with deluxe dining for 4 adults, 1 child, and 1 free infant.

Room/ticket/dining package (Us ): $6368.09
Room/ticket/dining package (Mom): $4166.72
Airfare: $1395
Tips: $500
Spending Money: $500 (including mini golf, boat rental, Pirates League)
Grocery delivery: $100 (diapers, Pepsi products, beer)

Grand total: $13030.41

Since we're traveling in January, though, I'm expecting a fairly good discount on the room to come out. I'm hoping for 4/3 or something nearly as good, because that would save us about $2500 on our packages. I'm pretty sure airfare will come down too. I priced it to fill in my budget spreadsheet, but haven't booked yet. Right now, Airtran and Spirit are only running specials into Nov & Dec, so I'm waiting until the January discounts become available to book. And my mom will be covering part of her package, probably not all, but a big chunk; if we were paying the whole thing, we'd have booked a moderate.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:17 AM   #36
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Booked last year with the Free Dining Bounce back offer.

10 nights at POR
1 day MYW base ticket
free regular dining (but paid to upgrade to deluxe plan)


$248 for my DH and DD7 5 day MYW plus waterpark and more option (military tickets) Mine are free

Total for our Disney Trip = $2850, but that doesn't include tips or souvenirs.

Because I'm in the military and stationed overseas we will be renting a car for the entire month we will be in the states: $1032 for rental car from 3 Sept - 1 Oct. (we are visiting from Europe, so we are spending some time with friends and family, and HOPEFULLY my brand new grand daughter)

And we are flying Space A so our tickets are like $26 a piece each way.

Hotel for nights we will not be in Florida or at WDW = approx $1000

Grand total $5038, this doesn't include food for the days we aren't at WDW, gas, or the other entertainment we are doing outside of WDW.

OMG, I don't think I should've answered this post. I didn't realize we were spending so much on this trip. Oh well, next year maybe we will only do WDW and make everyone else come visit us instead of us visiting them.

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Old 08-21-2009, 11:43 AM   #37
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We went to WDW in January, March and July this year - I didn't keep track of our costs but they were each in the 2-3K range. We normally don't go that often or spend that much but that's the way it worked out this year.

My next WDW trip will be a solo trip in January - probably 9 or 10 nights.

Driving - $250 for gas and food on the road
DVC - "Free"
Annual Pass - "Free" for this trip since I paid for it last time
Shopping and Souvenirs - probably $100 but I have all the Disney stuff I will ever need!!
Food - not sure if I will do the Dining Plan but say $500 for all meals and snacks except for travel days

So, less than a thousand for the week and a half I'll be there!! I love this kind of trip - it makes up for the costly ones!
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:53 AM   #38
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My husband and I like to try the newest resorts so we booked last December for the upcoming Thanksgiving trip (Nov 25-Dec 2)and are staying @ BLT studio MK view
Airfare: $450.40
BLT Resort 7 nights/MYW/PH/Water & Fun/free dining plan: $3905.56
1 night free @ Dolphin (SPG member)
Car Rental:$395 for the week
Grand Total: $4750.96

My neice and her family is also coming for the holiday
2 adults/2 kids 9 and 5
Airfare:$700 (she booked one ways on 2 different airlines: $95 one way and $79 the other!)
ASMo: 8 nights/MYW/PH/ upgraded to Stand. Dining Plan: $1960
using ME for transportation
Grand Total: $2660
Plus we are using all of our Disney Visa Rewards and treating everyone to MVMCP. (the look on my grandneice's faces when they see the Castle all "iced" out - priceless!)
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #39
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We are a family of 6 staying at the ASMU 9/18-9/28/2009. My kids are 10,8,7, and 5. So essentially we are paying for 3 adults and 3 children according to WDW. We managed to get on the free dining gravy train but have to pre-plan for the 18% tip as we are a family of 6. Honestly, I hate that as we have recieved some PRETTY bad service as a large family from a few places and would have preferred to not have to have left as large of a tip.... Others were extraordinary and we would have stacked it onto theirs....LOL! Anyhoo..

2 rooms/ food/ Parkhoppers 10 days&Nights- 3716.12
Airfare- 924.00
Tip $- 280.00
souvies- 500.00

We will probably not spend that much on souveneirs but we do have it set aside just in case. We haven't been in almost 3 years so I would like the kids to get a T-shirt/hoodie or something. They are pretty thrifty though. So we will see.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:58 PM   #40
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We have rented a house for 7 days in Emerald Island Resort 2 miles from Disney; 4 bedrooms, 3 ba, indoor pool and hottub. Our half (going with my parents) was 600.00 for the week. This includes me, my husband, 16 year old son, 4 year old daughter, and 20 month old daughter.
House - 600.00
Gas - 200.00
Parking- 60.00
Groceries - 300.00
5 day Hopper tickets -375.00 (military deal)
Sea World - Free (military deal)
Disney items purchased throughout the year at Disney Store and outlet - 100.00

1635 is our total not including the one meal we have planned to eat at Disney World and souveniers. I have bought Disney cups, shirts, sunglasses, hats, pins, stickers,and small toys on serious discounts over the past year that the kids don't know about. They will each get a Disney prize in the morning and then in the evening.Hopefully that will appease the gimmes,lol! We leave the 20 of September!
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:29 PM   #41
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We are driving down Sept. 10. Traveling party includes me, DH, DS13, and DS6.

Pkg. includes 9 nts at POP CENTURY,
9 day park hoppers, and free dining 1800.00
Fuel (roundtri p) 250.00
Tips 250.00
Souvies 400.00
OOP food/snacks/misc 600.00
MNSSHP 220.00
Food while traveling 150.00

So that adds up to $3670. We will also have about $80 in Disney VISA Rewards and a birthday fun card. I always budget way more than I think we need, so I hope we will have money left over, but, if we don't, oh well, it was in the budget.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #42
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We're going for our first time in September 2010... just booked it

Myself, DH, DS (4 yrs. old), DD (2 yrs. old)
Pop Century 6 nights & Tickets - $1685
Gas (roundtrip) - $400
Hotel Stays (while driving) - $250
Food - $800 (we're packing a lot of food and drinks)
Spending Cash - $500

So total $3635... I know I way overestimated some things... I can't see us spending more than $100 on souvenirs... we're just not that into that kinda stuff... so that's probably where our tip money will come out of.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:39 PM   #43
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DH, DW, DD (17) DS (13) From Alberta Canada - 5 nights POP - 5 nights Parkway International (2 bed condo) with rental car - 7 day PH = about $5000.00 US (allows about $700.00 for groceries/spending money) - add 10% for exchange = $5500

This is a one time trip for our family to WDW - we can do the same trip to DL for about $4000.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:28 PM   #44
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9 nights at CBR Nov/Dec '09 for a family of four

$1800 hotel with free dining and one day passes
7 day basic passes for free (through airmiles)
Airfare from Winnipeg, Canada to Orlando $800 (taxes only as flying with airmiles)

So $2400

Might be the odd incidental, a few souvenirs (but we're been there lots so don't need much), the boys might go to a Tampa Bay NHL game and would rent a car for the day. Taxi to the airport from home but use ME to Disney and Disney transport around the world.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:26 AM   #45
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Cost for our trip

Me (25) DH (26) Niece (6)

For 9/11-9/18

Animal Kingdom Kidani Vaillage (0 ) - DVC Members
Basic Dining Plan (612)
3 6 day park hoppers with extras (972)Ticketmania
Grocery store breakfast food/snacks (50)
Tips (150)
Trail's End and WCC Breakfast (75) DVC Discount
Photopass (100)
MNSSHP (150) DVC Discount
Gas (300)
2 hotel rooms for there/back (100) Hotwire
Spending money (500) Niece will have her own spending money

Around 3000 or so for the total.
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