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Old 09-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by davedmaine View Post
I've never understood why people want to know what other people spend on their vacations. What does it matter? It's not like we're all doing the same thing, right? While we're at it, how much money does everyone make? And how much does everyone weigh?
I'm never one to discuss money (especially MINE! ) so I will just say "a boatload!!!!!" or as a good friend (who also has a Disney addiction) put it when I booked our 9 day stay at BCV "You could buy a Ford Focus for that!!!!" which is why DH and I now refer to the trip as "the Ford Focus" around the kids because they don't know about it yet.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:32 PM   #17
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Just under 2000 per trip for our family of four. We go two to three times a year, for 5 days and 4 nights, use the dining plan, we only spend 3 days in the parks each trip, and stay at BCV, BWV, or OKW with our DVC membership. With our DVC we don't have to pay for a place to stay because we already make that payment once a year through our annual dues.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:37 PM   #18
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We pay 7500 every year TOTAL.
That is:
9-10 nights at POR (ALWAYS some discount)
Food (ts, cs,snacks every day)
spending $ for souv.
2 days at Universal (or Busch gardens- we alternate)
7 day Disney base tix
Plus the drive from OH- ( gas, 2 nights hotel and food)

I do remember back in the day when we did $2000 trips. When we only had to pay for DH and I, and maybe 1 child.Just looked back at 2006 trip, entire package was $1500 with FD, 7 days at POP.WOW

2014 CSR-11 days**2013-POR 12 days**2012- POR- 9 days**2011- All Star Music-10 days** 2010- POFQ- 10 days** 2009- All Star Movies- 8 days** 2008- All Star Movies- 8 days** 2006- Pop Cent.- 7 days** AllStar Movies 7 days** 2004-Fl Resident....too many to list** 2003-Grosvenor** 2002- All star movies- 5 days
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:26 PM   #19
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This thread is missing a Poll for those that dont like to share all of the details.

Can a mod add one?
First trip off site 1989 AS S March 1995 OKW October 1997 WL November 1997 BV December 1999 WL November 2001 POR November 2006 CBR November 2007 CSR November 2008 YC November 2009 YC November 2010 BW November 2011 (no yacht available)
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #20
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being a relatively new disney person reading these post would scare the pixie dut off any thinking i would have that disney is affordable.

i have yet to spend that kind of money on any vacation.

we just came back from a week in aruba and labor day weekend in disney and did not even spend 3000 for 2 adults and a 6 year old. air fare, all food, drink,s entertainment nightly,etc. (10 days)
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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I can bring the average way down.
December value stay 7 nights for 3 w/FD and buying APs at DVC discount $2200.

May trip staying DVC using APs cost of gas to get there and food
August trip DVC using APs cost of gas and food
October fall break same
December trip same
Labor Day or 4th July weekend same

We spend a bit on soccer stuff in the Epcot countries but are past the souvenir stuff. With DVC we hardly ever eat more than one meal out a day.
We get mugs some trips but not always--depends on where we are staying and how convenient it is.

I look at what some people spend and think, that's a semester of tuition or I could buy my kid a car for that.
Not judging, not jealous, just not my choice.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #22

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Originally Posted by Princess on the Run View Post
I'm never one to discuss money (especially MINE! ) so I will just say "a boatload!!!!!" or as a good friend (who also has a Disney addiction) put it when I booked our 9 day stay at BCV "You could buy a Ford Focus for that!!!!" which is why DH and I now refer to the trip as "the Ford Focus" around the kids because they don't know about it yet.

I'm with you. I just did the number crunch and holy moly, it's a pretty penny. And that's with owning DVC.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #23
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The answer is...A LOT.

Actually, the thread the OP is mentioning was created by me as I had a student do her "budget" report in civics/economics class using a report from CNN money that stated that the average American family of 4 spend $2,000.00 a year on "vacations" (which can also include trips to see family out of state, etc) so I was curious what that amount could get you at Disney.

In North Carolina....$1,000 will get you a week in a beach house on the coast in most places...So it is interesting to compare.

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:51 AM   #24
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2 Adults 1 Teenager average per year for the past 6 years...

8 days value resort
free quick service dining
7 days of base tickets

$2200 +/-

gas/travel food


$2500 on average no sovieners
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2008 September-Pop Century (Free Dining) 2009 June-Pop Century (Buy 4 get 3 Free) 2010 June-Loews Royal Pacific Hotel (Stay 7 pay 4) 2010 December- Pop Century (Free Dinning) 2012 March-All Star Sports (Free Dinning) 2013 March US/IOA/SW/BG (aka the darkside trip) 2014 April Pop Century
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:14 AM   #25
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Our trip right now for October 2013 is going to be $8300 ($7300 for hotel, dining and tickets and probably another $1000 for air fare) for 3 adults, 3 yo and 2 yo.

7 Night Stay at Contemporary Theme Park view
8 Day Park Hopper
Regular Disney Dining Plan
Flight from BWI

We are hoping for either a room discount or free dining to bring the cost down some but if neither comes out we are still going.

Last May we spent 6,900 for 7 nights in a 1 Bedroom BLT lake view room with 7 day park hopper and regular Disney dining. We had free air miles then and we didn't have to pay for either of our children for the parks and only one for air. This time both need air and one needs park tickets.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #26
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2 adults, 2 children (6 & 3)

6 nights at CSR, waterview, base tickets + free dining


stroller rental



supplies/snacks/goodie bags (pre trip purchase)

spending budget (souvenirs, drinks, tips etc.)

$5500 (give or take)

that is USD...exhange rate has been pretty favourable (from CAN to USD), in fact it's great right now but if i add in the exchange i can add another $150-$200

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #27
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Here's our #'s for our Christmas trip we have planned this year for our family of 5 "Disney Adults" (Me, DH, DD17, DD16, and DD11)....

$3400 WDW Package (POR for 7 nights, 6 day MYW Base tickets, DDP)
200 Tips on Table Service meals
400 Gas, Round trip from Baltimore, MD (assuming gas prices are around $4)
300 Meals while driving to/from WDW
0 Hotel in NC on way down and GA on way home (Choice Hotel Points)
500 Spending/Shopping $$ (Max, probably won't spend it all)

$4800 Total for 5 people for a 10 day vacation ($96 per person, per day)

When we normally would go, in August, it would be about $500 less, with Free Dining (we don't go without it, since it's the best deal for our family of five), during Value Season (mid August). Not bad to go for only $500 more over the most expensive time of year.
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2005: June - Offsite
2007: August - POR & October - CSR
2008: August - POR
2009: August - POR & October - Pop
2010: August - CBR & November - CSR
2011: August - POR
2012: December - POR
2014: August - POR
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #28
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April 2013 stay at Beach Club.

Renting points for a Deluxe Studio 8 nights $1850

Airfare $1100

Dining $1060

Tickets $1400

Total $5410 without spending $

BTW I weigh 295.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #29
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Our trips have always been at POP and between $1500 and $2500 depending on length of stay, not including spending money (we honestly don't buy much aside from snacks). However, on our next trip we're staying at OKW for two weeks. All together, including spending money and about five planned ADRs, it will probably be around $7000. I let the kids pick the resort this time, since we could afford it, and they're really looking forward to staying deluxe for the first time. They are teens now and so we spend a lot more time hanging out at the hotel than we did when they were younger.
Next trip BCV 2/14
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:18 AM   #30
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Is there an "average" Disney vacation? Long weekend offsite vs 3 weeks Club level at the GF including flights from Australia, going to be a bit of a range!

FWIW, at 1.6 USDtoGBP
$5800 flights for 4 (that's economy!)
$6500 for 14 days in a 1 bed at OKW, 14 day UK "ultimate" tickets, Free Dining (yay for small mercies!)
Tips, souvenirs, drinks, shopping etc - hopefully < $1000

271lbs, which is 7lb less than 3 weeks ago

Is there a prize?

My last two trips were 1998 and 1981, so a fair bit of time to save up between each .
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