I just put my SiL and BiL on notice that we intend to take them in 2012ish. Thanks to the economy he is out of a job currently but the hope is that within 3 years they can work past it and save enough to go. I am afraid if they don't my nephew won't get to experience Disney again before he becomes a teenager and I think that would be a shame. It is hard for me to judge how much of a vacation experience gets sacrificed by going as cheap as possible because we have never had to do it. I want them to have a good time but IMO getting there and being able to enjoy the parks and whatnot is the highest priority and if there is extra money add from there. IMO at least one character breakfast is required so we will pay for that. Obviously we are also taking care of the room. So how much money do you need to have at least a decent vacation beyond travel and park costs? Would eating all of the rest of their meals in the room take away from the magic? Personally I prefer to eat breakfast and lunch in the room but I do normally eat dinner out. My thoughts are to get there, get in the parks, and have just a little spending money for souvenirs and snacks. But does that hurt the vacation? I know what you are thinking. Why don't we do more to help them with the cost of the trip? 1) I think people should stand on their own two feet as much as possible. 2) We probably will help them (like we did last time) but in 3 years our situation could change too... you never know.