What else do I need to factor into my budget?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by KRFillion, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. KRFillion

    KRFillion Earning My Ears

    May 24, 2012
    I need help finalizing my budget.

    We are going to Florida for 2 weeks. 10 nights at WDW - onsite and 5 nights in Clearwater. We will have a rental car for the entire 14 days.

    So far I have:
    Flights - including taxi to and from home airport
    Car Rental - including gas and insurance
    Hotel / Tickets / Dining Plan - covered in the pkg cost
    Breakfast money for 10 nights onsite at WDW
    Photo Pass

    Tickets to Discovery Cove / Sea World
    Pictures from Sea World and Discovery cove

    Hotel in Clearwater
    Meals in Clearwater
    Tours in Clearwater

    Other items I should factor in...tips? spending money? What else am I missing?
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  3. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2010
    Spending money

    Gratuities - they are not included on the DP so you'll have to tip your server at any TS meals.

    Unless you have Photopass + your ride pictures won't be included (in case you want them).
  4. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    Definitely tips if you will be doing any TS meals.

    Will you be drinking any alcohol during your vacation?

    Will you be buying any meals/snacks/beverages over and above the DDP?

    Will you be buying any souvenirs during your vacation?

    Do you have trip insurance?
  5. rebeccaariel

    rebeccaariel DIS Veteran

    Oct 14, 2012
    Which dining plan do you have? If you have quick service or regular, it only covers two meals and a snack per day, so you may want to factor in money for a third meal
  6. eastcarolinafan

    eastcarolinafan When I put on my Mickey ears I can hear Small Worl

    Apr 24, 2009
    You're right, you do need to remember tip $. And spending money. There never seems to be enough. I try to figure about $50 extra per person per day, just to have enough. Everybody wants their Dole whips and turkey legs. Gotta have some Mickey ears. And I always, always, always like to buy a random Mickey balloon and surprise a little kid who doesn't have one.:thumbsup2

    Sounds like you have a good plan. Just some exta cash and you're good to go.:moped:
  7. Belle83

    Belle83 DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    Not sure if this is an issue to/from Clearwater, but cash for toll booths. We go to Cocoa Beach/Kennedy and definitely need cash for that.
  8. tbee407

    tbee407 Mouseketeer

    Dec 11, 2001
    Tips for mousekeeping and bell hops.
    Laundry money for washer/dryer
    Arcade games
    Resort cups
  9. PrincessMe

    PrincessMe Mouseketeer

    Oct 2, 2012
    Pre-trip shopping! A week out from our trip, I seem to be always seeking out new things to fill out the packing list -- yesterday I bought new shoes, ponchos, sunblock, travel bottles, a spare memory card for the camera, and an extra battery pack from my iPhone.

    Also consider extra expenses at home like pet sitting.

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