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How much spending money is enough?

Discussion in 'WDW Tips' started by Minnie1986, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Minnie1986

    Minnie1986 Well-Known Member

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    Hello and thank you in advance. My SO and I will be going to WDW for our anniversary this fall, and we are trying to figure out how much (per person) is enough spending money. There will be no children on this trip and our flights, hotel and theme park tickets are already paid for. We chose not to do the DDP, since we would never eat that much food in an 8 day/7 night stay. We will be going to Be Our Guest one night and Monsieur Paul on the night of our actual anniversary. The only other things that we would need $ for is souvenirs and food, but other than the two restaurants I mentioned, it's going to be quick service/snacks all the way. I've done some math and think that $1,000 is enough for each person. Does this sound feasible? Again, thanks, as it has been quite some time since either of us have been to the happiest place on earth.
     
  2. CaptainAmerica

    CaptainAmerica Well-Known Member

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    $1,000 each will be way more than enough if you're only doing two sit-down meals. You could probably get away with $1,000 total, but it won't be as flexible. I usually plan about $100 per adult per day, so $1,500 on a week long trip if it's just me and my wife.
     
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  3. Minnie1986

    Minnie1986 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks so much for the quick reply. If you don't mind me asking, what do you guys buy on a typical day in the park?
     
  4. CaptainAmerica

    CaptainAmerica Well-Known Member

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    Usually a quick breakfast (pastry or fruit and coffee), a quick-service lunch, a sit-down dinner, and a shared snack. We only drink water when we're in Florida so that saves a few bucks a day on beverages. For souvenirs, we usually each get one big thing rather than a bunch of trinkets. Last year she got a Dooney clutch and I got a pair of Ray-bans, plus Dumbo and Minnie Mouse stuffed animals for the baby.
     
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  5. Tony the Tigger

    Tony the Tigger Well-Known Member

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    We ate at Monsieur Paul for our anniversary last September. It was outstanding, but I should tell you the check was around $200 just for that one meal including tip. We each had an appetizer, and entrée, and an alcoholic drink. No bottle of wine, and I don't think any dessert. So I would budget a little extra for that day obviously.

    Be our guest you can probably get away with $100 to $120 total. Another good choice.

    We save in other areas – we never drink soda or coffee anyway. We are not really big breakfast people so some snack bars from home before we hit the parks are usually enough. A pizza back at the room at night will usually last to the next day for snacks.
     
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  6. Minnie1986

    Minnie1986 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for the info/heads up!
     
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  7. RScottyL

    RScottyL Active Member

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    Not that i am an expert, but $1,000/person sounds about right!

    It is always better to overestimate than under!

    You can never exactly figure it out as you will not know what souvenirs you may or may not want!
     
  8. PorterRedkey

    PorterRedkey Well-Known Member

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    All of it! ;)
     
  9. House of Power Rangers

    House of Power Rangers New Member

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    I mean for the gift shops like the Star Wars ones is it ok to have 200$ :(
     
  10. cinderellaworld

    cinderellaworld New Member

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    I guess it depends on what you want to buy
     
  11. House of Power Rangers

    House of Power Rangers New Member

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    I mighth buy just some ear mikey hats might build my own lightsaber and a plush maybe.....
     
  12. cinderellaworld

    cinderellaworld New Member

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    Haha, that's exactly what I am aiming to purchase too! :)
     
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    House of Power Rangers New Member

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    Schneewittchen Well-Known Member

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    I did the math a couple of weeks ago and now I'm horrified. For my family of 4 next month over 5 days will probably spend just at WDW:
    Lodging (camp site at Ft. Wilderness) and only 3 days of park tickets: $1750
    Food (lots of character and signature type dining): $1150
    Souvenirs: $600
     
  15. Tony the Tigger

    Tony the Tigger Well-Known Member

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    Don't ever do the math. Magic! Magic, I say!
     
  16. House of Power Rangers

    House of Power Rangers New Member

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    Logic also SUCKS IN DISNEY.
     
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    That sounds good but also take into account you are going to need drinks and snacks. Unless you guys are shopalics that sounds perfect!
     
  18. G00fyDad

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    We take around $1000 per person per day but that is strictly spending money. I couldn't imagine having everyone pay for their food out of their spending money. Our money is laid out like this for our next trip:
    Disney package: $2674 (All Stars Movies)
    Airfare: $1200 (Delta)
    Baggage: $360
    Rental car: $500 (Full size car or Mid-size SUV)
    Gas: $150 (Should be more than enough for 9 nights and a trip to Clearwater Beach)
    Food $: $1360 (Includes all TS, QS, and a Wal-Mart run on night 1)
    Tip $: 217 ($90 in room tips and $127 in dining tips)
    Small emergency $: $300 (For any small emergencies that come up)
     
  19. DarthMileZ

    DarthMileZ Well-Known Member

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    we are taking $3000 with $3000 credit card for back up (we are there for 3 weeks and its our honey moon)

    will worry when we get back, we also get paid when we are out there
     
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  20. Danielli5

    Danielli5 New Member

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    Do you mean $100 a day? I know prices are rising but $1000 per person per day seems excessive
     

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