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Spending Money at Disney World

First timer to Disney World and I’d like to know how much the average person brings for spending (per person) for 9 days in the parks.

We plan on packing lunches, snacks and water bottles daily, and breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the house we rented. Im looking for general input or tips for saving money as we have a large group.

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  1. Buy our souvenirs outside of the park! When my grandparents took me to Disneyland we didn’t buy anything in the park instead went to smaller “tourist” shops outside the park saved a lot of money

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    • Same here! In Florida we bought souvenirs at Walmart. They had about 200 different key chains and all sorts of pens and albums and shirts and mugs. For us, the pictures were enough. Maybe I’d say $50 per day for the odd snack… like a Mickey Mouse cookie or a small treat if you wanna indulge a bit!

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    • And we split our in park snacks lol

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    • There is a Target about 4 blocks from DL that is great for snacks and has a huge section of DL souvenirs. I believe it was open until midnight too. I ran there every couple of nights to stock up on snacks for a few days. Also a Costco and Walmart within 5 blocks too.

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  2. I brought about 8k usd for 10 days

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  3. Barnes Carol Barnes Carol says:

    Yep about 10k it’s brutally expensive

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  4. you just saved thousands by packing lunch and eating meals at home. Just google around and see what you can find you tube will have videos of disney and family. Have fun!!

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  5. It’s always cheaper to go on the stay and dine free deal … we went for 8 days stayed ina hotel in the park had our lunches and snacks and diners included with all park passes and hopper passes and it includes free transportation to and from the airport and was only $5200 CA. we only spent $2000CA on tips. Extras souvenirs. But we bought expensive things like jewellery I️ brought lots that I️ bought in Canada All in all our 8 day trip was a grand total $8500 inc airfare and spending and that was for 2 adults and 2 kids. sometimes it’s not cheaper to stay at little hotels with kitchenettes. I️ would say you shd budget an average of $200usd a day for in the park alone
    And remember anywhere will give you water for free if you ask

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  6. Penny Miller Penny Miller says:

    But always drink BOTTLED WATER

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  7. I bought all my stuff at 7 11 down the block it super cheap.

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  8. Make sure u get to the park really early. Get a locker they are an all day rental and you can open it as many times as you want. That way your lunches and snacks ect. Arent being carried around.

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  9. Sarah Emily Sarah Emily says:

    If you’re not eating meals in the park and are packing snacks/drinks you won’t spend much. With food not included $100USD per day for the special treat.

    It’s way cheaper to buy princess dresses here and pack them as a surprise for kiddos. Autograph books they have at a lot of places offsite and they are significantly cheaper. It really depends on what kind of souvenirs you’d like to bring back.

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  10. Google the restaurants they have inside the park because they all have different price points. Some are very reasonable and some are more expensive. There is also an app that you can download (unsure of the name-try Disney parks) that will show you the restaurants and up to date wait times for rides

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  11. We went last year. We ate breakfast and dinner at home. We spent on average 1 meal per day in the park. Some days we brought lunches. We went with $1700 in spending money for 7 days and came home with around $350. We were 2 adults, 2 kids as well. If your packing lunches you should be able to do it under $50 a day. Just depends on souvenirs and how many churros you like ☺️ remember though you’ll be paying for parking at all the parks as well which can be expensive. However you can usually take buses from one are to the next like the magic kingdom to Disney Springs and animal kingdom. Epcot you can get to by monorail. Then parking again at universal if you are going there as well.

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  12. Kole Dupe Kole Dupe says:

    They don’t allow outside food or drink in the park

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  13. We use to bring bottles of water but the last few visits we didn’t bother because they are a pain to carry around unless you have a stroller than you can load it up, there are lots of fountains and all the Quick Service restaurants will give you a glass of water for free if you ask them.

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    • Oh and if you do eat inside Disney the portions are pretty big, my husband and I often shared a quick service meal or I ordered the kids ones for myself. Part of the fun of Disney though is trying the snacks so be sure to indulge a little – Dole Whips, Churros, Mickey Ice creams, snacking your way around the World at Epcot – all part of the fun.

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  14. Randi May Randi May says:

    You’ll want to take a out a second mortgage on your house. Or sell a kidney.

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  15. Sara Wood Sara Wood says:

    Get there when it opens. . Rent a locker..get your fast pass rides organized. .. and Walmart even has disney stuff in Florida. .way to expensive in the parks. If you bring food and drinks. . You won’t have to spend anything in the park! We were just there two weeks ago.. enjoy!

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  16. Lisa Hoff Lisa Hoff says:

    The Disney kids meals are huge. I ate kids meals the whole time I was there. When we go to Disneyland for a family of four we spend about a hundred bucks a day with no fancy or character dining (which gets expensive).Usually one big meal, snacks throughout the day. Have a great trip, an awesome family vacation.

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  17. We went to disneyland and hardly spent anything..we packed lunches and ate outside the park and ea h day bought a small treat or snack..so maybe $20_25/day for treats and then I did go souvenitlr crazy the last day. $100 us on souvenirs..get the photopass too, super worthwhile

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  18. Not sure both times we went we got the dinning plan. Didn’t have to worry about breakfast lunch or dinner. Made it so much easier. As for souvenirs…just budget urself a certain amount that u wanna spend and don’t go over. Also don’t buy the first day…give urself time to look at all the shops throughout ur stay and take time to decide

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  19. Nadia Frank Nadia Frank says:

    Take crystal light for your water Florida water tastes bad lol

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  20. #1 you will not be aloud to bring in lunches so have s big healthy breakfast , take a refillable bottle for water it cannot be full to bring In
    # 2 if you rent a car you could have a cooler and leave park for lunch.
    # 3 great idea to buy souvenirs out of park
    # 4not sure if they let you bring in sunblock and will get you to through out run back to vehicle but one they did had out a safe tub of sun screen. I see some people saying there’s lockers they go fast is you’re not there when it opens.
    I’d check and see if you can bring in food and snacks

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  21. Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

    Download the Disney app and you can book your Fast Passes and see the wait times for each ride. We booked a hotel in Kissimmee with a full kitchen and made our own meals. FYI the Avatar ride is effing AWESOME.

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  22. Betty Jean Betty Jean says:

    We bought VIP passes ..for passistance for 12 and over and kids by passed all lines. You go through a side entangle. They are pricy but worth every penny and minimal to no waiting…we were at the gate when it opened and out by noon as it starts getting busy ..in afternoon went to do and see other things outside park..universal studio…Knotts berry. ..this is in Disney land. When got home we planned the next days area and repeated…early in..out at noon..go see other things

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  23. Annette Haji Annette Haji says:

    Get a locker for your snacks unless you have little ones in a stroller. I found the collapsible water bottles the best to carry around. Soveniers allow one or 2 in the parks like the light ones for the parade and a mickey ears each. I ate kids meals which is cheaper. I found i spent more the first time we went as we wanted everything. Lol. Souvenir cups popcorn buckets u dont need to pay extra for..chances are you wont use them when you return. Take advantage of the photo pass however.
    For the 3 of us we averaged about 100 each thats for a 12 hr day in the park.

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  24. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    Mortgage your house

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  25. Tom Shorten Tom Shorten says:

    Check out Disneyfoodblog, Disneydining, and Disney Fanatic on Facebook. Lots of good tips, and look at buying the photopass plus before you go. It’s cheaper than buying there.

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  26. Contact the Canada Passport office, they are offering Canadians special deals this year

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  27. Amy Toma Amy Toma says:

    Disney land is more affordable than Disney world with 5 different parks…but I agree…we did budget very well!

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  28. Terah Abel Terah Abel says:

    A small fortune. I’ve heard they don’t allow outside food and drinks anymore because of security. Disney food and drinks is expensive. I they have gift shops at the exit to every ride. Some you have to leave through the gift shop. Adults start at 9 years old as far as admission (well they used to). It costs a fortune but the memories last a lifetime https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/dining/menus

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  29. We brought our own thermos and refilled them at the water fountains. So much cheaper water was 4-5$ and for a 12 hour day you could spend 30-40$ on water alone.

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