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How much money do I need?

by Aaron
(Carentan, France)

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“Hi, Dad! I will soon journey to WDW for a one person vacation. Unfortunately, my skills at trip planning are next to zero.

I intend on staying there for 1 week. But I have no idea what the minimum amount of cash is for this place. I know that for a family of four of costs about $4000.

So, I would like to know, How much money would I need as a minimum for a one person stay?”

How much money depends on how long you spend in Once Upon a Toy

How much do you want to spend in shops? – Photo by Cliff Wang

Aaron that’s kind of a hard question for me to answer because I don’t know you. I don’t know your spending habits.

Are you somebody that wants to eat at Victoria and Alberts? Are you somebody that eats at Casey’s Corner? Do you want to do a lot of tours, or just stay basic? Will you be buying a lot of expensive souvenirs, or not? Are you a big spender are you a Scrooge or are you a splurger? It kinda depends on your spending habits, how much you want to spend.

As a general rule, after hotel and your tickets, for a basic trip, figure about $100 per day, per person. That’s for meals, for snacks, for souvenirs, that’s kind of a good average. That’s if you’re not a big spender. $100 is a pretty good base line if you’re not a big spender.

Now if you’re a big spender, if you’re going to eat at table service restaurants every meal, if you want to buy some really nice souvenirs, and a lot of souvenirs, then figure $200 or more a day.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is there’s no good way to figure out how much money you need. But what I will say is you’re probably not going to have enough because Disney is really good about reaching in your wallet and pulling that money out and before you know it, where did that money go?

A rule of thumb is, $100 if you’re not a big spender, $200 or more if you are a big spender. That’s kind of a bottom line after your room and tickets.


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