How Much Extra Money Should You Take to Disney World?

How Much Extra Money Should You Take to Disney World?
How Much Extra Money Should You Take to Disney World?
Disney World can be the vacation of a lifetime. However, with all the great food, fun and entertainment, it can be difficult to determine how much money is needed for a Disney World vacation. Depending on how many people you're vacationing with, having a few extra dollars in your wallet will certainly come in handy.
Considerations

Taking extra cash to Disney World is a must. The amount of extra money you bring depends on how many people are traveling in your party (and whether you are responsible for those people). An individual's extra money will differ from someone who has to account for themselves and their children as well.

Food

Food can drain your pockets if you allow it to. If you purchase inexpensive meals, three times per day, $30.00 per day should be enough (as of 2009). However, purchasing extra goodies (such as deserts and alcoholic beverages) cost extra. Therefore, $50 per day should be enough for food---even if you are buying food for family. Your best bet is to get groceries and leave dining out to a minimum.

Entertainment

There are so many fun things to do in Disney World. However, going to the amusement parks and participating in excursions are on the pricey side. It's cheaper to purchase park-hopper tickets or other deals that give you multiple options for a fraction of the cost. You can get a decent combination package for $100 or less in 2009.

Transportation

Fortunately, going to Disney World requires minimal worry about transportation. Everything is within walking distance. However, you should bring an additional $20 to $35 for cab rides or sightseeing excursions.

Total

How much extra money should you bring in total? Spending money for an individual will range between $200 to $250, as of 2009. If you are planning on providing for a family, you should plan on bringing an additional $100 to $200 (in addition to your individual spending money). Keep in mind, finding ways to cut corners will save you some dollars.

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Based in the Northeast, Tonya Abari is a writer/editor and traveling humanities teacher (she teaches child entertainers on film/TV sets). Abari received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park in English/English education and also has an MBA.
Joe Shlabotnik