We just returned from our vacation to Walt Disney World that was from May 16- 22, 2015.  I want to share our expenses for this vacation.  I think seasoned Disney travelers are accustomed to the prices at Disney, but many first time travelers don’t know what to expect.  Hopefully this will help others with their budget planning.   I am not trying to scare people off, but as you can see the dollars can start adding up quickly.

Our vacation was a Saturday to Saturday staying at Old Key West Resort in a studio villa.  The studio villa is very similar to a typical resort room with the addition of a microwave and toaster (which we did not use this vacation).  There were 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 7 & 8) on this trip.  We did spend the day offsite with a day trip to Clearwater Beach.

The budget for this vacation was $3,500.  I will give the spoiler here and not make you wait til the end because we went over by almost $500.

As we look at these details, we have some items that are unique to us that will not apply to you.  We did not have to buy park tickets for Ryan because he has an annual pass.  We did have to buy airfare and we chose to get a rental car.  I did not allocate any hotel expenses because we used Disney Vacation Club (DVC).  I know that as a good Accountant (my day job), I should allocate my maintenance fees and the portion of the purchase price of DVC to the vacation.  However the focus of the detail I want to share is the on the ground spending that we had while on vacation.

Airplane tickets for 4 on Southwest  – $1,136.80
Car rental – $258.69
Park Tickets (6 day non-hopper) 1 adult and 2 children – $960.63
Food & snacks bought from Disney or other restaurants – $1,123.89
Target (groceries for room and beach items) – $100.56
Publix (additional drinks for the room) – $19.98
Souvenirs – $236.46
Parking at Clearwater Beach – $10.00
Gas for Rental Car – $58.39
Offsite parking at Milwaukee airport for the week – $64.00
Uber (to get from resort to Contemporary Resort) – $10.80
Contact lenses case – $3.40
Total spent – $3,964.40

This was the cost of our vacation.  When I look at my estimated costs, what put us over the budget was the food costs and souvenirs.  We didn’t utilize eating meals in the room as much as we could have.  There were a couple of counter service meals we had that could easily have been avoided with a little extra planning on my part.

For those of you that may want more of the details on the spending day by day and on the specific items, below is the list for you.

Saturday – Travel Day to Orlando – $189.53
Drinks at airport – $8
McDonald’s – $22.42
Souvenirs (Gift shop off-property that was next to the McDonald’s) Beach towel and sea shell trinkets – $32.07
Target (groceries and beach items) – $100.56
Old Key West – Counter Service at Goods To Go (Pita Jerk Chicken, Pretzel with Cheese, and 8 piece chicken Nugget) – $23.08
Old Key West General Store (contact lenses case) – $3.40

Sunday – Hollywood Studios – $342.6
Sweet Spells (candy apple, carrot cake cookie, and choc. chip cookie) – $13.20
Studio Catering (Deli sandwich, turkey panini, 2 chicken nugget kids meals, 1 large drink and 1 Darth Vader cupcake) – $43.07
Gift Stand near Indiana Jones (souvenirs of rock specimens and a bottle of water) – $13.06
Sunset Market Fruit Cart (3 bottles of drinks) – $6.47
Ice Cream Cart (Frozen Lemonade) – $4.00
Fairfax Fare (Mac & Cheese kids meal and a beer) – $13.04
Hollywood and Vine (Jedi Mickey Character Meal) – $225.76
Fantasmic! cart (2 glow-in-the-dark wands) – $24.00

Monday – Magic Kingdom – $138.55
Pecos Bills (2 bacon cheeseburgers, 1 hamburger kids meal, a chicken salad, 2 large sodas) – $47.87
Snack Cart (Popsicle) – $3.75
Aloha Aisle (Dole Whip, Dole Whip Float, and a pineapple spear) – $13.07
Emporium (Alice in Wonderland Mickey Ears) – $17.20
Cart (water bottle spray with fan) – $18.00
Room service pizza delivery (pizza and boneless chicken wings) – $38.66

Tuesday – Animal Kingdom – $319.29
Yak & Yeti Cafe (Teriyaki Beef Bowl, Asian Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Fried Rice, and Cheeseburger Kids Meal with 2 large drinks) – $39.77
Harambe Fruit Cart (2 drinks and a watermelon fruit cup) – $10.09
We spent the evening at the Polynesian Report
Captain Cooks (Chocolate milk) – $1.91
Trader Sam’s (2 kids drinks, 2 adult alcoholic drinks with 1 souvenir cup, and 2 orders of dumplings with tip) – $75.98
Ohana (2 kids meals and 2 adult meals with tip) – $144.50
Polynesian Gift Shop (starter pin trading set, Magic Band decorations, and a bottle of body wash) – $47.04

Wednesday – Clearwater Beach then Downtown Disney – $201.23
Burger King ( 4 croissant sandwiches and drinks) – $16.58
Parking – $10
Bob Evans (lunch we each had a meal) – $32.76
Country Love (gas for rental car) – $28.39
Publix (additional drinks for the room) – $19.98
We then spent the evening at Downtown Disney
Splittsville (Volcano roll, Macho Nachos, kids spaghetti and kids pep pizza with tip) – $67.98
Fun Finds (2 grab bags) – $25.54

Thursday – Epcot – $96.95
We utilized leftovers and items in the room more.
Sunshine Seasons (lunch for everyone with desserts) – $52.31
Japan Pavilion (2 of the pick a pearls) – $34.00
Japan Pavilion (candy) – $10.64

Friday – Magic Kingdom – $165.47
Be Our Guest (Price Fix breakfast 2 adults and 2 kids) – $68.12
Liberty Square Market (Snacks) – $3.72
Afternoon break at resort
Turtle Shack (2 pizzas, nachos and cheese, and 2 wraps) – $36.69
Uber (long story but we had them take from Old Key West to the Contemporary Resort) – $10.80
Back at Magic Kingdom
Lunching Pad (3 hot dogs, 2 bags of chips, 1 pretzel with cheese, one cream cheese filled pretzel and 3 drinks) – $46.14

Saturday – We explored Orlando before leaving – $154.66
Theme Park Connection (souvenirs) – $14.91
BJ Brewhouse (lunch) – $57.95
Seven Eleven (gas for rental car) – $10.80
McDonald’s (pre-flight snack) – $7
Fast Park (parking at airport in home town) – $64.00

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