The Disney-themed posts continue! On our last Disney vacation, I tracked how much money we spent each day during the trip. I wanted to give my husband an idea of how much it costs to take a Disney vacation. Tracking our daily spending at Walt Disney World would give us a good baseline for future trips together. Graham stayed home on our last Disney vacation, so my spending log is for one adult and one child. If you’re wondering, “How much does it cost to go to Disney World?” then this post is for you!
First, a few details about our trip:
Our trip took place in June of 2016. The resort stay and park tickets were deeply discounted because I earned the trip with my home-based business. The program was called Wish Upon a Star. The only additional expenses were souvenirs, food and drink. We had a grocery delivery from Garden Grocer for breakfast items and alcohol. All amounts shown below include gratuities where applicable.
Our Daily Spending at Walt Disney World:
Day 1: Arrival at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
It was Nate’s dream to go directly to the pool for swimming. As soon as we were checked in, we headed straight there. Our friends joined us soon afterward, and we ordered lunch and drinks at the pool while we waited for our room to be ready.
- We had lunch and drinks at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill at the Beach Club. I had the Vegetarian Falafel Pita and two Miami Vice Cocktails and Nate had the Kids’ Chicken Nuggets Meal and a Strawberry Smoothie. Lunch totaled $50.
- Dinner that night was a shared order of Pub Nachos, kids’ chocolate milk for Nate and a beer for me at ESPN Club at the Boardwalk, which came to $32.
The first day’s expenses also included our refillable mugs at the resort, which were $38 for two. These allowed us to have unlimited coffee and soft drinks at the resort all week!
Day 1 Total: $120
Day 2: Mini-Golf and Epcot
- Nate and I headed over to Fantasia Gardens & Fairways Miniature Golf to play a round together, which cost $27.69.
- On the way back to our resort through the Boardwalk, we stopped for a snack and Nate chose a Mickey Pretzel, which was $5.69.
- We also popped into one of the shops on the Boardwalk, where Nate picked out a souvenir, which cost $15.
- The plan was for us to relax at the pool that afternoon, but rain got in the way. To lift Nate’s spirits, we went to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for an ice cream sandwich. These were made with homemade chocolate chip cookies and vanilla bean ice cream, $10 for the two.
- Later that day we went into Epcot and had lunch at La Cantina de San Angel for some nachos and a margarita for me, which was $32.
- The rain on this day was really heavy, and we were unprepared, so I bought Nate a poncho in the Canada pavilion for $9.
Day 2 Total: $100
Day 3: Animal Kingdom
- I bought Nate a souvenir light saber for $18 so he and the other kids would have something to play with while I rode on Expedition Everest.
- We stopped in Starbucks for an iced coffee frappucino and Powerade for $9.
- We had a table service meal for lunch at the Rainforest Cafe which totaled $51. I had the Rainforest Natural Burger ($14.99) and a Coronarita ($13.99) while Nate enjoyed the kids’ hot dog meal ($8.99) and lava mud for dessert ($2.99).
- That afternoon was hot and humid, so we kept the kids happy and cooled them off with a souvenir mist spray bottle, which was $19.
- On the way out of the Dinosaur attraction, I went through the gift shop and surprised Nate with a rainbow lollipop that cost $4.
- For dinner that night we split on a pizza delivery from Papa John’s with two other families. Our portion cost $15.
Day 3 total: $101
Day 4: Epcot
- Nate and I shared the Breakfast Platter at Sunshine Seasons, along with a coffee for me and a Powerade for him, coming to $17.
- We had lunch again at La Cantina de San Angel for $19.
- Later that afternoon Nate enjoyed (some of) a cotton candy that cost $5.
- I had a Storm Chaser cocktail at the pool bar that afternoon for $12, and we had dinner at the pool that evening for $40.
Day 4 total: $93
Day 5: Magic Kingdom
- Nate and I had lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, sharing an order of chicken fingers and fries with a drink for $13.
- Later on in Frontierland, we enjoyed Nachos and Churros at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Tavern for $23.
- That evening, Nate went to the Sandcastle Club to have some kid time while I had an evening out with my girlfriends to go on some rides. The Sandcastle Club cost $55. I enjoyed some treats at the Magic Kingdom, including popcorn and some fudge from Main Street Confectionery.
- That evening, before picking Nate up from the Sandcastle Club, my friend and I shared an order of Lump Crabcakes and Truffle Fries from Crew’s Cup Lounge at the Yacht Club. My share was $18.
Day 5 total: $121
Day 6: Hollywood Studios and Epcot
- Nate stayed at the resort to hang out at the pool with the other kids while I took the water taxi over to Hollywood Studios. After riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror, I grabbed a Mickey pretzel for a snack at Hollywood Studios for $5.69.
- I celebrated conquering the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster on my own with a margarita at Oasis Canteen for $9.
- Nate returned to the Sandcastle Club again for $55.
- Another margarita at the Mexico pavilion was $9.
- My souvenir for the trip was a Pandora bracelet charm for $65.
- We bought a Wall-e collector pin at the Marketplace at the Beach Club for $15.
Day 6 total: $159
Day 7: Typhoon Lagoon
- Nate and I shared the Bounty Platter for breakfast at the Beach Club Marketplace for $10.
- The locker rental at Typhoon Lagoon was $10 for the day.
- Lunch at Typhoon Tilly’s at Typhoon Lagoon was $23 (Shrimp Basket, $10.49, milk $2.69 and Beso Del Sol Sangria Red, $9.50)
- We spent the evening at Disney Springs, where we had dinner at T-REX, which totaled $100.
- Nate’s Disney Springs souvenir was a special yo-yo, $30.
Day 7 total: $172
Totaling up our Daily Spending at Walt Disney World
All in all, we spent a total of $866 for food, drinks and souvenirs at the parks and our resort. This averages out to daily spending at Walt Disney World of $124 for one adult and one child.
We could have cut back on the amount spent on souvenirs and alcohol. Since my admission to the parks and our hotel room was free, we splurged a little on these items.
I hope you find this spending log to be helpful in planning your family’s upcoming Walt Disney World vacation!