Planning a Trip in 2020? Let's Share Our Budgets!

pcoleman

Mouseketeer
Joined
Oct 20, 2006
Going June of 2020 Myself 55 and DD 18.
Shades of green 7 days $1078
6 day park hopper tickets $602
airfare Delta Comfort $703
food $1300, this includes several table service meals and cake decorating in DS
transportation from airport $200
Souvenirs $500
 
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hollydolls

Earning My Ears
Joined
Sep 16, 2019
I'm going for a week in Feb with my family of 5. I am really trying to keep it under $4,000 but have budgeted $5,000. So far we have priced out:

*6 nights at POR - Currently booked at $1889. Actual $1684.

*5 flights from BOS to MCO - Budgeted $1250 ---- Actual $806
* Parking - $180 --- Actual $200, booked a hotel with 7 days of parking and free shuttle to and from airport.

* Tickets - $1405 4 day non-hoppers

* Meals and Souvenirs $500 ( The rest will come from our Disney reward dollars)
Family of five here, too. How’d you do with your food and souvenir budget?
 


  • WeatherLights

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Feb 4, 2018
    Also really enjoy reading this thread. The interesting details and that spread sheet back on page 1-2!! LOL! Here is my very budget expense list.
    Dates are 1-7-20 to 1-18-20

    Gas (to and from airport) 30
    Flight for 2 (air miles) 0
    Car Rental (hoping for lower) 245
    All Star Resort for 8 nights (staying at her RV the other nights) (my CM daughter is paying $500- she owes me from College Tuition Loans) 0
    Park Tickets 0
    Food and Snacks for 4 people (eat mostly off site) 500-700
    Souvenirs (pictures are my favorite) 100
    Approximate Total $1000
    Diana, how was your trip?
     

    potterfanatic

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2011
    Have a blast! ❤🏰
    Thank you! We had a wonderful time! We spent approx $770 on food and 4 refillable mugs for our family of 5 for 7 days. We never ate breakfast in park (I brought honey buns and muffins cause only half of us are breakfast people), we ate lunch in park, BOG lunch, sci fi dinner, Olgas canteena, and a few others, plus 3 alcoholic beverages. We ate half our dinners in the riverside mill food court and the other half we ordered Uber eats straight to the lobby. We spent about $400 on souvenirs because we did 2 droids.
     
  • TwoMisfits

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 21, 2002
    So, previously, I mentioned this switched to Hershey/Pittsburgh/Columbus and then a 5 day NY trip, breaking the budget into $6K for the 1st trip and $3K for the 2nd (b/c I can use my timeshare there)...well, I finally got around to buying and setting in stone some of the 1st trip, so here's what I have so far...

    Hotel
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue (Hershey 5 night stay) - Larger Studio, sleeps 6 with free breakfast - $760.35
    Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Area Beaver Valley (Pittsburgh 1 night stay) - 2 Queen Bed and sofa bed, sleeps 6 with free breakfast - $147.85
    Residence Inn Columbus Downtown (Columbus 6 night stay) - Two Bedroom Suite with Two Bath - Larger Suite, sleeps 5 with free breakfast, but have to pay parking - $1496.96 + $182 parking = $1678.96

    Total Hotel and Hotel Parking = $2587.16

    Gas and Tolls Total for Whole Trip $300

    Entertainment

    Hershey - Hershey Park - 6 1-day tickets with 3 hour preview entry (so 1.25 theme park entries) = $280 total (after extra fees - $43.95/each for 6) - purchased
    Hershey Park Parking - $15
    Knoebel's 1 night bargain night bands for 4 (spouse and I are vets and will just use our $20 in free tickets) - $48+tax or about $50
    Hanover Pretzel Factory Tour - Free
    Utz Factory Tour - Free
    Yuengling Factory Tour - Free
    Hershey Chocolate World - Still TBD - will do the free ride - still deciding if we will do more
    Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine Tour - $60 total (hoping to get a deal and get this cheaper, but it's saved as a max cost b/c we are definitely doing this)

    Total Hershey so far $405 - I plan on budgeting $600 for entertainment here, with Groupons for the Hershey museum or the gardens or the trolley...or the riverboat in Harrisburg...but it's a rough guess:).

    Total Pittsburgh - Zero - family stop - so, no entertainment - family will entertain us

    Columbus - Origins Game Fair Bands (3 adult - 1 vet, 2 free kids, 1 free volunteer) - $175
    Origins True Dungeon $200 (for 3-4 folks)
    Origins other event tickets $200
    TBD activity on arrival or last day - TBD - I'm gonna save $100 here to play with and to have extra money for souvies if desired

    Total Columbus - $675

    Total entertainment = $1275

    Food

    Using my Busch Gardens trip experience last year, and knowing since we're working with the allergy, we tend to only eat out at most 1x/day (even more true when we have a hotel breakfast every day, which we do this trip), I'm planning the following...

    Hershey
    Groceries and Food Factory purchases $300
    Food Out $300

    Pittsburgh $0 (family feeding us)

    Columbus
    Groceries $200 (will be using some of the stuff from Hershey)
    Food Out $300

    Food on the Road $200 (1 cracker barrel or fast food meal on each driving day - so 4 meals)

    Total Food $1300

    Total Overall Budget as of now $5462 (of $6000) - any buffer not used flows to NYC or next year's funds, so this figure makes me happy for now:)...
    Wanted to bump this thread to mention I canceled everything and started over:). Now, I have to plan a vacation in 4 1/2 weeks:). We're now doing Myrtle Beach, on the north side, in a condo/hotel site normally intended for conferences. With no conferences, we got a helluva rate for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1100 sq ft condo with a full kitchen. Since I bought a car, and travel isn't gonna be great this year, I'm bringing down my travel budget for 7 days, 6 nights to about $4000. The condo with resort fee and parking is $1800, and we'll be on the beach, have 9 pools and a spray park, and have lots of onsite outdoor fun. So, I'm looking at $200 for the drive and parking (gas and food back and forth), so I have $2K to eat and have fun. I was told to plan kitschy fun for the evenings after days swimming at the pools or beach (since we may not have pools open here this summer), so I figure $300 night for the 6 of us, skipping arrival night (so I have $500 for groceries and a few non-entertainment early bird dinners or take in lunches, which should work). I'm looking at a Hawaiian Luau, Medieval Times, the Pirate Voyage, and the Le Grand Cirque 2.0, and a stroll and spend around Broadway at the Beach, but I'm waiting to see if any deals pop up.

    PS - I did get ALL my travel expenses back, save $60 that I am still working on...and I got my timeshare points pooled and saved...so that worked really well...even if all the plans were dumped...
     

    neatokimmo

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 1, 2006
    Wanted to bump this thread to mention I canceled everything and started over:). Now, I have to plan a vacation in 4 1/2 weeks:). We're now doing Myrtle Beach, on the north side, in a condo/hotel site normally intended for conferences. With no conferences, we got a helluva rate for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1100 sq ft condo with a full kitchen. Since I bought a car, and travel isn't gonna be great this year, I'm bringing down my travel budget for 7 days, 6 nights to about $4000. The condo with resort fee and parking is $1800, and we'll be on the beach, have 9 pools and a spray park, and have lots of onsite outdoor fun. So, I'm looking at $200 for the drive and parking (gas and food back and forth), so I have $2K to eat and have fun. I was told to plan kitschy fun for the evenings after days swimming at the pools or beach (since we may not have pools open here this summer), so I figure $300 night for the 6 of us, skipping arrival night (so I have $500 for groceries and a few non-entertainment early bird dinners or take in lunches, which should work). I'm looking at a Hawaiian Luau, Medieval Times, the Pirate Voyage, and the Le Grand Cirque 2.0, and a stroll and spend around Broadway at the Beach, but I'm waiting to see if any deals pop up.

    PS - I did get ALL my travel expenses back, save $60 that I am still working on...and I got my timeshare points pooled and saved...so that worked really well...even if all the plans were dumped...
    Can you PM the resort to me? Myrtle beach is our closest beach and with all the nonsense going on the Blvd in the south area, we want to head north.
     

    neatokimmo

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 1, 2006
    We also cancelled all our fun stuff for the year. DD missed three gymnastics meets, I cancelled a beach trip, and the Olympic trials were postponed. Our maybe May Disney trip was pushed to December. It’s a maybe too it just depends if parades and fireworks are back (not overly optimistic). The December maybe trip is not too bad, I think it was $2200ish. I have a week at the Hampton right there at Disney on an employee rate. I ended up with over $300 in reward points to go for tickets. We are driving and we aren’t fancy eating out people. So it’s a good budget trip.
     
  • tzeitel

    Toadi Acceleratio Semper Absurda
    Joined
    Aug 28, 2008
    I rebooked for August when our May trip got cancelled but I am not excited about it 😕. We will go 3 weeks after opening and I don't feel that is enough time to get all the kinks worked out or to have the experience we want.

    I got CBR (originally Dolphin) since there will now be 5 of us. DD and I will stay at Music for one night before CBR, then our first full day is DD's birthday, my mom's is on our last full day 😃

    Booked with the Sun and Fun promo, managed to get a pool/water view. Our budget has been turned upside down since DH can't make it, flights went down, my mom and I are splitting the room and we are going to do more cs than ts. Still have to do the math 😉
     

    Julie Amber

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 11, 2017
    Sept 5-8 ASMO Sept 8-13 YC

    4 Disney Adults

    $1900 rooms
    $1992 7 day park tickets
    $1600 food
    $800 airfare
     

    Darcy03231

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Nov 1, 2006
    We cancelled our September WDW trip. Haven't rebooked yet as we're waiting to see how things play out over the next several months. Hoping to go next year if things return to some semblance of normal.

    This year will just be a staycation for us. We live on a lake in a tourist destination so it's pretty easy for us to still get out and enjoy some outdoor activities.

    We're just hoping that DD's wedding in October can go as planned.
     

    LuvOrlando

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 8, 2006
    If you go can you please share photos of the parks and resorts, on here, tripadvisor, yelp, youtube, I'm curious about the crowd levels and how distancing will work esp in places like where you wait for Toy Story. I'm waiting to see how things go before I do anything.
     





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