One mistake guests make at Walt Disney World is unforeseen costs. Below find seven common unexpected expenses for a Walt Disney World vacation. Being prepared will help you to stay within budget.
1. Water At Disney World
A bottle of water at Walt Disney World averages $3.00 per bottle. A great tip is to have bottled water shipped to your resort (Keep in mind this service now costs $5.00 per package). Or, avoid costs by grabbing free ice water at Disney or by bringing your own Brita Water bottle to the parks.
2. Not Packing Items
Forgetting to pack an item for Disney means paying full price at the parks. Commonly forgotten items are: Band-Aids, chapstick, gum, cough drops, hats, other first aid items & over the counter medications (cough, Motrin, allergy), Sunglasses, sunscreen and clothing for warm and cool weather. Bookmark this ultimate packing list.
3. Light Up Toys
Once the sun goes down at Disney World the night lights up from attractions, stores and… light up toys. Save money by bringing your own. Glow sticks are an inexpensive option.
4. Tinker Bell Gifts
Souvenirs can add up. One way to minimize the need to go shopping is to have fun items already on hand by purchasing them prior to your trip. Children will love their Tinkerbell Gifts and parents will love the savings.
5. Hair Wrapping
Hair wrapping is a popular souvenir. If someone in your group wants Hair Wrapping done at Disney the rate is $2.00 per inch. For someone with long hair this can become quite costly.
The dining plan is a great option for saving money but tipping is not included. Be prepared for tipping at Disney restaurants on the Dining Plan. Also, having cash on hand for cast members who help with luggage, mousekeeping, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or for a hair cut or hair wrap etc. are nice gestures.
7. Eating At The Airport
Eating on travel days can dip into the vacation budget. Be mindful of travel times and if a meal will need to be purchased at the Airport.