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hey guys sitting and chatting about my Walt Disney World budget worksheet it's a free planning tool all created for you and I'm going to take a quick moment here to walk you through it so that you have an idea on how it works if we haven't met before I'm Alma and I hope customize and create Disney vacations for guests that are crafted to each individual family group couple or solo trip based on personal needs and budget if you're interested in having your own personal Disney Vacation Planner I'd love to chat with you my services are always free a little disclaimer here before we get started one the prices are in u.s. dollars Rory my fellow Canadian friends with the fluctuating dollar it's difficult to keep the rates updated to this budget worksheet is only a helpful planning tool so that you have a realistic budget in mind and in no way an official travel quote please contact your friendly Disney travel planner for an official quote if you have any questions please don't hesitate contact me I have included my contact information in the video notes below now let's get started on this main page you'll see a breakdown of all of the costs at the bottom you can see the different sections which you can click through budget which is the page that were on resorts porches a list of resort choices daily rate which shows you the daily rate for each Resort Hotel you can see the dates this about down the side and the hotels is that all along the top dining which shows you the daily rate for dining tickets and that shows you the average daily rate for per ticket choice and you see that the ticket price goes down the longer your stay and then we have parking which gives you the daily hotel rate for parking if you choose to drive or rent a car okay so let's go back to the main page and I'll show you how to fill the worksheet up I usually start by entering the total budget amount that you would like to work with and then we can pop down and start entering in your expenses your expenses start here on line 14 in the sample budget I based it on to adults for a seven-night stay so in line 14 you can see here it's a drop-down menu and you can choose your resort of choice here I put these guys at Disney pop century resort now let's figure out your average price per night so if you click over to the daily rate tab and choose your dates let's say you want to travel me first checking out May 8 and staying at pop century show us the resorts along the top here pop century is my first column so I go down to May first and then you can actually just highlight from May 1st to May 7th because it's her night stay and you'll see at the bottom here it gives us an average daily rate it shows the number of nights and then we can pop back over to our budget worksheet and enter in our sending lights and the cost per night was 1 1 571 and then it's going to give us our total amount here next we enter in our resort tax there's only any one resort tax and over here you'll see my note it says 13.5% at all star resorts otherwise it's 12.5% so the tax on Disney sports entry it's roughly 5% which gave us one point four eight seven next we're moving on to park tickets and this is also a drop down menu so you can select what type of cook tickets you want these ones are going to be set to one park per day then you go over to your ticket tab and you're gonna have to do a little bit of math here for this one we are doing one park per day for seven days and you'll see that the 7-day price is sixty two dollars and you multiply that by two people which gives us one hundred twenty four dollars and we hop back over to our budget and we go here and we're doing seven days 124 dollars and it gives us our total amount moving along and we do a similar thing for the Dining Plan there's a jump down menu can choose which dining plan you want and we pop over to the dining table and figure out how much it's gonna cost for dining so a little bit of math here as well and we have our sample here says a Disney quick-service Dining Plan which is fifty to fifty per adult per day so when you multiply that by two and it's giving us 105 dollars per day we just pop it in our seven days hundred five dollars and it'll give us our total amount and then you will see some other options under the expenses tab the memory maker this one is 169 if you buy it before your trip it is 199 park then you have your options for travel if you're flying driving parking car rentals so this is your whole transportation section we fill in the information just as we did above and then you have additional lines to put in your budget for your souvenirs and gifts for your purchase food and drinks there's also a column for special event tickets like Mickey's not-so-scary Halloween party Mickey's very Merry Christmas party early hours events or VIP tours so you can pop that all in there and that's it well there you have it I hope you find this budget worksheet helpful if you think that something else 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hi everyone thanks for joining me again or adventures with Amira today we're going to be talking about how to save money at Walt Disney World because it's so expensive especially if you have a larger family and I just want to give you some tips and tricks that I've found out over the many years that we've been going number one parking parking can be almost $20.00 a day if you're going to be eating at the park anyway what I would recommend is to make a breakfast reservation at one of the hotels that's near the park where you're going to be for instance if you're going to be going to Magic Kingdom for the day you can make a reservation at either Fort Wilderness Grand Floridian the Contemporary Resort or the Polynesian now if you make a breakfast reservation at one of those resorts they're going to scan you in because they'll see your reservation when you go to go through the interest of the hotel and you can park your car there and you can leave your car there all day and you don't have to pay to park we do that normally even though we're pass holders and we don't pay to park anyway we normally always go eat breakfast at one of the resorts leave our car there it's so much less confusion than coming out of the giant parking lots and then we just catch the monorail directly into Magic Kingdom if you're going to be going over to Epcot you could eat at any of the restaurants right there on the boardwalk there's bakeries and whatnot where you could eat at Cape May Cafe which is the buffet over the yacht and Beach Club there's also captain's grill that serves breakfast over at the Yacht Club so if you want to eat at one of those resorts you can leave your car there and then walk into the back gate of EPCOT or take the boat in to Epcot or take the boat into Hollywood studios or walk into Hollywood studios or you can just catch the bus over to Magic Kingdom or wherever you want to be for the day so that's like the number one tip that I have for you number two I'll press pennies as souvenirs they're 51 cent it's two quarters and you bring the penny to press and it's a cute idea for you and your kids and it helps save money we have so much fun collecting pennies you can buy a penny book online before you ever get to the park just buy one off eBay it'll probably be way cheaper than buying one in the park but we do that every time we go to the phone number three five kids meals on quick service plans for your meal if you're like me I don't eat that much during the day anyway especially if it's going to be hot I'm more of you know drinking water and things like that so I'm not going to eat a huge huge meal in the midst of writing lots of theme park rides so what I do is at quick service restaurants you're able to just go up to the counter and buy whatever meals you want normally our family we go get a table and my husband goes in orders for us they don't know how many kids you have with you anyway and they probably could care less so I always order a kid's meal for myself Oh speaking of rain I'm gonna get to that soon back to number three if you order a kid's meal you normally get something like an hamburger a wrap like a chicken wrap hotdogs they have different things then they have a side item like french fries or fruit and then they also have a drink and then they also have a dessert so you actually get a pretty decent amount of food a lot of times we have food left over like a little bag of grapes or a bag of carrots from our kids meals and we bring those with us to have throughout the rest of it number four pack your own snacks in your luggage before you even fly and we used to do that all the time because we were on a tight budget we're military family we've been going to do Sea World since before we had kids we were both college students and going to Disney World on a shoestring budget literally so I learned to do this a long time ago and when we started flying in all the time when we lived in Colorado I would just bring snacks that I knew that we would like that wouldn't melt on the plane granola bars candy for my husband cuz candy Disneyworld is so expensive why not just bring jellybeans or something with you I mean we have some money to buy a few snacks here and there but it's definitely helpful to just bring snacks with you that you know that you can use number five bring your own water into the park that is a big deal because bottled water at Disney I believe is two ninety-five a bottle and now what we do when we go for the day we put a bunch of all of water in the freezer we bring a little cooler with us in the car as we take them into the park they're already frozen you don't have to have them in a bag or anything normally they're pretty much thawing out as you're walking through the park and you always have cold water on you we give one to each of the family members and that helps us and we have water in the car on the way there with water in the car on the way back and then we have that one bottle that we didn't spend money on in the park and I mean that right there save just twelve dollars just by bringing one bottle each into the park because it's going to be hot and you're going to want to stay hydrated because Florida heat and humidity especially if you're not used to it can be a little bit much also if you want to bring water from home and you're not in a car I used to ship water in my luggage literally if I had room knew I was going to be buying merchandise and stuff anyway so I would just pack like a case of water as long as you're not going to be over your weight limit also have the option of a grocery delivery service Orlando has several grocery delivery services and you can look those up online if I find one I'll link it below but you can actually have any kind of food items delivered to your hotel room so your stuff will be stocked when you get there and it's going to be a lot cheaper than buying food inside the park they'll be waiting for you normally when you get there and check-in you can also mail yourself a package I've done that many times especially when we were traveling with babies I would mail my diapers ahead of time I would mail my formula ahead of time and it just made my life so much easier number six buy clothing and costumes ahead of time now we have done that since I've been taking my kids with my little boy we never really dressed him in costumes or anything to go to Disney but with the princess we always had princess gowns and whatnot and we would buy them online from ebay or somewhere like that and have the whole getup I mean a lot of people would think that she's already been to the bippity Boppity boutique because I did her hair glitter in her hair and her nails and everything myself so we look just like she'd been to the bippity Boppity boutique as if it was the mommy boutique so I would just do all that in the hotel room and then take her out for the day looks so cute and it just saves you so much money and as far as clothes for us if you don't have kids I'm only I wait till Disney has their 25% all sale on Disney Store on and I'll buy up clothes and things like that that I know that we're going to want to wear in the park or if you see things at Target or Walmart or whatnot little Disney shirts or like the new finding Dory movies coming out if you see stuff like that ahead of time corn about and then you're not tempted to buy it once you're in the world number seven try pin trading if you buy pens online like on eBay or somewhere like that you can get bulk pins and then trade them with other cast members or people that work in Disney parks once you get there and get those pens as your souvenirs and it's really economical to do that because you can find both pin Lots I mean all over the place once I went to Goodwill and found a huge bag of Disney pins I couldn't even believe it I mean what's the chance of that there was like 30 something pins in a bag and I think I paid $2 for it take those into the park then that'll be an inexpensive way to get some souvenirs and have something fun for the kids to do we started pen trading with our kids when my daughter was probably two and she was just old enough to wear a little lanyard I ordered the lanyard online ahead of time way cheaper than I could get in the parks and then I got some pins from a Disney outlet we had gone to and then I bought some online and took them with us and they just have so much fun number eight plan all of your meals online especially if you're coming in for like a week to ten days my friends from Europe they're always coming in for long amounts of time and it is so much more economical if you kind of plan out what restaurants you want to go to if you're staying on property you can actually book out six months ahead of time if you plan all your meals ahead of time you can really look at the dining plan now if you're staying off property it still helps because you can see what meals are going to be available as a quick surface option we also call counter service but you go to the counter get your food and go sit down at a table quick service meals are of course going to be the ones where you can get a kid's meal for yourself versus an adult's meal if you go to table service meals then you have if you're an adult like my son now is 11 even though he doesn't eat that much he still has to purchase an adult meal or an adult buffet versus the kid's buffet so you need to keep that in mind if you have smaller children it probably will be more economical because the kid's meal plans are so much less expensive I think an adult meal plan right now is about sixty-five dollars a day they're dining service plan that comes with one quick service one table service and one snack versus a kid's plan for the same thing is about twenty-something dollars and the kids don't eat that much food so when my daughter was between two to four we still had to buy a meal plan for her but she wouldn't need that much food she would eat some of our food then we would have all those credits left over at the end so if you know you're going to be doing table service meals you probably will come out ahead on the dining plan there's nothing worse than being in there you're starved to death you're roaming around you grab a $12 turkey leg and this person wants ice cream and it's just crazy if you don't have a plan in place so definitely plan ahead for your meals if you want to save money that way number nine ladies need help you take care of your celebration and what I mean by that is they offer free pens when you go inside the parks so one of the things they do is they give you birthday button pins that you pin to your clothes they also have one for I'm celebrating they have one for first visit they have one for anniversaries honeymoon I believe just married engaged and if you wear these pins sometimes you get a little touch of Disney magic sometimes one of the employees will give you a free popcorn or a free drink when you go to get something it's only happen to me a handful of times but still hey that's free merchandise and also if you're at a table service you let them know when you make your reservation that you're celebrating a birthday or anniversary or what not and then at the end of your meal they normally bring you something free a free dessert we got a beautiful beautiful anniversary dessert when we were at the Grand Floridian and it was just phenomenal it tasted great it was gorgeous to look at and it was completely free a dessert like that out somewhere would probably be at least $15 for every birthday that we've celebrated there they bring cupcakes ice cream and Upton's grill and have these little ice cream sundaes on a tray that comes with ice cream and cookies and candies it's completely free when it's your birthday or something like that so that's a good way to celebrate and save money if you're staying on property you can actually let them know when you're there that this is a celebration for whatever event and they normally will bring a little card to your room I've knew we've never been in the room when they've come but I've been told that sometimes they'll send a character to knock on your door they also do a little character phone call where they'll call your room and it's Mickey Mouse or goofy or something saying how you doing pal and happy birthday and whatnot which is so cute but they'll give you pins when you check in if you tell them what you're celebrating and they'll sometimes send a little card that has all of the different autographs on it and sometimes they'll also give you a picture in your room so you get a birthday card a picture and once or twice we've actually gotten a balloon so you never know what you're going to get but the more people that you let know you're celebrating something the better chances you are getting that little special touch of Disney magic number 10 it's raining right now it always rains in Florida random times it might be a storm that passes over or it might be like the last time we went to Disney for my husband's birthday and it rained the entire day the entire night and the entire next day and we didn't bring our own ponchos why I have no idea please bring rain ponchos if you want to save money because the rain ponchos in Disney are about ten dollars apiece we actually bought rain ponchos and an umbrella I think my umbrella we were down in Downtown Disney that night we were staying on property but we were down there and I mean it was like a torrential downpour we still had to get back to the busses and it was freezing cold like a freak cold snap in Florida and I had to buy an umbrella and the Poncho's and that umbrella was about $40 it was just such a waste of money but you know with desperate times call for desperate measures so don't make the mistake I did bring your Poncho's with you the weather every day if it looks like there could be a little bit of a rainstorm just bring it with you throw it in one of the Disney shopping bags from the store if you don't have one go by a store and say hey can I have a bag and just carry your Poncho's in with you it's better to have them than not to okay I hope this helped you guys I have tons of other tips about how to save money at Disney if there's anything specific you're interested in just let me know down below please subscribe and thank you so much for visiting my channel you