Back from vacation, got back last night. We were lucky we missed the worst of the hurricane (it stayed off shore). Husband is not a Disneyworld person, in particular does not like crowds, lots of people so he was not in a good mood at the first part of disney vacation. I chose to not get irritated by this and focused on the good, and regardless by end of trip even he was relaxed and in good mood (as was I). It was a really nice vacation, still recovering (worn out but extremely relaxed). We also got to visit Savannah at the beginning of the trip.
Will be posting some numbers not for critique, but more for educational purposes. Although I tried to conserve money in some ways (such as how we used the dining plan), in other ways we really did not restrict ourselves regarding spending money. We ate out for every single meal, and treated ourselves to some extremely good meals using advanced dining. Also, my husband and I ordered drinks at most of our sit down meals. In addition my husband hung out almost every evening at the resort bar with his brother and brother in law. I felt for once not being in the role of purse minder. I feel we could have done the trip spending even a little less, but for what we did spentd it was definitely worth it to us, in the sense we felt treated and no sense of deprivation. If I were to change anything I would suggest stocking up on "beverages" before hitting the resort to have drinks outside the bar/restaurant environment, and also purchase milk, fruit and cereal and oatmeal to have breakfast in the room at least some mornings (versus food court breakfast every morning).
These numbers may change when I do a more accurate accounting at end of month. This number did not include haircuts we all got before trip, or camera battery that I replaced, or tuneup for car, because would have needed to do those things regardless, even though I timed them to be before the trip. Ditto for skort and sandals purchased before trip.
Gas during trip was $140
Lodgings to and from were $281 (stayed at nice places with indoor pools, and complimentary breakfasts
Food to and from the resort I have receipts for 94.66 but know we had at least 1 fast food not accounted for (+25)= $120
Travel costs while in the park included $238 souvenirs, which includes shirts purchased for neices/nephews beforehand at web Disney store, but does not include cash that children brought from their piggy banks (approximately another $50). The kids were actually so cautious about using their gift cards I had to urge them to use them at the last day at the resort gift shop (I had no such problem).
120 halloween party tickets
547 food, drinks, misc at parks. This includes drinks, restaurant tips, and also food purchased either at food court or parks not covered by dining plan, and stroller rental, and extra day added to park tickets ($48?)
=1446, plus husband had $200 cash. He thinks he used this money for fast food (the missing meal?), gas, stroller rental, housekeeping and drinks so I will round to 1646. Some people may be shocked by this, but considering if we flew our plane tickets alone would be almost 1200, I do not think this is bad.
Again, this does not include the almost exact $2000 that hubby's father paid for: 5 nights of disney (value) hotel, food dining plan, and 4 day park tickets for family of 4.