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    Food Budget

    I am going to WDW for six days/five nights in late June. Arriving on a Sunday afternoon/evening and leaving on a Friday afternoon. There are three of us, and we are staying at a DVC resort studio. I am trying to figure out a food budget per person while there. Being a DVC resort with access to mini-frig, microwave, and toaster right in the room, I plan on bringing water bottles, bagels, oatmeal, and other breakfast and quick snack stuff. For most of the days we plan on just grabbing quick service food, but we want to have at least one sit down meal (lunch or dinner). I know the dining plans for quick service would be around $160 per person, and the table-service plan would be $210 per person. Using those figures I'm estimating $185 per person. Plus, we would probably want to enjoy some drinks around Epcot and at different bars, so there is always that added cost. Ignoring the cost of alcohol, I am wondering what other people have spent for food on average of their trips.
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    Re: Food Budget

    That seems reasonable, but I always go over budget. Don't forget you will have snacks and probably get a few drinks during the day.

    Say 10 for each counter service and 25-40 per sit down meal (don't forget to tip) and add 10 for miscellaneous. That's a safe-side overestimate.

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    Re: Food Budget

    Do you mean you want to do one table service per day or for the entire trip? I have never really calculated what we spend on meals but we usually try to do one sit down per day. I think your best bet is to overestimate, there are always those little incidentals you forget about or don't plan on.
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    Re: Food Budget

    I meant one sit down for the trip. I agree about over estimating. It's easy to get caught up in the snacks (so much good food at Disney and so little time and $$).
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    2009 - Pop Century
    2004 - All-Star Music
    2004 - Disney Cruise Line, Magic
    2001 - All-Star Music
    1998 - Disneyland
    1990 - Carribean Resort

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