New SWGE Superthread! Now Open to All! (6/24/2019)

Michele King

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Question

Family of three, one dad and two teenage daughters travelling to DL at the end of the month. As we have never done DLR and only WDW in the past how much spending cash would we need for a 4 day visit for food, souvenirs, etc.? Would 3,000 be plenty or should we budget for more?
That all depends on what kind of souvenirs you want and what kind of food you eat (sit down all three days vs counter service). I find that food prices are similar to those at WDW. You can go on the website and look at restaurants and see prices to gauge it. We went there when Galaxies Edge opened (family of four with two teenagers, boy and girl) for two nights and three days. We spent a lot of SW:GE souvenirs about $400 to $500 per kid and got the light saber, droid, t-shirts, some pens, and a few other things. We ate at one sit down meal and counter service for the rest. The sit down cost us $200 and counter service usually costs us $65. We also get some snacks each day at $5 per person, so $20 each snack stop. You can save yourself some money by bringing your own water and snacks.
So for our family of four, we spent under $2000 for three days, and that was with some expensive souvenirs. I think $3,000 should be okay, but it depends on what you plan to do. Hopefully this will help you get an idea. Enjoy DL, its my favorite of the two parks.
 

bigjrfan88

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That all depends on what kind of souvenirs you want and what kind of food you eat (sit down all three days vs counter service). I find that food prices are similar to those at WDW. You can go on the website and look at restaurants and see prices to gauge it. We went there when Galaxies Edge opened (family of four with two teenagers, boy and girl) for two nights and three days. We spent a lot of SW:GE souvenirs about $400 to $500 per kid and got the light saber, droid, t-shirts, some pens, and a few other things. We ate at one sit down meal and counter service for the rest. The sit down cost us $200 and counter service usually costs us $65. We also get some snacks each day at $5 per person, so $20 each snack stop. You can save yourself some money by bringing your own water and snacks.
So for our family of four, we spent under $2000 for three days, and that was with some expensive souvenirs. I think $3,000 should be okay, but it depends on what you plan to do. Hopefully this will help you get an idea. Enjoy DL, its my favorite of the two parks.
Thank you...perfect. We are pretty frugal so based on what you say I think we will be more than ok.
 

midnight star

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Aug 11, 2017
That all depends on what kind of souvenirs you want and what kind of food you eat (sit down all three days vs counter service). I find that food prices are similar to those at WDW. You can go on the website and look at restaurants and see prices to gauge it. We went there when Galaxies Edge opened (family of four with two teenagers, boy and girl) for two nights and three days. We spent a lot of SW:GE souvenirs about $400 to $500 per kid and got the light saber, droid, t-shirts, some pens, and a few other things. We ate at one sit down meal and counter service for the rest. The sit down cost us $200 and counter service usually costs us $65. We also get some snacks each day at $5 per person, so $20 each snack stop. You can save yourself some money by bringing your own water and snacks.
So for our family of four, we spent under $2000 for three days, and that was with some expensive souvenirs. I think $3,000 should be okay, but it depends on what you plan to do. Hopefully this will help you get an idea. Enjoy DL, its my favorite of the two parks.
Thank you...perfect. We are pretty frugal so based on what you say I think we will be more than ok.
In addition to this, I would suggest overestimating what you will spend just in case you decide at the last minute you want a particular souvenir (s). That way you aren’t short on money or have a scary credit card bill when you return home :)
 
  • DLgal

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    Question

    Family of three, one dad and two teenage daughters travelling to DL at the end of the month. As we have never done DLR and only WDW in the past how much spending cash would we need for a 4 day visit for food, souvenirs, etc.? Would 3,000 be plenty or should we budget for more?
    That seems like way more than enough to me, for just food and souvenirs. Count on $300-400/day for food IF you will be doing at least one expensive sit down per day and plan to purchase alcoholic beverages. We are a family of 4 and just did a 3 night staycation at the Grand Californian and spent around $3000 but that included the hotel stay, which was about half, as well as a $250 Lego set.
     

    bigjrfan88

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    That seems like way more than enough to me, for just food and souvenirs. Count on $300-400/day for food IF you will be doing at least one expensive sit down per day and plan to purchase alcoholic beverages. We are a family of 4 and just did a 3 night staycation at the Grand Californian and spent around $3000 but that included the hotel stay, which was about half, as well as a $250 Lego set.
    Me too, but we have never been out West and just wanted to make sure we werent surprised by not having enough and having to pull out the AmEx
     

    DLgal

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    Me too, but we have never been out West and just wanted to make sure we werent surprised by not having enough and having to pull out the AmEx
    I get that. Stuff is expensive here, but I'm used to it as a local, so Disneyland prices don't make me flinch anymore. LOL. When I travel elsewhere and a cocktail is only $12-14, I feel like I am getting such a bargain!
     
  • DnA2010

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    Oct 5, 2010
    And our DL Dec 5-8th trip just got INSANE lol!!


    Edited- whoops read it backwards! It's opening in WDW FIRST! Crazy!! that's going to make some people unhappy (and us a bit, we really thought we were safe in getting to see it by picking that week)
     
  • TikiTikiFan

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    “As soon as work is completed at Walt Disney World, Imagineers will head back to California to complete their mission at Disneyland Resort where Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on Friday, Jan. 17.”

    Sounds like to me they’re putting all the eggs in the WDW basket to get this moving for the holidays before coming to Disneyland to fix ours...
     

    katyringo

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    Sep 21, 2017
    And our Dec 5-8th trip just got INSANE lol!!


    Edited- whoops read it backwards! It's opening in WDW FIRST! Crazy!! that's going to make some people unhappy (and us a bit, we really thought we were safe in getting to see it by picking that week)

    Are you going to world or land?
     

    TikiTikiFan

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    I had already made peace with it not being open for August but as we’ve been planning this trip with friends ever since they first announced SWGE it’s a bummer.

    Oh well, helps me justify that 2020 WDW trip a bit more to my wallet. 😂
     

    EmJ

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    Oct 17, 2010
    Alright folks! Prediction time. You only got one vote. Will ROTR opening at Disneyland:

    A. Cause massive crowds as everyone rushes to ride the greatest theme park experience of all time?

    or

    B. Create another DL ghost town as everyone flees what they assume will be massive crowds rushing to ride?
     

    EmJ

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    I had already made peace with it not being open for August but as we’ve been planning this trip with friends ever since they first announced SWGE it’s a bummer.

    Oh well, helps me justify that 2020 WDW a bit more to my wallet. 😂
    I suddenly have some very consequential decisions to make about our timing in 2020. We’ve been all geared up for a first-week-of-March trip, but now I’m wondering if we should go in June when APs are blocked again (sorry guys).
     

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