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5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at Disney World (updated)

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Want to skip all the lines at Disney? Get an air conditioned ride from park to park that will deliver you backstage? Have your child star in the Indiana Jones stunt show? This is everything you need to know about VIP tours.

Over the years I have been hosted on press trips with VIP guides and paid for them out of pocket. CNN recently did a story about the luxury side of Disney and got the math wrong on the VIP tour guides. They should have asked me.

Go to the Disney website for the new variety of tours that they offer. But know that if you want the VIP experience of front of line every time rides, premium seating and backstage delivery, The cost fluctuates based on time of year (want to go Christmas week? that is more expensive) the cost runs from $400-600 per hour (there is a six hour minimum). Disney tells me that the cost is generally in the $400-$450 range

The tours accommodate 10 people so you can split it with another family (we’ve done that with great success). Know that infants, even little tiny ones count in your 10 people.

If you have a smaller family and a focused interest (princesses…thrill rides) they now have specialized tours that are $299 per person that follow a pre-set agenda. These options still get you to the front of the line, but don’t allow you to customize your day.

Walt Disney World Golden Oak VIP Tour

1. Backstage meet and greets with the characters, no lines, no standing in the hot sun clutching a sweaty autograph book and crying child.

2. Go directly to the fast pass line AS MANY TIMES as you want. Want to go on Rock n Roller Coaster ten times in a row? No problem! (This was my first time, not my tenth, and it in my defense, it goes REALLY fast)

Rock n Roller Coaster Walt Disney World VIP Tour

3. Front row seating at all shows, those lucky kids who get pulled up on stage? Chances are they’re with a VIP tour. Book one and your child will be the star of the show too. This is never guaranteed, but it has been my experience every time.

4. Zip from park to park and enter backstage like the real rock stars do. Last year my family booked a tour and we hit every major ride in three different parks, in ONE DAY. Oh, and we even had time for the Electric Light Parade with primo seating.

5. Inside tips from a pro. Your tour guide will teach the kids lots of nifty tricks like how to score the most points in Toy Story Mania’s Midway game.

Aside from a much lighter wallet, the biggest downside is the Cinderella moment the next day when your chariot is gone, along with your footmen and you have to stand in line again-don’t these people know who you are??

Want more Disney luxury? Book a private fireworks cruise and have your ship stocked with champagne – dreams really do come true. Read my advice here.

Still can’t get enough Disney? Did you know you can live there? Really, check out Golden Oak homes.

To book your VIP Tour call 407-560-4033. Know that you might have to leave a voicemail, but they will return your call the same day.

14 Responses to "5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at Disney World (updated)"

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  1. 5 Star Mom

    July 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Another great thing that VIP tour services do is get you hard-to-get dining reservations on the day of your tour. We wanted to visit Coral Reef but it was booked solid, but got the exact time we requested through our tour guide! If you want to relax at Disneyland or Disney World without sacrificing doing all the great rides at the parks, this is the way to go.

  2. Susan Wilson

    December 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    We have strip planned from Jan 23 to the 27th with 2 eight year olds; our daughter and a friend. We are staying at the Grand Floridian and would love your help.

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    June 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I want to to thank you for this great read!! I absolutely loved every
    little bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new things you post…

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  5. Exclusive Resorts

    February 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Great post.

  6. Anna

    July 15, 2014 at 2:44 am

    The Grand Floridian…

    If you want a goodnight sleep after your VIP tour or any experience @ Disney world.

    DO NOT STAY @ the grand Floridian it’s a nightmare of noises at all hours of the night. The rudest concierge staff. The house keepers start early & do not care to keep their voices down. Privacy signs or ignored. Have your in-room phone shut down too. If you complain it only makes your stay louder.

    We are people not cattle & need rest.
    Never Ever again

  7. Kim-Marie

    July 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Anna,

    I stayed at the Grand Floridian Villas, it was quiet. Room was too small, but quiet. I felt we were too far away from the action. Now I’m glad. I felt like it was noisy at the Contemporary but assumed the GF was better. Sorry to hear you had such a rough time. The Ritz Carlton is always dreamily quiet :)

  8. JT

    October 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Where do you recommend staying. Was considering Grand Floridian in the spring but, now reconsidering it.

  9. Kim-Marie

    October 7, 2014 at 6:45 am

    JT,
    I haven’t stayed at the new Four Seasons yet but I wrote about it for Greenwich Magazine. They are close to Magic Kingdom, have frequent shuttles, largest guest rooms in Orlando and a huge water park. When we go back, that’s our number one choice. But you can’t beat GF for being on the monorail.

  10. CFB

    March 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Waldorf-Astoria is best value in Disney World. Excellent service, located on Disney grounds, less expensive than any of the high end Disney resorts and much, much better. For those of you who are not familiar with the Waldorf-Astoria it reminds me of a Ritz Carlton. Not to mention there’s a Bull & Bear in the hotel. That alone does it for me!

  11. Nicole

    June 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Kim-Marie,

    I know this is an older post, but I’m hoping you still look at this from time to time and can help me out. I just booked four days of VIP Disney World heaven! SO looking forward to it! I have two questions that I have yet to be able to find an answer to:

    1.) Did you tip your Guide? If so, how much is reasonable (percentage) and are they even allowed to accept my tip?
    2.) I plan on taking advantage of signature dining at all of the parks. Can I invite my guide to enjoy the meal with us, on us? Or is this unheard of and classless? How did you manage your meal times with your guide? I booked this trip for my husband and I to do alone (we have no children), and I feel sort of awkward just leaving the guide behind. Any tips?

    Thanks a million, in advance!
    Ciao <3

  12. Kim-Marie

    June 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Nicole,
    These are amazing questions, and so spot on. Guides cannot accept tips, I have tried. Our guide never joined us though I asked. I think they are used to this. One guide sort of stayed with me and the boys when it was raining and we were eating a quick meal. I was FREEZING and she actually ducked out and found hand warmers somewhere, you know the kind you use when you ski? She was amazing. A heartfelt thank you and a hug is more than enough. I want to hear all about your trips!
    KME

  13. Lauren

    June 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Hi KM,
    I have a couple of questions about this too :) … looking for something new to do in the world, and we have yet to utilize this service. I have found DW planning to only become increasingly more stressful and feel this may be a better way to make the trip more stress-free.
    1. Have you used this service since they rolled out the new FP+? Last time we were there, it was when FP+ first started and we found even the FP+ lines to be very long (not “walk on” like they used to be). I’m hoping this has changed since FP+ is official now, but I heard the VIP guides are more of a “personal fast pass” and was wondering if that’s still the case – where they just put you in the FP+ line? I’m struggling with the idea of this being worth it vs. a glorified fast pass.
    2. We will probably only book for the min. 6 hours (since we’re only 2 people) – did you schedule your dining during those 6 hours or wait? Be Our Guest is sold out during our MK day and I wonder if our guide could help with that, or if it’s too much to ask?
    3. If they can’t accept a cash tip do you think they could accept a gift card? Or is it a strict “no tipping, period”? I feel funny NOT tipping for something like this!
    4. We’re big on fireworks – do you know if the viewing area is special or if it’s just the FP+ viewing area?
    Thanks :)

  14. Manuel

    July 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I would like to hire a VIP Tour but I don´t know how, could you please help me.
    My travel is programed for the firts week of August. I am travelling from Mexico City.

    Thank you.

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