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5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at Disney World


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 $315-$500 per hour (there is a six hour minimum).

The tours accommodate 10 people so you can split it with another family (we’ve done that with great success). 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.

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10 Responses to "5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at Disney World"

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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


    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

    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!

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