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5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at DisneyWorld

 

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 with a premium tour. 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.

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.

I was recently invited on a press trip by Disney to tour the new luxury home community Golden Oak and enjoyed a complimentary VIP Tour. You can read more about Golden Oak on Traveling Mom.

On a family vacation last year we booked a VIP Tour and split the cost with another family. The premium tour is $315 per hour with a six hour minimum. I know that sounds like a crazy amount of money, but I thought it was worth it (did I mention three parks in one day???). The premium tour allows you unlimited access to the Fast Pass lane. The tour level below it is less expensive but the tour guide has to use the Fast Pass system like a regular guest and you can’t go on the same ride again and again. 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??

7 Responses to "5 Great Reasons to Book a VIP Tour at DisneyWorld"

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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 :)

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