Have you ever wondered if a VIP tour is actually worth the hefty price tag? It is one of the highest ticketed experiences at Walt Disney World. Why pay for someone else to do what you have perfected doing on your own?
While it may seem like a steep price to pay, it’s more valuable than you might think. Yes – the service provides unlimited Lightning Lanes through the day, but a VIP Tour provides more than just speeding through the lines.
Here are 10 reasons why you should book that Disney VIP Tour Experience you have been dreaming of!
1. Private Transportation
Say goodbye to hot and crowded monorails, buses and boats, and hello to an air-conditioned private vehicle! Your Tour Guide will pick you and your family up anywhere on property and transport you wherever you would like. (Not to mention the ease of leaving Magic Kingdom after fireworks without having to trudge down a packed Main Street USA) How much time does it usually take you to move from park to park using Disney Transportation on your own? This point alone makes a VIP Tour 100% worth it.
2. Backstage Entrance to Parks
Each park has a designated area for VIP tours to enter and exit. No waiting in line for security (there is a private backstage security check for your bags) and no scanning at the touch points! It may feel a little disjointed to not walk through the normal entrances, but the time saved going through the side of the parks is unmatched.
3. Entertainment VIP Viewing
Fireworks, parades, shows, oh my! The majority of anything entertainment related has a viewing area set aside for VIP tours, with some of the best seating around! Need a break from the heat in the middle of the day? Go sit with the perfect view of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration for 30 minutes (and sing your heart out to Let it Go). My personal favorite viewing area is the Festival of Fantasy viewing at the Main Street Train Station – you are eye-level with Mickey and Minnie and get so much attention from the characters!
4. Private Starbucks Access
Ever wanted a Lightning Lane for Starbucks, or even just the ability to mobile order? Here’s your chance! Each VIP tour guide has direct communication with the Starbucks locations in the parks, so it is much easier to satisfy those caffeine needs, without having to wait in those long lines with crowds of people. Let your guide know what you want, give them your form of payment, and they can go grab it while you are enjoying an attraction.
5. Complimentary Waters Are Provided
Keeping hydrated while at Disney is an easy task to forget, but add in a VIP tour guide and their access to bottles of water around the parks and it is a game changer on those hot summer days.
Time is so valuable these days, and investing in a tour for one day of your Disney vacation is like buying yourself extra vacation time. Ever feel like you never have enough time to get in all that you want to do on your Disney vacation? With a VIP tour you can get all of the must-do rides out of the way so you can enjoy your resort pool, Disney Springs, or a special dining experience – go do something on the Disney property you have never had time to do before!
7. No Boarding Pass Stress
There will be no need to wake up before 7am to test your reflex skills attempting to get a boarding group for Cosmic Rewind (or whatever the newest attraction is) – it’s included in your VIP tour at whatever time you would like to experience it, just like any other Lightning Lane attraction!
VIP tours are not bound to the 2pm park hopping policy. Want to ride Space Mountain at 9am, go to EPCOT for Cosmic Rewind, and then go back and ride Space Mountain again then get some corn dog nuggets from Casey’s Corner for lunch and have a picnic on the HUB grass? Go for it! Customize your day for however will be the most magical for you and your family.
9. Personal Cast Member
Each and every VIP Tour Guide is incredible. They have a knowledge base of facts, history, and the daily inner workings of the parks. They have access to knowing how the parks are running hour by hour so they know what to avoid and how to best utilize your valuable time. Any questions you might have about the life of a Cast Member, the best snacks in the park, and the best order in which to get all of your to-do list done, they are going to be your best resource! (Plus, you will feel REALLY COOL walking around the parks with someone in plaid)
10. Sit back, Relax, and ENJOY!
With a tour guide, so many decisions are taken off of your plate. You get to decide what you want to do, and they get to make it happen. No more staring at your phone picking ride after ride on Lightning Lane, hoping that you get each and every person’s favorite ride in, and draining your phone battery on My Disney Experience. It’s an opportunity for you to turn planning mode OFF and enjoy the perfect Disney Day!
Walt Disney World VIP Tours range between $425-850 per hour for a minimum of 7 hours.
What do you think? Would you splurge for a Walt Disney World VIP Tour?
Disneyland also has a similar VIP Tours experience, but their services vary due to the difference in size and operation.