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Back in 1965, Walt Disney started something called the Disneyland Resort Ambassador Program. The idea was to personalize Disneyland’s in-park experience and make a trip to the park as memorable as possible.

This Disneyland program served as a forerunner to Disney VIP Tour Services, a division of Disney which offers exclusive in-park experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these Disney VIP Tours has its own dedicated tour guide to give you a personalized experience.

Yes, Disney Tours are pricey. But they do give you expedited services onto the most popular rides, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what makes Disney World so magical, and special treatment that you can get anywhere else in the park.

With that said, let’s first discuss the benefits of Disney Private VIP Tours and why they are considered the crème de la crème of Disney World experiences. Then we’ll examine the cost of Private VIP Tours cost and ways you can make VIP Tours more affordable. We include a breakdown of the 4 other VIP Tours that Disney currently offers in order to help you decide if one of these tours may be a better fit for your family vacation.

And finally, once you decide that Disney VIP Tours are something you wish to participate in, then it’s time to contact The Vacationeer ( https://vacationeer.com/private-vip-tours ) to make your arrangements.

So let’s get started!

What are Disney World’s Private VIP Tours?

As part of the VIP Tour Services  program, Disney offers Private VIP Tours as a way to fully maximize your Disney World experience.

Think of them as the ultimate Disney choose-your-own-adventure: you customize your own multi-park itinerary and then embark on your personalized dream adventure with practically no wait times at all.

You will receive an array of special perks including expedited door-to-door transportation to the parks, expedited entry onto most attractions of your choosing, and a knowledgeable Disney tour guide to accompany you at every step.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Pre-arrival planning and customization
  • Explore the theme parks with your own personal Disney VIP Tour Guide
  • Expedited access onto your desired attractions for everyone in the group
  • Ability to visit multiple theme parks per day
  • VIP treatment including private vehicle transportation to and from your hotel
  • Special reserved viewing areas for parades, select stage shows, and nighttime spectaculars
  • Flexible start and end times (7-hour minimum)

Disney’s Private VIP Tours – Cost, Reservations, Services

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Cost of Disney Private VIP Tours

Disney VIP Tour Services offers several tours that are priced on a per-person basis. These include The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour , Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour , Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tours ), and the Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour . We will discuss these tours later.

Disney’s Private VIP Tours , on the other hand, are not priced on a per-person basis. Instead, the cost of Private VIP Tours is based on an hourly rate for a group of up to 10 people.

Private VIP Tours Details

Here are some details of Disney World Private VIP Tours:

  • Depending on the season, tours will cost is between $450 and $900 per hour, per group ( not per person) — subject to change
  • A maximum allowance of 10 guests per Private VIP Tour
  • A minimum of 7 continuous hours is required per day
  • Valid admission is required for each theme park (not included as part of tour cost)
  • VIP Tour Services allows you to book up to 180 in advance (recommended)

While Disney’s Private VIP Tour s are the ultimate way to spoil yourself at Disney World, they’re also an easy way to spend cash.

Cost-Effective: Share a Private Disney VIP Tour w/ Friends and Family

As we mentioned, Disney allows your group to include up to 10 guests . This is an important detail because the 10 guest allowance opens up a lot of possibilities. By sharing Disney VIP Tours with other interested couples and families, you could effectively reduce a $3000 or $5250 overall expense down to as low as $300-$525 per person.

Sounding good! But how do you go about forming a group of up to 10 people?

For safety concerns, Disney doesn’t allow Disney travel agencies   (or any other organization) to match you up with random people to form a group of 10. In this day-in-age, these types of policies make sense because you never know who you will be matched up with!

That said, you can still form your own group – comprised of friends and family members – to reduce the cost per person.  So ask your friends, your aunt, your nephew, your favorite neighbor, or your co-workers. Who knows – they may just love the idea of taking a Private Disney VIP Tour with you…and saving money in the process!

Even if you don’t come up with a full 10 people, you will still save a significant amount of money if you just add a few more friends and family members to your Private VIP Tour.

Other Disney VIP Tours

Private VIP Tours aren’t the only Disney VIP Tour Services option. Here is a summary of the other 4 other VIP experiences that Disney World offers:

1. The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour

The Ultimate Day of Trill VIP Tour is a 7-hour experience that gives you expedited access to Disney’s top attractions.

This tour has a good mix of fun, fantasy, and fast-paced thrill rides. Guests start their day at Magic Kingdom Park where they benefit from special access (ie, you don’t wait in the normal line) on select rides such as:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion

Then you will take a break to enjoy your lunch at a quick-service restaurant (included in the cost!) before embarking on a few exciting Epcot attractions like Soarin’.

During the afternoon, guests are whisked over to Hollywood Studios to experience some of  the best Hollywood Studios rides such as:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

2. Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour lets guests experience the Magic Kingdom’s most beloved classic attractions. The small-group tour is lead by a Disney VIP Tour Guide to make sure your experience is hassle-free, relaxing, and fun!

During the tour, you will receive special access to Magic Kingdom’s iconic attractions, which may include:

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

This tour is great for kids of all ages because there are no height restrictions for any of the attractions on this tour.

3. Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour is a wild, 4-hour guided group tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park at nighttime. Guests receive expedited access so that exploring the lands and riding attractions is a breeze.

The Animal Kingdom rides   on this tour include the following attractions:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (44” height requirement)
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (44” height requirement)
  • DINOSAUR (40” height requirement)

As well as the following show:

  • Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular (select nights)

Guests will also receive signature snacks and a specialty beverage (alcoholic (21+) or non-alcoholic).

4. Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour

Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour is a brand new experience where guests have the opportunity to go inside the kitchens of several Magic Kingdom restaurants and sample several of Disney’s most iconic menu items.

During this 3-hour tour, guests will interact directly with Disney’s chefs and learn of the rich food history of the park. Guests head backstage to experience what goes into the production of Disney’s busy restaurant scene.  Guests will sample an amazing assortment of sweet and savory food items along the way as their VIP Guides make sure your experience is as enjoyable and informative as possible.

Cost of other Disney VIP Tours

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Cost of other Disney VIP Tours 

Here is a breakdown of the cost of Disney’s 4 other VIP Tours:

The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour

  • $349 per person (plus tax)
  • Valid admission for each theme park is required (not included as part of the tour cost)
  • The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour is currently offered on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Tour begins at 8:30 AM and lasts around 7 hours
  • There are blackout dates, especially during holidays and other busy periods

Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

  • $249 per person (plus tax)
  • Lunch is included in this price!
  • Valid admission ticket to Magic Kingdom is required (not included as part of the tour cost)
  • Tour begins at 10:00 AM and lasts around 4 hours

Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

  • Valid admission ticket to Animal Kingdom is required (not included as part of the tour cost)
  • Tour begins 4 hours before that evening’s first Rivers of Light performance and lasts around 4 hours
  • The tour operates 7 days per week, except on blackout dates

Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour

  • $99 per person (plus tax)
  • This tour is currently offered on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, except during blackout periods
  • There are blackout dates, especially during holidays and other busy periods.

Contact The Vacationeer to Book your Disney VIP Tour

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The Vacationeer is our preferred Disney Travel Agency and we recommend contacting them today if you are interested in Disney’s Private VIP Tours or one of the other VIP Tours currently offered at the resort. Here is what to do next:

✔️ Fill out the contact form HERE to request more information

✔️ A Disney travel planner will contact you with a price quote

✔️ Do you have any questions? Concerns? Your Vacationeer is there to assist you with your Disney World VIP tour

✔️ When you book, The Vacationeer will handle all of the leg-work of your VIP Tour and make all of your Disney World trip reservations (tickets, hotel reservations, dining reservations, Disney Genie+ , Lightning Lane Passes , and more)

✔️ As part of booking through The Vacationeer, there are absolutely no fees for this service and you get the lowest price

We hope our Disney VIP Tours page is helpful.

Are you ready to book your Disney VIP Tour? Please contact the Disney Travel Agents at The Vacationeer .  They will explain how you can participate in these unique experiences!

For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on  MagicGuides  like our   Disney Dining Plan Calculator ,  Disney World Map , Disney World for Adults , Why Use a Disney Travel Agent , Disney World Payment Plan , Free Disney World Photos , and Disney World Weather articles.

Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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  • Book a private VIP Tour and customize the perfect itinerary for your group with enough time to explore the attractions and sights.
  • Enjoy some of your favorite attractions efficiently.
  • Learn from our Disney VIP Tour Guides who have been hand-picked and expertly trained to plan the perfect itinerary for you and your family.

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Know Before You Go

  • All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour.
  • Disney Park Pass reservation is also required for park entry.
  • Disney Private VIP Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort are very popular and may be limited in availability. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made.
  • All Private VIP Tours must be booked for a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 Guests, including infants.
  • Entertainment offerings are subject to availability and may be restricted by capacity constraints at the time of booking.
  • You will incur a cancellation fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per tour if you do not provide at least 48-hour notice when cancelling any Private VIP Tour.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cellphones may be used while in backstage areas.
  • Guests 17 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participating parent or guardian.
  • Pricing and information are subject to change without notice.
  • For additional information about the reopening of Walt Disney World, including important information regarding face coverings and temperature screenings, please view important details .

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Disney World VIP Tour Guides (cost, tips, + a review)

By: Author Heather Thomas

Published: August 5, 2021 Updated: October 17, 2023

Disney World VIP Tour Guides (cost, tips, + a review)

If you ever thought that Disney VIP Tours were only for celebrities and lottery winners, you’re not alone.

At one time we kind of thought that, too.

But an interview awhile back on the WDW Prep to Go podcast opened up our eyes to how this amazing private tour service might just fit into the travel budgets for lots of Walt Disney World guests.

So, in the name of research, we spent a day with 2 fantastic Disney VIP Guides checking out how it works.

(And before you ask, the experience was purchased with cold hard cash; nothing was comped. We went into the experience the same way any family visiting Disney World might.)

Here’s what we learned.

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All the details

First of all, the price (at first glance) is not cheap, so don’t freak out when you see it:

The cost for reserving a Disney VIP Tour Guide runs between $425 and $850 per hour (busier times of the year will cost more), with a minimum duration of 7 hours.

You’ll need 1 guide for every 10 guests in your group, and infants DO count towards the 10.

So, on the “low” end, you are looking at a total of around $3000 for up to 10 people.

And that does not include your park ticket.

Everybody in your group will need a valid theme park ticket, and if you are planning on multiple parks during the day, you’ll need to have the Park Hopper option, too.

So, yes, that is expensive and may seem out of reach, but don’t say “no way” just yet.

We have some scenarios that make the cost seem a lot more affordable. More on that below.

How to book

Using a travel agent.

Whether you already have a travel agent OR you just want help with booking a VIP Tour, using a travel agent is a fantastic option.

They are experts in the park and if you’ve booked your trip through them, they’ll be able to help you weave the VIP experience into the rest of your trip.

Remember, these tours aren’t cheap. It would be silly to accidentally double up on something or waste time on a non-VIP day doing something you could have easily done with the guide.

Let your travel agent help you coordinate all of that!

Interested in connecting with a travel agent for help booking a VIP Tour? Get a quote now.  

On your own

You can also book guides up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) 560-4033.

In some instances, you can even book them same day, although we don’t recommend that since that would leave you very little time to plan out how you’ll spend your day.

Disney mentions on their website that space is limited; however, in reality, they have a vast network of guides and backup guides and are able to accommodate nearly all requests. They aren’t in the business of turning away guests requesting this experience.

What happens after you book?

If you booked through a travel agent, they’ll work with Disney and you to put together a plan for your time with the guide.

If you’ve booked on your own, you’ll receive an email confirmation shortly after booking that will list out all the details of your booking, including the cancellation policy which is a liberal 48 hours in advance with no penalty. If you cancel within 48 hours, you pay the equivalent of 2 hours/guide.

From that point, you’ll be asked to email Signature Services (which is the name of the department in charge of things like these tours) the list of the people that will be attending and a list of attractions you’d like to see.

That plan isn’t set in stone, however. You’ll be able to tweak it as you go, but it helps them get a feel for how their day will look.

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What does a day with a guide from Disney’s VIP Services look like?

Try to imagine the most magical day ever at Disney World and that is pretty much what your time with a VIP Guide looks like.

You are in total control of the day, and as long as your request doesn’t break any rules or go beyond the scope of their job, your VIP Guide will try to make it happen. Like magic.

If an attraction has a Lightning Lane, you’ll have access to all of those with your VIP guide.

Want to ride Slinky Dog Dash multiple times? You can do that.

And Rise of the Resistance (which is notoriously difficult) is no problem either because your VIP Tour Guide can get you on without having to worry about snagging a Boarding Group .

Feel like stopping for a snack or a break in some AC? You’re with an expert that knows all the best places.

Want to watch fireworks without having to fight the crowds? Yep. That’s an option, too.

Officially, this is how Disney describes the services offered:

  • Pre-arrival planning
  • A flexible start time, picked by you
  • Visits to multiple theme parks in one or more days, if desired
  • The ability to enjoy some of your favorite attractions efficiently, even repeatedly
  • VIP viewing areas for parades, select stage shows and nighttime spectaculars
  • Shared insight from your highly knowledgeable VIP Tour Guide throughout your tour

See what we mean? An entire list of magic.

Two ways to make Disney VIP Tours “affordable”

Stay fewer days and use the money saved to book a vip guide.

For many years, suggesting guests consider adding a VIP Tour to a trip frankly wasn’t something that was on our radar.

But then we heard something that changed our entire perspective.

In a trip report interview on the WDW Prep to Go podcast , a guest was traveling to Disney World with her parents. For that trip, her parents set the budget and told her to plan the trip however she saw fit as long as she stayed within the allotted dollar amount.

Knowing that they wouldn’t be able to do a long trip, she instead opted to shorten the trip and use the money saved on hotel rooms, food, and park tickets to pay for a private Disney VIP Tour Guide for 2 days.

Not only did she stay within the budget , they still saw and did everything they wanted to because of their VIP Guide.

Mind blown.

The lesson learned here is that a VIP Tour becomes way more affordable when you realize that having a guide for a day (or more) means you’ll be able to get the same amount of stuff done in a less amount of time.

Split the cost across 2 (or more) families

When you book a VIP Guide with Disney, you get to choose the people that will be in your group, and as long as you stay within the 10 person/guide ratio, you’re free to put together your group however you’d like.

So, if you’re traveling with multiple families or couples, you can easily split the cost.

Even just splitting with one other family can be a huge savings and make a day with one of Disney’s VIP Tour Guides much more affordable than you might have thought.

Comparison chart for adding a VIP Guide

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Who should consider booking a Disney VIP Tour?

While we think that anybody that can should give it a try (because it is just an overall amazing experience), we definitely think that there are a few times when it really might make sense:

Families short on time

If your time at Disney World is limited but you still want to see and do as much as you can, this is a fantastic option for that.

With a VIP Tour, you could easily hit most of the headliners in all 4 parks in 1 day, or split out your fun over 2 or 3 days instead of 7 or 8 days.

People staying offsite

Remember how we said up above that splitting the cost makes it more affordable?

Since lots of families share villas or houses they’ve rented offsite, that is the perfect opportunity to share the cost of a VIP Tour Guide at Disney World, too.

Plus, staying offsite is a great way to save some money on your trip, which would then free up some of your budget for extras, like a VIP Tour Guide!

Groups traveling together

Between conferences and sporting events and trade shows, there are lots of times groups of people travel to the Orlando area when (gasp!) Disney isn’t always the main focus.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a lot of Disney fun, and since you can split the cost with others in your group, it can make it quite affordable to add on a day of magic.

Families considering lots of “extras”

If you are considering adding a bunch of extras to your trip to give you a better view or go on more rides (things like After Hours Boo Bash or Disney Very Merriest ) you may find that it makes more sense to instead work with VIP Services and a VIP Guide.

Not only can your VIP Guide assist you with gaining access to the attractions, they also have access to VIP viewing locations for all the nighttime shows.

Tips from the experts

After spending 7+ hours with Disney VIP Guides, we were able to put together a list of their top tips and suggestions for people booking Disney VIP Tours.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. Wear matching shirts

If you were ever going to wear matching shirts, Disney World is the place to do it. On our last experience with a VIP tour, our group of 11 had matching shirts, and we were told multiple times by both our guides and the Cast Members working the attraction entrances how much easier it made it for them to do their jobs.

2. Make sure kids know height requirements

Even though you’ll be with a VIP Guide, you’ll still have to follow all the height requirement rules. So if you know you have little ones that aren’t going to be tall enough to ride certain attractions, don’t wait until you get there to let them know, and definitely don’t leave it to the VIP Guides to do the dirty work. It can be hard for them to build any sort of relationship with the kids if they are seen as the bad guy.

3. Follow the rules

Despite what you might think, unless your name is Beyoncé, you’ll still be standing in the Lightning Lanes. Only when safety is a concern are celebrity guests ushered in and out through back ways. Don’t ask your guide to break the rules or to let you skip the Lightning Lane because that’s not something they can do.

4. Don’t try to sneak extra people into your group

The rule is 10 people per guide, so if you have 11, you’ll need to get an additional guide. Don’t try to sneak an extra person into your group or think that 1 more person won’t matter. The VIP Guides have rules that they must follow, and if you try to have more than allowed, you’ll be asked to narrow it down to 10 or pay for an additional guide.

5. Start your time with your guide at the first attraction of the day

It may seem like a good idea to have your VIP Tour Guide pick you up from your resort (after all, driving you around is part of their job), BUT the clock starts ticking as soon as you meet up with them. Instead of wasting time driving to your first attraction, opt to meet them there.

6. Eat quicker meals

Lunch at any Quick Service location that has Mobile Order is a fantastic way to minimize the time you spend eating, so you can maximize the time you spend riding.

7. Think about tipping

Though the rules on this are a bit fuzzy and tour guides will tell you they don’t need to be tipped , you should spend some time thinking about what you want to do, especially since any tips will need to be in cash and it could be a lot of money.

In the end, we ended up tipping about 10%, but have heard reports of people tipping much more and less than that. Be sure to plan ahead so you’re not scrambling to figure it out when you’re there.

Our day going VIP

Hands down our day spent with 2 fantastic VIP Guides was one of the most fun days I’ve ever had at Disney World.

But it didn’t start out that way.

Note: Our adventure with a VIP Tour Guide was in the before-times (aka pre-pandemic).

Off to a rocky start at Epcot

Originally our plan was to have a lovely breakfast at Garden Grill and then meet up with the guides at the podium just outside the restaurant.

But, because we were a group that know how to party be on time, we were early to breakfast and then done way ahead of schedule.

With an hour to kill, we decided to head downstairs from Garden Grill to take a whirl on the not-so-much-a-thriller known as Living with the Land.

Only today, “Living with the Land” was a lot more like “Shipwrecked with the Squash” or “Marooned with the Melons.”

Don’t get me wrong, the first few minutes of our voyage were amazing. In fact, all was going great until just past the farmhouse.

That’s where our boat came to a screeching halt, right by the part where they loudly say “Here at Epcot, we’re learning to reduce the need for pesticides by using natural predators like ladybugs and wasps to control pests.”

Over and over and over we listened to that spiel as we slowly crept forward.

As we waited (and regretted those 2nd and 3rd refills of water we had at breakfast), we stressed out as our hour buffer before meeting our guides slowly dwindled away.

Once we knew there was no way we were going to get off that boat and back upstairs by noon, Shannon picked up her phone and called Signature Services and told them the problem.

And as expected, they were amazing!

Not only did they contact our guides for us, they also changed the meeting place to the exit of Living with the Land which was a huge relief. The guides also reset our tour starting time since the delays weren’t our fault.

Living with the Land being pushed out

Not long after (and right when we had just started a rousing game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who was going to swim to safety to secure emergency supplies like Diet Coke and chocolate), help appeared and the Cast Members working at Living with the Land pushed our boat to the safety of the Aquaculture room.

There we were able to climb out and wind our way out through the greenhouses to our new meeting place where our our 2 guides, Carson and Lyssa, were waiting.

After a few short introductions (and a much needed restroom break), we were off!

Let the attractions begin!

Our goal for the day was to knock out most of the main headliners in all 4 parks.

Ambitious? Maybe. But if ever there was a time to try it, today with our VIP Guides was the day.

To start our journey, we started our day at everybody’s favorite glider-based Disney attraction: Soarin’.

As was the procedure at all of the attractions, one of our guides would always lead the way to let the person working the FastPass+ line (now called Lightning Lane) know how many people were coming through with them. This is where the matching shirts came in so handy!

It was so easy for them to say “11 people coming through – they all have on shirts that look like this!” and then they’d point at our cute shirts.

At Soarin’, we were quickly through the line and we were even able to request the top row middle, which are the best seats in the house.

The entire time we were in line our guides were chatting us up and we were peppering them tons of questions.

Have I mentioned yet just how lovely our guides were? They were not just regular Disney-friendly, they were top-tier Disney-friendly.

Our guides waited for us at the exit and then, since our next stop was Test Track, instead of walking out the “regular” exit, they took us out the back door of Soarin’ where they had 2 vans waiting for us – and they drove us over to Test Track!

Soarin VIP map

Of course, since we were backstage, we couldn’t take any photos, but just know if you’re into Disney stuff like that, it was very, very cool. And, not having to walk over there saved so many steps on what was going to be an extra-long day.

Lesson learned: Having the vans gave us a safe spot to stash stuff – like our bags – if we didn’t need them. That was a nice perk when you’re just hopping out for a couple rides!

After a trip around the backside of the World Showcase, our guides parked near Test Track. We made our way from backstage out to the front of the attraction and before we knew it, we were in the preview room making our cars and then out racing around the track.

Test Track VIP parking

After we were done there, we headed over to Frozen Ever After where we had the perfect number for our own boat which made for an adorable photo. There may also be video of the whole boat singing, but we’ll keep that for ourselves.

With the Epcot headliners done, we headed back to our carriages white vans so we could continue on to our next stop, which was Hollywood Studios.

Meeting some *REAL LIFE* winners at Hollywood Studios

We were all really looking forward to Hollywood Studios because we were meeting up with a lovely family that had won a WDW Prep contest that gave them the chance to tour with us (and our VIP Tour Guides) in the new Toy Story Land.

Considering that at this point it was the middle of the afternoon, having the guides there to get us into the FastPass+ lines instead of having to use the long standby lines was a huge blessing because I’m 99% sure that Andy must live on the sun as hot as his “backyard” is.

Seriously. Toy Story Land is brutally hot in the middle of the day.

Before we could make our way to the sun Toy Story Land, we had to get parked.

Hollywood Studios VIP Parking

Our VIP Guides expertly navigated to a lot that was kind of back by Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Upon our arrival, we were met by other VIP Guides with iced down water and snacks – something we all desperately needed.

Then, since we were entering a new park, we were required to have our MagicBands scanned, but instead of having to go all the way to the front of the park, they used an iPad and scanned them right there in the parking lot.

Lesson learned: Being able to bypass the front gates is one of the perks (and time savers) of entering the parks with a VIP Guide. We only had to go through security and the turnstiles once (on our first park) and then every park after that, somebody either met us to scan our MagicBands or our guides took our MagicBands and scanned them for us while we were busy having fun on an attraction.

One of our guides needed to step away for a few minutes. While she was gone, another lovely guide stepped in to help our crew. All of that was totally seamless and very well choreographed.

After meeting up with the winners, we headed into Toy Story Land where we Rode Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, and then Slinky Dog Dash one more time.

After we were “Toy Story Land”ed out we took a group photo with the lovely winners and then said our goodbyes. fyi – after telling 1 of our guides we wanted a group pic, this photo was choreographed between our guides and a PhotoPass photographer.

Group photo in Toy Story Land

At that point we were a little bit ahead of schedule so we decided to give Tower of Terror a ride on our way back to the vans.

After finishing up at Tower of Terror we were ready for our next destination:  Pandora!

By now we were getting hungry and we were all ready to sit down for a bit which fit perfectly into our original plan of an early dinner at Satu’li Canteen.

So, to maximize our time, we all took out our phones and did Mobile Order on the ride over so that we wouldn’t have long to wait for our food once we arrived.

Dinner & Animal Kingdom

The parking here put us right behind Pandora. Like, RIGHT behind one of the walls there so it took just a minute to walk from the vans into the park.

Animal Kingdom VIP Parking

There were no lines at Satu’li Canteen, but the seating there is always kind of a hassle, but have no fear –

Our lovely guides snagged us 2 tables in the air conditioning, which meant by the time our mobile orders were done we had a place to sit.

Our guides grabbed their dinner, too, and then we all relaxed and enjoyed the air conditioning for a bit.

After eating, we decided we should do Na’vi River Journey first (to give our stomachs a bit longer to rest) and with our stomachs full, we all headed that way.

Of course, we couldn’t leave Pandora without a stop by Flight of Passage, so that was next.

Lesson learned: one thing we didn’t really account for was how much harder it is on your stomach to do thrill rides back-to-back. Even things that didn’t usually bother us were a little iffy after riding so many attractions. If you’re prone to motion sickness when riding attractions, you might want to take that into consideration when mapping out your day!

After Flight of Passage we said “Eywa ngahu” (which Google tells me is Na’Vi for goodbye) to Pandora and we were off to our next stop: Magic Kingdom.

Ending the night with a BANG!

As we pulled up to Magic Kingdom, our guide reminded us to grab our stuff, which was a harsh reminder that we wouldn’t be coming back to our royal carriages  the handy vans again.

Magic Kingdom VIP parking

Our first stop here was Big Thunder Mountain which was followed up by Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then Space Mountain and, because we had some time left before Happily Ever After, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Shannon on Buzz with VIP Guide

By the time we were done with Buzz, it was 15 minutes until the fireworks were set to star which made me very nervous that there wouldn’t be any space left, but our guides assured us there would be.

And, of course, they were right.

They led us to a roped off area in the middle of the Hub, at the perfect distance from the castle.

The spot was partially full of other families and groups and their VIP Guides, and even though the crowds outside the ropes were shoulder to shoulder, we had plenty of room.

Knowing that our time with our guides was up, we all hugged and thanked them before the fireworks started.

At that point in the day, we were all close to (or over) 20,000 steps and exhausted, so a few tears of gratitude for our VIP Guides might have been shed and of course, Happily Ever After always brings us to tears so we were a puddle of sappiness by the time it was all over.

View of the Castle from VIP area

And just like that, the fireworks ended and our time with our VIP guides was done.

Castle from VIP Viewing area

I’m not going to lie, it only took a few hours to get very used to having somebody lead the way, so to suddenly be left without that was a little disorienting.

But, we sucked it up and slowly made our way with the rest of the crowds towards the front of the park – exhausted, but still grinning ear to ear.

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How much was your tip

Scott Bonar

Sunday 5th of December 2021

What is a good guideline for tipping the tour guides?

Shannon Albert

Friday 24th of December 2021

About 10% is a good guide. Have had to make a quick ATM stop to make that happen since it's a lot of cash to have on hand.

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi!! We are doing a vip tour on Friday - thanks for this article, it was helpful to know more of what to expect.

So, how exactly does the “waiting in line” part work? Do you actually wait in the fast pass/lighting/whatever we want to call it lines or do you just go on up to the front and hop on? My husband was under the impression you walked right onto the rides….just wondering how that really works!!

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Love all your advice, Shannon! Quick update on VIP Tour Pricing: between Christmas and New Years is $750 per hour (still 7 hour minimum).

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Awesome tips! How many attractions should I prioritize for 2 adults, a 5 and a 7 year old girl with 7 hours across Animal Kingdom, Hollywood and Magic Kingdom? I have 17 listed... Thank you!

TPG approved: Using a VIP tour guide at Disney World to escape the crowds

Brian Kelly

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In general, waiting in line is not my cup of tea, which is why I highly value TSA PreCheck , CLEAR membership and Global Entry . When it was time to take my niece and nephews on a family trip to Disney World this summer, I decided to do whatever I could to minimize waiting in line and maximizing having fun.

Since we only had one full day together on the ground, we went all-in on a private Disney World VIP tour. To set the scene, my three nephews and one niece are all under 6 years old, and I wanted to squeeze in more than a few rides myself on a busy day when I hadn't had the luxury of lots of advance theme-park planning and FastPass maximizing.

For us, this tour proved to be well worth the money. Here's why I thought a Disney VIP guide is worth the investment, if you can swing it -- and what to do if it's a bit out of your budget.

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Pick-up and arrival

I knew the day was off to a great start when our personal driver greeted us at our hotel, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge . This is included in the cost of the VIP tour. Our driver was super friendly and helpful right off the bat with water at the ready for everyone inside the cool, air-conditioned van.

Once the seven of us all piled in (the price for a VIP tour guide is the same whether you have one person in your group or 10), we made our way to the Magic Kingdom. There, we entered through a secret entrance and got dropped off right in front of Main Street. Disney cast members welcomed us to the park with snacks and more water, which was perfect given the summer heat.

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The park experience

Our first stop was Space Mountain, which had a two-hour wait, but we were able to get through the first time in six minutes and rode a second time within 20 minutes thanks to the unlimited FastPass+ access that comes with the tour guide. I almost felt guilty passing the same people twice, but that alone made the VIP tour well worth the splurge for us. In addition to jumping to the front of lines, our guide was also super attentive and helpful with the kids by pushing the stroller and even offering to watch them so the adults could have some fun on the rides.

Our guide, Clark, was excellent -- he wasn't just our personal FastPass for the day, but he was also a walking Disney encyclopedia and fascinating to talk to about the park.

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In the seven hours we were there (the minimum length of time required to hire a Disney VIP tour guide), we were able to ride 11 rides, have dinner and finish up the day with a fireworks show at Cinderella's Castle.

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The fireworks were the perfect end to both our day and the whole VIP experience, as we were able to enjoy them in a private, crowd-less spot in the VIP area with a great view.

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When it finally came time to head home, we were able to get out of the park with ease, even as a mass of people were heading out after the fireworks. Instead of heading toward the bottleneck at the main exit, we were ushered through a private gate with no foot traffic. All-in-all, it took us about 20 minutes to get from Magic Kingdom back to the Animal Kingdom Lodge on the other side of the Disney World property (which is about the size of San Francisco). It felt very efficient.

Pricing and booking a private Disney VIP tour

If you want to book a Disney VIP tour, you'll have to do it over the phone by calling (407) 560-4033. All tours are booked for a minimum of seven hours and maximum of 14 hours. As for the price — it's a lot. The private tours start at $425 an hour, but exact pricing depends on the season. For example, I paid $525 an hour for my late-June weekend trip. Each tour can accommodate up to 10 guests (infants included) at no additional charge, but if you want to add more people, you'll need to book another guide at the hourly rate. The tour also doesn't include park admission, so you also have to purchase those tickets separately. If you plan to visit multiple parks with your tour guide (which is allowed), you will need Park Hopper tickets. ( Here are the best ways to use points for Disney tickets .)

For your $425 per hour (or more), you receive:

  • A very knowledgable personal guide for a group of 10
  • Door-to-door private Disney transportation from beginning to end in an air-conditioned van
  • Unlimited FastPass+ access
  • Complimentary snacks and water
  • VIP tour of Disney with access to otherwise private areas
  • Preferred viewing area for fireworks and parades

Since purchases from Disney can code as travel, entertainment or something else entirely, I used my Chase Freedom Unlimited that gives 1.5% cash back (or 1.5x points) on purchases to be on the safe side. In the end, I earned 5,374 points on the charge, which when moved to my Chase Sapphire Reserve, are worth about $107 in travel by TPG valuations .

Overall, this splurge cost me $3,565, which is by no means cheap — but the number of things we were able to do, the lack of stress and the reality that this was done last-minute and without a bunch of advance planning with such a large group made it well worth it for us.

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Express service without a VIP tour

Even if a private VIP tour isn't on the radar for your next trip, there are ways to replicate some elements of the tour at a much lower price. First, if you can handle the early morning wake-up call, consider Extra Magic Mornings, which can speed you on select rides in the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios for about $79 per person.

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Disney also offers group VIP tours with behind-the-scenes access, knowledgable guides and walk-on rides from a couple hundred dollars per person.

Finally, Disney World lets all guests pre-reserve three FastPass+ attractions per day (30 or 60 days out, depending on if you are staying at a Disney resort) for no additional fee. With advance planning, you can have a very short wait for a few key attractions, and then continue getting additional FastPass+ attractions throughout the day using the Disney app after you use your original three. If you have the budget for Club Level access at at Disney Resort, you can purchase three extra FastPass+ reservations at a cost of $50 per person, per day on stays of three nights or longer. You can book these FastPass+ rides 90 days in advance, so they are extremely useful in getting quick access to popular rides.

Bottom line

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the door-to-door service from beginning to end. Our Disney guide was extremely attentive and super helpful, which added to the experience. Given that theme parks have a reputation for long lines that can wear you down a bit (especially with young kids along), I found the VIP tour to be well worth the money. Even though our family time was brief that weekend, we were able to maximize the time and fun we had together.

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Is the Disney VIP Tour Worth It?

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At some point, in hour five of your day at a Disney park, you’re probably tired of standing in lines. The magic of Disney theme parks is undeniable, but when the sweat sets in and your feet begin to ache, you may be wondering if there’s another way.

The Disney VIP tour allows you to skip the lines with a dedicated tour guide and a custom itinerary. But, of course, it’s pricy, so let’s take a closer look at the Walt Disney World VIP tour, how much it costs and whether it’s worth it.

What is the Walt Disney World VIP tour?

Disney offers a variety of enhanced experiences for those willing to shell out extra money. This includes group tours and behind-the-scenes expeditions; however, its most premium product is the personalized VIP tour. The VIP tour isn’t just limited to Walt Disney World — you can also book these private tours at Disneyland and other Disney parks.

The VIP tour at Disney grants you your own Disney tour guide who’ll whisk you from ride to ride without waiting in long lines. In addition to this, you’ll also get special access to restaurant reservations and entertainment seating, including fireworks.

Disney VIP tours do not include park admission. You’ll have to pay for this separately.

You’ll tell your tour guide what you’d like to see and do, and they’ll plan the day. You can even park hop with the VIP tour, which means you’ll be escorted to another park in a private vehicle.

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Disney VIP tour cost

The Disney VIP tour is costly and doesn’t include park admission. The rate for a tour depends on the season and the crowd levels. So just how much is the Disney VIP tour? Prices range from $450 to $900 per hour, and you must book for a minimum of seven hours. The price includes up to 10 people, including infants.

Be aware that cancellation policies differ across parks.

At Walt Disney World, canceling with less than 48 hours' notice will incur a cancellation fee of two hours at your booking rate.

At Disneyland, VIP tours are nonrefundable if canceled less than four days in advance.

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Are Disney VIP tours worth it?

The Disney VIP tour is expensive. Although unlimited front-of-the-line access and guaranteed seating are nice, you’ll really need to budget for an expense like this. Let’s break this down using Walt Disney World as an example.

The cheapest rate you’ll pay for a Disney VIP tour will cost you $3,150. In exchange, you and up to nine of your friends will receive seven hours of unlimited front-of-the-line access, a personal tour guide, premier access to dining reservations and dedicated entertainment seating.

At this rate, the total cost of the tour will be $315 per person. So it’s unlikely that you’ll want to book a VIP tour for multiple days unless you’re trying to squeeze in as much activity as possible.

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If you’re a large group with a relatively limited amount of time, a tour can help maximize your vacation. It’s probably best for family reunions, bachelorette parties or other family group trips for special occasions. These are the kinds of people who will be able to maximize the Disney VIP Tour.

You should probably skip the Disney VIP tour if you're on a budget, traveling in smaller groups or can afford to spend multiple days at Disney.

Disney VIP tour vs. Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane

When comparing costs in the following examples, let’s say you’re booking the VIP tour for just one day.

In October 2021, Disney introduced the paid Genie+ system, which replaced the now-defunct (and free) Fastpass Plus program. Genie+ operates similarly, with the ability to book individual return times on most Disney rides.

At Walt Disney World, this experience costs $15 per person per day.

Sadly, Genie+ doesn’t include some of the most popular rides at each Walt Disney World park, including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Space Mountain. Instead, the fast lane for these rides is priced separately and available a la carte via Individual Lightning Lane.

You’ll need to pay per person, per ride, for attractions included in the ILL. Costs vary according to demand but can be as high as $15/person. In addition, you can only purchase ILL access once per ride, per day. So there’s no way to use the fast lane for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance continually, for example.

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Under the old Fastpass system, a return time didn’t guarantee you a front-of-the-line spot. Instead, you’d experience a shorter, separate line from the main queue.

Now let’s say that your party of 10 has chosen to head to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios for the day. Naturally, you want to skip as many lines as possible, so you’ll pay for Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane attractions.

Genie+ comes out to $150 for the day for all 10 of you. It’s a little more challenging to predict ILL pricing, but let’s say it’s an average of $11 per ride. Everyone rode all four ILL available, two at Magic Kingdom and two at Hollywood Studios, which means you’ve paid $440 for ILL rides.

Altogether, you paid $590 to take advantage of Genie+ and ILL, which will have granted you shorter lines at most rides.

There’s a massive difference between paying $3,150 for a VIP tour or $590 — one option is five times the price of the other. But, of course, you can also choose not to spend any additional money at all, in which case you’ll pay for park admission and elbow it out with everybody else.

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The best benefit of the Disney VIP tour? Time saved

Consider the range of benefits you’ll receive when comparing a Disney VIP tour vs. Genie+ and ILL. Disney VIP tours give you a whole host of special perks, including one that’s almost impossible to find — time.

You’ll save time moving between parks in a private car. You’ll save time waiting for a good seat for the fireworks and save time in the Lightning Lane lines because a VIP tour jumps you past those who have paid for that luxury.

In this case, the Disney VIP tour makes a compelling example for those with limited time, especially if you can max out the tour group with 10 people. If you only have a day or two to experience the parks, why would you spend it waiting in the vast lines?

This is especially true when you consider the already high costs of a Disney World vacation, which can climb into the thousands of dollars for a big family and multiple days at the parks.

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How to book a Disney VIP tour

You can start booking a VIP tour up to 60 days in advance.

For Walt Disney World, bookings can only be made by phone. So you’ll need to call the VIP tour office at 407-560-4033. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

If you’re looking to book a Disney VIP tour at Disneyland instead, you can book by email at [email protected] or call the office at 714-300-7710.

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If you want to book Disney’s VIP tour

There’s no doubt that a Disney vacation can be magical, but you’ll need to pay up to experience all that pixie dust. A Disney VIP tour is undoubtedly a splurge but can make sense for those looking for as much convenience as possible.

Before you book, make sure to do the math on costs and whether it is affordable. Otherwise, stick to options such as Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes to help re-create the experience at a fraction of the cost.

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Disney Worlds Private VIP Tour – Everything You Need to Know

Jamie Rumph

Recently I experienced a Private VIP Tour at Disney World.  You don’t want to miss this magical extra!  Here’s why!

My Private VIP Tour Experience

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I went on a Private VIP Tour with a large group, 13 total including myself.  Each Private VIP Tour has a maximum of 10 people and therefore we needed two guides for our group size.

In our 7 hour tour, we wanted to cover all 4 parks and the majority of the E-Ticket attractions in one day.

E-Ticket means the most popular attractions. This term comes from when Disneyland first opened and guests bought ticket booklets to ride the different attractions instead of the all-encompassing ticket we purchase now.

Our guides picked us up at 10 am at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  This is where the excitement really began!  We piled into our two private vehicles and we were off to Magic Kingdom!

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Park One: Magic Kingdom

One of the greatest perks on the tour is entering each park from backstage and skipping the long ticket and bag check lines!

At the Magic Kingdom, we entered through “Park One” near Space Mountain.  This parking lot is heavily restricted and only the most important Cast Members are allowed in.  In fact, after your VIP Tour Guide lets you out of the vehicle and escorts you into the park another Cast Member moves the vehicle out of the way until your return!  That’s just how small and coveted this parking space is!

After arriving in Park One/Magic Kingdom we were given water bottles and snacks, our Magic Bands were scanned and off we went!

We entered Magic Kingdom via the bypass that runs behind Main Street USA.   The bypass is only opened on really busy nights after fireworks or during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Bypass at Disneys Magic Kingdom

Attraction One: Buzz Light Year’s Space Ranger Spin

From there we walked straight to Tomorrowland and rode Buzz Light Year’s Space Ranger Spin.  We went into through the exit door, loaded the attraction and off we went.  I was lucky to ride with one of our tour guides Kelvin. He pointed out all the targets to shoot for the highest score!  It seems however if you can’t aim very well, you still can’t win!  Even the greatest tour guide can’t fix my lousy aim!

Attraction Two: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Unfortunately, Space Mountain was temporarily closed so we passed it up for our next great attraction Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  This attraction consistently has a 90 – 120 minute wait time and a FastPass can be pretty hard to get if you don’t grab them at 60 days prior to arrival.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Magic Kingdom

Another perk of the Private VIP Tour Guide is unlimited FastPasses so to speak!  We entered Seven Dwarfs Mine Train via the FastPass line and went straight to the front!  In a matter of minutes, Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho It’s off to work we went!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of my favorite attractions at Magic Kingdom. This short smooth roller coaster is great for all ages.  A starter coaster I sometimes call it!

I don’t get to ride if often because of the long wait so this was a real treat for the day! An extra treat was riding it with our other VIP Tour Guide, Julia, where she pointed out TWO hidden Mickey’s!  I’ll give you a clue, they’re both in the mine!

Attraction Three: Haunted Mansion

After Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, we walked through a crazy congested Fantasyland and straight in the back door of the Haunted Mansion.  We entered this attraction in the same place as I did with the Keys to the Kingdom Tour , another magical extra that you must try!

The Haunted Mansion Disney World

This special entrance takes you right into the holding room, skipping the standby line and FastPass line.  We then entered the stretching room.  (Did you know there are actually two stretching rooms?)  After the stretching room, we made our way to the attraction queue.  (Another side note, when touring by yourself always stand under the “Pink Lady” the door opens under her!)  We entered behind the crowd in order to keep our large group together but were then escorted from the back of the line to the front of the line bypassing the remaining queue.  I tell you this VIP Tour has perks!

Because I had ridden Haunted Mansion on the Key’s to the Kingdom Tour I knew the magical secrets being shared here!  It’s fascinating how this attraction works!  And of course, there’s a hidden Mickey and a few other great secrets in here as well!  I don’t want to give them all away so if you want to know more take the Keys to the Kingdom Tour!

Attraction Four: Big Thunder Mountain

By the time we’d exited Haunted Mansion, it was about 11:15 am.   We had been in the park for just over an hour and already ridden three of the most popular attractions.  We continued our loop around the Kingdom and over towards Big Thunder Mountain.  The crowds were insane at this point and it took some maneuvering to get through Liberty Square and Frontierland.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Magic Kingdom

At Big Thunder Mountain we joined the FastPass queue which was somewhat backed up.  The wait was not long by any means but we didn’t hop right on as we had at the other attractions.  At most I’d say we waited 10 minutes which truly isn’t a bad wait!

Once again I rode with our VIP Tour Guide Julia and she shared the hidden Mickey at Big Thunder.  Big clue, it’s near the end as you make your way back into the mine house.

Attraction Five: Pirates of the Caribbean

Our fifth and final attraction at Magic Kingdom was Pirates of the Caribbean.  We used the FastPass entrance and were whisked right through to boarding the boat.  Our tour guides stayed behind to have our VIP vehicle called back to Park One while we enjoyed the attraction.  As our boat pulled away our guide yelled from behind the jail bars “the Hidden Mickey, he’s in the locks scene”.

This is an attraction I have ridden so many times that I couldn’t even begin to count but I loved listening to the guests who have never ridden this infamous ride!  And of course, help them locate that Hidden Mickey in the locks scene!

Lock scene inside Pirates of the Caribbean Magic Kingdom

From there we walked through Adventureland and across Main Street USA, stopped for a quick picture with the castle and continued our march back to the bypass and out of Magic Kingdom.  It was an odd feeling to have experienced Main Street and the “Castle shot” and the end of our Magic Kingdom tour and not in the beginning but it’s a feeling I could get over if it meant I got to tour the park VIP style!

Park Two: Animal Kindom

After getting back to our private vehicles we headed across Disney property to the other side of the World and Animal Kingdom.  If you’re a park guest it’s a long way to the other side!  A minimum 20-minute drive and that’s if the traffic is decent.  But when you tour with the VIP Tour Guides everything magically takes less time!

We drove from Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom in 10 minutes via a back road that only Cast Members have access to.  I’ve seen this road many times and have wished to enter but never been able too.  One of the downsides of living with a Cast Member is knowing all of the cool backstage access they have and wondering what it’s all like!  I’ve seen a few things here and there while participating in RunDisney events but this Private VIP Tour took me all the places!  (ok not all the places but quite a few) and this magical shortcut road to the Animal Kingdom was one of them!

Attraction Six: Flight of Passage

Flight of Passage Pandora Animal Kingdom

This is arguably the best ride in all of Disney World!  I say arguably because there are so many elements that go into a ride being the best! Therefore we could choose other attractions based on various factors, however, Flight of Passage definitely earns the best attraction for the most innovative and immersive attraction at Disney World.  Here you are truly whisked away on the back of banshee inside the world of Pandora.  I LOVE to watch newbies experience this and listen to their awes and exasperations as they dip, drop and smell their way through this awesome attraction!

Lunch Break

We stopped for a quick lunch at Pizzafari with the kids, which I mobile ordered while waiting in line for Flight of Passage.  The adults opted for Flame Tree Barbecue. (My favorite quick service location inside Animal Kingdom).

Ideally, we would have mobile ordered this as well but the service was not working.  The adults instead walked over to order and brought their good back to Pizzafari to join the kids.  After lunch, we proceeded to our next attraction!

Attraction Seven: Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest was our next stop!  I was surprised when the VIP Tour Guides loaded us back into the vehicles and drove us around the backside of Animal Kingdom to get closer to the entrance of Expedition Everest.  We parked behind Finding Nemo – The Musical building and quickly walked to Everest.

Expedition Everest Animal Kingdom

Did you know Animal Kingdom is the largest park at Disney World?  Magic Kingdom has more ground for guests to cover and a manages a higher capacity of people but because of the large savannah that is part of  Kilimanjaro   Safaris Animal Kingdom is actually the largest of the parks!

Here we used the FastPass entrance to board the attraction and ride through the Forbidden Mountain Pass and past the trouble making Yeti all on full tummies!  This may not have been our smartest move of the day but everyone survived so that counts for something!

With our final descent from Everest, we were off to our forth park of the day just a little over 4 and a half hours from our 10 am start time.

Park Three: Hollywood Studios

Our next stop on this Private VIP tour was Hollywood Studios.  At Hollywood Studios, you park behind Rockin Rollercoaster and walk the entire length of the park to do the attractions on the other side.  Granted this is the smallest of the four parks at Disney World and therefore fewer steps to cover it all.  But it can also feel the most crowded due to its smaller size. By 3 pm when we arrived it was really crowded!

Our guides warned us that we were starting to cut close our ability to do four parks in one day.  Even though we were able to utilize the FastPass lines for everything we had done, it still took some time to maneuver around the parks with the crowds.

Because we wanted to cover all four parks without adding any time to our private tour, we opted to only ride Slinky Dog Dash and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.

Attraction Eight: Slinky Dog Dash

After grabbing a quick coffee we joined the other toys in Andy’s Backyard, bypassed the 180-minute wait to ride Slinky Dog Dash, and slinked our way over the backyard on the backside of Slinky Dog catching a quick glimpse of Galaxies Edge in the distance.  This attraction always has me giggling like a kid and living up the endless childhood nostalgia that screams 90’s kid!

Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story Land Hollywood Studios

Attraction Nine: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

I have a lot of favorites at Disney World!  In fact, I have so many that if you ask me what my favorite is I can’t tell you!  I can’t choose just one.  But Tower of Terror is right at the top of my list!

I love Tower because it’s different every single time!  Yes, I know what’s going to happen, but the order of elevator drops is never the same, always leaving me in the same childhood anticipation that every great theme park ride gives you.

Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror

What I had forgotten I loved so much about this attraction was experiencing it with someone who has never ridden it before!  This was the case with my group of 12!  The majority of them had never been on the ride and it was terrifyingly funny listening to their every gasp as doors opened and closed and the elevator car moved about the storyline.

When the elevator finally clicked into the drop zone and the ride truly began all I could do was laugh and scream as we all experienced this part for the first time.  One of those first-timers may have let out an “I hate you all” on the final drop!  I”ll never tell who.

There is something about laughs of joy, screams of delight (ok maybe terror) that make family theme park days so much fun!

Park Four: Epcot

And with that, it was time for Epcot!  At this point, we’d already walked over 15,000 steps and everyone was Disney exhausted!  You only know exactly what this means if you’ve walked Disney World through your exhaustion and kept on moving by the magic of Disney!  Somehow your feet just keep going!

We parked behind Test Track and entered to the side of it which was fantastic because that’s exactly where we were headed!

Attraction Ten: Test Track

The kids on our tour we’re dying to try out Test Track and that’s just what we did!  We joined the FastPass line, built our streamlined cars in the waiting queue and then buckled ourselves in!  After break checks and a responsiveness test we went from 0 to 60 in seconds and circled the outside of the building with the cool breeze in our hair.  It was the perfect carefree ride to end our VIP Touring day!

Test Track Epcot

After loading back up into the van our guides dropped us back off at Disney’s Polynesian Resort were our VIP Tour had come full circle.

This was a truly amazing, one of a kind park day that I highly recommend!  4 parks, 10 E-ticket attractions all in 7 hours on the day before Thanksgiving with holiday-sized crowds! Wow!

Why 4 Parks in One Day?

Four Parks in one day at Disney World is a Disney bucket list item for many Disney parks fans.  It can be done many ways but often includes one to two E-ticket attractions at each park to say you’ve done it.  I have to say it was exhausting doing it on a Private VIP Tour and I’m positive it would be even more exhausting if I’d had to navigate Disney parks transportation, ticket ques and bag checks.

It’s a Disney World bucket list item I have not done in the past simply because I’m spoiled by having Disney in my backyard and access to the parks weekly.  I will say however that I have the Parkology Challenge has been looming in the back of my head to be completed at some point.  I should do that soon since it’s only going to get harder to accomplish with the opening of Galaxies Edge in the Fall of 2019!

How Disney’s Private VIP Tour works

  • Tours have a maximum guest count of 10 people per tour guide.
  • All guests including infants count in the guest count for the group.
  • There is a minimum touring time of 7 continuous hours
  • The start time is flexible, you can begin when you’d like.
  • Guests can add on time in increments of 15 minutes to their touring time prior to the start of the tour or while the tour is taking place.
  • Tours are prepaid 48 hours prior and range in price from $425 – $625  per hour, per tour guide.  (Prices can change at any time)  Holidays and peak season will be higher in price.
  • VIP Touring guides will pick you up at your desired location and return you to your next destination at the end of your tour.
  • Everyone in your group will ride in the VIP Touring vehicle that your tour guide will drive.

How to reserve your VIP Tour guide:

  • To book your VIP Tour guide call your Love of the Magic Vacations travel agent or 407-WDW-PLAY (our travel agents make a small commission off your tour and help us keep our blog running.  Your price is the same as if you booked it directly)
  • VIP Tour guides can be reserved 180 days prior to arrival.

What’s included?

  • Included in the cost of your VIP Tour is one Disney VIP Tour Guide specific to your group.
  • Access to any of the four parks from backstage skipping the ticket entrance and main bag check.
  • Your VIP Tour Guide will tour you through any of the four parks, your choice, and give you FastPass access to any attraction with a FastPass queue.
  • VIP Tour Guides will make suggestions based on your attraction style and offer expertise in touring the parks and the parks history and details if you’re interested.
  • VIP seating at most parades, stage shows, and live nighttime spectaculars.

Do you need a Disney World park ticket for the VIP Tour?

  • Yes, all guests need a park admission ticket for the tour.
  • The VIP Tour price does not include park admission.
  • If you’ll be touring more than one park in a day like I did you’ll need the Hopper option added to your park ticket.

Is lunch included?

  • The cost of lunch is not included on your VIP Tour, however, your Tour Guide will be happy to stop for lunch (or any meal) as desired.
  • Tour Guides can make suggestions of where to eat in each park.
  • Keep in mind that time spent eating is less time touring the parks and truth be told, make for a very expensive meal if you eat slowly!

Should you tip your VIP Tour Guide?

  • It is customary to tip your VIP Tour Guide 10% of the total cost of your tour.
  • Please keep this in mind when budgeting for your tour total.

Do I have to do the same tour you did?

  • You do not have to do the same touring plan or attractions our group did on our tour.
  • Your groups VIP Tour can be customized to the experience you want to have at Disney World.

Does Disney offer group VIP Tours?

  • Yes, Disney offers a handful of group tours that you can join.  These tours are not customizable and have a schedule the VIP Tour Guide follows.
  • View the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour, Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, and Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour here .

Can you go to the front of the Photopass/Character lines?

  • VIP Tour Guides have the ability to move you through any attraction or character meet and greet through the FastPass line.
  • Guides can not cut other lines or lines without FastPass ques.  For example, if you’d like your picture taken on Main Street by a Photopass photographer you will have to wait in line like other guests or have your guide take your picture with your camera.
  • Other examples include characters that have lines to meet guests on the streets do not have FastPass ques and therefore VIP Tour Guides do not have the ability to get you to the front of the line.  You will have to wait in the same line as non VIP Touring guests.

Was it worth it?

  • 100% without a doubt YES! I’m a Disney World local and visit the parks weekly.  I know my way around all four parks, never need a map and know the ins and outs of the parks like any great Disney junkie does. I have literally ridden ALL of the attractions more times than I can count (yes I love it every single time, it never gets old) and I still say this tour is 100% worth it!
  • Why? Because it’s a Disney experience like none other!  Having the ability to have unlimited FastPasses to the attractions is just part of the fun.  Skipping the lines is great but skipping the ticket lines, parking lots, trams, and bag checks all while seeing backstage and having your VIP Tour Guide share cool Disney news with you is what makes it worth it for me!  I LOVED it!

Do you recommend dining with your VIP Tour Guide?

  • We all have to eat something during the 7-hour tour timespan and a snack probably isn’t going to cut it so do plan on eating a meal while on your VIP Tour.
  • I would suggest a quick service meal that you can mobile order from your My Disney Experience app.  Your VIP Tour Guide can help suggest when and where to do so on your tour.
  • I do not recommend a table service (think waitstaff) dining experience while you’re on your VIP Tour simply because of the amount of time it takes for a sitdown meal.  I don’t personally think it’s a good use of your VIP Tour time or expense.

Can the VIP Tour Guides get a reserved parade or show spot?

  • Yes, your VIP Tour Guide can utilize VIP reserved viewing areas during parades and shows including the fireworks displays.  Simply let them know that’s one of the items you’d like to do on your tour.

Can the VIP Tour Guide get you in to hard to eat places?

  • As part of the concierge level of services the VIP team provides they will check on and make your dining reservations at 180 days prior to your arrival for the entire duration of your Disney World vacation, not just your VIP Touring day.
  • However, they do not have the ability to book reservations at restaurants that show no availability.
  • While you are in the parks your VIP Tour Guide can inquire at any location you’d like to eat to see if there is an opening.  They can not guarantee you’ll be able to eat at your desired location.  See above about using your VIP Touring time for table service restaurants and my thoughts on that.

Are your bags checked on entry?

  • Yes, your bags are checked as you enter the backstage parking lots in your VIP vehicle.

Are your tickets scanned at each park?

  • Yes, your park admission ticket or MagicBand is scanned at each park you enter on your VIP Tour.
  • Valid park admission is required for any of the four parks you enter.

What if I cancel my Private VIP Tour?

  • VIP tours can be canceled at any time prior to 48 hours of your scheduled tour without penalty.
  • If you cancel inside the 48-hour window you will pay a cancellation fee equalling two hours of the booked tour rate.

What kind of vehicles do the VIP Tours use?

  • Depending on your party size you will be driven around in a large van or Suburban.

How to do a VIP Tour more affordably.

If you’re dying to try out the VIP Tour but it’s out of budget consider these options to make the experience more affordable:

  • Book your tour during low season.  Use my crowd calendars to determine lower crowd levels and off-peak seasons.
  • Gather a group of 10 friends and split the cost.  At the lowest price of $450 per hour and 7 hours that makes the cost of the tour around $315 per person plus tip.
  • Instead of doing the Private VIP Tour you can choose one of the group VIP Tours Disney offers.
  • Consider taking off one of your park days to help defer the cost.  With the VIP Tour you will cover more attractions in one day and theoretically can shave off a day of your park tickets or even a night of your stay.

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Disney VIP Tours: What You Need To Know: Cost, Perks, and Types

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Disney VIP Tours

It’s not just about skipping long lines in California or Florida. Here’s what to expect booking Disney VIP tours.

I had so many questions about hiring a VIP tour guide at Disney World.

  • How do private tour companies differ from the official Disney tours? 
  • When are the services worth it?
  • What is actually included?
  • What is the cost of a Disney VIP tour?
  • How much gratuity to pay your Disney VIP guide

Here’s my best effort at answering questions regarding Disney VIP tour guides you may be considering for your Disney World vacation , which is definitely the indulgent and desirable “Enchanted Extra” in Disney speak, or “Expensive Extra” in my speak.

Read on for Disney’s private tours, non-Disney private tours and when to use each. There’s a time and place for each kind. Looking for a Disneyland VIP guide ? Read about our experience in California.

Different Types of Disney VIP Tours

I have used both private companies and the official tours from Disney. Disney World offers more options because there are more parks, more group VIP tours, and more unofficial tour companies in the market.

The most exclusive option is the Disney Private Premium VIP Tours where the “plaid vests” escort you around the park like a celebrity. You’ll use backstage areas to maximize your time park-hopping in less time and have access to all Lightning Lanes (the expedited priority line at rides) with your guide. It’s not truly front of the line access, but it’s close, and your wait times will be minimal.

If you plan to use a non-Disney tour company, stick with a company that has been around a few years and check their Trip Advisor reviews. We only book the best private companies for our clients that we use for our own families.

Be wary of any tour company that seems too good of a deal or whose promises include things like “Any ride you want” which indicates bending Disney’s rules or worse, exploiting Disney’s disability passes, the lowest of the low.

Disney VIP Tours Cost?

Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours cost significantly more than the non-Disney VIP tour companies.

The official Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours vary from $425 to $900 per hour with a seven-hour minimum. The dynamic pricing surges during three-day weekends and holidays. Best hourly rate is midweek outside of the high cost of Spring Break and Christmas season.

Disney allows guests to tour up to 10 continuous hours, and those hours beyond the first seven can be added while on your tour. You do not have to book your total hours in advance beyond the minimum seven. That brings the total Disney VIP tour cost between $2,800 to $4,200 for the experience, before gratuities.

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Disney VIP Tour Tips and Gratuities

It is critical to incorporate your guide’s tip into your tour budget. A minimum of one hour’s rate should be given, and more if you can offer it. It is easy to bring cash, but most guides will share their Venmo account to make it easy to pay at the end of your tour since you cannot use a credit card.

VIP Tour Maximum Party Size?

All Disney VIP tours are designed for parties of no more than 10 people. Disney will require a second cast member guide for parties larger than 10. Infants, unfortunately, are included in that headcount of family members.

That second guide will stay close to the first group, but it offers a change for families to divide up by thrill level, too. Also, the 10 guests registered for the tour must be the same 10 guests throughout the tour. No changing family or friends within the parks allowed.

What is the Disneyland VIP tour cost?

Just like a Disney World VIP tour, here’s what to expect for a Disneyland VIP tour (Read our review of a tour from start to finish). They cost between $425 and $850 per hour with a 7 hour minimum. You can bring up to 10 people, including infants.

Non-Disney companies run from $200 to $350 per hour, typically with a six-hour minimum, bringing the total from $1200 to $2,500. The cost per hour for all companies varies due to the demand of the season.

The holiday week of Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of year. VIP services are most useful and in demand, so book early. The second busiest time is in March when Florida public schools are on Spring Break. Big states like Texas often share the same week, making it one of the toughest weeks to get hotel and dining reservations.

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Disney World VIP Tour FAQs

What exactly does a disney vip tour guide do compared to a non-disney guide.

This is where the experience differs between the official Disney VIP Tours and the non-Disney companies. 

Join the  Luxury Disney World  Facebook group if we can answer questions about your next Disney vacation.

Pre-arrival and dining reservation assistance.

Disney’s Private Premium VIP Disney Tours only offers assistance for the day of your tour. They can assist with park tickets and reservations and dining, but they can only procure a dining reservation that was available on the public site. They also do not begin booking these until 9AM, and you could be booking your hard to get table as of 6AM that day.

Private companies will offer more hand holding in vacation planning, sometimes for an additional fee. This will include ticket booking, as well as park and dining reservations.

The day of your VIP Disney Tour

Your Disney guide can pick you up at your hotel or meet you inside the parks. I usually discuss the advantages of each option with my clients.

The Disney guides have access to all Lightning Lanes and can put you in the expedited lines to reduce wait time. The guides stay with you in line until you board the ride, so we would also get the first seats of each ride. Some rides have secret entrances that the Disney guides use at Magic Kingdom, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

When you are ready to move to the other parks, you can use backstage entrances where a VIP vehicle is yours for the duration of the tour. We were met with a snack basket by another guide outside our van to grab some chips.

After certain rides, our guide would meet us with bottles of water, Mickey bars, and Mickey pretzels. Not all guides do this, but the ones I request do. We did a 10-hour stint this summer in the crazy heat, and those snacks and waters made it physically possible.

People rarely book sit down meals during their tours. It’s a day for ordering quick service meals using the mobile app. There is a VIP fireworks viewing area for Magic Kingdom if you time your tour to conclude when the fireworks begin. I can help you map all of this out.

The Non-Disney VIP Experience

Our non-Disney guide introduced herself by phone and asked us about our ride priorities to create a loose plan for our tour. She offered to arrange private transportation or guide us on the best parking options.

Our non-Disney guide used her detailed knowledge of the rides, their duration, their wait time patterns, and locations to maximize our time so that we saw as much as possible. She asked what we had never done and weighed in one rides we should try at least once.

While she didn’t have Disney’s line access, there are definitely patterns to learn when you do this every day that gives you far greater expertise than a typical Disney park goer, even an enthusiast passholder.

In addition to a park plan, there are several concierge-type experiences that our guide offered. At each ride, she parked our strollers and waited for us with our stroller at the exit. She would go get waters, popcorn, or iced tea while we were on a ride and had them waiting for us.

Our VIP guide took pictures of us with her phone, and she extracted my camera from around my neck a few times so that we now have proof that I was actually at Disney World with my family, a wonderful perk for me that lasts long after the tour.

Towards the lunch hour, she took our orders, set us on rides, and then we met her at the Columbia Harbor House where she waited for us with our plates of salmon and broccoli at the table. My husband thought this service was worth its weight in gold.

The perks of a true Disney World expert

They were, of course, many moments where our guide’s park knowledge surpassed my own, and I loved it. On the Buzz Lightyear ride, we were playfully competitive shooting lasers at Zurg’s various targets.

She sat with me and showed me where to shoot my laser gun. By the time we had gone through the first room, she had maxed out the score at 999,999. Sit on the left side. Now I know. Lots of little insider tricks of hers made the rides more fun.

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What if you already know the Disney parks really well?

There were many intangible perks to using a guide, too. I still found Disney VIP Tours different because I was able to enjoy the day without being the family navigator, planner, and boss. I could truly check out and not be in charge. This gave me the opportunity to let the experiences reach my own inner six-year-old much more easily. I smiled a lot more. Worth every penny.

Another benefit is how the dynamics shift when a neutral party is involved and in charge. If you are traveling in a group where more than one person wants to take charge, a tour guide smooths the tension. Especially for multi-generational trips where there may be too many cooks in the kitchen.

After we finished our day with our guide, we pulled into the Four Seasons Orlando , my daughter gave our guide a big hug, and I was so grateful to experience Magic Kingdom park in a way that felt like a real vacation for me.

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When to splurge for Disney’s Premium Private VIP tours for ultimate backstage access

Ride access is more challenging now, and even the best Genie Plus users will adit it is harder now to get ride access. So if you are going to ride all of the new rides, ride all of the best rides, or try and combine more than one park in a day, you need a VIP tour.

With the Premium Private VIP tours, you are paying for their VIP Lightning Lane access for any ride (formerly the FastPass line) to avoid long waits. These Lightning Lanes are at most of the rides at all of the theme parks, especially guests’ favorite attractions.

Younger children’s energy will put a ceiling on the special access you have paid for, and some attractions offer no Lightning Lane, so you are still might wait in line for things, even with a VIP escort and the magic access they offer.

If you have small children and you are still traveling with strollers, I think the private guides can give parents a major perk of a much needed break leading the family around Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom with a pro. You’re tired. You deserve it. Make this the best day for all of you.

Which parks and attractions work best with Disney VIP guides?

Truthfully, all parks are on the table now given that Epcot, where guides didn’t use to visit, is now the hot park to take people on the latest Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. (It’s that good!)

Magic Kingdom’s number of rides and roller coasters puts it in its own league compared to the other Walt Disney World Resort parks. It has more Lightning Lane experiences than any other park, and the layout is vast and can be overwhelming for newbies. The timing of all the attractions and crowd formations is not easy to learn if you’ve only been a few times. And Hollywood Studios has many great rides and a very confusing layout, so I never suggest people visit their first time without a guide there, either.

In our four park whirlwind tour with our Disney guide, we got to ride the following rides. Rise of the Resistance, Smuggler’s Run, Star Tours, Flight of Passage, Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Kilimanjaro Safaris, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Expedition Everest, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, just to name a few.

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If I were organizing a multi-generational family vacation to Disney World, I would also use the services of a VIP tour. To assign the leadership to a knowledgeable nonmember of the family keeps everyone happy.

People who go to Disney once and hate it simply don’t know what they were doing. It is a complicated trip. The goal is to have fun, and you’ll have a lot more fun and better memories when your kids aren’t seeing you stressed trying to figure out where to go or what to do when you don’t have a clue.

I would also book a tour if I dreaded the idea of going to Disney and wanted the “one and done” approach. Warning : I thought I was going to be one of those people, but several thousand dollars later, Disney has the last laugh.

Need an expert to take over the planning? We  plan your Disney World vacations . I’ll share what VIP experiences are worth every penny and tell you what to skip.

Headed to Universal Studios? Check out why the Universal VIP Tours are worth every penny, and we book those, too!

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A VIP tour sounds like a great way for Mom to be able to sit back and enjoy the time as well and not have to worry about planning or feeling like you are going to miss something. Also like the idea of having one with a group so there is no question of who is in charge!

We are going to Disneyworld Orlando in December and would like a VIP Guide. Do you have a person/company you can recommend please? Thanks

That is all outlined in the above article. ?

I really really enjoyed this article as I have long wondered what these tours did and now finally know. I’d love to try one – sounds so much less stressful than the degree we had to take in Disney Studies for our trip!

Honestly I had no idea these tours existed before reading your article. It sounds like an amazing way to save yourself (and your family) some stress if you can afford it. I know we would have loved this option a few times we went to the park when our kids were younger and when we traveled with my parents. It would have made things a lot easier.

You missed a few perks of using Disney’s Premium service.

We’d love to hear more! What else besides the pixie dust Fast Passes did you enjoy?

One of the best perks for us involved them transporting us around property. We park hopped all four parks going to just the rides on our list. We were loaded into their white vans and transported via backstage to the different locations saving us a ton of time. We maximized our time and never felt rushed.

Yes, that’s true in that it can make a big difference in parking hopping multiple times in one day. I can’t imagine my kids handling more than two parks in a day, but that might be just be my own preference projecting. If getting on rides was my priority, I would probably prefer to do the Ultimate day of thrills and spend the other thousand dollars saved elsewhere on food and spa and extend my stay at the Four Seasons or Waldorf!

So interesting! There is SO much strategy to navigating the parks; I can see why having a Cori could make a HUGE difference. Thanks for sharing!

Yes, Paula! I consider myself savvy but Cori helped us use our time on a whole new level.

I am reaching out to anyone who would like to share with our family a VIP private tour (up to 10 people) we are a family of 3 so 7 of you would like to share $450.00 an hour for 8 hours at Disneyworld – we want to schedule a private tour on 6/16/2017 from 2pm to 10pm somewhere during this timeframe Pandora and elsewhere – Anyone interested email me at [email protected]

Patricia, you should join the Luxury Disney Facebook group and ask there. The link is in the article.

We splurged for a private VIP tour a couple of years ago when we took our kids to Disneyworld for the first time. We started out at the Magic Kingdom and managed to fit in 10 rides in 90 minutes! Many of these rides had wait times of at least 30 minutes. The pace slowed down at the other parks since the rides are more spaced out geographically but it was very stress free having our guide drive us to the different parks and lead us to the fastest routes to get where we needed to go. We were able to get to every ride on the kids’ wishlist in 1 day and ended up the day in a prime reserved section for the night show at Hollywood studios.

That sounds like it was an incredible vacation! Would you do it again?

We decided to take a last minute trip to Disney, taking our niece for her first time. Since we are only 1 month out and have nothing planned, would you recommend Disney Private VIP tour or MyVIP?

How old is your niece? Is the goal to see the most in the shortest amount of time? Or just someone to maximize your time arranging so you can enjoy and not plan?

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The VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

Last Updated: July 3, 2023

One of the more unique ways to enjoy as many attractions as possible in a day at Walt Disney World is by booking a VIP Tour. VIP Tours are a great way to enjoy one or all four Disney parks with friends and family without waiting in long lines. We have gone on several VIP Tours and done different things each time, so we’ll share information as well as our thoughts and ideas for these below.

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Please note: there are VIP Tours at Disneyland, and some of their rules are different than Walt Disney World’s VIP Tours. We have not done a VIP Tour at Disneyland, so we don’t know all of the differences.

What Is Included with a VIP Tour?

VIP Tours include a tour guide for each tour group up to 10 people, access to the Lightning Lane lines for every attraction in all four parks at Walt Disney World (the exception being some brand new rides depending on popularity), a VIP Tour pin, snacks, backstage access into the parks to save time, and a van or suburban to get from park to park.

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Is My Park Ticket Included with a VIP Tour?

No. Your park ticket to get into one or all of the Disney Parks is not included in the cost of your VIP Tour. If you are only going to one park, each person in your group must have a ticket to get into the park. If you plan to go to more than one park in a day, every person in your group must have a park hopper ticket to get into the parks. Anyone who has an annual pass can get into the parks as long as you are not there on a blackout date of the pass.

How Much Does a VIP Tour Cost?

The price ranges from $450 to $950 per hour for a VIP Tour depending on the time of year and if a major event is happening (opening of Toy Story Land, Galaxy’s Edge, etc).

One of the ways that makes a VIP Tour not as expensive is by splitting the cost between 10 people. We like to get a group of friends or family members together to split the cost between all of us so the cost is much less per person than the total of the whole tour. Whether you have one person or 10 people, the price is still the same per hour, so if you split it up between all of you, it makes the total less and easier to make a reality.

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How Many People Can Go On a VIP Tour?

A VIP Tour can have up to 10 people in one tour group. If you have more than 10 people who want to go on a VIP Tour, you can have multiple groups, but each group of 10 travels separately in vans from park to park and has their own tour guide.

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What Rides Are Included on a VIP Tour?

Currently, you can go through the Lightning Lane line of every ride in all four Walt Disney World parks on a VIP Tour, including Tron Lightcycle Run.

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Does the Tour Guide Ride the Rides with You?

This is completely up to you. If you would like them to ride with you, they will. Especially if you have an odd number of people riding, it is always nice for everyone to have a ride buddy. But if you would prefer they not ride or need them to stay near a wheel chair, stroller, hold bags, and hats, they can do that too.

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How Long Is a VIP Tour?

VIP tours are at least 7 hours long. You can book up to 14 hours for your tour, but you must have a minimum of 7 hours booked for a VIP tour. You can book 7 hours and add on time the day of if you decide you would like the tour to continue.

We’ve found that 8 hours tends to be our sweet spot, but depending on how much you want to do in a day, you may want more time. One thing to consider though is that walking for that amount of time is exhausting. If you have plans to rest throughout the day, it will be more enjoyable for everyone.

How Do You Get From Park to Park?

On a VIP Tour, you are driven from park to park in a van or suburban, depending on the size of your group. You park backstage and drive along back roads to get to each location quickly and not waste time.

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Do We Go Through Security?

When you are on a VIP Tour, your bags are checked at the beginning of your tour one time by security. After that, you can carry your bags with you or leave them in the vehicle if you’d like.

Where Does a VIP Tour Start?

Your VIP Tour begins anywhere you’d like on Walt Disney World property. You can choose to be picked up at your resort or a restaurant or meet your guide at the first park you plan to be at.

We prefer to meet at the first park because the time it takes to get to the park is on us, and it means we can arrange the time for our tour to start at the park and not at the resort. We try to make every minute count without stressing. If you have little ones or are concerned about your whole group getting somewhere on time, the best option is to be picked up at your resort then. It is much faster to ride in the van to the park than to end up on a stopped monorail or miss the bus to the park and be late for your tour. Your time starts whether you’re there or not.

Can the Transportation Accommodate Car Seats and Wheel Chairs?

In both cases, the answer is yes. VIP tour vehicles can accommodate car seats and wheel chairs. Car seats are included if you let them know ahead of time, but they should ask you if you’ll need one and what size.

We had a VIP tour group that had someone in a wheel chair, and our tour guide pushed her from ride to ride all day, helped her on rides, and helped her into the van from park to park.

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Does The Time Stop for Food, Bathroom Breaks, Etc?

During your tour, the countdown on the clock does not stop. Any stops for food, restroom breaks, travel, and shopping are all part of the time in your tour. If your tour starts at 9 a.m. and is 7 hours long, everything from 9-4 is part of the VIP tour.

We focused on the most important parks and rides to us first to ensure we did the main attractions, and when we wanted food, we would mobile order through Disney’s app to save time. This allows you to rest from walking for a short time and talk about the fun you’re having without stopping for too long. We generally mobile order while in line for Flight of Passage so we can exit the ride and head straight to Satu’li Canteen to eat and then continue the tour.

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Snacks on a VIP Tour

You can bring your own food and drink on a VIP Tour and leave the bag in the vehicle for those times you’re driving from park to park if you’d like. Small snacks and water are offered by the Tour Guide when you arrive at Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

I don’t have any pictures of the snacks they offer because they are given to us backstage where we can’t take pictures.

Planning a VIP Tour

When you book your VIP Tour, you can choose to plan out your day, wing it when you get there or your tour guide can plan the day out for you. The Tour Guides are great at figuring out the best way to get to each of the locations you want so you can ride the rides your group definitely won’t want to miss. They know the parks like the back of their hands, and they can help you plan an epic day.

One thing to note is that many things can change a plan. Larger crowds than expected, rain slowing everyone down, someone getting sick from a ride, etc. It’s great to have a plan, but at the end of the day, the best thing to do is trust your tour guide and go with the flow.

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Does Everyone in the Group Have to Ride Together?

Everyone in the group does not have to ride every ride. The tour guide will take those who want to ride the ride through the Lightning Lane lines while the rest of the group waits at the exit for the ride to be over.

There are several rides I don’t prefer, so I wait outside while everyone else gets on the rides. Usually there’s a couple of us that end up waiting together. It isn’t a long wait, and we use this time for bathroom breaks, snacks, chatting, shopping, and posting pictures.

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Fireworks Viewing on a VIP Tour

For Walt Disney World, if your VIP Tour overlaps or goes up to the time of a fireworks show, you can get preferred viewing for the fireworks show of the park you’re in. For instance, if Happily Ever After is at 8 p.m., and your VIP Tour ends at 8, you can use those last few minutes to get preferred viewing for the fireworks.

We have not personally done this, but it’s a great way to see the fireworks without waiting an hour or two for a good spot and still get to enjoy the fireworks show.

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How Do You Book a VIP Tour?

In order to book a VIP Tour, you must call Signature Services at (407) 560-4033 or you can book through your Travel Agent. You must put a credit card on file, but your card is not charged until 24 hours before your VIP Tour. You can book up to 60 days in advance.

What if I Need to Cancel My VIP Tour?

If for any reason you need to cancel your VIP Tour, as long as you cancel at least 48 hours before your VIP Tour, there is no charge for the cancelation. If you cancel within the 48-hour window, a two hour charge at your hourly rate will be charged to your card.

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Should You Tip Your VIP Tour Guide?

As a general rule, tipping your tour guide shows how much you appreciate how great they made your day. Tipping must be done in cash as they won’t have a way for you to pay through a credit card, but you can also tip with gifts as well.

We have asked so many tour guides and cast members what a recommended tip is for a tour guide, and we have yet to get a straight answer. If everyone in your group tips something, it can add up quickly though, and every bit is appreciated.

Tips From Our Personal Experiences

Our favorite schedule for a VIP Tour is to start around 10 a.m. so everyone in the group is rested and ready to take on the day. It also means we aren’t fighting through the initial crowds waiting for the park to open. We like to start with Hollywood Studios as it has the most thrill rides and gets the adrenaline going. We then head to Epcot because it’s so close to Hollywood Studios and knock out our favorite rides there. Animal Kingdom is next, and we usually ride Flight of Passage two or three times. This is also where we mobile order lunch at Satu’li Canteen. It’s a great time to refuel, and we love the food because we can get some carbs and protein without filling ourselves too much or eating normal theme park food like hot dogs and hamburgers. With whatever time we have left, we head to Magic Kingdom and ride our favorite rides until the time is up. Then we part ways with our tour guide and continue riding rides until it’s time to watch Happily Ever After.

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Is A VIP Tour Worth It?

When you consider the benefits of a VIP Tour , it’s hard to say that they aren’t worth it. You can knock out all the rides your group wants to do in a day or knock out a whole park or two of every ride, and that in turn saves you money in park tickets another day. Plus the added benefit of the more stress-free time you have waiting in Lightning Lane lines instead of the normal lines, it makes for a great way to spend time in the parks with friends and family. If you ever have the opportunity to take a VIP tour, we highly recommend doing so. It’s a unique and fun experience that makes the Disney parks easier to maneuver and more manageable, especially in really busy seasons.

What about Unofficial VIP Tours?

“Unofficial” VIP Tours are third party companies who offer their services to help you book your Genie+ and Lightning Lanes for the day, guide you through the park, share Disney trivia and fun facts, wait with your wheelchair or stroller, and just overall help make your day stress-free. The best part? Unofficial VIP Tours are much cheaper than Disney VIP Tours, so you can get all the help and services at a fraction of the cost.

While each tour guide company has different offerings, we’re going to share the one we recommend and what they offer. WDW Park Guide offers a park guide for up to 10 ticketed guests and will book all of your Genie+ and Lightning Lanes throughout the day so you can enjoy your time in the parks and not be on your phone constantly booking them. The price is also much cheaper than Disney VIP Tours ranging from $1100-$1700 per day depending on the time of year. Park Guides do a lot of the same thing a VIP Tour Guide does (guide you around the park, stay with the stroller or wheelchair, share Disney trivia and fun facts), but they do not have unlimited access to the Lightning Lane lines. Instead, they book your Genie+ and Lightning Lanes for you throughout the day so you don’t have to. They also use their knowledge of the system to focus on the more popular rides at first to help your family get the rides they truly want to enjoy the day. For more information about WDW Park Guides, what they do, and what is included, check out the FAQ page on their website.

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Do the VIP tours include character meet and greets? I have a 4 year old daughter and I know characters will be the biggest thing.

Thank you for the review! I’m about ready to reserve a few days of VIP tours, but have one concern. I’ve seen reviews elsewhere that suggest that tours can go quite poorly depending upon the guide that you end up with. Have you experienced this, and do you have any advice for insuring that we end up with a guide that makes for a successful day?

We have not had a bad experience with any of our guides on our VIP tours. My only suggestion for that is if you book several days and find after the first day you aren’t happy with your guide, call and request a different one. VIP tours cost too much for you to not have an amazing time 🙂

We are doing the VIP tour at Disneyland in a few weeks and we have eleven people. A couple of us are not going on rides. Can we all still tag along together?

do you visit all four parks or do you pick pick which park? it states on the disney website you must have a park ticket and a park reservation. Theresa

VIP tours are completely customizable. You can park hop or choose not to, but everyone needs to have an appropriate park ticket for whatever you’re doing (park hopper ticket if you’re park hopping, etc). And you do have to have a park reservation for the first park you start in.

No. Disney will not allow extra people on the tour. If you have more than 10, you’ll need to book a second VIP tour.

If you wanted to buy food at the resort is it included in the price of the tour or is it separate too?

It’s separate. No meals are included with a tour.

We asked at one of the resorts today, and there has been no discussion of bringing these back anytime soon. 🙁

What if a kid goes through a line for something like DINOSAUR but then doesn’t want to go on it

They can exit the ride with the guide and wait for everyone while they ride

We will have a small group – would it be possible to randomly select a small family to join us in skipping a line? Just thought it might be fun to spread a little magic.

If you had a family with you the whole day, yes, but they wouldn’t allow you to include other guests randomly throughout the day. Love the thought though as that is very sweet. 🙂

Do you know where the VIP viewing areas for fireworks are for Enchantment and Harmonious?

I know it was sometimes on the top of the train station for HEA but once the Christmas tree is up where would it be?

We aren’t sure yet. We did see they have private viewing at the train station in Magic Kingdom, but we don’t know if they other locations are the same as where they used to be. For Harmonious, we didn’t see any boats tonight when we were there, so we aren’t sure where those will be. We’re hoping they have a new spot to watch the fireworks than where it used to be because the other location they had for Illuminations is not a great spot now, but we haven’t found out if it has changed yet.

I loved my vip Disney Tour. I’m. Not sure how I’ll ever do Disney normal Again.

Does the tour include the photo package?

No it doesn’t

Just signed up for a tour today and received this in the confirmation email:

“Also, Guests experiencing a Private VIP Tour will receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass® attraction photos, taken in the park on the day(s) of their tour, at no additional charge.”

Hi! How long did it take you to get on and off each ride?

It really depended on the ride. Some rides we walked right on, but others had other people in the fastpass queue, so we’d have to wait a few minutes before getting on. It was never more than 10 minutes waiting to get in though. Getting off goes quickly and then you can head to the next ride once your party is all together.

Do they count little babies as part of your 10 people? If not, what age do they start counting?

Yes, children of all ages count for the 10 people. The reason we were told is that they have to be within the legal capacity limits of their vans.

Hi! Great review, one quick question though. For the fireworks viewing, do you know where each of the preferred sections are? We’ve done a lot of dessert parties, and the view is always fantastic. Is that where you’d be? Have a magical day and sparkle on! NonnaT

In Magic Kingdom, the viewing area is on the “outer sidewalk” of the Hub, on the east side just before the pathway to Tomorrowland – so in front of the dessert party garden and to the right. That’s the only one we have experienced personally, but we have been told that the other parks utilize the dessert party and/or FastPass+ viewing areas. When you book your tour Signature Services is great about helping you plan the day exactly as you want, and I’m sure they have many options available for things like this.

I agree – a VIP Tour is a fantastic way to get the most out of a day at Disney! (We did the Toy Story Land VIP Tour with y’all, but we were in a different van.)

Thanks for sharing!

That day was so fun! Glad you had a great time too!

Was photopass or memory maker, or whatever the photo thing is included as well? Or do you have to purchase that separately?

That must be purchased separately

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Disney VIP Tour (4 Parks, 10 Hours, 20 Attractions)

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The Disney VIP Tour provides guests with a personalized experience at Disney parks. It includes benefits like a private tour guide, priority access to attractions, reserved seating for shows, and special transportation options. This premium service offers a tailored and hassle-free Disney experience for those seeking an exclusive adventure.

In this article we’ll be reviewing our Disney VIP Tour experience just for you!

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The Start of Our Disney VIP Tour

Finally, the middle of the Nerd bucket list finds another checkmark…and boy is it a doozy.

Bucket List Item #6: Club 33 Membership (Read our guide to on what is Club 33 at Disneyland? )

Bucket List Item #7: Disney VIP Tour – CHECK!

Bucket List Item #8: Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney – CHECK 2019!

Who needs Tahiti?

Certainly not the Nerds.

In fact, when the changes in international travel interrupted the Nerds’ plans, heading off to Walt Disney World and the beaches of Florida seemed a solid second choice.

Plus, it’s the only game in town right now!

Fresh off a giant refund from the Tahitian hotels, the Nerds decided to cobble together a family trip and surprise the Nerdlings and Grammy Nerd with a vacation-kick-off Disney VIP Tour.

Even though the parks are not especially crowded, the thought of being chauffeured around the parks, seeing “back stage” areas and having the ultimate Fastpass+ experience was too irresistible.

Plus, the Nerds has wanted to do this for YEARS and it finally looked as if he might get his way (plus, he didn’t tell anyone and the Disney VIP Tour was paid for by the time they found out about it).

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What is a Disney VIP Tour?

Disney World generally offers a variety of tours , but this private custom experience stands heads and shoulders above the rest.

These tours do not come cheap and range between $425 and $750 per hour, with a seven hour minimum.

You can add hours “on the fly” the day of the tour, but this is the pre-charged starting point.

During the less crowded times, this means your tour will cost at least $2,975 and during peak times, the minimum charge is $5,250 – plus optional gratuities.

During our late January / early February visit, Thursday, Sunday and Monday were $425/hr and Friday and Saturday were $550/hr.

Our visit encompassed a Thursday – Monday park touring schedule and we were bummed to find that Sunday was not available.

Though to be fair, we were making reservations less than 2 weeks in advance and reservations are available up to 60 days ahead of time.

The helpful Cast Members quickly offered to “wait list” our party for Sunday and we proceeded to book on Thursday.

Our initial thought was to book on Saturday – expected to be the busiest day of our trip.

But the combination of not wanting the tour in the middle of our trip and the extra $875 convinced the Nerd that Thursday was perfect.

The Disney VIP Tours are good for up to 10 people (all ages, including infants, count in the total).

The Cast Members who answer calls to discuss reservations are delightful, friendly and eager to help.

The kindly answered all of our questions, provided advice and were quick to suggest (or discourage) certain ideas.

And the Nerd had a lot!

After discussing various options and scenarios, a day was selected.

We picked the time and place to be picked up and provided a credit card (we were assured it would not be charged until the day before our tour).

We were reminded of a few Disney VIP Tour basics:

  • The tour could be cancelled up to 48 hours in advance to avoid a 2-hour charge
  • The specifics (time, location, etc) could be changed up to 3pm the day before the tour
  • The hours are consecutive and you cannot take an “unbilled” break; so if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will likely be the most expensive meal you’ve ever had!

When to Book a Disney VIP Tour

Boy oh boy was this a debate (in the Nerd’s head). Talk about overthinking yourself into a corner.

We would arrive at Disney World on Wednesday evening and grab dinner at T-REX Cafe in Orlando .

A favorite starting point for the Nerdlings.

Before checking into Disney’s Pop Century .

We had Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to tour all day and Monday until 3pm, when we would need to depart for the airport.

Book the Disney VIP Tour on Saturday because this will be the most crowded day.

In fact, the tour was initially booked for Saturday for this very reason.

Buuuuuttttt, Saturday (and Friday) were $875+ more than the other days and it seemed to break up the vacation in a funky way.

In thinking through the logistics of a Disney World vacation, doing the tour in the middle prior to experiencing all of the parks felt sort of anti-climactic.

Or maybe it was the $875 additional cost.

At any rate, this date was changed.

Book the tour on Monday as a way to efficiently revisit all of our favorites after an amazing vacation.

In this way, we wouldn’t be worried about being distracted by souvenirs, shops, dining and could focus on attractions and really get our money’s worth.

Buuuuuttttt, we would only have 7 hours between the earliest park opening (Animal Kingdom) and leaving for the airport.

We had read (and the Cast Members at Disney VIP Tour reservations had shared) that it is really common for people to tack on time.

So, now, Monday felt rushed.

And nobody wants to be “rushed” when they’ve thrown down $3k for a day.

If Monday were a “full day”, the Nerd thinks he may have chosen this date AND it was recommended by the Cast Member.

Who worried that experiencing the tour too early in the vacation might “spoil” the rest of it when we had to wait in line.

Book the tour on Sunday – our last full day.

In this way, we would have already visited all four parks, ridden our favorites and still had time to really enjoy the full day.

This all made sense as the Nerd thought about it and mulled it over with the delightful reservations team.

Buuuuuttttt, when the Nerd called the next morning, there was no more availability (Nerd Hint: Book early, it’s free to cancel).

The reservations team put our group on the wait list and we moved on.

Book the tour on Thursday, our first day at Disney World.

This could be a great way to dive into the vacation, ride all of our favorites to our hearts’ content and really get lost in the Disney magic.

Plus, the Nerd REALLY wanted to tell everyone about the Disney VIP Tour!

This had the additional benefit of possibly making the remainder of the trip more “chill” than normal.

Sure, the Nerd family would be at a park each day when it opened.

But there would be less stress (okay, okay “stress”) about getting on all the headliner attractions since we would have already ridden them multiple times.

Instead, perhaps we would take the time to smell the roses, browse the shops, hop on the Disney

Skyliner and head back to the hotel for nap and pool breaks.

Perhaps we might linger over our meal at the Sci-Fi Dine-In (a Nerd staple) a bit longer or not be so antsy at dad when he stops every 90 minutes for a Mickey Pretzel and a Coke!?!?!?

Seriously, the whole “no eating in line” rule makes it tough for the Nerd.

Ultimately, the Disney VIP Tour would be booked for Thursday.

More to come on how it all worked out.

What Happens After You Book Your Disney VIP Tour?

Shortly after making the reservation, we received an email recapping everything that was discussed and reviewing all of the rules (like photo ID’s being required for all adults on the tour).

We were encouraged to call or email with questions or suggestions for our trip.

We were also reminded that we need to make a park reservation for the first park we wanted to visit that day.

Guests on a Disney VIP Tour could Park Hop any time (no waiting until 1pm or 2pm for “park hoppers” to be admitted), provided

The Nerd knows the Nerdlings and knew that attractions would be the star of our first Disney VIP Tour.

We emailed them a list of all we wanted to achieve in our 7+ hours on tour…and it was ambitious:

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

We asked to be picked up at 9am and dropped off/left at Epcot at the conclusion of our Disney VIP Tour in order to make our 6pm San Angel Inn reservation and the team was happy to oblige.

The Disney VIP Tour Details – It’s Go Time!!

At 8:43am – 17 minutes before we were “on the clock”, we received a text from our guide that he had arrived in front of our hotel ( Disney’s Pop Century ).

Telling us precisely where he would meet us.

As we approached the vehicle, Roy bounded out of the car, made introductions and we were on our way.

Our ride was a silver Chevy Suburban and we hit the road!

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First things first. Roy confirmed there were no delayed openings for the morning and suggested we head for Magic Kingdom to kick off our day.

Our entire crew readily agreed.

Even on a Disney VIP Tour, Magic Kingdom is quite a hike from just about anywhere on Disney World property.

It took us more than 15 minutes to get to the hotel – no traffic, very few stops or slow downs…it was a straight shot.

This gave the Nerd time to pepper Roy with countless questions, talk Disney trivia and strategy, ask about unruly guests and work through the plan for our busy day.

The first stop was the Contemporary Resort for temperature screening and was just a short stop.

Before we knew it the Nerd clan was back in car and on the way to our first stop – Magic Kingdom.

Stop #1: Magic Kingdom Park

Parking for Disney VIP Tours at Magic Kingdom is nothing short of amazing.

In fact, the moment Roy parked the car, we all knew it was going to be an amazing day.

We parked literal steps from Tomorrowland, left anything in the car we didn’t want to take with us and stepped into the Magic Kingdom.

Roy knew we had quite a “to do” list for the day and asked about our walking speed and desired pace.

After the Nerd assured him our goal was to pack in as much as possible for the day, he lead the way at a brisk pace.

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The Disney VIP Tour Guides are terrific.

They will take the reins and lead the way.

If you want to chat with them (we did), they are happy to answer all of your questions.

If you want to let them lead while you hang back with your group, they are fine with that.

They truly go out of their way to help you accomplish your goals for the day.

Potty stop?

No problem.

Just say the word.

Our first attraction was Space Mountain where we used the FastPass+ queue to access the attraction. Roy escorted us all the way to the ride and had a great time!

We scanned our MagicBand to secure our attraction photo via Memory Maker , browsed the gift shop for a bit and found Roy just outside waiting for us.

Next, we were off to Fantasyland and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train .

The socially distanced line was already more than halfway around the mountain, but Roy walked us to the attraction’s entrance where we were scanned into the FastPass+ line for a 5 minute wait.

We made the short walk to Peter Pan’s Flight where FastPass+ was once again our mode of entry.

Having defeated Captain Hook and returned safely from Neverland, we took a brief restroom stop.

The Nerd was still getting used to this entire concept and debating between yelling at the group “this is costing a fortune, there are no bathroom breaks!” and walking slower to smell the roses knowing we had all the time in the world.

This Disney VIP Tour battle – the angel and the devil on his shoulder – was fought in his head periodically throughout the day.

Our group rounded the corner to Haunted Mansion where Roy walked us into the attraction through the exit, around a corner and straight to the front of the line.

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Despite the attraction”s warning of there being “room for one more”, our entire group put off the ever after for the moment and found Roy outside the mansion’s front gates.

We walked across the park to Splash Mountain where Roy scanned us into the FastPass+ queue and sent us on our way.

Only four of the six Nerds rode this for fear of being wet and cold despite our Disney VIP Tour Guide’s insistence that we need not worry.

Exactly as Roy predicted, we met up with our group bone dry!

We shuffled a few steps and found ourselves again being scanned into a FastPass+ queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (if this schedule seems crazy, it’s because it was).

We walked right onto our train and climbed, dropped, twisted and screamed our way through the mine.

The group found Roy who immediately began to lead us back to Tomorrowland.

Buzz Lightyear Galactic Hero sticker from the Disney VIP Tour

Not so fast!

We all know how the Nerd feels about Mickey Pretzels …and it was time for a snack.

And the best part?

Roy knew exactly which kiosk would be selling the warm salted pieces of heaven coveted by Nerds around the globe (and Churros for those who cannot recognize perfection in a Mickey head).

After a snack break, Roy found a great spot for a family photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle and then it was off to Tomorrowland.

Our last stop at Magic Kingdom was to be Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin .

Instead of the FastPass+ queue, we were escorted through Buzz’s Star Command (the ride’s gift shop), through a door, around a corner and right onto the ride.

It would be later that the Nerd would have chance to go back and secure his 999,999 points, Galactic Hero sticker and the respect of his Nerdlings.

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Before we knew it, Roy walked us through a side door (we never knew it was there!!) and out of our secret entrance (I guess we should call it a secret exit?) and back to our waiting vehicle.

We got situated, loaded the Nerdlings into the far back, buckled up, noted – amazingly – it had been about 90 minutes since this party began and headed off to our next stop.

So far, so good.

We were getting a lot done on our once-in-a-lifetime Disney VIP Tour and it seemed like the day had really just started.

Certainly, we were going to accomplish more than we ever had (by a very very long shot) in a day.

And this wasn’t even one of those get to Animal Kingdom at 7a and leave Epcot at 11p kind of days!

Stop #2: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We could hear the ROAR of the engine – okay, a bit dramatic – we actually cruised to Animal Kingdom in comfort.

Now, we were expecting a Disney VIP Tour entrance to the park in an area we had never seen, leading to an area of the park we never would have imagined was so directly accessible.

And you know what?

We got exactly what was expected!

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We were definitely disoriented with regards to the park’s entrance and not quite sure where we were.

We could have asked – and Roy would have gladly told us – but where is the fun in that.

This time we entered an area that did not take us directly into the park, as we had with Magic Kingdom , instead we walked through a Cast Member area with folks heading to and from their jobs. Cool!

As we rounded the corner, we found ourselves in the middle of Pandora and a few steps away from our first stop, Na’vi River Journey .

Roy used his magic cellphone app and escorted us to the front of the attraction via the FastPass+ queue.

As we had seen several times before – from the parking lot guards, to Cast Member after Cast Member – they

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greeted Roy with a smile (some knew his name before he was close enough for them to read his name tag) and asked him how many guests were on his Disney VIP Tour and waved us through.

After the calm river ride, it was time for the banshee craziness of Avatar Flight of Passage .

Once again, FastPass+ was our queue and we quickly navigated our way to the front of the line and into the pre-show.

Once we de-bansheed and arrived back in Pandora, the craziness of walking straight onto attraction after attraction set in.

But no time to waste – we had more mountains to conquer!

SIDE NOTE: Roy tried to make his case that the Colossal Pretzel with beer cheese at Pongu Pongu was a strong rival for the Nerd favorite Mickey Pretzel (news flash – it’s not) as we made our way toward Asia.

The Nerd concludes Disney VIP Tour Guides may not know everything .

Expedition Everest is a Nerd and Nerdling favorite!

Our Disney VIP Tour Guide took us to the side entrance for the attraction where we were immediately let through and escorted to the front of the queue.

We were told due to COVID that they were not taking line requests, but the Cast Members kindly accommodated and we scored excellent seats for our Yeti encounter.

After exiting the ride, we found Roy and he took the four people who wanted to ride again right back to the front of the line.

They returned, exhilarated and a bit dizzy, and we made our way to the front of the park.

While we took a quick “comfort break”, Roy took our MagicBands and scanned us in for the day so that our tickets were verified and a day was used.

Before we knew it, he was back and escorting us to a different

Cast Member area and back out to the parking lot to our vehicle.

As we got settled, he asked us about lunch and, after hearing us all talk about how much we were starving (forget the fact that we had eaten before he picked us up and already eaten a small fortune worth of Disney World snacks.

He recommended we place a mobile order so that it would be ready about the time we arrived at our next destination!

Stop #3: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Roy suggested ABC Commissary for lunch and we passed around a phone for mobile ordering (and geez, Grammy Nerd was slow and the Nerdlings even slower – choose something to eat already!).

And placed our order before we arrived and parked at a side entrance to Hollywood Studios .

We left our sweatshirts in the car as the day was heating up and “magically” appeared by Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy as we moved swiftly (lest the Nerdlings get hungrier) toward lunch.

We were notified via the My Disney Experience app that our food was ready just as we arrived and we were ushered into the dining area, picked up our food and found a table – the timing (Roy’s timing) was perfect!

It was almost as if he had lead a Disney VIP Tour before.

After lunch, we were excited to experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and were brought in through a side door and quickly made our way to the front of the queue (seriously, I will never be able to stand in line the same way again!).

We slid into our seats, whirled and twirled our way through the zany and exceptional attraction and, as was becoming habit, found Roy waiting for us as we exited.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios had felt like a half-day park for years.

There were two headliner attractions – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.

That made touring pretty easy.

Sprint for one of the two attractions first thing in the morning, ride the other immediately after (or at the end of the day), experience your favorite shows, have lunch and bounce.

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Today, just two years later and after 5+ years of being an after thought, Hollywood Studios arguably has the most headliner attractions.

And certainly the longest average wait time for a headliner if you think Magic Kingdom has more.

This makes touring the park much more difficult because you are bound to find yourself waiting in several 60+ minute lines, regardless of the order.

And the park just keeps filling up throughout the day.

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So while Magic Kingdom is larger with more ground to cover, Hollywood Studios made an incredible impression on us Nerds during the Disney VIP Tour.

It set the stage to allow us, when touring on our own without a guide, to pick and choose the attractions we wished to experience a second time instead of being forced to choose between long lines for rides we had yet to enjoy!

And so we did!

Our next stop was Slinky Dog Dash where we were scanned through the FastPass+ entrance and after a 5-minute wait, we were on the roller coaster flying past Woody, Jessie and all of our Toy Story favorites.

We walked a few steps and Roy escorted us through the FastPass+ entrance of Alien Swirling Saucers where we smiled and laughed our way around the famed claw!

This attraction along with Disneyland’s Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is highly underrated as a family ride, though the proximity and bright colors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land keep the line long and the crowds coming back.

Dizzy from the ride, the Nerd talked to Roy and decided to call an audible to our Disney VIP Tour plan.

We were knocking things off the list right and left and we had decision to make.

Earlier in the day, our group secured a spot in the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance virtual queue.

The good folks at the Disney VIP Tour planning department had recommended against experiencing this attraction during the tour.

Their reasoning was sound: the guides would have no way to expedite our experience and we would, therefore, be waiting in the same line whether we experienced the ride with Roy or alone.

To the Nerds way of thinking, this was excellent advice.

However, there were two nagging thoughts.

First, we had trouble securing Rise of the Resistance passes on our last trip and we were unsure if it was the change to 7am distributions, lighter crowds or blind luck that we had secured them today.

Second, given the attractions that had been experienced thus far, the remaining days of our trip would be ours to control if we experienced this attraction today.

Since Rise poses unique challenges with park reservations and switching parks at the last minute.

All doable but this would take the stress off.

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Our boarding group had been called hours ago and our Disney VIP Tour Guide explained that Cast Members at Rise of the Resistance were generally pretty good at accommodating people who were late (never for those who are early).

So, new plans made and a meeting place selected, Roy once again collected our MagicBands to go make sure we would be able to experience Rise of the Resistance and scanned us into the FastPass+ queue for Toy Story Mania .

Fresh off our Toy Story competition, it was time to save the Galaxy and we made our way to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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We found Roy and he set us in motion to experience Rise of the Resistance.

While waiting in line, we continued to strategize a bit and decided we would end our tour in Hollywood Studios instead of Epcot.

Because the Skyliner to Epcot was scheduled to be down the rest of the day and we preferred to have our car vs taking a Disney bus at the end of the night.

Our Disney VIP Tour Guide offered to go a bit into “his time” to get us to Epcot and get settled.

We also had the option of extending the tour.

We considered both and were grateful for Roy’s offer.

The devil and the angel appeared back on the Nerd’s shoulders to have the. “Is it worth $500 to have someone drive you to Epcot to get on Frozen and Test Track ?”.

Ultimately, it was the travel logistics at the end of our night, long after we would have split off from Roy that determined our course.

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We made our way to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and two in our party were feeling the effects of our wild day.

They opted to just “chill” while four of us sped our way to LA for an Aerosmith concert.

Given our change in plans, we had to make a quick trip to the car to get our sweatshirts and other items we had left in the car.

We were rewarded with yet another entrance into the park – those Disney VIP Tour Guides sure know how to make something seemingly basic into something wonderful!

Roy guided those of us Nerds left standing to the FastPass+ queue of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Where we said our goodbyes, tipped our Disney VIP Tour guide and made our way to the hotel lobby to experience one of Disney World’s best attractions.

Exhausted – not from walking, but from attraction overload, we checked out a few stores (the Nerd may or may not have grabbed another pretzel) and made our way to the Skyliner .

The plan was to head back to the hotel for a little bit of a break before our 6pm dinner reservation in Epcot .

As we disembarked the Skyliner at the Caribbean Beach Resort to transfer to the Pop Century line, we noticed the Skyliner to Epcot had reopened!

So we hopped on and started our Epcot adventure a little early.

We would eventually experience Gran Fiesta Starring the Three Caballeros prior to dinner and experience a 20-25 minute wait (which felt like a lot after our Disney VIP Tour escorts and 0-minute waits!) for Frozen Ever After prior to heading back to the hotel for the night.

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The day was a spectacular one and as we munched on chips and salsa, sipped margaritas and Diet Coke and reflected on our day.

We were amazed at all we had accomplished, experienced and seen.

We joked about the secret entrances, our Disney VIP Tour Guide’s knowledge and what it might be like to be a Club 33 Member.

We talked about how crazy the day was and how just 9 hours earlier, we had started at Magic Kingdom.

We were also excited about our trip – after all, this was just Day 1.

And the Disney VIP Tour had set us up to enjoy our remaining four days in a completely different way.

We no longer needed to “stress” about seeing all the headliners.

We already experienced them!

In fact, the next four days would be a trip at a slower pace than any Disney World vacation in recent memory.

We would dawdle more, snack more, spend more time in shops, take nap breaks and still get a chance to experience our favorites again with minimal waits.

We spent a lot of time talking about if we would do a Disney VIP Tour again or, if so, how it would be different. It was a mixed bag with no clear answers. In fact, The Nerds own analysis is like a stream of consciousness that makes no sense.

If money were no object, it would be nice to do this for two days.

One day solely at Magic Kingdom due to the sheer volume of attractions.

This would allow plenty of time to “smell the roses” and not feel rushed. The other day could be a headliner tour at the other parks.

BUT, this would bring into play the issues we experienced of too many rides too close together and a scrambled brain.

Could you get a Disney VIP Tour Guide for three days?

But now, it’s $10k plus tickets for three days at Disney World and that seems exceptionally insane.

Perhaps the strategy would be different once FastPass+ is back up and running where you could combine a Disney VIP Tour with late evening FastPasses at a park.

At least you would have the headliners scheduled for minimal waits throughout the trip.

Would we do it again? Maybe.

It’s all so confusing! We walked away with incredible memories and the knowledge that what we really need are the Club 33 passes where we can experience whichever FastPasses we want all day long.

With no concern that we are paying someone to stand by while we take a 25 minute nap on Carousel of Progress.

Perhaps that would be the ultimate Disney experience?

The search continues…

Interesting Tidbits from the Disney VIP Tour

The Nerd asked and asked and asked questions during the Disney VIP Tour.

Here are a few of the interesting things we uncovered that were not a part of this post:

We observed many Fastpass+ queues in use even though the program is suspended.

Although we entered the FastPass+ queue for many attractions, Roy scanned us in – what we observed were guests without a guide using their own MagicBands .

It turns out these people were generally comprised of people with disability access cards and Club 33 (see bucket list item #6 at the top of the article) members/guests.

From the research we did, Club 33 members/guests using a pass can get use +/- 12 FastPass+ queues per day across all Disney World Parks.

Stay tuned in coming years for THAT review!

The Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center was the site of President Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” speech .

Prior to COVID, some days saw up to 180 Disney VIP Tours operating simultaneously.

Today, a busy day is closer to 32. The Nerd is expecting some pent up Disney Demand in the coming months.

Due to COVID, the Disney VIP Tour Guides are not permitted to ride or dine with guests; though this had been an option previously.

Yes, some people exclusively visit Disney World via Disney VIP Tours.

It could be as many as 3-5+ days in a row with the same guide.

Many request the same guide each visit – even if a couple of years apart.

Yes, sometimes people take these Disney VIP Tours alone.

The Nerd felt like he should have known about the Hidden Pascal’s (that cute little chameleon from Tangled ) in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

There are 10 of these adorable critters blending in with their surroundings near the Rapunzel’s tower by the restrooms between it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion .

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So….Was the Disney VIP Tour Worth It?

Yes and no.

Yes – absolutely!

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and was wonderful.

We experienced parts of the park and the luxury of bypassing crowds and bottlenecks.

It was unique, it was fun and we saw an incredible amount of Disney World .

If you were crunched for time or looking for a way to keep a group of 10 together (especially if you can split the cost), it’s terrific.

It is also too much of a good thing when experiencing the parks at the pace we set for ourselves.

The Nerd found himself looking at it as costing X dollars to experience a ride instead of stepping back and saying, “the day is paid for, let’s make sure we enjoy it.”

There was a nagging feeling of getting great value – and we did – instead of just enjoying the day.

To do it all over again, the Nerd would have to get his head on straight and focus on simply having a great day instead of experiencing everything possible.

It’s fun to skip the lines, but the best part is being with friends and family and enjoying the parks.

The next time, the Nerd would pick a park – probably Magic Kingdom – and start there and see where the day goes.

Perhaps we would experience fewer attractions and maybe it would be more.

But we would slow down and experience what was interesting with no regard for the length of the line, eat when we want to eat, shop when we want to shop.

If this includes just chilling before the next showing of the Country Bear Jamboree , so be it.

That’s the point, to do what you want, when you want and spend the day like a VIP.

It’s not a license to skip lines, it’s a promise that you will enjoy a day unlike any other.

If you can experience a Disney VIP Tour, you should.

Curious what the Disneyland private tour cost is? We have the answer PLUS tips!

It’s a great experience for everyone involved.

As they say, “practice makes perfect!”.

It seems we will be “practicing” this again!

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Disney Private VIP Tours

Making our kingdom yours.

Explore the parks* with your own VIP Tour Guide during a customizable experience filled with attractive benefits.

The team at Disney VIP Tour Services will plan the most efficient, enjoyable way for groups up to 10 Guests to see and do the things on your list. Just tell your personal VIP Tour Guide what you'd like to see, and they'll customize your day to your desire!

After being picked up in a private vehicle from your Walt Disney World Resort accommodations or branded partner resort accommodations, enjoy unparalleled hospitality and experience some of your favorite attractions alongside a VIP Tour Guide.

Some of the personalized services include:

  • Pre-arrival planning
  • A flexible start time, picked by you
  • Visits to multiple theme parks* in one or more days
  • The ability to enjoy some of your favorite attractions efficiently through most Lightning Lane entrances
  • Shared insight from your highly knowledgeable VIP Tour Guide throughout your tour

*All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour

Pricing and Reservations

  • Pricing:  Ranging from $450 to $900 per hour, depending on the season (valid park admission is required for each park visited on tour and is not included in the price of the tour).
  • Reservations: Call (407) 939-5277 to book. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. Learn when advance reservations can be made.

Know Before You Go

  • All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour
  • Disney VIP Tours participate in full security screenings (including bag checks) during your Disney VIP Tour. Guests should be prepared for screenings with their appropriate government issued identification.
  • Disney Private VIP Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort are very popular and may be limited in availability. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made.
  • All Private VIP Tours must be booked for a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 Guests, including infants.
  • Entertainment offerings are subject to availability and may be restricted by capacity constraints at the time of booking.
  • You will incur a cancellation fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per tour if you do not provide at least 48-hour notice when cancelling any Private VIP Tour.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cellphones may be used while in backstage areas.
  • Guests 17 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participating parent or guardian.
  • Pricing and information are subject to change without notice.

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Everything You NEED to Know About VIP Tours in Disney World

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Are you hoping to have the best day ever in Disney World during your visit? Well, of course, you are!

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We can’t blame you for wanting the best vacation ever!

You’ve saved and planned for months to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth, and you’ll definitely want to experience as much as you possibly can. One of the ways to get a LOT accomplished in a little amount of time is a VIP tour , and if you’ve ever been interested in this offering, we’re breaking down what all the experience entails!

What is a VIP Tour?

A Disney World VIP tour is a paid, add-on experience where guests will be guided through the park(s) by a knowledgeable Cast Member. During your visit, you’ll get the ultimate VIP treatment — including a customizable itinerary, backstage transportation, and front-of-the-line privileges at attractions.  

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Magic Kingdom

Throughout the day, you’ll also be able to learn fun facts about Disney World from the guides, seeing and hearing about details that only Disney insiders know. If you’re a Disney history buff or you’re looking for the most luxurious way to spend the day — this could be just right for you!

What Happens Before You Go

When planning a VIP tour, there are a few things to note. First, you’ll need valid theme park admission, and that’s not included in the cost of the tour. If you want to visit multiple theme parks during your tour, you’ll need to purchase Park Hopper tickets.

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Also, Disney Park Pass reservations are still required for entry on a VIP tour day. You’ll have to make a reservation for every member of your party at the first park you plan to visit.

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Animal Kingdom

As far as the tour itself goes, you must book for at least 7 hours, and your party can have up to 10 people. The cost ranges from $425 to $850 per hour , depending on the season. (Remember that you can split that cost with the people in your party, so gathering a bigger group may be a good thing!) You’ll also want to budget for the optional gratuity — it’s just nice to tip your guide.

What Happens On the Day of Your Tour

Even though you’re a “VIP” for the day, you’ll still have to follow certain rules when in the parks! You won’t be able to use cameras, phones, or recording equipment in any backstage areas of the park that you visit.

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You’ll only be able to take pictures in regular guest areas.

Also, children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult , so don’t plan for your kiddos to go on this tour alone!

Pickup and Travel

At the beginning of your day, you can schedule a pickup from your Walt Disney World accommodations . (Keep in mind that your hotel price is not included in the cost of the tour, either.) The clock starts on your day at your scheduled pickup time, so you’ll want to be on time for this meet-up.

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Hotel stay not included!

If you’d prefer to save a little time and meet your guide at the parks, you can do that as well, starting your tour later in the day. Either way, you’ll be chauffeured around to your chosen locations throughout the day in your own private transportation vehicle. You’ll park in backstage areas instead of the regular parking lots and enter through private park entrances. How fancy!

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You’ll get to skip the public parking lots!

One of the best parts about a VIP tour is being able to skip the long wait for your favorite attractions. When you arrive at your selected ride, you’ll be directed through the Lightning Lane queue to skip the standby line and get to the front much faster.

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Ready to skip the line?!

If the attraction doesn’t have a specified Lightning Lane, then you’ll be able to skip the entire line — what a treat! 

Keep in mind that if you’re touring for 7 hours, you’re likely going to need to stop and eat. Meals are not included in the cost of your tour, so you’ll want to budget accordingly.

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Don’t forget to stop and eat!

To save time, it’s probably best to dine quick service on your VIP tour day . Your guide may also give you complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day, like water bottles, popcorn, and Mickey Ice Cream Bars. 

The Cast Members/Tour Guides

The Cast Member guides themselves are (in our opinion) the best part about the tour! They’ll be able to share insider knowledge and facts about the parks throughout the day, and you can ask them questions about how things work in Disney World.

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Disney Cast Members are extra special!

Walking around the parks and into attraction queues with s omeone who can point out all the little details and backstory can really enhance your time at Disney World!

Is a VIP Tour Worth the Cost?

That’s entirely up to you! It’s a LOT of money, but you’re really paying for the ultimate Walt Disney World experience. You’ll get expert knowledge, fast transportation, and you’ll be able to avoid waiting in long lines.

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No need to wait in long lines!

If you’re visiting Disney World for a short amount of time, you could easily knock out quite a few attractions in one day with a VIP tour and get more done than you would be able to otherwise. You may be able to work it into your budget if you split the cost between a party of 10, rather than take the tour with a small group. The service you receive throughout the day will be unparalleled, and it’s hard to put a price on that!

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You could have a really “magical” day!

However, you definitely don’t NEED to do a VIP tour to have the “perfect” day at Disney! Here at DFB, we specialize in helping guests with all the tips and information they need to know before their trips, and if you walk into your vacation well-informed and prepared , you’ll be able to accomplish much more. If you’re heading to the parks soon, make sure to check out our planning guides and our YouTube channel in addition to following the blog — we’ve got tons of advice to share!

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April 28, 2023 at 10:35 am

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July 13, 2023 at 5:18 pm

Quite honestly, if I had the money I would do this for my daughter. We took her to the magic Kingdom for her 6th birthday. It was so crowded she only went on 1 ride. She should have had a magical day. Sadly it was frustrating and boring for her.

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Behind the Secret Curtain: A Personal Disney VIP Tour Review

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It may seem like a dream. A shiny black SUV arrives at your Disney World hotel. Out steps a private Disney VIP tour guide, and soon you’re off on your own personal adventure through Disney World parks. No lines, no waiting and royal magical treatment fit for a prince or princess.

As a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations , it’s incumbent upon me to try as much as Disney has to offer firsthand, to help my clients plan the best Disney World vacation . So, when a friend offered me the chance to join her on a VIP tour of Disney World, I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity.

While a Disney VIP tour certainly sounds like an elite experience, you may wonder if it really lives up to travelers’ expectations, and more importantly, is it worth the cost? I’ll answer these questions and more as I delve into my recent experience in this Disney World VIP tour review.

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What is a disney vip tour.

In case you’ve heard of a Disney VIP tour but aren’t quite certain what one entails, let’s start with the basics. A Disney VIP tour is a paid, premium experience at Disney World for travelers with deep pockets or anyone who would like a little extra vacation splurge.

Disney VIP tours are designed to whisk you out of the typical park experience into a more magical world where you wait in fewer lines, get access to Disney secrets, walk through backstage areas, and of course, wait in much shorter lines.

How Does a Disney VIP Tour Work?

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When embarking on a VIP tour to Disney World, you’ll be assigned your own personal tour guide, whose job it is to see that your visit to Disney parks is magical and filled with enchanted wonder. The Disney VIP tour experience includes:

  • Private pick up at your hotel. Smaller groups can enjoy the comfort of a decked-out SUV. Larger groups will travel in a passenger van.
  • Snacks and drinks upon pick up and throughout the day.
  • Personal escort through the parks and onto rides.
  • Personal service, including assistance with park planning and tips to make your day more enjoyable.

Parties of up to 10 guests may book a Disney VIP tour, though you could certainly make this a solo experience or include a party of a smaller size. VIP tours are booked for a minimum of 7 hours and a maximum of 10.

You’ll be charged an hourly rate and billed for the first 7 hours 2 days prior to your tour. You have up until that time to cancel, or you’ll be charged the equivalent of a 2-hour rate.

Once on the tour, you may add additional hours up to the maximum of ten hours. This flexibility is great for accommodating a full slate of plans without having to worry about running out of time. However, if you want to stick to a certain timeframe, your tour guide will offer guidance to keep your day on track.

A Disney World VIP Tour Review: Our Personal Experience

Since I’m offering an overview of my personal experience here, I’ll say one thing up front in this Disney World VIP tour review: It’s an exhausting experience. Fun and magical, yes, but plan on being very tired by the day’s end.

Here’s what we experienced on our VIP tour:

The Disney VIP Tour Hotel Pickup

Every Disney VIP tour includes personal pickup at your Disney hotel or any other location you choose. Our personal VIP tour began when our tour guide, the amazing Helen, pulled up in a white passenger van.

Since we were looking for a nice luxury SUV, we were a little surprised (and disappointed?) but had to be realistic. Our group consisted of 8 adults and 2 children. That’s 10 total passengers, and we just weren’t going to fit into even the largest SUV. And that was fine, since Helen’s engaging personality made it clear from the start that she was going to do everything she could to ensure we had the best day in the parks, regardless of how we got there.

Helen began by introducing herself and speaking with our party lead, Sandy. While I, as a travel agent, had booked the tour for our party, Sandy was the planner behind it. She told me the parks she wanted to visit when I booked the tour with Disney, so I was able to convey these details at that time. Helen spent a few minutes confirming these plans and then helped us all get loaded into the van, even pulling out a stool for easier step up into the interior.

Guests of a Disney World VIP tour get into the van during pickup at their hotel.

She chatted amiably with us throughout the drive to Hollywood Studios , our first park of the day. She offered little tidbits of information about the tour and little pieces of breaking news as she drove. It was hard to hear her in the back of the van, but we all appreciated her spirit and the bits of wisdom we were able to catch.

Arriving at Disney Hollywood Studios—Our First Park of the Day

If you’re thinking a Disney VIP tour guide is going to pull into the regular parking lot and drop you off at a magical location exclusive to tour guests, it gets better than that. Helen drove into a gated backstage area for our first stop, where several cast members were waiting.

They enthusiastically greeted us and offered us a selection of snacks. These included a variety of options for kids and adults alike, such as Mickey shaped Rice Krispie treats, Kind bars and potato chips. It’s not a meal by any definition, but we could take as many as we wanted.

An assortment of snacks passed out to guests on a Disney VIP tour.

Cast members also passed out pins for us to wear. These identified us as VIP tour guests, so we could have access to all of the included experiences. This will become particularly important later for gaining entry to expedited ride queues.

After taking care of the formalities and our stomachs, Helen escorted us into the park. This particular portal led us in beside the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster queue, so we made that our first stop. Helen scanned her magic Disney VIP tour guide card at the entrance to the Lightning Lane and held up the line for all 10 of us to proceed.

Once at the next check point, she showed her badge again. The cast member in charge here held us until we could be the first into the pre-show area. Once we were waved in, Helen led us inside and made sure to position us in front of the doors that would open to the ride queue.

When the doors opened, she ushered us in, holding off other guests who may have pushed their way into our party, to ensure we were first out the door and into the queue. Here, she worked her magic again, speaking to the cast member in charge of row assignments and telling them in which rows she would like her party to be seated. Her goal was always to place us in the best spot to experience the attraction, and she always got her way.

One incredibly nice thing about a VIP tour, is that your guide will take care of all of your bags during the ride. Helen gathered up an armload of backpacks, waist packs and the like as each rider took their assigned row.

Sandy and I decided to opt out of this coaster, since we’d already ridden earlier in the week. We’ve found that over time, that Aerosmith’s wild limo ride is a little too much for our aging joints, so Helen accommodated us by leading us to a backstage waiting area at the exit. We chatted for a bit until the riders in our party returned and then we were off to our next adventure.

In general, you can expect your tour guide to bring you into each attraction through the Lightning Lane . In the case of our next ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, we skipped all queues to the ride and entered through a backstage access door . This entry point led us right outside the doors to the pre-show.

Since Helen was allowed to enter the preshow first, she positioned us in a prime location. Once the preshow ended and the gate to the queue opened, we were once again the first ones in line. While we did have to wait in the last portion of the queue for this ride, we did skip the wait in the Lightning Lane. All in, we probably only waited a minute or 2 before Helen was instructing the cast member to seat us in rows 6-9 since these were the best for experiencing the attraction.

One thing to note here during our Disney VIP tour review, is that your tour guide will not ride on the attractions with you. Instead, they will work behind the scenes to prepare for the next steps in the itinerary or to take care of other tasks dedicated to your comfort. In this instance, it was heading out into the park to get ice cold bottles of Smart Water for all of us.

A selection of bottled water offered to guests on a Disney World VIP tour.

For those who are unfamiliar with Disney parks, you generally have 2 options when it comes to bottled water: Dasani or Smart Water. While Dasani is definitely cheaper, the Smart Water has a more palatable taste to most guests. The fact that Helen chose the more expensive Smart Water for our morning refreshment just underscores the fact that Disney recognizes the premium expectations of guests who book a Disney VIP tour.

We finished up our time in Hollywood Studios with a visit to Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance , 2 rides on Slinky Dog Dash and a final show down on Toy Story Midway Mania. I’m proud to say that I hit my trip high score during our VIP tour, though as usual, it really was not much to brag about.

Off to Magic Kingdom, Second Stop in Our Disney VIP Tour Review

To head off to Magic Kingdom , the next stop on our Disney VIP tour, we made our way back to our van. I was pleasantly surprised to find the AC already running and a completely cooled interior, thanks to the Disney pixies hiding somewhere in the dedicated backstage area.

Our arrival at Magic Kingdom was greeted by some very visible pixies who assisted us out of the van and enthusiastically passed out Disney Rice Krispie treats. This time, we could even choose from treats with chocolate covered ears or candy-coated toppings.

As we munched, Helen led us into another backstage passage. For anyone who has attended a holiday party at Disney, this will look familiar. It’s the same pathway to the right off Main Street USA just past the Confectionary, where you start your trick or treating during Halloween.

We began our Magic Kingdom VIP experience by taking this path toward Magic Kingdom’s newest ride, Tron Lightcycle Run. This attraction was running a virtual queue during our visit and also offering guests the option to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) experience . Since we were VIP for the day, she led us directly to the ILL lane and into the preshow.

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Since Helen took care of all of our bags and such, she told us not to stop at the lockers after the preshow and to head directly to the queue. This saved us a little time and put us ahead of the many guests who had to stop and stow their cargo before riding.

Understanding the Virtual Queue :  New rides at Disney World are usually operated with a virtual queue. Guests log into the My Disney Experience app at 7:00 am and are assigned a position to ride. You can keep tabs on where you are in the virtual queue using the app, and when it’s your time to ride, you’ll receive a push notification. You have one hour from that point to appear at the virtual queue entrance.

As we emerged from the ride, we found Helen overloaded with our bags as well as an armload of Mickey pretzels and churros. It seems the aim with a VIP tour is to give you a taste of each park. Since these are 2 of the most popular snacks in the Magic Kingdom, she wanted to make sure we had the chance to experience them.

Disney VIP tour guide passes out snacks to tour guests.

As we ate, we walked over to 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. This was the first bottleneck in our Disney VIP tour review, and it was consistent with every other day we had spent at Magic Kingdom during the trip. This seems to be one ride where people are more than willing to pay the price for the Individual Lightning Lane, so the Lightning Lane queue was always very long, even for VIP tour guests. However, it went quickly with Helen escorting us to the second scan in point to ensure we got priority treatment here.

While we rode, Helen once again grabbed some water for us to wash down our snacks. We then headed over to the castle for a quick photo op and for some members of our party to grab an additional snack at Casey’s Corner. One thing that needs to be mentioned in any Disney VIP tour review is the fact that regular meals are not included. The previously mentioned snacks were all a part of the VIP experience, but if you choose to stop at Disney restaurants, you’ll need to make your own purchases.

With the number of snacks you are provided during a tour, it’s honestly hard to imagine wanting to eat. After munching on rice Krispie treats and churros or pretzels, we were provided a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich or ice cream bar before getting back in the van and heading to EPCOT.

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EPCOT, the Last Stop in our Disney VIP Tour Review

Our arrival at the EPCOT backstage area was similar to the previous stops mentioned in this Disney VIP tour review. We were greeted by cast members and offered more treats before Helen led us off to our next great adventure: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

With this ride, we needed to fight our way to the ILL line like every other guest. If you haven’t experienced this attraction, I’ll explain.

The way the entrance is designed, there’s a bit of a bottle neck since there isn’t much room for guests to queue as they scan in for either the Lightning Lane or the virtual queue. Also, the Lightning Lane is poorly signed, leading many guests to try to scan in through the virtual queue instead of the correct point of entry. This leads to delays, as guests try repeatedly to get their card or MagicBand to work. The poor signage also has guests standing in front of the entry points, blocking access as they try to determine where they should be.

Since a VIP tour guide will never plow through guests inside the park, we had a bit of a delay to get to the scan point. It was nothing significant, but I mention it as part of the Disney VIP tour review for any guest who may be expecting to be whisked on and off rides away from all of the crowds.

Once inside the Lightning Lane queue, we were led directly to the pre-show. Helen accompanied us and again positioned us so we would have first access into the queue. This would have worked if some disrespectful guests hadn’t opened the door during the preshow experience. What transpired after was a stampede of guests, all thinking they had to leave the show.

Unfortunately, this is a new trend at this ride which we hope Disney finds a way to deter quickly. This happened 2 different times that we rode, as repeat guests tried to get to the ride faster by skipping the pre-show. If you’re ever so inclined, please be considerate of other guests and wait out the preshow. As Helen explained, by opening the doors, the guests shut down the preshow experience for the other riders in line, robbing new guests of the chance to understand the backstory so vital to the ride.

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Once we found our way down to the ride, Helen as usual told the cast member in charge of seat assignments that she wanted her party to be placed in the front cars. If you haven’t been on the ride before, this is truly the best place to experience the attraction, so we were thrilled.

Following Cosmic Rewind, we planned to visit Frozen Ever After. However, since we had told Helen we wanted to keep the tour to 7 hours, she was always keeping track of time. After checking the wait for Frozen she let us know that we’d likely be over time if we wanted a second guide on Cosmic Rewind. Since Frozen is no match for EPCOT’s newest coaster, our group was happy to skip it.

That meant, we headed over to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure . Again, Sandy and I sat this one out to avoid motion sickness, so we had a chance to chat again with Helen. We talked about how tired we were and how we were dreading having to wait until our 7:00 reservation at Space 220 to eat and head back to the hotel.

This is where I think the biggest perk of a VIP tour can be experienced—dedicated attention. She offered to try to try to get us an earlier Advance Dining Reservation, while we took our last ride on Cosmic Rewind. Miracle worker that she is, she succeeded.

She met us at the exit to Cosmic Rewind and ushered us right to Space 220. We were a little late, so the restaurant had officially closed to new guests in order to prepare for the dinner rush, but she got us right in. We took one last final picture and headed to the turbo lift to dine in space.

Advantages of a Disney World VIP Tour

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While I mentioned several of the advantages of a VIP tour in the Disney VIP tour review above, it’s worth speaking to some of the perks in greater detail. While it may sound like a simple perk, the private transportation to the parks is actually a tremendous timesaver.

If you’ve ever used Disney’s complimentary transportation , you know that waiting for the next bus, boat or monorail can come with a wait mid-day when park hopping. You don’t have to worry about this with a Disney VIP tour, and since you use backstage entrances, you don’t have to scan in at the entrance to parks and make the trek past the entrance to the attractions. In most instances, you’ll be entering right into the heart of the magic.

Also, keep in mind that your VIP tour will transport you back to your hotel, a restaurant or anywhere you’d like to go on Disney property at the end of your tour. We had dinner reservations in the EPCOT park, so we simply ended our experience there. However, you may ask for a final round of transport to end your tour, saving you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to getting back to your hotel.

The second big perk of a Disney VIP tour is the access to the Lightning Lane , or in some cases, directly to the final ride queue. While the Lightning Lane will always provide faster access to attractions, the fact that your tour guide will ensure that you are always placed at the head of the line is another time saver, helping you to do more with your day and tour.

Aside from time-saving perks, the biggest advantage of the tour is the premium experience. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, personable and dedicated to ensuring that we had the most magical experience possible. The fact that she thought of little things, like taking all of our bags while we rode rides and anticipated our needs, provided the perfect touch.

While I can only speak personally to our tour guide, I have honestly never spoken to anyone, client or friend, who had a bad experience on a Disney VIP tour. The only complaint I’ve ever heard is how tiring a VIP tour is, mainly because you’re trying to fit so much into the time with your guide.

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How Much Is a Disney Private VIP Tour:

Disney VIP Tours are a premium experience with a star-quality price tag. You can expect to pay anywhere between $550 and $750 an hour for a VIP tour. Prices will vary depending on the day of the week and your dates of travel. In general, expect to pay more on weekends and around holidays. Keep in mind, that you will need to commit to a minimum 7-hour experience.

Is a Disney VIP Tour Worth It?

Whether a Disney VIP tour is worth it depends a lot on your vacation budget, how much you value the celebrity treatment and the $3,800 – $7,500 price tag. Since up to 10 people are allowed on each tour, guests with more limited budgets may split the cost across 2 or 3 families and find the experience more economical and magical.

On the other hand, guests with bigger budgets may enjoy several VIP tours during their trip. In speaking with Helen, she indicated that most people she works with will book a VIP tour for each park they visit, rather than hopping from park to park as I discussed in my Disney VIP tour review.

Taking this approach allows for a more leisurely pace. Guests may actually stop and dine at restaurants and still have time to enjoy each of the attractions, since waits in queue lines will be minimal.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking to book a VIP tour to completely avoid crowds, you may not find the experience worth the expense. There is a common misconception that a Disney VIP tour will take you from ride to ride via backstage passages, thereby avoiding park crowds completely. This isn’t the way a VIP tour works, nor do I think it’s completely desirable.

A Disney VIP tour guide will lead you through the parks, allowing you to experience all of the wonder you will find there. If you come across an impromptu character greeting, you can stop and enjoy the show. Every Disney park employs elaborate, realistic theming elements to take you different places and times. It would be a shame to miss this critical aspect of the experience in favor of tunneling through backstage areas just to avoid a few bottlenecks.

In truth, as we moved from place to place with our tour guide, I hardly noticed the other people in the parks at all. I was focused instead on the fun informational tidbits she provided or following her lead down different routes I might not have thought to take on my own.

How to Book a Disney VIP Tour

One of the most important things to understand when booking a Disney VIP tour is how to book. There are a number of third party companies that offer experiences they label as VIP, but there are only two ways to book the experience described in this Disney VIP tour review: directly through Disney by calling the tour booking line, or through a travel agent that specializes in Disney travel.

We’ve heard and read reviews where guests have had terrible experiences with third party guides. Part of the problem is access. Anyone not officially authorized by Disney will not have access to the backstage areas or Lightning Lane queues to help you make the most of your experience. If you want the VIP level treatement described in this review, be sure to book with a travel agent or call Disney yourself and book directly.

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Disney World VIP Tour FAQs

While I’ve covered most of the VIP experience in the Disney VIP tour review section, there are a few other questions that guests often have. I’ve taken a few moments to address those here:

Does a Disney VIP tour include food?

While multiple snacks a day are included in your Disney VIP tour, if you wish to eat at a Disney World restaurant or stop at a kiosk not included in the snacks provided, you will be required to make your own purchases.

Do Disney VIP tours skip lines?

Guests on Disney VIP tours will skip the regular queue on rides and attractions. They will access lines via the Lightning Lane. While there will be some wait for the attraction using this approach, wait times are minimal.

Is Disney VIP Tour priced per person?

Pricing for a Disney VIP tour is assessed hourly for a party of up to ten people.

Do Disney VIP tours sell out?

Yes, Disney VIP tours do sell out. When I spoke with our VIP tour guide about this, she told me that Disney does offer a waitlist for guests who aren’t able to secure a VIP tour booking, but can’t guarantee a spot will open up. She also mentioned that the waitlist had been closed for the last three weeks of December 2024. Because there were far too many people wanting tours, even the waitlist slots had filled up. The important point here is to book early!

When to book a Disney VIP tour?

Since Disney VIP tours do sell out, it’s important to book your tour as soon as you are able to do so. For guests of Disney World resort hotels, that’s 60 days prior to arrival at your resort hotel. All other guests are eligible to book 60 days before the date they wish to take a tour.

Do you tip Disney World VIP tour guide?

It is customary to tip your Disney World tour guide. While there is no recommended rate or percentage, most people indicate that they tip between $200-$500 a day. However, your tip should reflect the quality of the experience the knowledge and dedication of your tour guide.

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My party of 7 did a $4,200 Disney World VIP tour that took us to 3 parks in one day. Here's what it was like and why it was worth it.

  • Disney World VIP tours are a great way to see the parks, but they're not cheap. 
  • Our $4,200, seven-person tour took us to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.
  • It's worth every cent, and if you have a Disney World bucket list, I suggest adding this to it. 

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VIP treatment at Disney World isn't just for celebrities and notable guests, anyone can book a private tour with an experienced guide. 

As a travel agent with MEI Travel , I've booked many VIP tours for my clients, but I'd never experienced one for myself. 

I recently went on my first private VIP tour at Disney World.

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Each VIP tour can accommodate up to 10 guests, and the group gets a specially trained tour guide to bring them around the parks. The minimum time for a tour is seven hours, but you can reserve up to 10.

Prices vary from $450 to $900 an hour depending on the season — it was $600 an hour when we went. If you go over your allotted time, you'll be billed for it. 

All VIP tours require valid theme-park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour. You'll also need to make a park reservation through the Disney World website. 

Although I paid for park tickets for myself and all of my guests, my boss kindly gifted me the tour.

The best part about the tour is that you can customize it.

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For our tour, we decided we wanted to focus on riding attractions at three of the theme parks. 

We opted to start our tour at 2 p.m. so we could end by watching the fireworks from the VIP viewing area at Magic Kingdom.

Our tour guide , Shelby, texted me at 1:50 p.m. to meet her at the stroller services inside Epcot after we entered the park. We were cheerfully greeted by her, and then she asked us about our must-dos for the next seven hours.

In no time, she had us on our way to our first of many attractions.

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Our first ride of the day was Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot. Once we were finished there, we left Epcot through a backstage door and were taken to our van for the day.

Private transportation is included in your tour, be it to and from your resort or between the parks.

On VIP tours, you enter through backstage areas to make your time as efficient as possible.

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As VIP-tour guests, we got to travel through the "backstage" employee areas of the parks.

In no time, we arrived at Hollywood Studios and were greeted with a complimentary snack basket full of chips, protein bars, and Mickey-shaped marshmallow treats, which was a fun little surprise. I grabbed a Mickey treat and was giddy as a child. 

Our tour guide also stopped to get us all bottles of water, which were also included in the cost of the tour. Anytime we needed water or a drink, she'd stop and get it for us.

Pro tip : Full meals are not included in the price of the tour, and make sure you account for that time because the clock doesn't stop. 

We spent our time at Hollywood Studios riding the major attractions.

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While we were at Hollywood Studios, we rode Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Tower of Terror all in under 90 minutes.

Sadly, two big attractions we wanted to go on were down, and we couldn't ride them.

Pro tip : If you're stuck on an attraction for a longer period of time, your tour time "pauses" and you're not penalized for the time spent waiting.

We asked our tour guide to ride the attractions with us.

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Your tour guide doesn't have to ride the attractions with you unless you ask them to (Shelby rode with us). But they have to escort you to the Lightning Lane (expedited line) entrance for ease of access.

As VIP-tour guests, we bypassed the standby lines and went right to the front.

We still had to wait a little, but I think the most we were in line for anything was around 10 minutes.

We were able to stop for a few fun group photos.

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Disney PhotoPass downloads aren't included in the tour, but you can pay extra for any professional photos taken in the parks via the My Disney Experience app.

We used our extra time at Hollywood Studios to grab a few fun shots. 

Our final stop of the day was Magic Kingdom.

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Once we were done in Hollywood Studios, we grabbed some pretzels and popcorn (included in the tour) for the ride to our third and final park, Magic Kingdom.

We arrived at Magic Kingdom at 5:30 p.m. and still had three and a half hours left of our tour. 

We headed straight to Tron Lightcycle / Run since none of us had been on the new attraction yet.

Pro tip : New attractions are included in your tour, but you can only ride them once. You can ride older attractions as many times as you'd like.

We ended our day by watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

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After riding Tron, we strolled Magic Kingdom at a leisurely pace, rode all of the big attractions, and had a quick dinner. We even hopped on Pirates of the Caribbean and the PeopleMover with time to spare before the fireworks. 

About 10 minutes before the fireworks began, our tour guide took us to the VIP section, which is a fenced-off area directly in front of Cinderella Castle. She surprised us with one last treat for the night: Mickey ice-cream bars .

As I watched the fireworks fly high above the castle with some of my best friends and my daughter around me, I was overcome with emotion. It truly was one of the most magical Disney days I've ever had.

We were blown away by the VIP experience.

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We all walked away saying how great it was to just enjoy the parks and not worry about long wait times or figuring out where to go next. Our tour guide handled all of that for us.

If you want to experience Disney World without obsessing over wait times and making the next Lighting Lane selection, I think a VIP tour is absolutely the best way to do it.

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Disney Private VIP Tours

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Set off on an adventure that includes door-to-door service and an array of personalized perks.

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Making Our Kingdom Yours

The team at Disney VIP Tour Services will plan the most efficient, enjoyable way for groups up to 10 Guests to see and do the things on your list. Just tell your personal VIP Tour Guide what you'd like to see, and they'll customize your day to your desire!

After being picked up in a private vehicle from your Walt Disney World Resort accommodations or branded partner resort accommodations, enjoy unparalleled hospitality and experience some of your favorite attractions alongside a VIP Tour Guide.

Some of the personalized services include:

  • Pre-arrival planning
  • A flexible start time, picked by you
  • Visits to multiple theme parks* in one or more days
  • The ability to enjoy some of your favorite attractions efficiently through most Lightning Lane entrances
  • Shared insight from your highly knowledgeable VIP Tour Guide throughout your tour

*All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour

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Pricing and Reservations

  • Pricing:  Ranging from $450 to $900 per hour, depending on the season (valid park admission is required for each park visited on tour and is not included in the price of the tour).
  • Reservations: Call (407) 560-4033 to book. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. Learn when advance reservations can be made.

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Know Before You Go

  • All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour
  • Disney VIP Tours participate in full security screenings (including bag checks) during your Disney VIP Tour. Guests should be prepared for screenings with their appropriate government issued identification.
  • Disney Private VIP Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort are very popular and may be limited in availability. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made.
  • All Private VIP Tours must be booked for a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 Guests, including infants.
  • Entertainment offerings are subject to availability and may be restricted by capacity constraints at the time of booking.
  • You will incur a cancellation fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per tour if you do not provide at least 48-hour notice when cancelling any Private VIP Tour.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cellphones may be used while in backstage areas.
  • Guests 17 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participating parent or guardian.
  • Pricing and information are subject to change without notice.

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Explore the parks* with your own VIP Tour Guide during a customizable experience filled with attractive benefits.

The team at Disney VIP Tour Services will plan the most efficient, enjoyable way for groups up to 10 Guests to see and do the things on your list. Just tell your personal VIP Tour Guide what you'd like to see, and they'll customize your day to your desire!

After being picked up in a private vehicle from your Walt Disney World Resort accommodations or branded partner resort accommodations, enjoy unparalleled hospitality and experience some of your favorite attractions alongside a VIP Tour Guide.

Some of the personalized services include:

  • Pre-arrival planning
  • A flexible start time, picked by you
  • Visits to multiple theme parks* in one or more days
  • The ability to enjoy some of your favorite attractions efficiently through most Lightning Lane entrances
  • Shared insight from your highly knowledgeable VIP Tour Guide throughout your tour

*All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour

Pricing and Reservations

  • Pricing:  Ranging from $450 to $900 per hour, depending on the season (valid park admission is required for each park visited on tour and is not included in the price of the tour).
  • Reservations: Call 00 800 2006 0809 to book. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. Learn when advance reservations can be made.

Know Before You Go

  • All VIP Tours require valid theme park admission, which is not included in the price of the tour
  • Disney VIP Tours participate in full security screenings (including bag checks) during your Disney VIP Tour. Guests should be prepared for screenings with their appropriate government issued identification.
  • Disney Private VIP Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort are very popular and may be limited in availability. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made.
  • All Private VIP Tours must be booked for a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 Guests, including infants.
  • Entertainment offerings are subject to availability and may be restricted by capacity constraints at the time of booking.
  • You will incur a cancellation fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per tour if you do not provide at least 48-hour notice when cancelling any Private VIP Tour.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cellphones may be used while in backstage areas.
  • Guests 17 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participating parent or guardian.
  • Pricing and information are subject to change without notice.

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A HUGE Annual Passholder Event Is Returning to Disney World

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Are you a Disney World Passholder ?

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If you are, you’re probably aware of all the special discounts , perks , free stuff , and exclusive merchandise you can get as a Passholder. Well, another Passholder perk is returning soon: Disney World’s V.I.Passholder Days .

So what exactly is V.I.Passholder Days? It’s a special limited-time event that brings even MORE discounts to Passholders, along with a new Passholder Magnet, a special NEW lounge in Disney World, Passholder-exclusive snacks, special photo ops, and more!

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This week’s V.I.Passholder Days will run from May 1st through June 26th , so mark those days in your calendar if you’ve got an Annual Pass! It’s all part of Disney’s efforts to reward Passholders as a special thanks!

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  1. Disney Private VIP Tours

    Private VIP Tours & Customized Experiences | Walt Disney World Resort. For assistance with your Walt Disney World vacation, including resort/package bookings and tickets, please call (407) 939-5277. For Walt Disney World dining, please book your reservation online. 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent ...

  2. Guide to Disney Private VIP Tours

    As of January 2023, Disney Private VIP Tours prices start at $450 per hour and can go as high as $900 per hour. There is a minimum 7-hour booking requirement for all private tours. To put it into perspective, a 7-hour Disney Private VIP Tour costs between $3,150 and $6,300 before gratuities.

  3. Private VIP Tours & Customized Experiences

    Get essential details about the Disney Private VIP Tour. Pricing: Ranging from $450 to $900 per hour, depending on the season (valid park admission is required for each park visited on tour and is not included in the price of the tour). Reservations: Call (407) 560-4033 to book. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

  4. Disney VIP Tours [Reviews & Cost of Disney World Private & Group Tour]

    Here are some details of Disney World Private VIP Tours: Depending on the season, tours will cost is between $450 and $900 per hour, per group (not per person) — subject to change. A maximum allowance of 10 guests per Private VIP Tour. A minimum of 7 continuous hours is required per day.

  5. What it's really like on a Disney VIP tour

    Here's the bad news. A Disney VIP tour costs $425 to $750 per hour, depending on the season. And that's on top of your park admission tickets, which aren't included withe the tour. There's no way to know exactly what your tour will cost without calling 407-560-4033 or working with a Disney vacation planner as we did.

  6. Walt Disney World Resort

    Disney Private VIP Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort are very popular and may be limited in availability. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Learn when advance reservations can be made. All Private VIP Tours must be booked for a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 Guests, including infants.

  7. Disney World VIP Tour Guides (cost, tips, + a review)

    The cost for reserving a Disney VIP Tour Guide runs between $425 and $850 per hour (busier times of the year will cost more), with a minimum duration of 7 hours. ... that is the perfect opportunity to share the cost of a VIP Tour Guide at Disney World, too. Plus, staying offsite is a great way to save some money on your trip, which would then ...

  8. Is the Disney VIP Private Tour Worth It?

    Pricing and booking a private Disney VIP tour. If you want to book a Disney VIP tour, you'll have to do it over the phone by calling (407) 560-4033. All tours are booked for a minimum of seven hours and maximum of 14 hours. As for the price — it's a lot. The private tours start at $425 an hour, but exact pricing depends on the season.

  9. Is the Disney VIP Tour Worth It?

    So you'll need to call the VIP tour office at 407-560-4033. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. If you're looking to book a Disney VIP tour at Disneyland instead, you can ...

  10. Unlock the Magic: Disney World VIP Tours Explained

    The cost of a VIP tour at Disney World is based on an hourly rate, which varies depending on the time of year and the type of tour you select. The official Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours vary from $425 to $900 per hour with a seven-hour minimum. The dynamic pricing surges during three-day weekends and holidays.

  11. Disney Worlds Private VIP Tour

    At the lowest price of $450 per hour and 7 hours that makes the cost of the tour around $315 per person plus tip. Instead of doing the Private VIP Tour you can choose one of the group VIP Tours Disney offers. Consider taking off one of your park days to help defer the cost.

  12. Disney VIP Tours: Cost, Perks, And Explaining the Different Types

    Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours cost significantly more than the non-Disney VIP tour companies. The official Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours vary from $425 to $900 per hour with a seven-hour minimum. The dynamic pricing surges during three-day weekends and holidays. Best hourly rate is midweek outside of the high cost of Spring ...

  13. The VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

    VIP Tours include a tour guide for each tour group up to 10 people, access to the Lightning Lane lines for every attraction in all four parks at Walt Disney World (the exception being some brand new rides depending on popularity), a VIP Tour pin, snacks, backstage access into the parks to save time, and a van or suburban to get from park to park.

  14. I've gone on 10 Disney World VIP tours that cost up to $900 an hour

    Each VIP tour lasts for a minimum of seven hours, and up to 10 guests can take part in the experience. Tours cost $450 to $900 an hour for the whole group, depending on the season, and don't ...

  15. Disney VIP Tour (4 Parks, 10 Hours, 20 Attractions) 2024

    Disney World generally offers a variety of tours, but this private custom experience stands heads and shoulders above the rest. These tours do not come cheap and range between $425 and $750 per hour, with a seven hour minimum. You can add hours "on the fly" the day of the tour, but this is the pre-charged starting point.

  16. Private VIP Tours & Customized Experiences

    Get essential details about the Disney Private VIP Tour. Pricing: Ranging from $450 to $900 per hour, depending on the season (valid park admission is required for each park visited on tour and is not included in the price of the tour). Reservations: Call (407) 939-5277 to book. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

  17. Everything You NEED to Know About VIP Tours in Disney World

    A Disney World VIP tour is a paid, add-on experience where guests will be guided through the park(s) by a knowledgeable Cast Member. During your visit, you'll get the ultimate VIP treatment — including a customizable itinerary, backstage transportation, and front-of-the-line privileges at attractions. ...

  18. The Ultimate Day of Thrills

    The Ultimate Day of Thrills - Walt Disney World VIP Tour Experience is designed for thrill seekers. The 7 hour tour begins in the Magic Kingdom where tour guests will enjoy selected attractions, such as: After departing the Magic Kingdom, tour guests will enjoy a table service lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.

  19. Behind the Curtain: A Personal Disney VIP Tour Review

    A Disney VIP tour is a paid, premium experience at Disney World for travelers with deep pockets or anyone who would like a little extra vacation splurge. Disney VIP tours are designed to whisk you out of the typical park experience into a more magical world where you wait in fewer lines, get access to Disney secrets, walk through backstage ...

  20. We Did a Private Tour at Disney World

    May 8, 2023, 7:08 AM PDT. I paid to have a VIP tour guide take my party around the Disney World parks. Jennifer Greene. Disney World VIP tours are a great way to see the parks, but they're not ...

  21. Private VIP Tours & Customized Experiences

    When you book a Private VIP Tour at Walt Disney World Resort, enjoy door-to-door service, a personal Guide and expedited access to select attractions.

  22. Private VIP Tours & Customized Experiences

    My Disney Experience. For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, call 00 800 2006 0809 * (freephone) or 00 44 203 666 9911 ** (charges apply). Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT) *Calls to this number are generally free, but some charges may still apply from a landline or ...

  23. Our Experience on a Disney World VIP Tour: Is It Worth It

    How much does a VIP Disney Tour Cost? A Disney World VIP tour is definitely a splurge. The cost can range between $450-$900 per hour depending on the season of your visit. There is a minimum of 7 hours and up to 10 guests. All guests must have a valid theme park admission ticket. On the low end a tour can cost around $3,200 for the day.

  24. V.I.Passholder Days Returning to Walt Disney World This Summer

    This year, the V.I.Passholder Days will run from May 1 through June 26. Available to Annual Passholders, the exclusive offerings will include a limited-time magnet, lounge, discounts, and more. In addition to the news, Disney also shared the below Instagram Reel. View this post on Instagram. A post shared by WDW Annual Passholders ...

  25. A HUGE Annual Passholder Event Is Returning to Disney World

    This week's V.I.Passholder Days will run from May 1st through June 26th, so mark those days in your calendar if you've got an Annual Pass! It's all part of Disney's efforts to reward Passholders as a special thanks! View this post on Instagram. A post shared by WDW Annual Passholders (@wdwannualpassholders)

  26. Disneyland Resort Brochure WDTCVIP Tours

    Combining white-glove service and hospitality with a wealth of premium benefits—like hassle-free planning, expedited access to favorite Disneyland® Resort attractions via the Lightning Lane, and Disney's acclaimed VIP service. GUIDED TOURS (when available) Follow your guide on a fun and fascinating guided tour of The Happiest Place on Earth.