Do you ever wonder what it is like to be part of the Disney VIP Tours? My family and I had an opportunity to experience what it is like and it did not disappoint. From amazing cast members, a phenomenal tour guide and the best seats, Fastpassses, and dining reservations anyone could ask for, the Disney VIP Tours are one of the best ways to experience a Walt Disney World vacation.
Thank you to the Walt Disney World Resort for inviting us to experience the Private VIP Tours. All opinions are honest and my own.
The Disney VIP Tours are an amazing way to experience Walt Disney World. We had the opportunity to experience two full days with our VIP Tour guide Kelly and it created lasting friendship and memories we will never forget.
On the Disney Private VIP Tours our guide Kelly kept a running list of awesome on her phone. This was a full list of everything we did during our VIP Tours. I wrote a post about what our tour guide was like and how much of an impact she made on my family vacation. You have to check it out because she was amazing!! Read it here.
The Disney VIP Tours are serious about getting things done. You should be ready to walk! The tours are fully customizable and if you want to stop and move at a slower pace you certainly can. Most people on this tour want to maximize their time because the cost of the tours make them a once in a lifetime Disney vacation.
They also really care about your happiness and making your vacation the best. This moment with my daughter and Kelly happened after Kelly overheard my daughter mention she wished she had ordered a pink MagicBand. Just like magic Kelly delivered a pink MagicBand to my daughter. It was moments like these when I knew the next 48 hours were going to be awesome.
Kelly picked us up at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at 9:00am and we drove in style to our first destination: Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is classic Disney and we love starting our vacations there. When you are on a Disney VIP Tour you are picked up at your resort and enter the parks from a special entrance. It was behind-the-scenes and we were not allowed to take pictures or video. I’ll be honest with you, it is exactly what you would expect from a back stage area. Parking lots and offices.
When we arrived we were welcomed by cast members with snacks and water bottles and then made our way into the Magic Kingdom. Your tour guide knows the best ways to get everywhere on property and they save you so much time. We had reservations at Be Our Guest at 12:45 so we started our day hopping from attraction to attraction.
We rode 9 attractions, met 5 princesses, and stopped for a sweet treat all before our reservations. Before lunch we had to do special filming on Splash Mountain for the media event we were attending. They were running a bit behind and it altered our schedule a bit but we still got an amazing amount of attractions accomplished.
Lunch at Be Our Guest was amazing! It is the second time we have dined there and I always love the food. My kids liked the Mac & Cheese, Shrimp, and Chicken Fingers, and I loved the Potato Leek Soup. Kelly took care of everything. They made the reservations for us and when we arrived she checked us in and got us set-up to order. She also found us a table and helped make everything go as smoothly as possible.
This was also our first meal with Kelly. As a parent it is always a little nerve racking to take your kids out to dinner. Add in a theme park and heat and it can cause for a meltdown. Then add a person you met a few hours ago to the mix. I was a little worried! Kelly seamlessly joined our family. From this moment on a new we were in for a special treat with her. Having a Disney VIP tour guide dine with you and enjoy all the special moments of your vacation enhances it in a way I didn’t expect.
Kelly helped the kids pick out their meals and even ordered more shrimp when we ran out. When you have a Disney VIP tour guide with you, the attention to details are amazing and unlike anything we have every experienced. After our big lunch we headed over to Mickey’s Philharmagic to digest and get ready for the second part of our day. Mickey’s Philharmagic is a 3D show that we all really enjoy. It is a little dated but it holds up with some Disney classics that the entire family can enjoy.
We finished our Magic Kingdom day with it’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Jungle Cruise. After Jungle Cruise we made our way to the car and headed over to Epcot. Having a personal car to take you from park-to-park is a huge perk of the Disney VIP Tours. It saves so much time!
We arrived at Epcot and entered right by Test Track. From here we rode Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Nemo, Living with the Land, Soarin’, and Journey Into Your Imagination. With a Disney VIP tour guide you don’t have to walk to the World Showcase, you exit behind attractions to your car and drive to World Showcase.
After we drove over to World Showcase we met Anna & Elsa, experienced the Frozen attraction and the Gran Fiesta Tour, and ended our day with dinner at San Angel Inn. At this point we were exhausted and headed back to the resort for a good night sleep. We had another full day planned tomorrow.
Day 1 Itinerary:
Day 2 started bright and early with a resort pick up at 8:30am. We had filming to do at the Magic Kingdom for the media event we were attending. It was so much fun! The kids were surprised with a visit from Mickey Mouse. We will receive the footage soon and I can’t wait to share.
After our short morning at Magic Kingdom we headed over to Animal Kingdom to start our day. We entered close to Dinosaur and experienced all three attractions in DinoLand very quickly. From there we drove over to Kilimanjaro’s Safari but decided against riding it because the Fastpass line was really backed up.
I think a common misconception with the Disney VIP tours is that you skip the lines completely. There are a few attractions that offer special entrances but most attractions we entered through the Fastpass line. Obviously this saves an enormous amount of time and your VIP tour guide has planned your itinerary based on the best times to visit attractions.
From there we headed over to Pandora to enjoy Flight of Passage and Navi’ River Journey. We also stopped for lunch at Satuli Canteen. Lunch was one of our favorites from the weekend. The food was delicious and I highly recommend visiting. It is quick service and does not require reservations.
Take advantage of the mobile ordering system and use the My Disney Experience App on your phone. This saves you so much time waiting in lines to order. We typically order while waiting in line for Flight of Passage or Navi’ River Journey. Then as we walk to lunch we check-in. It is a huge time saver and is not just for VIP tours. This is available to all guests.
After lunch we took a break and headed to the Beach Club to enjoy the pool. Our visit was so short and the kids wanted to try the water slide. I do not recommend stopping for a break during your VIP tour because your tour cost does not change. The hours spent at the pool are included in your hours spent with your guide.
We took a short water slide break and were back with Kelly within 90 minutes. We also wanted to take a break to make cards for Kelly because she meant so much to us. Kelly picked us up and we headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to end our day.
At Hollywood Studios we entered near Rock n Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror. We rode both and Kelly got a chance to ride with the kids, which they loved! From there we headed to Star Wars Launch Bay and met Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and BB-8. Disney Hollywood Studios felt a little more slower pace. We met characters, rode Toy Story Mania(2x!), enjoyed a fun dinner at 50’s Prime Time Café, and ended the day with Disney Movie Magic(A projections show of Disney Live Action Classics) and Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular.
Day 2 was a full day of three parks and so much fun. We were exhausted on the drive home but really sad to say goodbye. The Disney VIP Tours magic is with the guides that work so hard to create the most magical vacation for your family. Our guide did just that and it was 48 hours we will never forget.
Day 2 Itinerary:
The Disney VIP Tours are a once in a lifetime experience. They offer exclusive access to attractions, dining, and shows. While on the tour you have a special guide for your group. We experienced the Private VIP tour but there are also 3 other VIP tours offered at the Walt Disney World Resort.
This is a private tour and the most exclusive tour offered at the parks. You and up to 10 guests have a private tour guide for your day. Private VIP tours have a minimum of 7 hours and are completely customizable. You tell your guide what you would like to do and they will set it up. The prices vary by season but range from $425-$625 an hour. The Private VIP Tours give you an opportunity to see all 4 parks in one day with the luxury of private transportation and a guide to maximize your time at the parks.
The Ultimate Day of Thrills is a 7 hour action packed day that starts at the Magic Kingdom. You will experience Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train followed by a quick-service meal included in your VIP tour cost.
From there head over to Epcot to experience Soarin’ and finish your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Hollywood Studios enjoy Toy Story Mania!, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. This tour starts at about $349 a person and park hopper is required for admission.
The Ultimate Disney Classic VIP Tour has guests enjoy 10 of the classic Magic Kingdom attractions. This is a great option for families with small children because all of the attractions do not have a height requirement. The tour is $249 a person and guests must have a valid theme park admission.
The Ultimate Nights of Adventure tour is a 4-hour group tour at Animal Kingdom. Included in your tour guests will experience Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Dinosaur, and Rivers of Light night show. Guests also receive a signature snack and specialty beverage along with a souvenir lanyard and other surprises. This tour is $249 a person and guest must have a valid theme park ticket.
*All rides and itineraries are subject to change. Learn more at Walt Disney World VIP Tours.
Overall we rode 32 attractions, met 14 characters, ate endless amounts of Mickey shaped treats and created unforgettable memories. If you have an opportunity to experience any of the tours it is money well spent in the parks.