Luxury Disney World: What VIP Tour Services Offer and How Much They Cost

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If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a luxury traveler, or at least hope to become one soon. If you value first class, VIP services and preferential treatment, a trip to Walt Disney World may seem like your worst nightmare – being stuck in 3-hour queues with masses of people around you may not look like the vacation you’re used to. If that sounds like you, you might be very happy to know that Walt Disney World actually offers VIP tour services.

What are Disney’s VIP Tour Guide Services?

Well, let’s first start with what they’re not – a Disney VIP tour is NOT the same as hiring a disabled person to escort you and your family to the front row. It’s very, very uncool, Upper East Side moms! Shame on you. But what are VIP tour services? Essentially, your Disney VIP Tour guide is an unlimited Fast Pass. Hiring a guide does not give you the option to skip straight to the front of the queue, but your guide is your free ticket to enter the Fast Pass line of each ride as many times as you like ( and repeatedly if desired). FastPass lines are usually no longer than 10-15 minutes (or at least that’s been my experience on all my trips to Disney World), but many rides have virtually no Fast Pass waits. The only rides that still have a short line even with Fast Pass access are usually Soarin’, ‘Tower of Terror’, Rock-n-Roller Coaster and a few others. But like I said, it wasn’t much longer than 10 minutes.

How many people can accompany each Disney VIP guide?

Each guide can take a maximum of 10 people around the parks.

What are some of the benefits of the VIP tour guide besides not having to wait in line?

Your Disney VIP Tour Guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning to put together a plan of the attractions you want to visit. Then they’ll take you in a private vehicle to your first stop (goodbye Disney World public transportation!). You will enter the parks through their backdoor entrances (a la Madonna and Mariah Carey) closest to the attractions you wish to visit. This saves you tons of travel time between parks and hotels. (Usually Disney generally estimates that the average trip takes 1 hour between parks) This gives you more time to enjoy the Disney magic! Guides can also secure your preferred event seat at shows and parades. Also, do you want to sit in the front row of your favorite ride? Or the back? Your guide will ensure that the seat you want is yours. We rode the Baby Front Row Aerosmith Rock-n-Roller Coaster! And, if you want your child to perform in the show alongside Mickey Mouse, although that’s not guaranteed, your guide can certainly help!

How much does a Disney VIP Tour Guide cost?

Prices vary depending on whether you are a Disney Resort guest or not and also whether it is the holiday season (which of course is the busiest time of the year). Prices start at $315/hour and there is a 6 hour minimum to hire a private Disney VIP guide. Entrance to the park is not included in these prices.

Guest type Hourly rate per
Guide (regular)
Hourly rate per
Guide (holidays)
Resort hotel $315 $355
Hotel outside complex $340 $380

Is Hiring a Disney VIP Tour Guide Worth It?

At first glance, $1,890 (minimum) plus ticket costs might seem pretty high, but when you consider that you could possibly see all four parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT) in a single day, this ends up not costing you as much extra money (depending of course on how many people you have) as you might think.

If you have a few families and a maximum of 10 people, let’s see how much it would cost. For 10 4-day park tickets (non-Park-Hopperes regular price), so you could see all four parks, it would cost$2,790 for all those tickets. But say you hire a VIP tour guide for 8 hours, it would cost $2,520 plus 10 Park hoppers for a day, which are $137 each, so $1,370 for a grand total of $3,890. It is a difference of$1,100or in other words, just $110 more per person and then you don’t have to queue! Wow, guys. This math hurt my brain but I double-checked it and I think it’s correct!

Of course, this only makes the same mathematical sense if you plan to visit all four parks and have that many people. However, if you have the cash and aren’t pinching pennies, I’d say this is the only way to see Disney World. You wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes.

So, the 4 parks in 1 day with a VIP guide, is it possible?

It’s ambitious but it’s doable if everyone moves fast. And of course it’s about trying to see all the main attractions. It would definitely be rushed, which might get some fun out of it, but if you want to do Disney like a VIP and don’t have a lot of cash, it can be done!

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My Top Five Reasons I’d Hire a VIP Agai Tour Guidenot

I thought it was a truly magical experience and can’t believe I haven’t done it before. Here are some of my favorite parts of the experience.

1. You can skip the queues – obviously that has to be number one!
2. You get insider knowledge, all guides have extensive training in the history of the parks and they can give you some behind the scenes information.
3. Visit several theme parks in one day if you take a short trip.
4. No public transport or searching for cars in parking lots.
5. It’s the only stress-free way to experience Disney World!

* I was part of a VIP press trip to Disney as part of my visit to Golden Oak. However, I was with my parents and we all agree that this is now the only way to see Disney World! We are already planning our family vacation here with the whole family without lines and will gladly pay.*

Photo credit: Katie Goldstein

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