Is a Walt Disney World VIP Tour Right for You?

by | Jan 29, 2021 | Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog

A VIP tour at Walt Disney World is a great way to get an exclusive, luxurious experience during your trip. But is it for everyone? We have the answers!

Have you ever seen those neatly dressed cast members around the parks and wondered what they do? They are guest relations employees and the famous VIP Tour Guides. They are simply the best and so knowledgeable about the parks at Walt Disney World.

So how can you have the best day ever with one of these tour guides? Book your own VIP Tour!

Cost of a Disney World VIP Tour

A view of Cinderella Castle and the monorail

Photo by Brett Svenson

The first question is always about the cost. Well these tours are not cheap but they do come with a number of benefits.

Tours run anywhere from $425 to $750 per hour depending on if it is peak season. This cost does not include park tickets but is good for up to 10 people.

If you want the biggest value for the dollar, find friends to fill the tour with you! Tours must be booked for a minimum of 7 hours but can extend all the way from the first park opens until the last park closes.

Before You Go

Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photo By Cliff Wang

 Before the day of your tour communication is made with your guide on where to meet. We chose Hollywood Studios.

On the tour, you can basically FastPass any attraction you want (except Rise of the Resistance) as many times as you want, at any park you want. This is a big perk if you have a short trip and want to experience all the attractions!

Obviously there is some strategy involved. You probably don’t want to spend a lot of time sitting in shows or on attractions like the safari if you are trying to make the most of your time.

On the other hand, think of your favorite attractions and which ones have the longest wait times! Prioritize. 

Behind the Scenes Transportation

VIP Tours at Disney World take you behind the scenery at Pandora

Photo by Brett Svenson

One of the biggest perks of the VIP Tours is the park to park transportation through the most unexpected places in the parks. I have no pictures here because these are the “backstage experiences” and pictures are not allowed.

It was so amazing to only have to go through bag check once at Hollywood Studios. To walk into the park from behind attractions like Navi River into Pandora was the most VIP feeling!

We traveled park to park in a 15 passenger van with a group of 10 of us. The kids (5 total) loved climbing to the back to talk about all the adventures they were having. 

Bring the Kids?

Julie with her son at the 2020 Cookie Stroll

Photo by Julie de la Fe

Are kids worth taking on the tours? Absolutely! Tour guides are great with kids both big and small. They can even point out lesser known facts and hidden Mickeys if that’s what they (or you) are interested in.

If you have a stroller they will have it waiting for you when you get off the ride. Currently, due to COVID restrictions, they cannot ride with children or eat with your group.

These VIP guides will, however, do whatever they can to make your day pleasant, efficient and extra magical. 

What We Accomplished

Runaway Railway Marquee

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ride at any Disney park that stars Mickey Mouse and friends!

So what can you accomplish in a 7 hour period? We rode Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and ate lunch at Docking Bay 7 in Hollywood Studios. Then we transferred to Animal Kingdom to ride Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest (in the very front and the very back), and Dinosaur.

We also grabbed a limited edition cupcake while here. Always save time for snacks!

Next, we rode to Magic Kingdom where we rode Space Mountain, Mine Train, Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course we took some castle pictures here too!

After Magic Kingdom, our friends had to leave but our tour guide dropped my friends at their dinner reservations and my other friends at their car in the parking lot at Hollywood Studios.

We felt extra special when our guide drove my son and I backstage to Soarin’ in EPCOT so we could meet our goal of traveling to all four parks in one day. My heart was so full I may have shed a tear flying over the waters of Fiji. 

So I do understand this is not for everyone or may be a bucket list for others but I hope this small glimpse helps you to understand more of what VIP tours are about!

Honestly, if it’s your first trip to Disney World I wouldn’t recommend the tour as you miss entering at the front of the parks which can be such a magical moment.

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Written by Julie De la Fe

Written by Julie De la Fe

Julie is an avid Disney-adventurer, social media enthusiast and enjoys writing about all things Disney. She maximizes her Gold Annual Pass, dresses in Disney style, and attends all the special events she can. If she could live on a Disney Cruise she just might but Animal Kingdom would be a close second.

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