The 101 Series

VIP Services 101: Not Just for Celebrities

Learn about how you can experience Disney's VIP treatment for a lower price

Today, I’d like to talk about Disney’s VIP Services. Maybe you’ve heard of Disney VIP (perhaps on the “Black-ish” Walt Disney World episode) or maybe you’ve been reading these sentences thinking “Can she just tell me what this is already?” Well, essentially, the Disney VIP Services are paid services that assign you and up to nine others a personal guide.¬†These guides normally can put you in the FastPass lines for any of the attractions in Walt Disney World, and (depending on which service you choose) can book you reservations for any of the sit-down dining locations, if there’s availability, of course. They also can drive you between each of the four parks, taking you in through backstage entrances, so that you don’t have to go through the entrance lines and bag check over and over again. Now, you might hear people associating these services with celebrities, which is true in most cases. The Premium VIP Service is very often used by celebrities visiting the parks, but that doesn’t mean that they are strictly for celebrities. The only reason why VIP is avoided is because of the price. The Premium VIP service is very expensive, therefore it is not the best way to go for some families. However, did you know that there are two other VIP Services that (while they are somewhat expensive) don’t cost nearly as much as Premium?

Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour is a Magic Kingdom-Only tour that gives you access to all rides without a height restriction. This includes: Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo: The Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world”, and more. For each of these rides, you get enter through the FastPass line as many times as you’d like, thanks to your specially-assigned guide (Just as a refresher for those who don’t know/can’t remember, the FastPass line is a shorter line than the regular, Stand-By line, and entering through this line allows you to only wait somewhere around five minutes or less). Also included in the tour is a special meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. The tour lasts for about four hours, so unfortunately, it does not include a dining reservation. The tour costs $199 per person (theme park admission not included) and it is offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Now, this VIP Service is definitely aimed towards younger children, seeing as it only consists of rides without height restrictions, but essentially, this means that all thrill rides are off limits. So, if those rides are more your thing, you might want to hear about the second VIP experience Disney has to offer.

The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour

The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour takes you through three out of the four Walt Disney World parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. This tour is the complete opposite of the Ultimate Disney Classics tour above, as it completely excludes rides that do not have a height restriction (With the only exception being Haunted Mansion). In Magic Kingdom, you’ll get to ride classics like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and others, before quickly popping over to Epcot to ride Soarin’. Afterwards, you make your final stop at Hollywood Studios, where you can ride more classic thrill rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unlike the first tour, Ultimate Day of Thrills does include lunch at a Disney restaurant. The tour lasts seven hours and costs $299 per person (once again, theme park admission not included). Like the first tour, this one is also offered only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.¬†

Now, it does still sound pricy, seeing as the price is per person, but if you’re interested in experiencing the perks of Disney VIP, I would suggest paying more attention to these than the Premium VIP. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to steer people away from Premium VIP. As someone who has experienced the Premium VIP tour first-hand (evidenced by the pins in the header photo), I have to say it was quite a memorable day and my entire party truly enjoyed the experience. If you would like to check out the Premium VIP Tour for yourself, you can read about it on the Walt Disney World website here. The prices do vary, which is why I’m not posting them here.

In conclusion, if you’ve got a special birthday coming up, if you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate, or you just simply feel to spend a day skipping to the top of lines, seriously consider Disney’s VIP Services (and don’t be surprised if people start to look at you and wonder what TV show they’ve seen you on).

Everyone's Guide To Disney is an advice and planning blog for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Jada, who has been visiting Disney for now 12 years (and counting) writes from her personal experience, and hopes to help others have the best Disney trip they possibly could.

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