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Is a Disneyland VIP Tour Worth It?

by lovestalgia

Have you heard of a Disneyland VIP Tour? Many families research for months and months to make the most of their Disneyland trip. For an annual pass holder like me, I just keep up on the latest special events at Disneyland. I don’t do a lot of research as far as planning out my day because I have the luxury of knowing that I can go to Disneyland often.

But I know many families don’t have that luxury and time is of the essence. They want to maximize their time, ride the most rides, wait the least amount of times, get prime parade seating and eat something delicious. What if I told you that you can be guaranteed all these “perks” and more! Would you want to know? OF COURSE!!!  BUUUUUT– (you know that there’s a BUT) it will cost you a pretty penny. 

Disneyland VIP Tour

Booking a Disneyland VIP Tour will pretty much guarantee you an amazing day because it will cut out the planning, the waiting, and navigating of the crowds. These are some things that might cause families booking a Disney vacation to be frustrated or stressed out. But with a VIP Tour, your Disneyland vacation is in the hands of your magical Disney VIP Tour Coordinator(lovingly known as “Plaids” because they wear plaid vests.) They know the parks like the back of their hand! They will help you plan your day so that you’ll get to do as many of the things you want and minimize the waiting.

You’re probably thinking “this sounds amazing and sign me up!” But the only problem for many families is the price- tours start at $2,975 for you and up to 9 other guests for a minimum of 7 hours.

What is it?

A Disneyland Resort VIP Tour is a special tour where a VIP Tour Coordinator accompanies you and your family throughout the day. They’ll help plan your day so that you’ll maximize your time.

Who’s it for?

Anyone can book a VIP Tour. But the cost starts at $2,975 for a minimum of 7 hours so it would be best for a group celebrating something big or their Disney trip is a once in life time trip. It breaks down to about $400-$600/hr. Prices are higher on peak days/holidays.

What do you get?

  • Priority access to rides, character greetings, and shows. (either through FastPass lines or emergency exits)
  • Reserved seating for select parades, stage shows and nighttime spectaculars.
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the day.
  • Your VIP Tour Guide’s personal knowledge and interesting stories about Disneyland.

My Experience

I was actually able to go on a Disneyland VIP Tour as a guest of one of my friends. She was able to go because she knows someone who is a Club 33 member. They invited her and some of her friends to take a tour. (WOW RIGHT?!) (Club 33 members get a certain number of VIP Tours with their membership.) I was excited to go on the tour because who wouldn’t be right?

We met our Tour Guide, Alberto (who is AMAZING!!!), in the lobby of the Grand Californian at noon. Our tour was going to be 8 hours long. We discussed a few of the attractions that we wanted to hit up. Since we had young kids, we decided that Fantasyland was the place to go as well as watching the Soundsational Parade. There were also some adults without kids that wanted to ride the faster attractions.

Rides We Went On

These were the rides we went on that day. If a ride doesn’t have FastPass access, you go through the exit and wait to ride with minimal waiting. If a ride has FastPass access, we went through the FastPass entrance but still had to wait through the FastPass line. So our VIP Tour Guide acted as our human FastPass!

  • Fantasyland
    • Mad Tea Party
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Storybook Land Canal Boats
    • Disney Princess at Fantasy Faire

  • Toontown
    • Gadget’s Go Coaster
    • Rodger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  •  Adventureland & Frontierland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Indiana Jones Adventure
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Haunter Mansion
    • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Tomorrowland
    • Star Tours
    • Buzz Lightyear
  • Disney California Adventure
    • Soaring Over the World
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Radiator Springs Racers

We also had reserved seating for the Soundational Parade at 6pm that night. The seats had chairs and was roped off right by the castle. It was so nice to have a place to sit!

Throughout the day, Alberto would also share random facts and stories about Disneyland. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the experience. He was also so thoughtful and would push the strollers and get them for the moms. He took pictures for us when we wanted and overall provided exceptional service. We felt like he was part of our family by the end of the night!

Other Things to Keep in Mind:

  • You can’t swap out people during the tour.
  • A tip is appreciated- we tipped him $20/person in the tour.
  • To maximize time, you should get food right before you watch the parade so you can eat while watching the parade. Check to see if you can use Mobile Ordering.
  • You still have to purchase admission to the parks.

So Is It Worth It?

In one word– YES… BUT as an annual pass holder I probably wouldn’t spend the money on this because I know I can go to Disneyland anytime. We have a routine at Disneyland so my daughter doesn’t have an extremely difficult time waiting in lines. If the lines are too long for something, we won’t ride it that day.

BUT if I was going to celebrate a special occasion or hosting family that would be coming for a once in a life time trip, then I would consider this. You really do feel like a VIP. If I could afford it and I was from out of town, this would be an amazing way to experience the Disneyland Resorts!

To find out more information about it or to book a tour contact Disney Special Activities at DisneylandVIPTours@disney.com or (714) 300-7710. You can also find out more information on Disneyland’s website or Trip Advisor for reviews.

Check out my other Disneyland posts here!

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