Published: August 3, 2011 at 10:32 AMWhile cool, $175 per hour for a six hour minimum is a lot of money. (Especially since it's just me and my wife.)
I've done this same basic tour at Busch Gardens and it was $200 per person, so $400 for me and my wife and it was great. (Also, the tour guide had a camera and took pictures of you doing all the various things and then you could buy a CD of all the pictures they took for $40. I think the price on that has gone up, though, because that was an amazing steal.)
Published: August 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM$1056. That's a lot of money. I'd rather stay at the best resort instead. Or eat at the most expensive restaurant(s). If I had the money (and there are many who do), then the price is not a hinderance. It isn't a issue of it being worth it. It is sorely needed to survive a busy and hot day at the park.
Published: August 3, 2011 at 6:16 PMObviously, the more the merrier for Disney's VIP tour, given the pricing structure. Only the uber-rich could afford to hire a VIP tour guide when rolling solo. But for a group of 10? Then the per-person cost comes down to the level charged by other parks for sometimes less impressive benefits. (We had eight in our group, but our guide drove us in a 14-seat van, so I would assume the upper limit on a single host would be around that.)
Published: August 3, 2011 at 2:26 PMI hope that summer tour came with air conditioning.
Published: August 3, 2011 at 4:52 PMIt would all be up to my parents, but I would totally do it! And I must say the chicken nuggets are delicious at the Liberty Tree Tavern!
Published: August 3, 2011 at 7:06 PMRobert how much did it cost you through your family member? Tell us how we can get the good deal!
Published: August 4, 2011 at 2:46 AMIt didn't cost me anything, as my family member got the tour as a perk through her job. If that wasn't clear, my apologies.
Would I spend out of pocket for this? If I were bringing a large group of new visitors into the park during a very busy time of the year, yes.
If I were just with my immediate family and looking for a good skip-the-lines upgrade to a theme park vacation, I'd opt to stay at a Universal Orlando resort hotel and skip the lines there, instead. I think that's the better financial deal for a solo visitor, family or small group that's interested in those parks.
If I wanted to skip the lines at Disney in those situations, I would look to visit at another time of year, or make aggressive use of our theme park voodoo strategies (arrive at opening, juggle FastPasses, eat at off hours, leave high capacity attractions for middle of the day, meet characters at Epcot World Showcase, etc.) to minimize waiting time.
Published: August 4, 2011 at 6:44 PMRobert, how do you book the top of the line experience and what do you get with it? How much is it? Sounds like fun!
Published: August 5, 2011 at 9:27 AMFollow the first link in the article for the current phone number and pricing. You'll have to book over the phone, but they can answer questions about the tours, too.
Published: August 6, 2011 at 9:56 PMI LUV this site. Finally, the Greatest Place On Earth takes a lesson from the Happiest Place On Earth and offers guides...which have been provided since Day ONE at Disneyland via Walt himself.
I love to get more behind-the-scense details, without all of the false information. BUT, unlimited FASTPASS, count me IN.
I have used the expensive VIP passes from Universal and they have been WELL WORTH the money...expecially on their "Fright Night" tours...not for young children!!
Save a space for me Mickey...I'll be there with EARS on!
Published: August 7, 2011 at 10:36 AMRobert, do you have any idea how much the more expensive version might be? I would be interested to know how much for the true VIP lines experience.