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I’ve gone on 10 VIP tours at Disney World that cost up to $900 an hour. Here’s what they’re like, and why I swear they’re worth it.

photo of josie posing with the spaceship earth ball at epcot

I moved to Orlando five years ago to be closer to Disney World.Josephine Maida

  • I’m a Disney fanatic who’s lived less than five minutes from Disney World for the last five years.

  • A VIP tour, which costs up to $900 an hour, offers experiences not available to everyday guests.

  • I’ve been on 10 (and counting), and each tour guide makes the experience so special and unique.

You get to spend a perfect park day with nine of your closest friends.

josephine and her friends posing in front of disney world castle during a vip tour

VIP tours are available for groups of up to 10.Josephine Maida

I moved to Orlando in 2017 to live closer to Disney World. Fresh out of college, there were many experiences on my Disney bucket list, and a VIP tour was always at the very top.

Five years later, I’ve been on 10 tours — each more fun than the last — and I swear they’re worth it.

Each VIP tour lasts for a minimum of seven hours, and up to 10 guests can take part in the experience. Tours cost $450 to $900 an hour for the whole group, depending on the season, and don’t include park admission.

Although they’re pricey, it’s an absolute blast to be able to share this experience with fellow Disney lovers, or even with friends and family visiting the parks for the first time.

Ride more rides than ever before.

josephine posing with the wonders of xandar sign at cosmic rewind ride epcot

You get to skip lines as part of the VIP-tour experience.Josephine Maida

As a Disney local, even a quick trip to the parks can take some serious planning.

In some cases, I have to purchase Genie+ Lightening Lanes (expedited line passes) if I want to ride a specific attraction like the newest coaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

But on a VIP tour, all guests in the

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Disney World Is Having Trouble Filling Its Star Wars-Themed Hotel. How They’re Trying To Generate Interest

 aliens and guesgts on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

aliens and guesgts on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

The general consensus regarding Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has two main points, it is an absolutely incredible advancement in themed entertainment. Also, Galactic Starcruiser is really expensive and potentially out of the price range of a lot of people who might like to experience it. In recent months it continues to appear that the latter point is an issue, as the Galactic Starcruiser is not seeing as many guests as it once did. But Disney World has now made a big move to try and draw in more guests.

While the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience isn’t getting any cheaper for guests, starcruiser-offer/” data-ylk=”slk:Disney World is now offering a significant discount” class=”link “Disney World is now offering a significant discount on other resort hotel stays when they are combined with the Galactic Starcruiser. If you book two additional nights at Walt Disney World you can save between $150 per night and $350 per night depending on which hotel you choose. That’s a pretty solid deal for those that want to experience the regular parks and the Starcruiser on the same vacation.

When the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser first opened it sold out its first several months of experiences fairly quickly, now however, while there are a few two-night stays between January and September that are sold out, nearly all dates are available. You could book a stay for this weekend if you wanted to do so.

It’s possible that things aren’t quite as dire as they appear. Perhaps nearly all cabins are actually full, and the current availability is only for the last room or two most nights. And of course, we have no idea what sort of margins Disney World is dealing with, the resort could

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How to Save Money at Disney World

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Go at off-peak times

Certain times of year make for a cheaper Disney vacation, not only because of less expensive airfare and hotels, but for Disney-specific reasons, say the experts. 

There are no publicly available discounts on Disney World park tickets, says Kerr, but there are still options when it comes to savings. 

Anna Skamarakas, a panelist with planDisney, a Disney-sanctioned resource group, notes that Disney World has date-based pricing on park tickets, with cheaper prices available on days with lower demand.

“It might be a bit more affordable if you go at the end of August instead of July, for instance,” says Skamarakas. “You could save $10 or $15 on a one-day ticket per person.”

Going off-peak can also help you avoid crowds, and that could save you from having to pay for Disney Genie+, says Kerr. Last year, Disney got rid of its free-access FastPass+, so now, in order to skip long stand-by lines for certain attractions, park-goers have to pay $15 per person per day for Genie+, while there’s an extra charge to buy à la carte Lightning Lane access to popular rides such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. That can all add up to a family of four paying an extra $60 a day or more.

To plan your off-peak trip, Kerr recommends using the site, Touring Plans. “It will tell you the best parks to go to on your

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