I went on a VIP Tour on my last trip to Disney, when I was visiting with my friends, Small World Vacations, and I have a confession to make. I HAVE BEEN RUINED FOR NORMAL DISNEY TRAVELLING. I don’t know if I can ever go back to who I was before. Today, I’m breaking down everything you need to know about VIP Tours, to decide if it’s right for your family, and your trip.

What is it?

Do you want to roll like Kanye through a Disney Park? Then a VIP Tour is for you. Essentially, it’s unlimited Fast Passes, for whatever you want, with a Disney Guide (whose awesome), to drive you from park to park in a special van, then take you through the parks.

What’s included?

A VIP Tour includes your tour guide, unlimited Fast Pass entrances to whatever rides, in whatever park you want to do (so if you want to just ride Flights of Passage 294832094 times, you can), a van that picks you up from your resort, and drives you backstage in each park (to maximize time!), and water and snacks provided occasionally.

How much does it cost?

Guys, I’m not going to lie to you – a VIP Tour is expensive. Its $425 dollars an hour (yes, an hour), with a minimum of 7 hours. That price goes up during holiday times (Christmas week to NYE, where it’s $600 an hour, for a minimum of 7 hours. So yes – I’m gonna give you a few minutes to go into sticker shock, and then you can resume reading. You can take up to ten people for that cost though.

How do I get the best value?

Now that you know the cost, let’s talk about how to actually make it valuable if you’re going to shell out that kind of cost. I talked to our VIP Tour guide, and asked her how she thought to maximize it for value, and this is what she suggested.

-Use your tour from the hours of 1-8, to make it the most valuable. This way you won’t have to stop for lunch and dinner (which would come out of your time), and you can have some time in a park before it gets crowded if you want.

-Start at The Magic Kingdom – there’s the most to do, and this park gets the busiest.

-Know what you want to do, before going on your tour.

Final thoughts:

Yes, it’s expensive – but who am I to tell you how to spend your money? It truly does help you get SO much done in a short amount of time. On our VIP Tour, we essentially experienced everything we wanted, in three parks, in one day. So if you are on a shorter trip, with a big group of people (maybe two families), and you’re going during peak busy times – it might be a good idea for your family.