Thanks to a generous family member, I’m going to be able to do a VIP tour on our last day in WDW. They called this morning from the wait list! I am going with my 8 year old granddaughter on her 1st Disney trip. Luckily, it’s my HS studios day so no more ROR pressure!
Any advice or prior experience with VIP tour would be helpful, kind of outside my usual realm.
My plan is to do MK first day from just before park open (8am)to late afternoon then park hop to Epcot and explore World Showcase area until tired out, do Frozen etc( have a 630 ADR at La Hacienda). 2nd day is AK, which we will do from open to close 7, then park hop to Epcot again and try to do the Aquarium, Imagination,Test Track maybe Soaring or the Land if time permits.
We are staying at the Dolphin so easy to walk, boat to hotel those days. My granddaughter will have a DAS to use for the very long rides, due to an anxiety panic disorder. It’s mostly ok, but long waits and loud crowds can start a spiral of anxiety/ then " have to go", then tears because she didn’t get to do something., so she just can’t wait in a crowded noisy queue for 45 min, not and have a good experience. We will probably be an anomaly for our tour guide, as we will need to break in a quiet space from time to time due to her issue and won’t be looking to ride many if the headliners like Space Mountain or Everest or RocknrRoller coaster.
Our tour day is the last and park res is at HS. We have an ADR at Hollywood and Vine at 2:50.
The schedule is to meet our tour guide at HS at noon at Baseline Taphouse and end when they drop us off in VIP area for MK fireworks.
So we will walk to HS from Dolphin, get there around rope drop and try to do a few things before then. Probably try to do runaway railroad and Frozen sing along, maybe Star Tours, Muppet show I’m still going to try for a ROR boarding group in case I get an early one, then maybe get to do twice.
Once we meet with tour guide prob do ROR, smugglers run, the toy story area, lunch in there somewhere. Maybe by then in our trip granddaughter will be ready for SDD. If she has good rapport with the guide, may try to do a ride for myself on TOT while guide waits with her.
Pre vip tour my plan was to leave after lunch around 4 and park hop to MK, and let my granddaughter pick what rides she wanted to reride or rides we didn’t to the first day. Then grab a snack and find a place to watch fireworks.
Still plan to go to MK and do that but with VIP tour, it would take less time, as we wouldn’t be waiting on busses or crisscrossing park from DAS return time to shorter wait rides, or have to get an early spot for fireworks. So if there was something at AK/Epcot my granddaughter wanted to do would it be worth stopping there on the way?
Want to try to do some of the cool photo pass locations such as in Galaxys Edge.
Have the option to add time for the tour guide to take us to hotel, but seems a waste, but on the other hand we will be tired and waiting in a long crowded bus line would be an issue for granddaughter. We can bus to Boardwalk or Yacht club or ferry/ monorail and then bus to Dolphin. Any opinions ?
Would love to hear from anyone who has done a tour recently.