With over two dozen trips to Walt Disney World under our belts finding new things to do is getting a little tough. Our trip in August allowed us to add something to our list of things done in WDW and it was really special and made us feel like VIP’s! We booked the VIP Ultimate Thrills Tour which covered three parks including The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This tour would get us on all the biggest thrill rides that Disney World has to offer (as long as they’re open) without much wait. The cost of the tour is $299.00 per person, runs , , and , and can take up to 7 hours to complete. Lunch and a private shuttle are included in the price.
The only thing is that you have to get yourself to the Magic Kingdom for the beginning of the tour. We cabbed it to the Contemporary and walked over to the Magic Kingdom to make sure we were there in plenty of time, we met with the other VIP’s at the Tomorrowland Terrace where water and coffee were available prior to the tours beginning. Tours can accommodate up to 40 people, our tour had about 28. We received our VIP lanyards and we were off on our day of thrills!
With the tour you’re not skipping to the front of the line, you’re getting on the rides via the Fastspass lines, so the waiting to get on rides isn’t all that long. With that said, we started our tour with Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a family favorite and my daughter was excited to ride Pirates. She spent years with her eyes shut on this ride, now that she’s older and braver she realized she had nothing to be afraid of! Pirates was added to the itinerary because Big Thunder Mountain is down for rehab.
From Pirates we made our way to Frontierland and headed straight for Splash Mountain….a ride I ride because it’s fun but I’m still not a big fan of drops. My daughter is a lot like me with being apprehensive about drops but husband is fine with anything. We boarded Splash and my husband had the pleasure of riding in the front of the log and would be the buffer for us getting soaked.
We got wet as well, but my husband was dripping. He initially wasn’t too happy with getting that wet but he had a great time. After a trip to the bathroom to “shower” we were off to our next ride the Haunted Mansion. Yet another ride my daughter refused to open her eyes on that has turned into her FAVORITE ride. She’s watched countless documentaries on the attraction and keeps telling us things about it that we didn’t know. She’s setting herself up to be a VIP tour guide after school. It was very neat to be able to follow the guides and be toted from park to park via the cast-member entrances and exists, with super helpful VIP guides.
My. husband, who loves this ride, always tries to get me to go on it but I won’t. From Space Mountain we hit Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin as a nice little add on, it’s fun and a blast to ride. After Buzz we made our way to the parking lot located behind Tomorrowland, there we boarded into our vans and made our way over to EPCOT.
EPCOT is where we stopped for lunch at Sunshine Seasons, this was a bit of a bummer, while the food here is good, we were expecting to eat lunch at the Brown Derby. This is the only knock I have with this tour, for $299.00 a person lunch should be eaten at a sitdown restaurant and not a counter service. We were told it was to help quicken the pace of the tour. Still, for the cost, it should be a better restaurant.
From lunch we rode Soarin’. Soarin’ had just recently re-opened with a new video that has your soaring around the world and not just California. Soarin’ had been a ride we skipped in the past, once you’ve done it a few times the thrill is gone.
We were excited to see the new video and it did not disappoint! It was stunningly brilliant. Clear and crisp and a vast improvement over the old video, a job well done here. After a quick bathroom break where the tour moved onto Test Track almost without me, a guide stayed behind when my husband alerted him, but my husband being the man he is, waited as well….and never saw us leave via the escalator on the opposite side of the Land Pavilion!
We thought he had left with the others, he finally left hoping I was with the group, and in a mad dash across EPCOT he, my daughter and my purse finally caught up to us. Our guide was super helpful and did all he could to get our family back together, and yay we were reunited and it was time to ride Test Track.
Off to Test Track, a ride we rode when it first opened in 1999, a ride we loved, a ride we were crushed when the changed the testing part for what is there now. The ride is still fun, but my husband really misses Bill McKim (the guy from the pre-show video), we miss the German and Belgium blocks, those little things made Test Track really fun, it’s still fun but….I know it’s an ever evolving theme park and not a museum.After EPCOT we made our way over to the Studio’s, here we were ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania and Star Tours. My daughter and I sat out Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower because you couldn’t pay us enough to get on them. But it was ok, there were also others on the tour who sat out certain rides.
I did Tower once and swore I’d never get back on! My husband was happy he rode Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in the front and was treated to listening to Sweet Emotion while looping his way through the ride. He enjoyed Tower, it was only the second time he has been on it.
Our first trip in 1999 was the first and last time he had been on it, that’s when it changed from a straight 13 story drop to multiple drop sequences that are randomly generated. He wanted a nice HUGE drop all at once and got off the ride disappointed. He enjoyed the ride and will probably add it to the rotation of Studio’s rides (for himself). We made our way to Pixar Place and Toy Story Midway Mania, a great ride that we’ve been on countless times and it still doesn’t get old. And to conclude our day of ultimate thrills we finished it with Star Tours.
Being that I’m the wife of a Star Wars fan we are quite familiar with this ride. My daughter likes to poke fun at my husband that she has been named the rebel spy multiple times and on both coasts. He threatened her with a swift kick to the rear if she was named the spy again…..she wasn’t….and he still jokingly kicked her. It’s honestly like having 2 children. All in all this was a great day full of fun, and laughs, and thrills and if you have the means to do this tour do it. You won’t be disappointed.
VIP Ultimate Thrills Tour covered three parks including The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Haunted Mansion
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Toy Story Mania
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Soarin' Around the World
- The cost of the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour is $299 per person, plus tax.
- This tour is currently offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays only, and lasts approximately 7 hours.
- Please be aware that the tour’s customized itinerary may change depending on attraction availability and other conditions.
- Theme park admission is required and is not included with the cost of the VIP Tour.
- For reservations, please call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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