How the Rich Do Disney | The Ultimate Luxury Disney World Vacation

F. Scott Fitzgerald said “The rich are different from you and me”.  That includes how differently the rich vacation from the rest of us.  From private planes to luxury villas, there is another world of luxury travel.  This includes visiting Orlando area theme parks including those at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Every once in a while you hear a story about a major celebrity or athlete who has visited Walt Disney World just like the millions of others that come to Orlando every year.  But we often wondered, do they wait on the same long lines as the rest of to ride Seven Drafts Mine Trail or Space Mountain?  How about getting a good spot to see a show in front of Cinderella’s Castle.  Of course the answer is a resounding no. 

So how do the rich do it?  Most theme parks including Disney have a variety of Private VIP tours and behind the scene offerings that can transform the typical theme park visit to a “magical” experience.

Disney VIP Tour Services include:

  • A personal VIP Tour Guide
  • Advance vacation planning
  • Custom start time
  • The ability to visit multiple parks (theme park admission required)
  • Efficient access to some of the most popular attractions

Tours are booked for at least seven (7) continuous hours and theme park reservations are required.  

How much does a Private VIP Tour Cost?

Every Orlando area theme park has different programs and offerings but at the Walt Disney World Resort, a Disney Private VIP Tour costs between $425 to $800 an hour.  With this tour your personal group of up to 10 guests hire a Disney VIP tour guide to create a custom Disney experience. 

This includes personal transportation to and from your Disney on-site hotel and/or between individual theme parks, (forget about the buses and the Monorail, those are for the rest of the tourists) to reserved viewing area for parades, shows, fireworks and more.  

On important item to note is that Disney Private VIP Tours do not include the cost of a theme park admission ticket.  Click here to see the latest prices for Walt Disney World admission tickets and annual passes.

Where to the rich stay at Disney?

There are more than 25 Disney Resort hotels located at Walt Disney World plus several others that are affiliated with, or operated by Disney Resorts.   The two that stand out as the most luxurious.  These are the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World  and the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO is one of the newest hotels throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort and is a AAA Five-Diamond Resort.   Situated along the Tranquil Golf Course (formerly known as Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course) which is a par 71 course designed by Tom Fazio, this amazing hotel is just a short hop to the Magic Kingdom.  In addition to golf, the resort also features a full service spa and wellness center. 

One of the best features at The Four Seasons is the “Explorer Island” waterpark.  Explorer Island is a five-acre water park which includes a lazy river, a family pool and an adults only pool (“The Oasis”), two water slides and a vast array of fountains and other amazing water features.  Dive in movies are offered on a weekly and there is a game room, basketball & sand volleyball courts and a bocce ball court.

There are six restaurants and bars at the Four Seasons but one of the local favorites is Capa.  Capa is a steak & seafood restaurant that was named among the Best 100 Wine Restaurants in the US by Wine Enthusiast magazine and is located on the 17th floor of the hotel.  This is a great spot to watch the nightly fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.

However, if you desire to be even closer to action then you should stay at the WALT DISNEY WORLD GRAND FLORIDIAN hotel which is nestled along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon just outside of the front gates of the Magic Kingdom park.

One of the best reasons to stay at the Grand Floridian is that is has direct access to the Magic Kingdom via boat launch or the Walt Disney World Monorail system.  You pick up the monorail on the second floor of the hotel just outside the hotel doors and you are at the Magic Kingdom in less than 5 minutes.

The Grand Floridian hotel is one where “Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication”.  Beautifully light up a night, you can watch the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle or the Electrical Water Pageant directly from your room’s patio.  Features and amenities include a beach and courtyard pools, pool side cabanas, motorized boat rentals and cruises along the Seven Seas Lagoon, a massive game room, basketball and tennis courts, a state of the art health club and full service spa.

If you are a foodie there are a number of excellent on site dining venues at The Grand Floridian including Victoria & Albert’s.  Victoria & Albert’s is a AAA Five Diamond Award recipient since 2000 and is where “Classic Victorian elegance meets haute American cuisine”.  And the rich will no doubt enjoy the Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner which is a one-of-a-kind 3-hour experience where your party of up to 8 dines right in the kitchen watching your meal being prepared by the culinary team.  Prices for the Chef’s Table typically begin at $250.00 per person plus wine paring.  

Both the Four Seasons Resort Orlando  at Walt Disney World and the Walt Disney World Grand Floridian feature Disney benefits including Extra Magic Hours (early or late park access) and free transportation throughout the entire resort. 

If I am rich then can I live at Disney?

For the right amount of money, yes you can live at Walt Disney World.  On the grounds of the Four Seasons resort there is a community called Golden Oak which is a master planned development features a variety of different home floorplans and neighborhoods in a private club lifestyle starting in excess of $2 million. 

For more information about purchasing a home at Walt Disney World or any of local area country club communities in Orlando, please contact our preferred real estate company at 561 584.8555.

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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