My party of 6 did a VIP tour at Disneyland for $6,100. The perks made it worth every penny.

My party of 6 did a VIP tour at Disneyland for $6,100. The perks made it worth every penny.
  • I paid $6,100 for my party of six to do a VIP tour at Disneyland.

  • This price included the cost of the VIP tour, park-hopper tickets, and a tip for the tour guide.

  • As VIPs, we didn't have to wait in line for rides and got a last-minute character meet and greet.

It's hard to imagine forking over about $6,100 for a day at Disneyland. But that was my bill for a six-person family vacation ― and it was worth it.

For my nephew's fourth birthday, we decided to book a VIP tour and take on both Disneyland and California Adventure in one jam-packed day.

Although the price of a VIP tour varies based on the time of year, I paid $4,900 for a seven-hour experience, not including the price of park tickets.


Because we wanted to see both parks, and had to purchase tickets to do the tour, we chose to purchase park-hopper tickets. In total, I spent about $6,100, including the tip for our tour guide.

Here's what our VIP-tour experience was like.

We started enjoying all the perks as soon as we met our VIP tour guide

We met our guide at the VIP tour desk inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. She explained that she'd be with us all day and would personalize the itinerary to make sure we got to do everything we wanted to.

She also told us we could go on all the rides we wanted without waiting in any lines, which was a huge perk since we were traveling with two small kids.

Three adults and two children in front of a red trolley with a sign that says "Buena Vista St" in California Adventure. One woman is holding a little girl, while a little boy sits in one side of a two-child stroller.
Our VIP guide took photos of us throughout the day.Paula Conway

Throughout the day, our guide used our phones to snap pictures of us around the parks. Taking unique group photos isn't easy, so this was an incredible perk.

Another pleasant surprise was that we'd often get off a ride to find our guide waiting for us with water or popcorn.

The VIP experience made traveling with small children much easier

Six people smile at the camera while riding Radiator Springs Racers in Disneyland. They are seated in two rows of a teal car.
The VIP guide entertained my niece while we went on Radiator Springs Racers.Paula Conway

When we went on Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure, our guide entertained my 2-year-old niece, who was too small to ride. This meant all the adults got to experience the ride with my nephew.

When we crossed into Disneyland, we went straight for the carousel. Horses and benches on the ride are first-come, first-served, but our guide reserved a bench for us. This was incredibly helpful because my niece, who was starting to get cranky, was able to sit next to her dad.

While we were on the carousel, our guide worked her magic and set up a character meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa from "Frozen."

Three women, a man, and two small children pose with Anna and Elsa from "Frozen."
We got a last-minute meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa from "Frozen." Paula Conway

Typically, there's a long line to meet characters at Disneyland. With a VIP guide, however, we got to go in first.

The kids were mesmerized, and we appreciated the cleverly-arranged pick-me-up to reengage them.

Our guide arranged a unique birthday celebration for my nephew, and secured us VIP seating for the parade

A little boy wearing a crown blows out candles on a Mickey Mouse cake.
During lunch, our guide surprised my nephew with a Mickey Mouse cake. Paula Conway

We enjoyed lunch at Blue Bayou, which was spectacular. Although the meal wasn't included in the price of our VIP tour, our guide secured the last-minute reservation, which would have been almost impossible to get on our own.

She even made arrangements for a Mickey Mouse-themed cake to be delivered for my nephew's birthday celebration.

After lunch, we had time for a few more rides before taking our seats for the parade.

A Disneyland parade at night, where people are seated on benches and in roped-off areas. A float passes by with Sleeping Beauty characters on board.
We got prime seating in a roped-off VIP section at the parade.Paula Conway

We were in a special roped-off section for VIP guests and could see every float up close.

Overall, the VIP experience was totally worth it

For a great deal of money, we were able to do two parks in one day and never waited in a line. We had concierge access to a character meet-and-greet and last-minute dining reservations, including a birthday cake.

Among the perks, our guide pushed the stroller, met us with water bottles and snacks after rides, took action shots of the family, and got us into the evening parade with VIP seats.

The trip of a lifetime with family was worth paying for.

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