Theme Park VIP Tours
Pile on the park perks and eliminate wait times. Your ticket to less theme park hassle and more amusement awaits thanks to VIP tours and specialty packages. BY NANCY DEVAULT
Walt Disney World Ideal for adventure-seekers ages 7+, this seven-hour, three-park tour (with private transportation and lunch) guides you to magically expedited experiences at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. $299.99 + admission; 407.560.4033 You can also book exclusive experiences through Disney. Hang ten with a professional surfer during a 2.5-hour private lesson at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park ($165; ages 8+), set sail on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake aboard the luxurious 52-foot Grand 1 yacht ($553 per hour; up to 18 people) or share a meal over creative chatter with a Disney Imagineer ($37.27$68.15). For Disney’s wildest tour, embark on the Wild Africa Trek (starting at $189; ages 8+), a three-hour VIP safari through secluded areas of Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Hike a rugged trail to discover an aviary of exotic birds and a hippopotamus pond spilling over with the ginormous, wide-mouthed mammals. Bravely cross the shaky rope bridge over chomping crocodiles. Then, ride aboard an open-air truck for up- close halts alongside giraffes, rhinos, elephants and other prairie animals. Recharge with an African-inspired feast; and remember every wild moment thanks to the tour’s complimentary photo service.