Walt Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Orlando has more hotel rooms than any other city in the United States, including Las Vegas, due to the demand created by Disney World, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom and Pandora – the World of Avatar, Blizzard Beach, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Sea World, Star Wars Launch Bay, and the remaining surrounding theme parks.
The enormous crowds that come throughout the year can cause waits of up to three hours for many of the most of the popular rides. However, tourists that are willing to spend a little extra money can arrange to cut their wait times by more than 90% and even skip the lines on numerous rides by hiring a private VIP tour of Disney's parks.
We hired one such service to help us - Prime VIP Tours - and the difference as compared to visiting the park on our own was astounding. We were able to enjoy more rides before 11 AM than we had the entire previous day, when we went without a guide or specific itinerary. Our guide contacted us the day before we planned to meet her and asked about our favorite rides, favorite Disney characters, the types of rides we liked and disliked, if we wanted to see the parade, as well as our food preference and other questions related to our group (we were travelling with two young children and two teenagers). We were a party of eight people, so all of us had agreed to kick in a little extra money to pay for the private tour guide experience.
Our guide, Kami, met us at the entrance to the park the next morning and arranged for us to ride all of our rides before the crowds got there. She even waited for us on our behalf to see our favorite Disney princess while we were on a different ride. I was especially appreciative of the fact that she took the younger children to a separate age appropriate ride while the rest of the group rode Space Mountain - a ride I'd been dying to go on! By the end of our tour, Kami felt like one of the family. She'd been able to take care of all of the demands of our group (not easy when travelling as two separate families and with a large age difference between children), and our kids fell in love with her.
"At Prime VIP Tours, we love to transform Disney vacations into lifetime memories. We designed Prime VIP Tours with the objective of providing vacationers and dreamers a true Disney experience by allowing them to enjoy the wonders of the parks without the stress of planning every minute of their trip and waiting in long lines in the hot sun. Instead, we ensure that these details are all taken care of so our guests are free to focus on the fun,” said Prime VIP Tour when asked for a comment.
Established in 2015, the company creates customized tours for travel groups throughout all the Florida based Disney theme parks, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, and many of the other parks.
After completing our tour, we were able to hire a service to watch our kids while I went and had my hair styled and then enjoyed a wonderful massage at a local massage parlor. We finished the night enjoying drinks and sea food at the local Red Lobster restaurant. Overall, the fun the family had together at Magic Kingdom enabled us to have a relaxed and well rested evening and escape together to have a lovely night out as well. The kids got home and were the best kind of tired - tired from a day well spent playing outside and doing exciting things they'll never forget.