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How to Have a Luxury Walt Disney World Trip

by  Christine Dayao | Apr 13, 2022
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort / Christine Dayao

It’s no secret that a trip to Walt Disney World can quickly add up when you factor in airfare, hotel costs, dining, and tickets (not to mention there’s a whole other expense if you’re opting into the new Genie+ service). And while a vacation here may not necessarily equate to being a luxurious one for some folks, the resort does have plenty of options if you’re looking for luxury. Here’s a rundown.

Private VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

Get to know the ins and outs of the theme parks with your very own clad-in-plaid VIP tour guide that will customize your entire day – and get you skip-the-line privileges, snacks, and more. Priced from $425 to $850 per hour (plus the price of admission) for a minimum of seven continuous hours, a private VIP tour can accommodate up to 10 guests who will be picked up and transported in a private vehicle.

Grand Villas, Bungalows & Cabins at Walt Disney World 

We’ve already told you about the overwater bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that come with a private deck and plunge pool, full kitchen, and dining and living room areas, but did you know that Walt Disney World also has some nifty lakeside cabins? Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, the Copper Creek cabins have two bedrooms, full kitchen, a private porch with hot tub, dining and living room space with a fireplace, and views of the serene Bay Lake. Rates are from $2,400 per night. 

For those who’d prefer more space in the traditional hotel setting, opt for a grand villa, found at most of the resort’s deluxe villa properties. Grand villas can accommodate up to a dozen adults and are outfitted with features like multiple bedrooms and full bathrooms, a kitchen, and, dining and living room areas; the one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House has a game room. Some villas even have two floors.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Five-star hotels can be found at the Most Magical Place on Earth, too. Just check into the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, located near the Magic Kingdom. Here you’ll find complimentary theme park transportation and early entry, an onsite character breakfast, a five-acre water park, an adults-only pool, six restaurants, and more. Want to really up the Disney wow factor? Reserve a private character experience – starting from $7,500. Nightly hotel rates are from $1,190 in September.

Resort Cabanas at Walt Disney World

When you’re not pounding the pavement in the parks, get some R&R in a cabana at Disney’s Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Yacht and Beach Club resorts. Amenities vary by location, but guests can expect padded furniture, ceiling fan, fruit tray or basket, mini fridge stocked with water and soda, and more. Cabanas are priced from $180 for a half-day rental at the Grand Floridian.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

The newest hotel on property takes guests to a galaxy far, far away during an immersive two-night experience where you’ll be part of a unique story and interact with different Star Wars characters. Packages include a stay in a cabin or suite, meals, missions, activities, valet parking, and access to Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Rates for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser are from $4,809 for two guests – you’re paying for the storytelling that’s part of the Disney fabric.

Dining at Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World

Did you know Walt Disney World has a AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant? Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort serves American cuisine with ingredients sourced from around the world, and its wine collection has 700-plus selections. For an intimate experience, there’s private dining in the eight-guest Queen Victoria Room, with its own special menu. Going one step further, there’s also the chef’s table where you can sample up to 11 courses with a champagne toast.

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