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Old 08-07-2019, 09:06 AM   #21
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SO, basically, $3850 total. Split among 10 folks, that's $385, which is not too bad for a 7-hour personal experience.

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When you look the prices of Disney's 7 hour tours, it's not much more. If you compare it to the hourly cost of the early morning Wild Africa Trek, which is 3 hours, it's a bargain.

I'm not sure I would spend the money, though, simply because we go enough that nothing is *that* important to us to do. Still, we probably spend as much per person in various upcharge events over the course of a trip (after hour parties, dessert viewing, a tour), so it's not out of line with our current spending.

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Old 08-07-2019, 09:49 PM   #22
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Sounds like they may handle it the same way they handle the Disability Access. You don't wait in line, but you do get a "come back" window that starts at the end of the current posted wait. That's fair.

Makes me think the way they work VIP tour guides is that they get FP access where there is FP, and DAS where there isn't.

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For Alice, Peter Pan, Pinnochio, Storybook Land, and Snow White (none of which have FP in Disneyland) the guide took us in via the exit. The only ride for which a return time was needed was MFSR.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:06 AM   #23
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Sounds like they may handle it the same way they handle the Disability Access. You don't wait in line, but you do get a "come back" window that starts at the end of the current posted wait. That's fair.

Makes me think the way they work VIP tour guides is that they get FP access where there is FP, and DAS where there isn't.

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Both rides in Star Wars have a separate FP queue, so the tours could just use that line for access. Which means it could pretty much be a walk-on.

However there are plenty of reports that say the queue for Smugglerís Run is the best bit of the ride, so it might mean missing out on that.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:23 AM   #24
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Both rides in Star Wars have a separate FP queue, so the tours could just use that line for access. Which means it could pretty much be a walk-on.

However there are plenty of reports that say the queue for Smugglerís Run is the best bit of the ride, so it might mean missing out on that.

The VIP tours will use the FP lines, exit lines and sometimes direct access to the ride. It depends on the attraction, the ride crew and the access points.
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According to blogmickey there are still tours available for opening day. https://blogmickey.com/2019/08/vip-t...ywood-studios/

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According to blogmickey there are still tours available for opening day. https://blogmickey.com/2019/08/vip-t...ywood-studios/

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Finally, the price. Because of how far out in advance VIP Tours releases their prices, opening day of Star Wars: Galaxyís Edge is actually priced at the lowest tier, only $425 per hour. If youíve never done a VIP Tour at Walt Disney World, itís worth noting that each tour can accommodate up to 10 guests and the pricing listed is per group, not per guest

$425 X 7 = $2975 total......so for a group of 10 people, that works out to $298 per person or is two families sharing, $1500 each family. That is a bargain in the VIP tour world. I highly recommend doing a tour if you get a chance.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:11 AM   #27
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$425 X 7 = $2975 total......so for a group of 10 people, that works out to $298 per person or is two families sharing, $1500 each family. That is a bargain in the VIP tour world. I highly recommend doing a tour if you get a chance.
Realistically Tom, how much could and would you do in the 7 hours?

Iím thinking that in theory you could do all 4 parks, hit the ďbig ridesĒ maybe 2-3 in each park and grab lunch. To me personally, that doesnít sound like fun.

But Iím thinking that we could ride the two Galaxy Edge rides, Star Tours and the Mickey train ride a couple of times each, and then hop over to another park to do a few headliners. And fit in lunch.

That way we could do a couple of days at GE to visit Ogaís, build the droids and light sabres using reservations, and generally look around.
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Realistically Tom, how much could and would you do in the 7 hours?

Iím thinking that in theory you could do all 4 parks, hit the ďbig ridesĒ maybe 2-3 in each park and grab lunch. To me personally, that doesnít sound like fun.

But Iím thinking that we could ride the two Galaxy Edge rides, Star Tours and the Mickey train ride a couple of times each, and then hop over to another park to do a few headliners. And fit in lunch.

That way we could do a couple of days at GE to visit Ogaís, build the droids and light sabres using reservations, and generally look around.

We did a lot in 7 hours.....We only hit three parks, skipping Epcot, but rode 5-6 rides per park, had lunch and the 7 hours included two stops to pickup and drop off at our resorts. We could have saved a time by meeting in the Park and leaving on our own to get back to the hotels. The tour is not rushed, you are not running ride to ride. You bypass the main entrance and security, at AK the van will drive from back of attraction to back of attraction, same for Epcot. RnR coaster was a literal walk-on and got to sit in the front.

Bottom line, it was a blast and we would do it again.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:38 PM   #29
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We did a lot in 7 hours.....We only hit three parks, skipping Epcot, but rode 5-6 rides per park, had lunch and the 7 hours included two stops to pickup and drop off at our resorts. We could have saved a time by meeting in the Park and leaving on our own to get back to the hotels. The tour is not rushed, you are not running ride to ride. You bypass the main entrance and security, at AK the van will drive from back of attraction to back of attraction, same for Epcot. RnR coaster was a literal walk-on and got to sit in the front.

Bottom line, it was a blast and we would do it again.

That sounds fabulous. I think a VIP tour could be especially fun for a seasoned WDW visitor - they could have a new "behind the scenes" experience. I've considered doing a VIP tour - not as a usual thing, but in the right situation - so I love hearing about these details. Thanks for sharing!
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We did a lot in 7 hours.....We only hit three parks, skipping Epcot, but rode 5-6 rides per park, had lunch and the 7 hours included two stops to pickup and drop off at our resorts. We could have saved a time by meeting in the Park and leaving on our own to get back to the hotels. The tour is not rushed, you are not running ride to ride. You bypass the main entrance and security, at AK the van will drive from back of attraction to back of attraction, same for Epcot. RnR coaster was a literal walk-on and got to sit in the front.

Bottom line, it was a blast and we would do it again.
That sounds great! Didnít realise about transport in some of the parks. Thanks.

Of course Iíve just realised weíll be there at Christmas when the cost will be a lot higher. But it still gives us something to think about, maybe for our first non-peak time trip.
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