Best Disney World Splurges
Most family vacations require pinching pennies, but if you have the money, we know where you should go to splurge: Disney World in Orlando! Take a look at our suggestions and plan the ultimate vacation for you and your family.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
This replica of a real African lodge overlooks 4 savannas filled with roaming exotic animals. It's also home to one of Disney World's most exclusive suites, the Royal Assante Suite, which has stunning views of zebras, giraffes and lions. Inside, you won't find any Mickey-shaped soap bars; the room has beautiful furniture, fabrics and finishes everywhere you look.
VIP Tour Guide
It's definitely a splurge, but you can customize your day in the parks, or really anywhere on Walt Disney World property, with one of these super-savvy VIP tour guides. They'll organize a full day that can include special seating for stage shows, dinner and lunch reservations, and photo ops with popular Disney characters.
The FastPass system is designed to reduce waiting times at the park's rides by scheduling passengers during off-peak times. Your ticket is stamped with a 1-hour time window; arrive during that hour, and you can enter through the Fast Pass entrance, bypassing the regular line.
Lights, Motors, Action!
This action-packed show at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes you behind the scenes of a film shoot and shows you how the stunts are performed. The show features explosions, cars, motorcycles and Jet Skis.
This educational experience for Animal Kingdom Lodge guests puts you in a safari vehicle with an experienced guide, who will share information about the animals and their care. Get up close and personal with hundreds of exotic animals that live throughout the Disney property. Then, sit down to a delicious multi-course meal at Jiko — The Cooking Place.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Grand Floridian has true Victorian opulence that you can't find at other deluxe resorts. Its sophisticated, gabled roofs, lacy latticework and Grand Lobby are all must-sees. This romantic getaway also offers luxurious massages at its spa, where you can choose to lie in a private room or an outdoor cabana. Splurge with dinner at Victoria and Albert's, an on-site restaurant named in honor of England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Grand 1 Yacht
At the Grand Floridian, you can also spend some time on the the 52-foot Grand 1 yacht. The lake stretches out to the Magic Kingdom, making Grand 1 the perfect vantage point to enjoy Disney's nightly fireworks display.
Cirque du Soleil's 'La Nouba'
La Nouba is an amazing show that Cirque du Soleil designed especially for Disney. The park returned the favor by building an exceptional theater in Downtown Disney for the mind-blowingly flexible and talented performers.
Adventures by Disney
Leave the lines of the Disney World parks behind and let Disney guides plan a worldly adventure. Adventures by Disney will put together a fun-filled family escape to one of more than 30 worldwide destinations. A Costa Rican getaway, for instance, includes nature hikes, wildlife tours, zip-lining, white-water rafting and exploring an active volcano.
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