Disney Splurges

Travel Channel's Top 10 Disney World Splurges


Most family vacations require pinching pennies, but if you have the money, Travel Channel knows where you should go to splurge. Disney! Take a look at our list, and plan the ultimate vacation for you and your family.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
This replica of a real African lodge has 3 savannas filled with roaming exotic animals and is home to one of Disney World's most exclusive suites. The Royal Assante Suite has a stunning view of zebras, giraffes and lions. Inside you won't find any Mickey-shaped soap bars; the suite has beautiful furniture, fabrics and finishes everywhere you look.  

Disney VIP Tour Guide
It's 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 VIP seating to 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 non-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.

NASCAR Richard Petty Driving Experience
This unique experience is offered in the parking lot of the Magic Kingdom for those who want more adrenaline than they get from riding Space Mountain. If you're a reasonably healthy, licensed driver, age 18 or older, you can drive a NASCAR-style race car at speeds approaching 150 miles per hour. With the "Chance of a Lifetime Package," race-car enthusiasts get 30 laps around the track after a quick crash course on stock-car racing. A 3-lap ride along experience is also offered for people age 16 or older. After it's all done, drivers can purchase a DVD to relive their NASCAR adventure.

Lights, Motor, Action!
This action-packed show at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes you behind the scenes at a film shoot and shows you how the stunts are performed. The show features explosions, cars, motorcycles and jet skis.

Sunset Safari
This educational experience puts you in a safari vehicle with an experienced guide who will get you up close and personal with hundreds of exotic animals that live near Animal Kingdom Lodge and throughout the Disney property.

Disney's 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 the Grand Lobby are all must-see items. 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, a restaurant in the hotel 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 48-foot Grand 1 Yacht. the lake stretches out to the Magic Kingdom, making Grand 1 the perfect place 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. Disney returned the favor by building an exceptional theater for the mind-blowingly flexible and talented Cirque performers. 

Adventures by Disney
Leave the lines of Disney parks behind and let Disney guides plan a worldly adventure. Adventures by Disney will plan a fun-filled family escape to 1 of their 22 worldwide destinations. Their Costa Rican getaway includes nature hikes, wildlife tours, zip-lining, whitewater rafting and exploration of an active volcano./p>

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