Best Disney World Splurges

Plan the ultimate vacation for you and your family with these amazing experiences at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

giraffes roaming between hotel rooms in disney world animal kingdom orlando florida

giraffes roaming between hotel rooms in disney world animal kingdom orlando florida

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.

disney world dumbo ride during the day orlando florida

disney world dumbo ride during the day orlando florida

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.

Wanyama Safari

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.

exterior of the Grand Floridian Resort Spa during the day people

exterior of the Grand Floridian Resort Spa during the day people

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.

MORE: Fun Vacation at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Loading Video...

Next Up

Florida’s East Coast Beaches

We share the best beaches on Florida's East Coast. Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

7 Fun Things to Do on Your Fort Myers Vacation

From sunset kayaking to delicious eats, there is so much to explore in southwest Florida's island sanctuary.

11 Twin Peaks Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

Where to find a damn fine cup of coffee and more.Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

National Dive Bar Day: Is There a Portal To Hell In Memphis?

National Dive Bar Day is July 7, and a small Memphis joint may be pulling double duty as a dive bar and a portal for dark energy.

3 Must-Do Outdoor Activities in the Great Smoky Mountains

There's nothing like a challenging hike with a rewarding view.

5 Family Adventures in Hawaii

Put the phones down and make memories to last a lifetime with these thrilling activities on the island of Hawaii.

The Terrifying History Of The Most Haunted Doll In The World

Robert the Doll’s terror is so widespread that his exhibit includes letters from visitors begging his forgiveness.

Who Knows NYC Best?

Man v. Food’s Casey Webb matches wits (and appetites) with Food Network’s Vivian Chan to find out who has the real 411 on their home city in Man v. NYC. Ready to judge their throwdown?

The Newest Reasons to Visit Miami Beach

Learn about Miami Beach's newest hotels, restaurants and more.

12 Best Bites and Sips from Maine’s Midcoast

Experience these Down East culinary highlights.

More Creepy Content

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.