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I feel like I can make this post with ALL the knowledge, because I've taken this tour three times, and will be doing it for a fourth time in April. (read more)
In case you weren't quite sure if the tour is worth the cost, let me reassure you, as someone who's paid for it three times, for two people each time, it IS worth the cost.
Whether you're short on time at Disney World and can only visit for a day or two; if you just want to get some history and some awesome dedicated touring, or you just want to Fast Pass all the "good" rides...The Ultimate Day Of Thrills has got you covered.
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Now, in case you're confused, since I recently made a post about the year we took a Disney VIP Tour on a family vacation, these two tours are not the same.
The VIP tour is much more expensive, but allows you to completely customize your day in the parks. This tour, the one I'm talking about in this post, is a "one size fits all" tour aimed at getting you around the parks quickly so you can ride all of the thrill rides in all of the parks, except for Animal Kingdom.
There is another tour for Animal Kingdom called the Ultimate Nights of Adventure. I've posted my review of that in a separate blog post, so be sure to check it out.
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DISNEY WORLD NOT DISNEYLAND
This is something I hear people getting confused about, so let me clarify one more time.
The tour is only offered at Disney World. If you're planning on going soon, but haven't decided whether to book through a Travel Agent or rent DVC points, I've got a super helpful post about going both routes. And, don't worry, I'm not a travel agent, so I definitely will not be biased in my reviews of those methods.
I have not seen any of these tours offered at Disneyland, other than the VIP Tour. So, if you want to hire a dedicated tour guide just for you and your family for the day, you can do that at Land or World, but if you want one of these "pre-made group tours", it's World only.
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Let's start from the top.
You'll need to plan on getting to Magic Kingdom (that's where the tour starts, unless you are told different in your confirmation email) around 8 a.m. the morning of.
They recommend giving yourself an hour and a half of travel time. Now, I'm an Uber girl, so I tend to cut this closer, but one year I did get stuck on the Monorail and had to call the tour to let them know I was running late. I wasn't late, but I was later than I intended, and my personality doesn't handle stuff like that well, so give yourself time to get there.
Remember, even if you Uber, you can only go as far at the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there, you will need to get the Monorail to Magic Kingdom.
You can also opt to take a bus directly from your hotel, but if you do, really do give yourself loads of time. Those buses can fill up, easily leaving you standing outside while you wait for the next one.
My recommendation is to take an Uber or Lyft to Contemporary Resort then walk from Contemporary to Magic Kingdom. Even from the furthest hotels, this will only take you a half hour. The walk to MK from Contemporary is 10 minutes, tops.
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