Fun Walt Disney World Splurges

There are plenty of ways to spend your hard earned dollars at Walt Disney World, but you don’t have to spend them all on your park tickets or resort room.   Here are some ways to try out something a little different on your Walt Disney World vacation.

Club Level rooms- This splurge come with great views, continental breakfast, snacks, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), desserts and cordials.  Plus if you need itinerary, dining, childcare, transportation services, or golf time set up concierge services can do that. See our series here.

Theme Park View rooms- If you really want to make your family feel special choose a theme park view at select resorts. You cannot beat waking up this type of view or watching fireworks from your bed! 

VIP Tour Services-This is an amazing experience but comes with a big price tag.  So this is a good splurge to share with friends.  Groups are limited to 10 people and must me a minimum of 7 continuous hours.

A VIP Tour Guide smiles as he delivers an excited family to a Walt Disney World Resort destination

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Spa Services- There are a few spas to choose from at the Grand Floridian, Dolphin, and Saratoga Springs. Some services offered are massages, facials, nails and hair.

Epcot Seas Adventures- There are a few choices such as Dolphins in Depth, a 3 hour encounter for those 13 and up. There is also the Aqua Tour which is snorkeling in the 5.7 million gallon tank for a 2.5 hour experience for those 8 and up.  If you are SCUBA certified and 10 years and older you can do the DiveQuest experience. During this 3 hour experience you can swim with over 6,000 sea creatures.

Guests clad in SCUBA diving equipment swim beneath a rock arch in a tropical underwater environment

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Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian- high tea is served every day in the afternoon features specially blended teas, sandwiches and desserts.  What a fun and fancy way to add a little splurge to your vacation.

Victoria & Albert’s- This AAA five diamond restaurant experience located in the Grand Floridian is the ultimate splurge, particularly the Chef’s Table with is a 13 course dinner created  just for your party.

A Chef greets a table of Guests dining at Victoria and Albert's restaurant

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a zany vaudeville comedy show and served with all you care to eat fired chicken, BBQ ribs, salad, and strawberry shortcake.  Drinks include unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria for those over 21.  This two hour event takes place in Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness.  Check out Tara’s review here.

Have you ever splurged for something really unique at Walt Disney World?  If so what has been your favorite splurge, we’d love to hear!

Another Animal Kingdom Lodge Hidden Gem: Night Safari

011dc3b96b68ea99da47be5bdfbaf600bb2f889ce4So, on my last trip to Disney I was lucky enough to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It just is a favorite for me with the theme and the food and the animals. I also found some hidden gems such as the nighttime safari. It is a VIP Tour exclusive to guests of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sorry to other folks that think AKL is too far to stay because you are missing out on one of my Top 5 best Disney things ever.

So, we scheduled our nighttime safari (it is an extra fee) for the first night we were there. We had no idea what was in store for us but we were so excited to meet our group and guides at Sanaa at 9:45 pm. The tour is limited to about 10 people (and my group made up 5 of them) so you do need advanced reservations. We all boarded an open-sided safari vehicle with a guide in back with us and a guide driving. It is definitely pitch black by 10 p.m. so as I wondered how would I see the animals well we entered one of the three savannahs we would be exploring.0147aced576b4104c87897f083fb9c1f6264f204bb

So, the best part was the night goggles. I am not a techy person but even I was uber impressed with how cool they were and how well you could see. We each had our own pair and were shown how to use them and how to take awesome pictures with them.

The guide was amazing and answered all our questions and offered a ton of info about all the animals at AKL and the specific ones we encountered. We got all the gossip about who liked who and who did not play nicely with others. The animals were so kind and gave us awesome poses and were so close to us the whole time that we were all enthralled.









When we returned back we all agreed it was the BEST tour at Disney and one of the best things we had done in our many, many trips.

Have you done the night safari or a special event? Let me know if you loved it as much as I did?014b5538e827eb947e9a412e5368f04aa790852772