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Exploring Walt Disney World Resort VIP-Style on a Disney Cruise Line Vacation

Hi Disney Parks Blog fans! I’m Arnaldo Zanonato, better known as Arny, Port Adventures Manager and the newest Disney Parks Blog author for Disney Cruise Line. With all of our new itineraries and homeports this year, we’ll be introducing plenty of exciting new Port Adventures for Disney Cruise Line guests, and I’m excited to give you a sneak peek at some of my favorites.

This summer the Disney Magic will set sail on 8-night voyages from New York to the Bahamas. The cruise includes a full day stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, with roundtrip transportation and a ticket to nearby Walt Disney World Resort, giving guests a chance to visit all four theme parks!

Because it is impossible to experience all that the resort has to offer in one day, we worked closely with the Walt Disney World VIP Tour Services to develop day tours that would help our guests to see some of the major attractions across all theme parks. The result? Check it out:

Best of Walt Disney World Resort for Young Families, a VIP Tour – Created with the young members of the family in mind, this VIP tour will take guests to favorite attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park and Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thrills of Walt Disney World Resort, a VIP Tour – Are you a thrill seeker? Then this VIP tour is for you! Experience the most thrilling attractions, both classic and new, like Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park!

 Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

During both VIP tours guests will have access to Disney’s FASTPASS lines, always accompanied by a VIP Tour Guide, an expert to help maximize your day at this magical place! Now if you had one day only at Walt Disney World Resort, what attractions would be on your list?


  • Hi Arny, how about the posibility to reserve a brunch with the princesses at Cinderellas Castle ? Or a tea party too. Also expand the offer to other cruises sailing from Port Canaveral.

    We are booked on the Fantasy for NYE 2012 but would really enjoy a VIP ticket before the cruse.

  • This all sounds wonderful only wondering what the cost of it all is? or is it included in the cruise price. Please update us. Thanks

  • Mary — Many of the tours, such as Keys to the Kingdom and Undiscovered Future World and Backstage Magic have as a feature a “fast pass” to some attraction. Fast pass seems a bit strange to use as the reference however. Keys to the Kingdom takes people on two of the attractions without waiting in line, but the tour takes 4 1/2 hours — not what we would consider a fast pass. Great tour and in the process you learn a lot, including about the two attractions. Not the same as selling a fast pass.

  • Dear Mr. Zanonato,

    I really enjoyed your post and I applaud the itinerary as it will provide guests the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. This is a fantastic idea, congratulations!!

    If I were a guest on the Magic for this itinerary I would absolutely love and appreciate an over nighter at Cape Canaveral and spending one of those nights at Walt Disney World, giving me two full days at the parks…..just saying, because we can never get enough of the theme parks.

    We have cruise seven times with Disney Cruise Line and always lament when leaving Castaway Cay….wouldn’t it be fun to spend the night there too!!

    Do you see what I mean? We can never get enough. We always sandwich the cruise between two Walt Disney World land stays, giving us a land/sea/land experience. Who wants to go home right after the cruise? Unless going home is back to WDW.

    Thank you,

  • Mary, I don’t believe you are reading it right. If you go on the cruise from NY to the Bahamas, you have the opportunity to do a tour from the ship that gets you in all the theme parks.

    I don’t believe you could just purchase this tour at the main gate and get fastpasses for your favorite attractions.

  • Welcome to the blog Mr. Arny!

  • If I am reading this right, Disney is now selling Fastpass. When did that begin???

  • Definitely expedition everest, TestTrack, and Tower of Terror.

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