The Ultimate Walt Disney World Bucket List
Five Must-Do Experiences for the Ultimate Walt Disney World VIP Bucket List
Looking for the ultimate bucket list items for your Walt Disney World vacation?
After nearly 50 years of regular Walt Disney World onsite resort hotel vacations, I’ve seen and done just about everything there is to see and do. I’m often asked for my bucket list recommendations, so with that in mind, I put together this post of my top five favorite bucket list items for any upscale Walt Disney World vacation.
All of these are accessible to any guest willing to pay for the experience.
There’s no “spending a night in the Castle Suite” here. That’s a bucket list item for sure, but it’s not something that you have to power to experience at will. Trust me, I’ve tried many times.
What are the Top Five Walt Disney World Bucket List Experiences?
These are my top five favorite luxury Disney travel experiences that I recommend to anyone looking for the ultimate bucket list items for a Walt Disney World vacation.
1. Staying in a Bora Bora Bungalow
There are few (if any) greater accommodation experiences that you can book at Walt Disney World than the Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This is hands-down my favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World Resort. But it comes with a hefty price tag (even if you’re using DVC points). So while I have spent two to three weeks at Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort hotels every year since it opened, it is only occasionally that we stay at the bungalows. If you’re looking for a Disney bucket list accommodation, this is it.
2. Dining at Victoria & Albert’s
Walt Disney World has a wealth of excellent dining options, from quick service, to character dining, to fine dining. When it comes to a bucket list dining experience, however, nothing comes close to dinner at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. A dinner here is a must-do. From the ambiance to the service to the exceptional menu (custom tailored to each member of your party), you’ll never forget dining at Victoria & Albert’s.
3. Sailing the Grand 1 Yacht for a Fireworks Cruise
The Grand 1 Yacht is a luxurious 52′ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge yacht that sails from the marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. If you want to sail the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake in true style, add this item to your Walt Disney World bucket list. The best time to hire the yacht is for the evening cruise during the Magic Kingdom fireworks. You and up to 17 of your closest friends (17 total if you want a butler) can enjoys drinks, desserts and just about anything else you fancy while you cruise the Disney waters in ultimate luxury. This was something I did most recently during my 100th Walt Disney World vacation and it is an exclusive experience very worthy of this bucket list.
4. The Royal Palm Club, Club Level at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
While the Bora Bora Bungalows are a top bucket list accommodation, a Theme Park View Club Level room in the Royal Palm Club at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a close second. The magic truly comes alive here, with stellar views of Cinderella castle that will enchant any Disney guest of any age. As one of the premium accommodations at the resort, these rooms and the associated Club Level Lounge and amenities make it a worthy addition to any luxury Disney travel bucket list.
5. Taking a Disney Private VIP Tour
Disney offers many excellent special tours and other experiences, but at the top of the list is the Disney Private VIP Tour. This is one bucket list item that you can experience at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The Private VIP Tour allows you to explore as many Disney Parks as you wish with a private tour guide and almost no restrictions on attraction access. Plus, you can also reserve premium seating at attractions, parades and nightly shows as part of your overall experience (even if your actual tour ends earlier in the day). The Private VIP Tour is unlike other Disney tours. At up to $600 per hour (or more) with a seven hour minimum, it is not inexpensive. Plus, you don’t get lanyards or other swag as part of the tour. What you do get is virtually unencumbered access to every Disney ride, attraction, show and more in the Disney Parks. If money is no object and you want to feel like a true Disney VIP and do the most that you can possibly do in a single day, then this is the way to go.
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