Disney World is known as the Most Magical Place on Earth, but for some, it might as well be called the Most Expensive Place on Earth.
It’s no secret that just getting in the gates can be pricey, but what about all those special experiences, souvenirs, and Enchanting Extras that can really break the bank? What would you drop some serious dough on if money was no object?
We wanted to know what Disney fans would spend their money on in the parks if it wasn’t just so darn expensive to do — so we headed over to our Facebook page and asked our readers!
Disney Resort Hotel Stay
We received PLENTY of responses from our readers when we asked this question. It seems like many Disney fans have thought about what they’d spend their money on if it wasn’t so expensive, and quite a few replied that a stay at one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts is at the top of their list.
With their luxurious amenities and immersive theming, Disney Deluxe Resorts don’t come cheap — especially those monorail resorts. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was mentioned frequently as a top choice with its tropical, laid-back vibes and stellar restaurants like ‘Ohana and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
There’s an even more luxurious spot on Disney World property that many of our readers would slap that plastic down for — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s literally got Grand in the name, so you know it’s fancy.
Not only that, but both the Grand Floridian and Polynesian are steps (or a monorail ride) away from Magic Kingdom — and you really can’t beat that.
Taking your Disney World vacation to the next level is a lot easier than you think — and one of the easiest ways to do it is by booking a VIP Tour. You can go on just about any kind of tour including Animal Kingdom treks, greenhouse tours in EPCOT, and yes — even tours that take you underneath Magic Kingdom.
Many of our readers agree, and said that a VIP Tour would be their splurge of choice. Of course, these VIP Tours do NOT come cheap and don’t include your park tickets which are also required, making them a pretty expensive addition to your Disney World vacation.
Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s
Sure, you know all about the Mickey Pretzels and corn dog nuggets from Casey’s Corner, but did you know Disney World is home to a AAA five-diamond rated restaurant? Victoria & Albert’s is located in the Grand Floridian and offers a Chef’s Tasting Menu that includes up to 12 courses.
This fine-dining experience is only available to guests ages 10 years and older, so you’ll have to leave the little ones at home. For our readers, though, that seems to be part of the allure. Not only are kids not allowed, but there’s also a dress code guests must abide by.
Oh, and did we mention how delicious the food is? And it better be, because the 7-course Tasting Menu starts at $295 per person — yikes.
If Disney World is your home away from home, there’s really no way to make that dream a reality than with Disney Vacation Club. It essentially functions like a timeshare program where members “buy into” a home resort. DVC works on a point system giving owners the flexibility to travel when they want, as often as they want, for however long they want, and in whatever size unit they choose.
Several readers replied that they would become Disney Vacation Club Members if the program wasn’t quite as cost-prohibitive. Being able to book a trip to Disney World at the drop of a hat sounds pretty darn remarkable, and judging by the responses we got, a lot of people agree.
TREAT. YO. SELF. We’re talking about souvenirs — but not just any ol’ pair of Minnie ears or spirit jersey you found at World of Disney, no. We’re talking about that $250,000 crystal Cinderella Castle on display in Disney Springs that is actually for sale. It’s stunning, and many of our readers agree — this is the one souvenir they’d splurge on if given the chance.
On the slightly less expensive side of things, quite a few people replied that they’d love to be able to collect the latest Disney designer collaborations. We often see designers like Coach drop a collection, and of course, there’s a new Dooney & Bourke series just about every other week.
Being able to snag the latest designer Disney duds whenever you want would be quite the expensive undertaking — but Walt did say, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” so…we believe in you.
Disney Real Estate
Perhaps the ultimate expensive Disney World flex would be to buy a house that’s actually in Disney World. Golden Oak is Disney’s extremely high-end luxury community — and it will cost you A LOT if you are even thinking about purchasing a home in this neighborhood.
Not only are these homes located on Disney property, but they also come with plenty of little touches of Disney magic here and there. A word of warning, though, in case you’re thinking about calling your realtor — one of these homes was recently listed for $10 million, so you might want to start pinching those pennies a little more.
Whether it’s a VIP tour, a fancy fine-dining experience, or even a whole dang house — it’s pretty easy to rack up quite the bill around Disney World. No matter what, though, you can always count on AllEars to bring you the details on the most expensive and outrageous ways you can spend your money in the parks and beyond.
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