A vacation to Walt Disney World is more expensive than ever. In addition to the price for a hotel, park tickets and food, there are many things troughout the world for you to spend even more money on. Some of these additional expenses are more worth it than others. Here are 4 things to splurge on at Walt Disney World worth the money.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is one of the longest running shows at Walt Disney World and most guests still don't know about it. Located at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort inside Pioneer Hall, it is a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a comedy stage show with a dinner of unlimited fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs and sides included. There is also unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks included. Starting at $64 and going up to $72 per person, it's a little pricey for chicken and beans but the entire experience is worth the cost of admission. Let's not forget about that strawberry short cake either.
The Pioneer Hall Players never fail to put on a hilarious show with plenty of audience participation. You might find yourself on stage, dancing in the audience or at least playing the washboard during the show. The rollicking show makes the 2 hours fly by so make you sure fill up on all the chicken you can and don't be afraid to ask for more. Your server will be happy to bring it to you.
Character meals are almost a right of passage for any Disney kid. Adults will not be left out of the fun if traveling alone either. Character meals are great opportunities to meet many characters in a comfortable environment with plenty of food to be had in between photo opportunities.
There are many different kinds of character meals across property. Some are easier to get reservations for than others. That does not necessarily mean any one character meal is better than another lesser known one. Meals for adults can start around $30 and $15 for kids and go upwards of $70 for adults and $40 for kids. This could be a huge splurge or a moderate one depending on the restaurant you choose and which meal of the day.
As you're bumping elbows with the sweaty family next to you while waiting for the fireworks to begin, you might be thinking to yourself "there has to be a better way." There is, but it'll cost you. How about watching those fireworks from a boat far away from those crowds?
Fireworks cruises are offered for both Wishes at the Magic Kingdom and IllumiNations at Epcot. Viewing for Wishes is in the Seven Seas Lagoon, you'll board your craft at the Contemporary Resort. IllumiNations boats will anchor under the bridge between France and the UK. You'll board at the Yacht and Beach Club marina.
An IllumiNations cruise is $325 and has room for up to 10 guests on board. The price includes nonalcoholic drinks and snacks. A Wishes cruise starts at $292.88. That will get you space for 8, nonalcoholic drinks and snacks but does not have the Wishes music streamed in. For $346.13 you can experience the 'premium' version of that cruise which includes space for 10, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks and does have the Wishes music piped in for your listening pleasure. There is also the Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. For $99 for adults, $69 for ages 3-9 you'll hear the Wishes soundtrack while you take in the fireworks and enjoy the included desserts themed around the nearby resorts.
Guided tours are a great way for any Disney fan to learn more about the parks they enjoy. There are a plethora of tours for different budgets and attention spans covering all the parks and resorts.
Tours can start as low as $20 and go upwards of $200. There are many different topics and types of tours to explore from going Behind the Seeds at The Land pavilion to see how all those plants are grown to strapping on a harness and walking a rope bridge with hungry crocodiles below on the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom. Any one you choose will be a new and fun way to look at the parks. Make sure your party is prepared before going on a tour as young children are often prohibited and tours are several hours in length.
What is your favorite thing to splurge on while your on vacation at Walt Disney World?