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Expensive Experiences That Are Worth The Money at Walt Disney World

While a Walt Disney World vacation is full of magic from beginning to end, it can also be a very expensive experience that quickly adds up and guests can spend a long time saving up for every moment. While there are certainly many ways to make a Walt Disney World vacation affordable through special deals and simple saving, sometimes guests love to go all out and splurge during their vacation. Splurging in Walt Disney World can come easily since there are many experiences that have hefty price tags but some of them are so amazing that they are worth every penny. From amazing dining experiences to special events and backstage tours, there are many expensive experiences that are so worth the splurge. Here are expensive Walt Disney World experiences that are worth the money.

1. Victoria & Albert’s

While there are plenty of amazing dining locations throughout Walt Disney World, none are as indulgent as a signature dining experience found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Victoria & Albert’s is open daily for dinner only and invites guests to dine in Victorian opulence in a restaurant that has received the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000. Serving up many courses of contemporary cuisine inspired by the freshest ingredients, guests can indulge in menu options such as Galilee Ostera Caviar, Bison Tenderloin, Wild Turbot, Roasted French Quail, Australian Kobe-Style Beef, and Maple Chiffon with Pumpkin Butter and Calabaza Chips. Despite the high price of dining at Victoria & Albert’s, it is an experience that is worth every bite.

2. Wild Africa Trek

Guests who are looking for a splurge worthy experience that allows them to access backstage areas and enjoy amazing moments can head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a behind the scenes tour that is worth the money. The Wild Africa Trek bring guests into the Harambe Wildlife Reserve for a privately guided expedition in an open air safari vehicle. Guests can stop near animal habitats and enjoy observing them before crossing rickety bridges suspended over hippos and crocodiles. The highlight of the Wild Africa Trek is a stop at an outpost situated in the middle of the savannah where guests can enjoy a meal while taking in amazing views.

3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

No time in Walt Disney World is as magical as the holidays, and one special event brings the spirit of Christmas to life in a wonderful nighttime celebration. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party occurs on select nights in the Magic Kingdom and requires a separate ticket to enter. Once inside, guests can enjoy a special parade and fireworks, unique character meet and greets, exclusive merchandise and snacks, entertainment, and more. With unforgettable moments that bring the holidays to life, enjoying Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is certainly worth spending the money on while in Walt Disney World!

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4. Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Another behind the scenes tour allows guests to both learn the history and details of the Magic Kingdom and enjoy glimpses of backstage areas where the magic happens. Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour takes place several times each morning in the park and is led by a Cast Member who is full of interesting facts and knowledge about the park. Guests can enjoy backstage access to favorite attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, lunch in a favorite quick service location, the chance to see where parade floats are housed, and even a glimpse into the fabled Utilidors that run underneath the Magic Kingdom. With many special moments and lots of learning opportunities, Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a great experience to splurge on.

5. Epcot Seas Adventures- DiveQuest

Guests who are experienced divers and comfortable with exploring the ocean have an amazing experience awaiting them in Epcot’s Future World. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is home to Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest. This amazing experience is rather pricey, but allows guests the opportunity to dive into the pavilion’s massive saltwater aquarium where they can mingle with over six thousand sea creatures. With forty minutes of actual diving in water that is crystal clean and calm, guests who enjoy this wonderful experience can also check out backstage glimpses of the aquariums and how the creatures are cared for.

6. Highway in the Sky Dine Around

One of the most indulgent experiences in Walt Disney World combines the popular Magic Kingdom Resort area and amazing dining. The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is a special event that begins with guests gathering in the lounge of The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There they can indulge in a cocktail and appetizer before moving on to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where they continue to enjoy amazing small bites and cocktails. At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, guests can enjoy a charcuterie plate and champagne before moving to Citrico’s for dinner and wine. The end of the night brings guests back to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for an exclusive view of the nightly fireworks accompanied by cordials and dessert. The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is definitely an expensive experience, but one that is completely worth the money on a Walt Disney World vacation.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.