Disneyland's VIPs: Five Things You Didn't Know About Disney's Star Treatment

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Celebrities get the star treatment everywhere they go and Disneyland is no exception. For years now, Disney has offered VIP guides (usually seen walking throughout the parks donning their red and blue plaid vests) to the families of film, television and sports stars.

But one might be surprised by how unglamorous the star treatment can be at the Happiest Place on Earth. Sure, certain celebs might be able to finagle a discounted turkey leg or churro, but the VIP treatment isn't really much different from what any average Joe/Jane might be able to experience. . . for the right price, of course.

Learn five things you might not have known about Disneyland's VIP tours for celebs after the jump.


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1. Jump in the line
Just like the cool kids in a high school cafeteria, celeb VIPs get to skip everyone in line. But to be honest, so does anyone sitting in a wheelchair or hobbling around on crutches, and we all know how easily that can be faked, right? What, am I the only one who owns a fake cast?

Anyway, you don't need to be a celebrity to get to the front of the line; you just have to know someone with a broken leg, or be willing to break your own leg. Of course, if you're willing to break a bone just so you can get a quick entry onto Mr. Toad's Wild Ride you have more serious problems than waiting in long lines at Disneyland.


2. Nothing's free
Celebrities get everything for free, right? Most times, yes, but not at Disneyland. When it comes to the almighty dollar, Disney is the great equalizer. They'll take your weak, your rich, your hungry, your famous... and charge them all accordingly.

You don't even have to be a celebrity to receive your own private guide in the park, you just have to be willing to pay the hourly rate (estimated between $125 and $150 per hour) for one! (NOTE: Non-celeb VIPs do not get front-of-the-line privileges.) And if you're not a celebrity on Disney's payroll (i.e. starring in a show that airs on ABC or the Disney Channel, appearing in a Marvel movie, etc.) you still pay! So if you see a celeb in the park being given the star treatment, just remember that they probably paid a couple grand for that honor. The guide is still only getting paid their hourly wage, of course, but tipping is both encouraged and appreciated.


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3. Table for two... or not
Don't think that just because you're a celebrity that you're going to get special treatment when it comes to making dinner reservations.

If you didn't plan ahead and call to reserve a table in the morning, sorry, you're out of luck. Unless you're Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks or one of the few Disney elite who have made the Mouse a killing over the years, there will be no squeezing you in or getting a special table set aside for you and your entourage.

Disney doesn't care that you're a millionaire who is willing to fork over $50 per person for a meal at Blue Bayou. You know why? Because the park is filled with middle-class folks who are willing to do the same exact thing. And don't even think about asking for a table at Club 33 if you're not a member! They have rules you know!


4. Mickey will see you now
Your $125+ per hour has to get you something celeb-centric. Tour guides have been known to arrange one-on-one meet and greets with characters for celebs.

In California Adventure, stars might get a private turtle talk with Crush, or an intimate crash course on drawing the Disney way at the Animation Academy. But probably the coolest perk is being allowed to ride in the Lilly Belle Presidential Train Car. Debuting in 1976, the Lilly Belle (which rides in place of the caboose on the C.K. Holiday train) was created so VIPs could tour the park in a private setting. Among its first passengers were Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. Learn more about the Lilly Belle Presidential Train Car here.


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5. Nobody goes there
You're rich, famous and powerful. At work, you have a team of nine-to-five minions who do your bidding. At home, your family kisses your royal behind because you provide them with whatever they desire, whenever they desire it.

But you're not the king of this castle, my friend.

At Disneyland, nearly 45 years after his death, Walt still rules, and almost no one (again, save for the Disney elite) gets to see Walt's private apartment above the fire station. And yes, Mr./Mrs. Celebrity, that means you.

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16 comments
Kendra Willis87
Kendra Willis87

My bro. Cant wait in line cuz of his disability and they won't give us a pass :(

Frank Z
Frank Z

Man, I love it when people piss off Disney purists. In the words of William Shatner, folks: "GET A LIFE."

It's an admittedly stupid article. About Disneyland, for Christ's sake! Get over yourselves, dorks.

Jordan
Jordan

yeah, none of this is right.  i worked at a popular attraction in epcot and dealt with guest relations who would back door people like steve carrell and lead regular families (with a lot of cash) through the fast pass line.  this is a fail 

Cam
Cam

I'm a former Backstage Cast Member, and I've been inside Walt's apartment, Club 33 and the Lilly Belle. I'm hardly one of the "elite."

Evyjo
Evyjo

First off yes they do get to jump the line they pay enough to do so but as far as people who clam to have a disability jumping the line that is not true. All of DCA is wheelchair accessible so they can wait in line and if they can't we give the person a return ticket to come back after the lines wait time so they can sit out side and wait like everyone else same goes at Disneyland. The seeing wallets apt I've worked there for 5 months and I was offered to go see it on a tour with some other CMs and I did so that part is completely wrong. Also anyone can ride the Lilly belle if they just ask if she is running that day, if she is almost always they will let you and a cm will tell you some facts about the park while on ur ride. Yes club 33 is pretty tight to get into however anyone working for a few major companys like enterprise rent a car can get in because the company has a membership for all there employes. You should really research before writing.

Chris
Chris

*alot (IPhone correction lol )

Chris
Chris

Slot of this is totally wrong specially the tour price , it's 195 for the basic tour & 295 for the premium tour , both with a 6 hour minimum non celebrities do get front of the line priv aslong as there paying the 295 price , I'm a actual VIP host at Disneyland so yea alot of this needs to be corrected

Not A Douche
Not A Douche

I think that last guy forgot to add the DOU and the E to his name. Oops. 

CH
CH

I think you might want to look up the definition of the word "donning." Also, anybody with $2,400 can see Walt's apartment, not just "Disney elite"—it's featured on Adventures By Disney's Hollywood & Disneyland tour.

Bethany
Bethany

Man, I love jumping the lines with Jorge :)

Dave
Dave

Wait, hold it.... William Shatner is NOT a Disney employee. This comment is false!! Christ, however does. 

:D 

Dave
Dave

Well, ya are an elite if you got in and the rest of us can't :P

Dave
Dave

Was this english?This is HUMOR!! The dude is not writing a book of facts!! Let the man tell his side of it. You should really research punctuation and spelling before writing. 

Dave Sylvester
Dave Sylvester

* A lot. Not alot. Grammar, people!! Don't be afraid of periods either. 

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