It’s amazing what some people will pay to get special treatment at Disney World (myself included). Disney World has been testing a number of different premium packages lately that give people extra access to special parts of the parks. They rolled out early morning paid access to Magic Kingdom, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train without having to wait in line. I’m guessing it was successful because they followed up with a similar package at Hollywood Studios. Every once in a while there’s a free perk for certain festivities, like fireworks viewing for Chase cardholders at EPCOT. But, the majority of the time you’re going to spend a decent amount of cash for special access.
Special thanks to Mike L for sending this one along. For the low, low price of $650, you can have access to your own private cabana at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. According to Blog Mickey (where you can see a ton of pictures):
The Kingdom Cabanas are located in a fairly out of the way spot near Space Mountain, and can accommodate up to 8 people. The cabanas include a space to relax, cold beverages, some snacks and fruit, electronic device charging, a small refrigerator, a one-time delivery of ice cream and desserts, personalized Mickey ears, and reserved viewing space for parades and fireworks.
I’m trying to figure out how I would justify $650 for a cabana. Assuming you had 8 people in your party, that’s a premium of about $80 a head. If I further assume you saw value in all of the provided amenities, maybe you could get $20-$40 per person in value out of drinks, snacks and desserts. Personalized ears can add on to that price, though I don’t know which ones you’re getting. I see the basic black ones with names engraved on the back in one of the pictures, but only two. I think it’s safe to assume you can average $25 a head in value. Adults might drink more water/soda than a kid, but I don’t see many children getting more than $25 consistently from this list of amenities.
I don’t put any value in the electronic charging since you can bring your own battery. Whatever you do, don’t buy one of the overpriced batteries available at Disney World kiosks. Just don’t.
That means you’re paying about $50 a person for VIP parade and fireworks viewing. Again, assuming your party consists of 8 people. These numbers go up significantly with a smaller group.
Would I Pay $50 For VIP Viewing?
The Disney VIP guide service we’ve used a few times over the years is much more expensive now. It’s also much more expensive than this cabana service. That’s even with the discount they’re offering for DVC members. I think I’ve been priced out of the VIP guide service but I love the parade and fireworks. Our whole family does.
There’s no way I would pay for this if I didn’t have a group of 8 to split it across. I’m trying to figure out how I’d justify it if I did. I really think there’s no realistic way I could justify the cost. With a bit of planning, it’s easy to find good places to watch the parade and fireworks. That’s especially true with the new areas for fireworks viewing they added in the pavilion in front of the castle. Heck, you can even FastPass the fireworks now.
Yup. In the end, I’d choose to pocket the cash and find a way to contribute that money to Mickey some other way.
Would You Pay For A Cabana At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom?
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