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Dewey Family VIP Tour Experience

The Dewey Family

 We have had the absolute pleasure of planning two separate Orlando based trips for the Dewey family over the past few years. For their most recent trip this past June, John and his daughter Abby decided to shake off their quarantine blues by venturing out on a cross country road trip. Along the way the dad and daughter duo visited five theme parks – Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Georgia, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and finally Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure here in Orlando. Check out our interview with John below to hear about their experience!


My VIP Tour: We were so excited to assist with planning your recent road trip to Orlando! Along the way you were able to fit in quite a few different theme parks before reaching your final destination – Universal Studios! How would you say your days in the parks without a VIP Guide compared to your day with one?  

John Dewey: This is the second time using the VIP service.  The difference between having a guide, in the amusement parks, and not having a guide, is like the difference between flying first class, on an international flight and sitting in the last row middle seat.  Using the VIP guides allows you to accomplish all of your goals, for a specific park, rather than wasting time trying to figure out ways to get in front of all of the other guests.   

MVT: Due to Covid-19 there are many new rules and procedures in place that were not around during your last trip. What do you think the biggest difference was to your experience?

JD: Due to Covid, we had to be much more careful about distances between others, keeping our hands clean as much as possible, and staying away from other groups. Our temperatures were checked and employees had hand sanitizers before all rides. 

MVT: Universal prides themselves on their ability to strictly abide by the CDC’s guidelines. Did you feel safe during your time in the parks?

JD: Before visiting Universal, we had visited three other amusement parks.  Universal was the most safe and efficient of those parks.  I especially liked their mandatory hand sanitizing immediately prior to every ride.  They checked our temperatures before entering the park and they strictly enforced the masks.  

MVT: As opposed to Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are geared towards an older, thrill seeking crowd. What was your and Abby’s favorite thrill ride of the day and why?

JD: Out of all of the rides, we enjoyed Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure the most.

MVT: One of our favorite things about planning vacations for families is that while the trips themselves may fly by, we often make memories that last a lifetime. What memory do you have that makes you look back and smile?

JD: My favorite memory, from this trip, was when we were able to ride Hagrid’s ride again with very little wait time.  We also had an amazing lunch at Mythos.  We have never had food like that in an amusement park.

MVT: Helping you plan your father/daughter road trip was such a treat for us. What would you tell other dads about taking a one-on-one trip with their teenage children?

JD: I am a newly single Dad and the divorce has not been easy.  VIP planning took an incredible amount of weight, off of my shoulders, and planned things that I never would have thought of.  They also helped me in a time crunch.

MVT: We loved spending time with your family in Orlando. Where are you dreaming about taking your next family vacation?

JD: I want to take more trips in the future.  My son is in the Army, in Germany, and I have already
started discussing my trip with VIP about other things to do while there.

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