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It's a rite of passage for every kid—and too often dreaded by parents. But Michael Hewell's private tour company, Michael's VIPs, will fix the perfect Disney itinerary, one without the torturously long lines. Hewell will get you into the best hotels (usually booked a year in advance), reserve VIP tables at the theme park's top restaurants (yes, there are a few), and make sure your children eat breakfast with Mickey, lunch with Donald, and dinner with Pooh (normally impossible unless you reserve way, way ahead of time). And he knows all the tricks and secret handshakes: You'll get on Dumbo before the hour wait kicks in, ride in the monorail's coveted driver's cab, and sneak into the Epcot attractions through a special side entrance. Hewell and his crew of ten can also accommodate, say, a last-minute birthday party catered by a private chef—with all the Disney characters in attendance. $150 per hour with Hewell; $100 with a staff member; 407-592-1972; www.michaelsvips.com.

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