Discover How Disney Makes the Magic! – 5 Behind the Scenes Tours at Disney
5 Behind the Scenes Tours at Disney – Discover how Disney makes the magic!
Have you been to Walt Disney World? Maybe multiple times? Looking for something new and different to do on your next trip? Consider a Behind the Scenes Tour and discover how Disney makes the magic!
Disney World offers almost two dozen different tours of various price ranges, time commitment, and location. Some are appropriate for the entire family, some have age restrictions, and some are best for adults only. No matter what your touring party make-up, Disney has a tour to fit your group.
Here are 5 of the most popular tours:
1. Keys to the Kingdom
Did you know there is a tunnel system under the Magic Kingdom, for cast members to work in and move around the park dubbed “Utilidors”? Go underground and get an inside look at the “Utilidors”, to see how the world’s most popular theme park works. See the Magic Kingdom wardrobe department, and the storage facilities for the parade floats, and much more! This five hour tour includes lunch and is offered daily at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30 am, for ages 16 and up. It starts at City Hall just inside the Magic Kingdom Main Entrance. Cost is $79. NOTE: Magic Kingdom Admission is required for this tour.
2. Backstage Magic
Really want to go in depth and see it all? This is the tour for you! See the computer controlled attractions at Epcot, the Utilidors at Magic Kingdom, and have lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus other surprises. Offered Monday through Friday at 8:45am, for ages 16 and up. This seven-hour tour is $249 per person. Theme park admission is not required.
3. Family Magic
This Magic Kingdom tour is for the entire family! For 2 hours, you are taken through the park’s themed lands in search of clues (like a treasure hunt). It is offered daily at 10 a.m. $34 for adults and children. NOTE: Magic Kingdom admission is required for this tour.
4. Behind the Seeds
Looking for something more low-key and less expensive? Take this one hour walking tour of the LAND PAVILLION greenhouses and labs where you’ll see how Disney is using technology to grow some of the food you eat at their restaurants. $20/per adult and $16/per child (3-9). Same day tour sign-up is available downstairs at The Land pavilion, near the entrance to Soarin’.
Are you the adventurous type? Take this three hour tour through the backstage areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Talk with animal experts, navigate through fern and vine forests on a bushwalk, ride an open air vehicle through the savannah, and much more! Wild Africa Trek is offered several times daily at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Cost is $189/person. There are a number of restrictions associated with this tour. Participants must:
— Wear closed-toe shoes with a backstrap, or hiking boots. Skirts/dresses are not recommended
— Weigh at least 45 pounds and no more than 310 pounds
— Be at least 48 inches tall
— Be at least 8 years old
— Be in general good health, and ambulatory, with sufficient stamina. Pregnant women should not attempt the Trek
Park admission is required for participants.
To book a tour, call 409-WDW-TOUR. Ask about discounts, such as Disney Vacation Club, Annual Passholders, or Disney Visa.
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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.