Did you ever wonder how they make all that magic happen? You won’t find out every detail but you will get little glimpses of the magic if you take one of the many special experience tours offered at Walt Disney World®. Each tour has it’s own individual cost and park admission is usually required with the tour. You can get all of the details and find out how to make reservations on the Events and Tours page of the Walt Disney World® website of by calling (407) WDW-TOUR. Here’s a recap of some the tours offered:
MAGIC KINGDOM® TOURS:
The Disney’s Family Magic ($34) tour is a 2 hour interactive adventure through the Magic Kingdom® for children and families. Best enjoyed by children ages 4 to 10. Your family will be immersed in an adventure that can only happen in the Magic Kingdom®!
The Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour ($79) (Love this one!). This is a 5 hour walking tour that includes lunch. Age 16 and above – this is strictly enforced. No cameras are allowed throughout the backstage and underground tour. I recently was able to take this tour and wrote about by experience. Well worth the money and time – you can read my review here: Keys to the Kingdom Tour at WDW.
Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains ($54) tour is a 3 hour tour recommended for ages 10 and over. The tour takes place in the Magic Kingdom® before the Park opens and will have you assisting the railroad engineers as they get the steam trains ready for the day. You will also get to visit the backstage area where the trains are stored and maintained, and learn how the trains became an important part of the Magic Kingdom®.
Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom® tour ($30) takes 3 hours and is recommended for ages 12 and over. A walking tour of the Magic Kingdom® explains how events in Walt Disney’s life helped inspire him to create such wonderful attractions. You will also get an inside look into the operation and design of some of the attractions in the Magic Kingdom®.
Behind the Seeds tour ($20 adult/$16 child) takes you on a one hour tour of the green houses, fish farm and labs at The Land in Epcot®. The highlight of the tour is a visit with the fish and alligators – with some great surprises along the way! Open to all ages.
The UnDiscovered Future World tour ($64) is suited for ages 16 and above. It is a 4.5 hour walking tour that takes you back to the creation of Epcot® and covers all of the Future World pavilions. Backstage areas, including Cast Services and the Epcot® Marino which is the backstage home for IllumiNations, are included.
Epcot® Dive Quest tour ($175) is a 3 hour experience for ages 10 and over. Guests ages 10 to 14 must be diving with a parent or guardian and all guests must be certified open water divers. While you dive,m you are part of the show as you are viewed through the giant windows at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
Epcot® Seas Aqua tour ($140) is a 2 hour experience for ages 8 and older. Any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. On this tour you will snorkel with thousands of fish at The Seas with Nemo & Friends using a Scuba Assisted Snorkel (SAS) unit, while learning about some of the marine life you encounter.
Disney’s Dolphins in Depth tour ($199) is a 3 hour experience for guests ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by a PARTICIPATING adult. It is not necessary to be able to swim or be scuba certified to enjoy this tour. You will get a “hands on” in the water experience with bottlenose dolphins and see research projects in progress.
ANIMAL KINGDOM® TOURS:
Backstage Safari tour ($72) is a 3 hour tour for ages 16 and over. This age requirement is strictly enforced. Highlights of the tour include a visit to an animal housing area, the Animal Nutrition Center and Disney’s state of the art Veterinary Hospital. Because this tour is taken entirely backstage, there are no opportunities to view animals.
Wild By Design tour ($60) is a 3 hour experience for ages 14 and above. This is a great tour for anyone interested in learning about the architecture, artifacts and storytelling are combined to create the magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. You will also learn what goes into taking care of the animals and their habitats.
Wild Africa Trek ($189) A privately guided expedition! A VIP safari! This 3 hour adventure is open to guests ages 8 and over, however anyone between the ages of 8 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Get a close up look at animals of Animal Kingdom®.
Sunrise Safari ($75 adult/$40 child) An EARLY morning expedition through the Kilimanjaro Safari® of Animal Kingdom® followed by a huge breakfast buffet. This tour can be enjoyed by all family members – from pre-schoolers to adults of all ages.
TOURS THAT TAKE PLACE IN MULTIPLE PARKS:
Backstage Magic ($249) What an full day adventure this is! The 8 hour tour includes lunch and is open to guests age 16 and above. You will move from one park to another and be shown a variety of backstage locations where you will learn what it takes to keep the magic alive every day!. Highlights include a visit to the famous utilidors and backstage Epcot® areas.
VIP Tour Service – Tour Pricing – Expensive! But what better way to see the magic! A VIP Tour is a special experience so has limited in availability. It is recommended that you book at least 72 hours in advance and you ou may reserve your VIP Tour up to 90 days before. All VIP Tours have a minimum length of 6 continuous hours, and your party may include up to 10 people. Parties larger than 10 will require more than one VIP Tour Guide and an additional fee. With this service you will enjoy the best seats for live shows and parades!
Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort® hotels can enjoy the star treatment at a special rate.
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Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy (seasonally) ($89) This 3 hour tour for guests ages 16 and above will give you a look at all of the holiday celebrations around the world, emphasizing the decor found throughout the theme parks and resorts.
Disney’s Wilderness Back Trail Adventure at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a 2 hour tour (some age and rider restrictions apply) taken on a Segway® X2 Personal Transporter (no experience necessary).
Boardwalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour (free) This 45 minute tour is open to all ages, and takes place Wednesday through Saturday. The tour leaves promptly at 9 a.m. and no reservation is necessary. Just check-in at the Belle Vue Lounge 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.