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Guided "Behind the Scenes" Tours

Note that each of these tours is scheduled at the whim of the Walt Disney World Company.  Any of the tours may be discontinued or cancelled, or new tours added as WDW sees fit.

Call (407) WDW-TOUR [ (407) 939-8687 ] for information or to get reservations for any tour.  CONFIRM all details about the tour to make sure that the times, prices, and other details have not changed.

Backstage Magic

Cost:

$199

Days Offered:

Monday-Friday

Duration:

7 hours

Location:

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Studios

Park Admission Required?

No

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

This tour takes you behind the scenes at three of the major parks.  Included in the itinerary is a walk through the Magic Kingdom's famed "Utilidor" underneath the park.

Here's a link to a page that describes my experience on the "Innovation Tour," which -- at the time -- was basically a cross between the "Backstage Magic" and "Keys to the Kingdom" tours.

Backstage Safari

Cost:

$65

Days Offered:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Duration:

3 hours

Location:

Animal Kingdom

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

The tour includes a visit to all of the backstage animal care areas including their housing and the veterinary facilities.

"Behind the Seeds" Greenhouse Tour

Cost:

$6 Adult, $4, Child (3-9)

Days Offered:

Daily

Duration:

1 hour

Location:

Epcot's Land Pavilion

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

none

Itinerary:

This is a walking tour through many of the same areas that can be viewed on the boat ride, but with fuller explanations and an up-close view of the technology.

DiveQuest

Cost:

$140

Days Offered:

Daily

Duration:

2 1/2 hours (30 Minutes in the tank)

Location:

Epcot's Living Seas Pavilion

Park Admission Required?

No

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age, SCUBA "Open Water" Adult Certification Required

Itinerary:

This program includes a half-hour dive into the Living Seas aquarium tank.  All required equipment is provided.

Dolphins in Depth

Cost:

$140

Days Offered:

Week Days Only

Duration:

3 1/2 Hours

Location:

Epcot's Living Seas Pavilion

Park Admission Required?

No

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

This program focuses on the research that is being performed on the dolphins at the Living Seas.

Family Magic

Cost:

$25 Adult, $20 Child (3-9)

Days Offered:

Daily

Duration:

2 Hours

Location:

Magic Kingdom

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

None

Itinerary:

This is a scavenger hunt through the Magic Kingdom in which your family will work together to solve a mystery.

Gardens of the World

Cost:

$59

Days Offered:

Tuesday, Thursday

Duration:

3 Hours

Location:

Epcot's World Showcase

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

A Disney horticulturist provides an in-depth tour of the gardens of the World Showcase including the history, purpose, and design techniques used in the Disney parks.

Hidden Treasures of World Showcase

Cost:

$59

Days Offered:

Tuesday, Thursday

Duration:

3 Hours

Location:

Epcot's World Showcase

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

This tour covers the art, architecture, and national traditions of the nations represented in World Showcase.

Inside Animation

Cost:

$59

Days Offered:

Wednesday, Friday

Duration:

2 1/2 Hours

Location:

Disney - MGM Studios

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

In addition to learning about the history of animation, guests are given the opportunity to paint a cell at the Feature Animation building.

Keys to the Kingdom

Cost:

$58

Days Offered:

Daily

Duration:

5 Hours

Location:

Magic Kingdom

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

This is the first tour that WDW ever offered.  It covers all of the behind the scenes details of the Magic Kingdom.  Includes a lunch at Columbia Harbor House.

Here's a link to a page that describes my experience on the "Innovation Tour," which -- at the time -- was basically a cross between "Keys to the Kingdom" and the "Backstage Magic" tour.

"The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains" Tour

Cost:

$30

Days Offered:

Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Duration:

2 Hours (starts at 7:30am)

Location:

Magic Kingdom

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 10 years of age

Itinerary:

Learn about the history of Walt Disney World's steam trains and help prepare the Walt Disney Railroad for operation.

UnDISCOVERed Future World

Cost:

$49

Days Offered:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Duration:

4 1/2 Hours (starts at 9am)

Location:

Epcot Guest Relations Lobby

Park Admission Required?

Yes

Restrictions:

Must be 16 years of age

Itinerary:

"Explore the "unDISCOVERed" story of Epcot's Future World pavilions. Discover backstage areas rarely seen by Guests, including a VIP lounge. Tour a creative greenhouse and even experience a dark encounter with a dinosaur! Appreciate the living legacy of Epcot and Walt Disney's vision for a better world of tomorrow."

 
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