Tours and Other Experiences
Descriptions

AUGUST 2014: This year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will offer an Ultimate Day VIP Tour. The day includes: access to a VIP Lounge at Festival Center at the Wonder’s Retreat; champagne, a beverage tasting, six-course tapas-style lunch, wine, private backstage tours, time on some of the most popular Epcot attractions, food and beverage pairings with Disney chefs, VIP seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, reserved seating for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular and more. Disney VIP Guides accompany you throughout, highlighting special moments not everyone gets to experience. This VIP Day can be booked Thursdays and Sundays on select dates September through November, rain or shine. It lasts six-and-a-half hours and costs $399 per person (21 and up only). Call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687) for reservations.

JULY 2014: Two new tours, The Ultimate Day of Thrills and The Ultimate Day for Young Families, both VIP Tour Experiences, are now available for booking at Walt Disney World. Each tour lasts six to seven hours and features rides on attractions at Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Midway Mania! and Expedition Everest. The tours also include a meal at a Walt Disney World table-service restaurant. (Note that the Ultimate Day for Young Families will include attractions specifically meant for young children, as well.) These tours will be offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and cost $299 per person, plus park admission. Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney VISA Cardholders and Annual Passholders can receive a 15 percent discount. Call 407-WDW-TOUR for more information or to book one of these tours.

 

Wild Africa Trek Bridge CrossingCurious about how the Magic is Made at Walt Disney World? Want to learn more about your favorite park?

Then perhaps you want to take one of the special tours or other special experiences offered at Walt Disney World.

For a price, you can spend hours learning about the art and architecture of World Showcase in Epcot, take a full-day tour of the theme parks and backstage areas, learn about the Magic Kingdom and more.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION:

RESERVATIONS are required for most tours. They can be made by calling 1-407-WDW-TOUR (1-407-939-8687) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. You will need to reserve your tour with a credit card. Most of the tours DO NOT include park admission -- you'll have to provide your own. Be sure to ask about this when you call.

NOTE: There is a 48-hour cancellation policy for a full refund.

DISCOUNTS of 10 percent to 20 percent MAY be available. See individual tours for details and always inquire when you make your reservation, especially if you belong to the Disney Vacation Club, have an Annual Pass or a Disney Visa, or are a Cast Member.

NOTE: Some WDW packages may include options to include a tour.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Unless noted in the description below, tour participants must be 16 years of age or older.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

-- Unless noted, these tours and many of these experiences are outdoors and require a good deal of walking. Most tours and experiences are accessible for those with special needs; inquire when you call for reservations.

-- Bring Photo ID with you for checking in to the tour.

-- Some programs MIGHT NOT be offered at certain times of the year, or may require itineraries and prices to change without notice.

-- Photographs are NOT allowed while in backstage areas.

All tour and price information is subject to change without notice. Call Disney directly to confirm.

Brief descriptions of the tours currently offered follow with links to tour reports, where available. Tour reports reflect the opinions of individual tour participants and are here with their permission.

NOTE: We have links to tour reviews PRIOR TO JANUARY 2006 on this page, but our MOST CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE.

If you have taken one of these tours and would like to have your TOUR REPORT included on the site, please share with us. Thanks!


Other Tour Reviews:


Animal
Kingdom

Backstage Safari

Wild Africa Trek

 

 

 

 

Epcot

Behind the Seeds

DiveQuest

Dolphins in Depth

Epcot Seas Aqua Tour

Gardens of the World - Seasonal

Undiscovered Future World

 

Magic
Kingdom

Family Magic
Tour

Keys to the
Kingdom


Magic Behind the Steam Trains

Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom

 


Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Other Tours

BackStage Magic

BoardWalk Ballyhoo Tour

Holiday D-Lights -
Seasonal

Yuletide Fantasy
Seasonal

VIP Services

Wilderness Back Trail Adventure


ANIMAL KINGDOM TOURS

Backstage Safari Tour


Go behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom!

Find out what happens behind-the-scenes at Animal Kingdom. You'll get an insider's look at the innovative ways that we are meeting challenges in areas such as conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies. Highlights include visits to: backstage animal housing areas to meet some of our keepers and learn how we care for our animals on a daily basis; the Animal Nutrition Center, where all of our animal's diets are prepared; our state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital and Animal Programs Administration to learn how we are constantly seeking new ways to ensure our animal's health and well being. This program takes place entirely behind the scenes.

Animal viewing is extremely limited. No photography will be allowed backstage.

This 3-hour tour is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. You must be 16 years of age or older. Tour meets outside park turnstiles next to Guest Relations window.

$72 per person plus tax, plus your Animal Kingdom Admission.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Wild Africa Trek


Wild Africa Trek, is a three-hour, expert-led wildlife experience. Participants can explore the most remote reaches of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Highlights:

* Trekking with experienced guides through areas of Harambe Wildlife Reserve that aren't explored during regular Animal Kingdom experiences.

* Navigating through fern and vine forests on a bushwalk.

* Clipping into a harness attached to a safety line, crossing a rope bridge over the Safi River and cliff-hanging at the edge of gullies that are home to hippos and crocodiles.

* Experiencing the thrill of "over-landing" in customized open-air vehicles.

* Unwinding at a private safari camp for wildlife viewing. At this station elevated above the savanna, savor sample tastes of Africa as the adventure draws to close.

Wild Africa Trek is offered several times daily at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Groups will be kept to no more than 12 trekkers per safari. Reservations for Wild Africa Trek can be arranged by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687). Pricing for this unique adventure will vary seasonally, ranging from $189 - $249/perperson.

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 300 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.

Senior Editor Deb Koma took this tour in May 2011. Read her review HERE.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!

EPCOT TOURS

Behind the Seeds


Take a one-hour walking tour of the LAND greenhouses and labs. Tour greenhouses to discover over 60 crops from around the world, and see some of the latest techniques used to grow and improve plants. Watch as beneficial insects used at The Land battle pests that can destroy our food supply. Venture through the fish farm to see thousands of fish and alligators, too! Bring your cameras, and have fun!

Tours are led by a member of the Epcot Science Team. Flash photography and videotaping are allowed. Children are welcome, but must be supervised; strollers are provided for small children. Wheelchair accessible (guests in electrical wheelchairs need to transfer to push type). Safety and sanitation rules are strictly enforced in the greenhouses and labs. Covered, non-alcoholic drinks are allowed during the tour.

$20/per adult and $16/per child (3-9). Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

Same day tour sign-up downstairs at The Land pavilion, near the entrance to Soarin'.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE.And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Epcot Seas Aqua Tour


Epcot Seas Aqua Tour, is now available to persons aged 8 and above. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adults.

Program is offered Tuesdays - Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. The 2.5 hour experience includes 30 minutes in the Living Seas aquarium. The $140 includes all your gear and group photo. You will also receive a backpack that includes the logos for Aqua Tour and Divequest and Dolphins in Depth sponsored by NAUI Worldwide You can pick the color of the backpack, currently: royal blue, lime green, bright orange or purple.

Park admission is NOT required.

Bring a bathing suit! You will be given a wetsuit to wear. No special certification required.

Senior Editor Deb Koma and her son took this tour in July 2007. Read their report HERE.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE.And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


DiveQuest


DiveQuest will allow certified scuba divers to live the ultimate diving dream. Imagine a salt water dive with 203 feet of visibility and over 4000 animals native to the Caribbean swimming with you in every direction. Tropical fish, sharks,stingrays, giant sea turtles, and plenty of coral for you to enjoy is just part of the fun. The other part, is you become part of the show! Your family members and friends can view your dive through any of the 56 giant acrylic windows at the Living Seas!

Experience a 30-minute dive adventure in The Living Seas aquarium. You will also receive a backpack that includes the logos for Aqua Tour and Divequest and Dolphins in Depth sponsored by NAUI Worldwide You can pick the color of the backpack, currently: royal blue, lime green, bright orange or purple.

You can also purchase a DVD of your dive for $35.

Groups of up to 12 persons are accepted.

Minimum age is 10 years.

Length of Program: 2 1/2 hours. Program is offered Tuesdays - Saturdays at 4:30 and 5:40 p.m.  Proof of current SCUBA certification is required.

Cost: $175 per person (plus tax). Theme Park admission is not required.

Diving Certifications: All are accepted including the Handicapped Scuba Association.

NOTE: You can bring your own dive mask. (It is the only piece of equipment you are allowed to bring, if you choose to.)

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Dolphins in Depth


A behind-the-scenes experience for Guests interested in learning more about the dolphins and research at The Living Seas, as well as those wanting to increase their awareness and appreciation for dolphin counterparts in the wild.

Expectant mothers may not take the tour.

You must be at least 13 years old to attend and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Wetsuits are provided but your must bring your own swimsuit. You will be in water up to your waist for about 30 minutes.

Offered Tuesday through Saturday at 9:45am and lasts approximately 3 hours.

The cost is $199 per person, which includes a photograph with the dolphin, refreshments, and a T-shirt. Theme park admission is not required or included. Tour begins near the outside Guest Relations window.

Disney provides showers, shampoo, towels, soap and the wetsuits and booties. No swimming required. No cameras or video taping is allowed. Dolphin interaction is NOT guaranteed. It is the dolphin's choice to participate in the research sessions as well as the interactions.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Gardens of the World


NOTE: This tour runs only during the Flower & Garden Festival

Learn about the basic design concepts, theming, and practices used in creating the beautiful Epcot landscapes. This is a 3-hour tour is hosted by a horticulture expert.

Tour is normally offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the Flower & Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to noon. for ages 16 and older.

Tour costs $59 PLUS your Epcot admission. Ask about discounts (DVC, AP, Disney Visa, AAA) that may be available.

Read Blogger Kristin Ford's Review HERE.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Undiscovered Future World


Learn about the history and creation of Epcot and the legacy Walt set forth for the Walt Disney World Resort. See how each pavilion in Future World celebrates human accomplishment and presents the challenge of the future.

This outdoor walking tour covers all of the Future World pavilions and gives you a glance at how each area celebrates man's accomplishments and challenges. Visit a VIP lounge area, get a backstage peek at Cast Services and the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth barges at the Epcot marina to see how the Epcot show is put together. Visit with one of the International Ambassadors and learn more about the program.

There are some fun "perks" associated with this tour, one is a special Limited Edition Undiscovered Future World pin given to participants.

The 4 to 4.5 hour tours are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Meet 15 minutes prior in the Guest Relations Lobby (to the left of Spaceship Earth as you enter the park).

NOTE: Guests are able to arrive before the 9 a.m. opening in Future World by identifying themselves as being on the Undiscovered Future World tour. There is a guest list at the turnstiles. Use the same far right queue the Princess Storybook breakfast (Norway) guests use.

$64 per person, plus your Epcot admission.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!

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MAGIC KINGDOM TOURS

Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom


The new "Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom" tour uses the Magic Kingdom as a "walking timeline" to help guests discover how the events in Walt's life helped develop his understanding and view of the world around him. The three-hour tour is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week, starting at 8:15 a.m. Call 407-WDW-TOUR for prices and to register. Participants must be at least 12 years old. $30 per person.

Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!

Family Magic


A tour the whole family can enjoy is offered at the Magic Kingdom. Family Magic Tour takes you on a one-of-a-kind interactive tour through Main St, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. During the 2 hours, you are taken through the park's themed lands in search of clues (like a treasure hunt).

Offered daily at 10 a.m.

Disney Family Magic Tour is open to everyone.

$34 for adults and children (plus tax). NOTE: Magic Kingdom Admission is NOT included in the price of the tour.

SPECIAL NOTE: - The Special Character at the end of the tour varies.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Keys to the Kingdom


Offered daily, this four-and-a-half hour to five-hour tour celebrates Disney Magic! Learn about the Magic Kingdom's history and backstage secrets. Hear stories of Walt Disney, his visions, his philosophies, and his accomplishments. In addition to Disney history, guests finally get the opportunity to find answers to all of those "neat" Disney trivia questions and get an inside look at how the MAGIC KINGDOM operates by venturing downstairs to the main Utilidor entrance, see display cases of MAGIC KINGDOM Wardrobe, and Cosmetology Guides. Guests also visit the MAGIC KINGDOM Production Center, where they see storage facilities for the floats.

At the 2 1/2 hour mark, the group breaks at the Columbia Harbour House for a delicious meal which is prepared and waiting for all the Tour Guests. Orders are taken in the Tour Garden, next to City Hall, upon check-in before the Tour begins. Menu choices include a Fried Chicken Strips Basket, Fried Fish and Chicken Combo, Garden Galley Salad (mixed greens with feta cheese, pecans, grilled chicken, and pineapple in a zinfandel vinaigrette), Starboard Deck Sandwich (Toasted bread topped with ham, cheese, tomato, and broccoli slaw), and New England Clam Chowder or Vegetarian Chili.

Offered daily at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30am. Tour starts at City Hall just inside the Magic Kingdom Main Entrance.

Cost is $79. NOTE: Magic Kingdom Admission is NOT included in the price of the tour.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains

UPDATED Due to unforeseen track maintenance, the Walt Disney World Railroad will be under refurbishment from September 28-November 8, 2014. Because of the refurbishment Disney's Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour will be unavailable during that time.


The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains, a Magic Kingdom park tour, explores Walt Disney's passion for steam trains, while giving Guests the opportunity to join the opening crew as they prepare for the daily railroad operation at the MAGIC KINGDOM. This tour also offers the rare opportunity to visit our backstage "roundhouse".

The tour highlight is the train trip back to the roundhouse with an up-close and personal look at one or more of our locomotives, but the experience is also rich in history about Walt Disney's lifelong fascination with steam trains, how we acquired our four old locomotives, and the operating procedures we follow to serve our annual ridership of over 3 million.  You will received an exclusive pin, designed by one of the engineers, at the end of the tour.

Offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the MK turnstiles at 7:30 am and ends approximately 10:30 am.

The cost is $54. NOTE: Magic Kingdom Admission is NOT included in the price of the tour. Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate. DVC members can receive a 15% discount.

Train enthusiasts may be interested in: Walt Disney's Railroad Story : The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom by Michael Broggie.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!

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OTHER TOURS

BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour

This 45-minute tour of Disney's BoardWalk Resort begins at the Belle Vue Lounge, then moves on to the miniature carousel in the lobby. From there, stroll along to the Luna Park pool and then on to the boardwalk itself. Discover where Disney Imagineers found the inspiration for this charming seaside city of old, while following your guide as you examine early-20th century artifacts, dissect the distinct period artwork and soak up a quarter-mile of coastal architecture. The BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour takes place every week, Wednesday through Saturday, and departs from the Belle Vue Lounge promptly at 9 a.m. Admission to the tour is free of charge and no sign-up is necessary, but check in at the Belle Vue Lounge 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. (This tour previewed at the end of 2012/early 2013, but became a permanent fixture in summer 2013.)

 

Disney's Holiday D-Lights Tour


Disney's Holiday D-Lights Tour will show how the twinkle of holiday magic is created for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the transformation of Cinderella Castle, and the Candlelight Processional. The tour will only be offered on select dates in November and December. Tours will begin at 5 p.m. outside of Epcot. This tour is for guests 16 years of age and older. The cost is $209 per person. Theme park admission is NOT required. Make your reservation by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Tour
Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground


In summer 2007, a new Segway tour was introduced at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground called Wilderness Back Trail Adventures. Tour participants can take a Segway X2 Personal Transporter to view the scenery of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Wilderness Lodge.

The Adventures tours may be booked for 8:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday (not available Sunday or Monday) and last two hours. Tours can consist of up to 10 people and meet at Fort Wilderness Meadows Bike Barn in Fort Wilderness. The cost is $96 per person. Some discounts are occasionally offered to Passholders, DVC Members and Disney Visa Cardholders -- be sure to ask when booking the tour.

Guests wishing to participate in the tour must be at least 16 years of age and be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 18. You must weigh between 100 and 250 pounds to ride the Segways. Expectant mothers and guests with special needs may not participate due to safety reasons. Payment in full by credit card is required at time of booking. If you need to cancel your tour, you must do so at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour to receive a full refund. Tours can be booked by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE.

Also, visit the AllEars® Archives to read Masayo Kano's report HERE.


BACKSTAGE MAGIC
Multi-Theme Park Tour!


This seven-hour program visits backstage!! Travel to the Magic Kingdom to see the utilidors, examine backstage computer controlled attractions at Epcot, see behind the scenes at the Living Seas, have a special lunch at Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus other surprises. Offered Monday through Friday at 8:45am. Disney recommends reservations at least 2 months in advance.

$249 per person. Theme park admission is not required.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE. And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Disney's Yuletide Fantasy


Almost magically, Walt Disney World Resort transforms into a holiday headquarters complete with millions of sparking lights, larger-than-life Christmas trees and miles of garland. Guests take a behind the scenes peek at that magical transformation in Disney's Yuletide Fantasy, a three-hour journey into the holiday history of Walt Disney World Resort. 

Guests take guided tours to theme parks and resort hotels, learning stories about the themes of the Yuletide decorations and how Disney elves transform the parks and hotels into an annual winter wonderland. Disney's Yuletide Fantasy is open to ages 16 and older.

The program is $89 per person, NO theme park admission required.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-TOUR.

CURRENT Reader Reviews can be found in our Rate and Review section HERE.

And if you take this tour, please let us know what you think!


Disney's VIP Tour Services 


The VIP Tour Guide can host up to 10 Guests. If your party size is larger than 10, they will provide an additional VIP Tour Guide at an additional cost. VIP Tour requests may be taken up to 90 days in advance. Please note that reservations may not be accepted during certain holiday periods. To ensure availability, call at least 72 hours in advance. Existing WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort transportation will be used. Private transportation is available at an additional cost.

The cost of Disney's VIP Tour Services is $315 ($355 for holiday rate) per hour for Disney resort guests, with a minimum charge of six hours. Non-Disney Resort guests are charged $340 per hour ($380 holiday rate), with a six-hour minimum. Should your plans change, we require advance notice of 24 hours to avoid a cancellation fee.

Priority entrance to attractions is neither offered nor available. However, tour guests may be offered a special viewing area for some parades or shows.

Customizing your VIP Tour is easy. Call Disney Special Activities at (407) 560-4033 and speak with a Disney Special Activities Coordinator; also available via e-mail at WDW.VIP.Tours@Disney.Com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more info visit:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/vip-tour-services/

NOTE: All information subject to change without notice.