Have you taken any of the tours offered at Walt Disney World? I have taken the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be well worth the time and the money. This particular tour takes you behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom, including the famous utilidors (the first level of the Magic Kingdom, long thought to be a tunnel). The tour was a great experience and I wanted to share some information with you just in case you’re thinking about taking a tour as well.
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is just one of the tour opportunities offered at the Magic Kingdom park. It provides the tour guests with interesting and unknown Disney facts, such as the stories behind the creation of Magic Kingdom park and many stories about the vision, creativity and innovative ideas of Walt Disney.
The Keys to the Kingdom tour is a 4.5 hour walking tour. It is wheelchair accessible and there is also equipment provided for any guests with hearing disabilities. Guests must be at least 16 to experience this tour and Magic Kingdom theme park admission is required but is not included in the price of the tour.
Guests are asked to check in 15 minutes prior to their chosen tour time. I was scheduled for the 9:00 a.m. tour so I checked in at 8:45. Upon arrival, I was given a special guest tour pass as well as a cast member pin. I was then asked to look at the Columbia Harbour House menu to decide on my lunch selection which would be waiting for me later. Then, I was offered coffee and bottled water for the tour.
A few minutes before 9:00 our tour guide greeted the ten of us who were awaiting the tour. She handed each of us a device for the hearing-impaired so we could wear it in our ears, enabling us to hear her above the crowds. I liked her right away and it was evident how much she enjoys her job. She was extremely knowledgeable and just a pleasure to listen to and visit with. She had a great personality and a passion for Walt and all things Disney. She told us of backstage secrets, which I will not reveal, and she told us of the history of certain attractions. As part of the tour we received a narrated ride on Walt’s favorite ride, The Jungle Cruise.
We were also supposed to ride the Haunted Mansion but they were having “technical difficulties” so the ride was closed. This happened to be the same day that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were in the park with their kids so we really believe they closed the ride so the celebrities could have a private tour. We weren’t upset about it, though, because in place of riding Haunted Mansion, we received a special voucher to enter any attraction as a fastpass. I used mine after the tour for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – one of my favorites.
During lunch time, we were all directed to a special area at Columbia Harbour House where our lunches were waiting for us. We were instructed to find our name at the tables and, wouldn’t you know it, I was lucky enough to be at the table with our guide. After we started eating and talking, we were told to be sure to notice our special surprise inside our placeholder. It was an exclusive, gold Keys to the Kingdom pin and I was so excited I cannot even begin to tell you.
Because the Keys to the Kingdom Tour is an outdoor walking tour, be sure to check the weather report and dress appropriately; especially with comfortable shoes. The cost of the tour is $74.00 per person for guests 16 and up. To schedule this tour, just call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. If you are my client, I will of course take care of booking it for you. Also, remember that if you have a Disney Rewards Visa Card, you get a 20% discount on the cost of the tour.
I enjoyed this tour very much. I think it is perfect for anyone who loves Disney but doesn’t want to know too much for fear of ruining the magic. I hope you will book a tour for your next trip. It is well worth the money in my opinion; a great experience with some special surprises along the way.
Just a couple of additional things to take note of: try to reserve the first tour of the day so you have access to the park when it is empty; be sure to take your driver’s license, park ticket and your confirmation number to the park; and there is a special entrance for the tour guests — go to City Hall.