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Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

Accompany the Magic Kingdom Railroad engineers as they get the steam trains ready for another day's service. You'll enter the park before it opens to the public, and visit the backstage roundhouse to see where the trains are stored and serviced. Learn how Walt's love of steam trains led to them becoming a part of the Magic Kingdom as you ride the rails.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $49 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Starting at 7:30am.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 10 years old to attend.
  • Discounts: DVC Member discount of 20%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Magic Kingdom
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas


Disney's Family Magic Tour

Disney's Family Magic Tour

Test your Disney trivia knowledge in this scavenger hunt around the Magic Kingdom as you search for clues to help save the Park. You may even meet a special character at the end!

  • Duration: 2½ hours
  • Cost: $34 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily. Starting at 10am.
  • Age Restrictions: none
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder discount of 15%, DVC member discount of 20%.
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Magic Kingdom
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • This is an outdoor walking program.
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Disney's Holiday D-Lights

Disney's Holiday D-Lights

Discover how the twinkle of holiday magic is created for celebrations like the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Get an insider’s look into the transformation of Cinderella Castle to a sparkling holiday masterpiece. Bask in the holiday glow of the Candlelight Processional, one of the longest-running Disney holiday traditions.

Epcot: Sit back and enjoy the Candlelight Processional, as the Christmas story is brought to life by a 50-piece live orchestra, a mass choir in the shape of a singing Christmas tree, and a celebrity narrator.

Magic Kingdom: Experience the holiday magic of Main Street U.S.A. as the sun sets and the holiday lights begin to shine. Watch as Cinderella Castle is transformed into a breathtaking, icy palace by the Castle Dream Lights.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Marvel at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, an impressive display of millions of holiday lights choreographed to music of the season.

Event & Decorating Support: Visit the talented team responsible for planning and executing grand-scale signature events across WDW Resort and learn what it takes to transform the entire destination into a winter wonderland.

Enjoy a light, holiday buffet.

Each Guest on the tour will receive a limited-edition keepsake pin exclusive to Disney’s Holiday D-Lights tour.

  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Cost: $199 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: November 29 and 30 and December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2010. 4pm.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program
  • Discounts: Disney Visa Card Holders discount of 20%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%.
  • Theme Park admission is not required. Tour cost does not include admission to Epcot.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas


Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Visit backstage areas at the Magic Kingdom as you learn about Park secrets and facts, and hear intriguing stories about Walt Disney, his visions, philosophies and amazing accomplishments. Includes a trip into the Utilidors below the Park, where you'll visit the costume and cosmetology departments.
Lunch at Columbia Harbor House is included.

  • Duration: 4½ - 5 hours
  • Cost: $74 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily. Starting at 8:30am, 9am, and 9:30am
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder discount of 15%, DVC member discount of 20%.
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Magic Kingdom
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • This is an outdoor walking program.
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Backstage Magic

Real Disney aficionados can get their fix on Backstage Magic, a comprehensive, daylong guided tour which calls at three of the four major Walt Disney World theme parks and treats guests to special surprises along the way. In seven hours (including lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe) guests peek behind the curtains at Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Magic Kingdom -- areas strictly off-limits to regular guests.

Areas you may get to visit on the tour include Entertainment Production Center (show rehearsal hall, parade staging area), Central Shops (creation and refurbishment of “the show”), The American Adventure stage system (Epcot), Creative costuming, the world’s largest working wardrobe, and the Magic Kingdom tunnel system (Utilidors).

You may even get one or two keepsakes along the way!

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Cost: $224 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday - Friday. Starting at 8:45am.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program
  • Maximum number per tour group: 20
  • Discounts: Disney Visa Card Holders discount of 20%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%.
  • Theme Park admission is not required. Tour cost does not include admission to Epcot.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos or video allowed in backstage areas

Behind the Seeds at Epcot

Discover secrets on this backstage tour of the Land pavilion at Epcot. See the alligators, release ladybugs and learn about hydroponic crops from around the world. Receive a packet of seeds so you can plant your own Disney magic at home.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $16 for children (3-9) $12 for adults (includes tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily
  • Age Restrictions: Children of all ages are encouraged to participate (must be accompanied by an adult); strollers are provided for small children.
  •  Discounts: 15% discount for Annual Passholders, and DVC members.
  •  Theme park admission is not included in the price
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible (Guests in ECVs will need to transfer to a wheelchair).
  • Safety and sanitation rules are strictly enforced in the greenhouses and labs.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed during the tour if covered.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687) or sign up on the day in the Land Pavilion.
  • Photography allowed.

Inspiration: Through Walt's Eyes

Guests on the tour will experience a touching acknowledgement of the contributions made by Walt Disney and how his vision and dedication made him an American icon. Learn about the pivotal moments in which the smallest details in his daily life became Walt's point of departure for creating everything from never-before-seen techniques in animation to new worlds in family entertainment.

The tour host will share stories that reveal how Walt Disney was inspired to pursue his dreams, and how his desire to succeed influenced those around him. As you walk along glamorous Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, you'll be reminded that his innovation as a filmmaker earned Walt a record number of Academy Awards®, including 59 nominations and 26 Oscars®. Later, travel backstage at Event & Decorating Support to see how this talented team continues his legacy by ensuring that each grand-scale signature event is staged with expert detail.

You may not know that Walt Disney's own idyllic childhood memories became the focal point for developing Main Street, U.S.A. Discover how his concepts became reality through Disney Imagineers' "language of vision." Just steps from this famous street, enter the almost-legendary Utilidoor system and be introduced to the hidden corridors that originated from Walt Disney's vision of a multi-layered city.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $99 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday, Friday, & Sunday. Starting at 9am.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program
  • Theme Park admission not required.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Nature-Inspired Design

Discover the wonder of nature-inspired design as you glide through land, sea and air at Epcot. 

This 3-hour backstage tour allows you to experience the symbiotic relationship between nature and the nature-inspired designs incorporated into Epcot pavilions and attractions. Glide over California on Soarin’, tour the greenhouses at The Land pavilion, explore The Seas with Nemo & Friends and visit Life Support scientists to learn how technology helps us maintain a better balance with nature.

After completing a required product overview and training, you will be equipped with a helmet and a Segway® Personal Transporter X-2 to experience this unique off-road tour. Epcot Cast Member scientists share how their work environments are inspired by nature’s own design and how they use evolving technologies to maintain a balance with the world around them. After experiencing “air, land and sea” you will have the opportunity to ride your Segway® X-2 in a designated off-road backstage area at Epcot.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $124 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: 8:15am on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program.
  • Discounts: DVC Member discount of 15%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%
  • This is an outdoor program.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required

The UnDISCOVERed FutureWorld

Discover Walt Disney's legacy and vision, and learn of his plans to one day build a city of the future - a city that would become Epcot. Visit backstage parts of FutureWorld, including Mission: SPACE, The Living Seas, Cast Member building, and see where the IllumiNations barges are kept.
Guests may receive a few perks at the end of the tour, including VIP viewing for IllumiNations that night, a lunch discount, and a pin.

  • Duration: 4 - 4½ hours
  • Cost: $55 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Starting at 9am. Access through the character breakfast turnstile on the far right.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder & DVC member discount of 15%.
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Epcot.
  • This is an outdoor walking program
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Seas Aqua Tour

 Disney World Backstage Tours-Seas Aqua

The Epcot Seas Aqua Tour provides guests who don’t have an open-water scuba certification an in-the-water experience with the animals of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion. Guests use snorkeling equipment as they get a close-up look at the amazing abundance and diversity of the more than 65 species of marine life in this unique coral reef environment.

  • Duration: 2½ hours with the in-water experience lasting 30 minutes
  • Cost: $140 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily. Starting at 12:30pm.
  • Age Restrictions: All guests ages 8 and up are welcome to participate. Guests between 8 and 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder & DVC member discount of 15%
  • Admission includes all gear, refreshments, a T-shirt, and a group photo.
  • Water temperature is in the mid-70s.
  • All Guests must wear wetsuits.
  • You do not need any special certifications to participate in this program.
  • Please bring a bathing suit.
  • Please do not bring cameras of any kind. However, other members of your party may be able to photograph or video parts of your dive from the observation windows in the pavilion.
  • Theme Park admission is neither required nor included for this event
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)

Epcot DiveQuest

A unique diving experience in the 6-million-gallon indoor aqaurium at The Seas with Nemo pavilion. Swim amongst 65 species of marine life, including sharks, huge sea turtles, eagle rays and schools of tropical fish. With guaranteed calm seas, no current and unlimited visibility, your quest for the dive of a lifetime ends here

  • Duration: 3 hours with the in-water experience lasting 40 minutes
  • Cost: $175 per person (plus tax) (includes all gear and a limited-edition T-shirt)
  • Days and Times: Daily. Starting at 4:30pm and 5:40pm.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests ages 10 and up are welcome to participate and must have a SCUBA certification. Guests between 10 and 14 must to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Younger guests will need Jr. SCUBA certifications.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder & DVC member discount of 15%
  • Theme Park admission is neither required nor included for this event. All required equipment is provided, including mask, fins, tank, buoyancy compensator, regulator, weightbelt and a 2.5mm shorty wetsuit. (You may bring your own mask, if preferred.)
  • Comfortable changing rooms with showers are provided, but be sure to bring your own swimsuit.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Please do not bring cameras of any kind. However, other members of your party may be able to photograph or video parts of your dive from the observation windows in the pavilion.

Dolphins in Depth

Learn all about dolphins in this up-close interaction, which takes you into the water at The Living Seas with Nemo pavilion. This is not a swim program, it is held in waist-deep water.

  • Duration: 3 hours, with 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins.
  • Cost: $194 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday - Friday. Starting at 9:45am.
  • Age Restrictions: You do not need to swim or be SCUBA certified to enjoy this program, but you will need to be at least 13 years of age. All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian participating in the adventure.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder & DVC member discount of 15%
  • Theme Park admission is neither required nor included for this event.
  • Admission includes a photograph with the dolphin, refreshments, and a T-shirt.
  • Expectant mothers are strongly discouraged from participating.
     The dolphins' involvement in this program is strictly voluntary. No dolphin is ever coerced to participate.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No cameras are permitted during this program.

Around the World at Epcot

A guided tour that allows guests to operate a Segway Human Transporter, the two-wheeled, one-person transportation device throughout World Showcase before the area opens for other park guests. Take part in this unique experience of riding through several countries and observing the beautiful architecture from a different point of view. Includes riding lessons and an outdoor adventure around the World Showcase. Class size is limited to 10 guests.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $99 per person (includes tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily. Starting at 8:30 am, 9:00 am, and 9:30 am. Access via the character breakfast turnstile, to the far right.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old and weigh 250 lbs or less. The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for participants under 18 years of age. Riders should be in good health and able to stand for the duration of the tour.
  • Discounts: DVC Member discount of 20%.
  • Annual Passholder discount of 15%.
  • Theme park admission is not included in the price.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Backstage Safari

Go backstage at Animal Kingdom where you'll learn how the keepers meet the unique challenges of animal care and behavior and promote wildlife conservation. Visit the Animal Nutrition Center, the state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital and other backstage housing areas.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $72 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Starting at 8:30am and 1:00pm.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program.
  • Discounts: DVC Member discount of 15%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Animal Kingdom
  • Tour meets outside park turnstiles next to Guest Relations window.
  • This is an outdoor program, including moderate walking and stair climbing.
  • Guests with special needs can be accommodated with prior notice.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Wild Africa Trek

This three-hour adventure will take guests on a tour of Pangani Forest and Harambe Wildlife Reserve, offering up-close-and-personal experiences with a variety of wildlife in areas that aren’t normally seen by the public.

Guests will be able to step up to the edge of a cliff, whilst secured to a lifeline, and get close to the hippos and crocs below. They’ll also be clipped to a harness attached to a safety line to cross a rope bridge over the Safi River.

Customized vehicles will follow the edge of a wide open savanna, allowing guests to experience the thrill of “over-landing.”

The adventure will end in a private safari camp, at an elevated station above the savanna, where guests can view wildlife whilst sampling tastes of Africa.

The tour will be offered several times a day, in small groups of no more than 12 trekkers per safari.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: Varies seasonally. Prices start at $129 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Daily, several times a day
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 9 years old to attend this program
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Animal Kingdom
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required

Wild by Design

Discover what goes into creating and sustaining the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Visit different areas of the Park and learn how the Park's designers combined native art, authentic architecture, actual historical artifacts and Disney storytelling to transport you to exotic lands of reality and fantasy, filled with wild animals. Breakfast at Tusker House is included.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $60 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30am
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 14 years old to attend.
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder and DVC Member discount of 15%
  • Theme Park admission is required. Tour cost does not include admission to Animal Kingdom
  • Tour meets outside park turnstiles next to Guest Relations window.
  • This is an outdoor program, including moderate walking and stair climbing.
  • Guests with special needs can be accommodated with prior notice.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

A new Segway experience is now being offered at WDW Resort. Guests can take the "Wilderness Back Trail Adventure" at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground aboard the Segway "x2" personal transporter.

The "x2" features deeply treaded tires and higher ground clearance than other Segway models to provide a smooth, stable ride through the trail-like terrain.

Following a training session, guests take the off-road Segways along the backwoods trails through Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $90 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program.
  • Discounts: DVC Member discount of 15%. Annual Passholder discount of 15%
  • This is an outdoor program.
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required

VIP Tour Services

The VIP Tour Services team customizes your vacation so you spend your time playing, not planning. From the moment you arrive, your personal VIP Guide is there to take care of everything - from creating your ideal itinerary to getting you the best seats in the house for live shows, parades and nighttime spectaculars. Prepare to be pampered with a Disney VIP Tour.

  • Duration: 6 hours minimum
  • Cost: Contact Disney for latest prices.
  • Discounts: Special discount may apply for Disney Resort Guests, during non-holiday periods.
  • Cancellation Policy: If your plans change, please be sure to cancel your VIP Tour 48 hours in advance. VIP Tours cancelled with less than 48 hours advance notice are subject to a fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per VIP Tour Guide.
  • Theme park admission is required
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas

Yuletide Fantasy

Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney World to see how the Resort is transformed into a holiday wonderland.

Visit backstage at Holiday Services and see the Cast Members who create thousands of decorations used to dress the parks and Resorts.

You'll visit Epcot and see the array of holiday celebrations in the different country pavilions. Then Magic Kingdom for a look at the traditional Christmas decorations on Main Street, U.S.A.. Finally, you'll visit a Disney Resort hotel, dressed in its holiday finery.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $84 per person (plus tax)
  • Days and Times: offered seasonally from November 30th to December 30th, excluding Christmas Day.
  • Age Restrictions: Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend this program
  • Discounts: Annual Passholder discount of 15%
  • Reserve by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)
  • Photo ID required
  • No photos allowed in backstage areas