Walt Disney World’s Backstage Magic Tour

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I decided to cross off an activity from my bucket list earlier this month by participating in the Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World!  I had never been so excited to go to Disney in my life, and I have to say, I was blown away at how much fun I had on this one- of-a-kind VIP experience! This 7 hour tour grants behind the scenes access to attractions and entertainment that the general public is not exposed to.  While I will be reviewing what we did on the tour, I won’t spoil it with everything I learned.  You’ll have to take the tour yourself to really know everything that went on!  Here are five reasons you’ll love Disney’s Backstage Magic Tour!

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5. The Locations

Our tour began at the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot.  Here, we were taken behind the scenes to see how this spectacular show is brought to life multiple times a day. We were also taken into the world showcase for an overview of the history of Epcot in the making.  After this, we checked out the costuming department (my favorite) and one of the laundry facilities (for hotel linens and towels).  Next stop was the Central Shops building where everything from a cast member name tag to a carousel horse is made.  Our last stop was the utilidors (underground passageway) in the Magic Kingdom.  Each of these locations were jam packed with history and information that was truly mind blowing.  I personally loved seeing how the designs and execution of the costumes (for all characters) is implemented and I enjoyed being able to see it first hand.  It is so impressive to see how Disney World comes together when you’re able t see it from different perspectives such as the places we visited.  While these locations are wonderful, it is important to keep in mind that the Backstage Magic Tour frequently changes their touring locations to keep the tour fresh and new year after year.  Don’t have your heart set on theses locations because you never know if they will change them when you visit!

4. The History

What good is a tour without any history?  I love how the history of the parks and design/development was explained in full detail all throughout the tour.  We were given so much information that I had to take notes so that I wouldn’t forget it all!  It was so amazing to hear of the backstories of so many different concepts that one wouldn’t particularly think of by just looking at a costume (per say).  If you aren’t aware of much of Walt Disney’s  (or Disney Worlds) history, this will be an even better experience for you because you will be exposed to concepts that take you back to the very beginning where Walt started, giving you a thorough understanding of his creative concepts.  I consider myself to be a ‘Disney expert’ but I have to say, I totally felt like I was in Disney 101 because I learned so much about the history of the development of the parks that I had the slightest idea of prior.

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3. The Tour Guides

Both of my tour guides Pieter and Joey were the absolute best!  I was so lucky to have been able to enjoy their company all day as we toured the happiest place on earth.  I was so impressed with their knowledge of literally EVERYTHING Disney!  They spoke from their hearts and minds and didn’t even look at any sort of ‘cheat sheet’ for facts.  They were walking Disney encyclopedias and answered all of my questions thoroughly.  I also love how they incorporated tons of jokes as we traveled (on our coach bus) to each of the locations we were checking out.  The one part I was really pleased with was the use of our audio devices (pictured above) throughout the entire tour.  These devices were given to us to use headphones with so that we can hear our guides clearly no matter how close or how far we were from them at our locations.  This is amazing because usually we all like to make sure were close to the guides to be able to hear which in turn doesn’t leave much room for personal space.  There was no shoving or blocking others with the use of the audio devices.

2. The Food

We stopped for a bite to eat at one of my favorite restaurants on Disney property, The Whispering Canyon.  Located at the Wilderness Lodge Resort, guests here chow down on an all-you-care-to-eat skillet loaded with southern goodness like smokey sausage, mashed potatoes, beans, corn on the cob, BBQ ribs and chicken, brisket, green beans, and warm corn bread.  We made sure to save room for dessert which was a sugar cookie base loaded with a fruit glaze and vanilla bean ice cream.  I love how all of us guests were seated together which allowed for all of us to get to know each other and share our stories and love for Disney.  The food served here was delicious and just what we needed to make our bellies happy for the rest of the tour.

1. The Magic

No one does magic like Disney.  What I love so much about this tour is being able to see how the magic is put together for guests of all ages to enjoy.  The backstage areas had so much ‘secret’ magic that my stomach was doing backflips the entire time.  If you love the magic of Disney, you won’t be disappointed by seeing how it all comes together here.  At the end of the tour, all guests received an exclusive backstage magic pin to go along with our keepsake lanyards!

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Some things to consider if you’re really thinking about checking this out:

  • While the tour is available for guests ages 12 and up, I personally feel a child that age will not appreciate the content of this tour.  It also takes away from all of the magic they know.  I would recommend this for anyone 16 years of age or older.  They would definitely grasp the concepts more and appreciate the history too.
  • Water is supplied for guests on this tour.  There was a huge cooler and we were advised to help ourselves the entire time.  Don’t worry too much about making sure you have water since they give it to you for free.  That a $3 per water bottle savings!
  • Sneakers are required for this tour.  They must be pretty strict because I was sent an email and given a phone call before my arrival.  You’ll appreciate this rule anyways because there is  A LOT of walking during the 7 hours.
  • Be on time!  the tour will start without you if you don’t arrive when you’re supposed to!
  • Cameras, cell phones, and video equipment are not permitted in almost all areas of the tour.  I was only able to use my phone to take notes when we boarded the bus in between location visits.  This is really important considering you are backstage most of the time where even cast members aren’t allowed to take photos or videos.

 

The Backstage Magic Tour requires advance payment and reservations and is currently offered during the week.  Any questions about the tour?  Comment below!  I would be happy to answer them!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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