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Backstage Magic

Orlando, FL (Central Business District)
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Ranked #38 of 112 Activities in Orlando
Type: Disney, Tours
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: "Discover some of the secrets behind the magic of Walt Disney World Resort! Get an in-depth look at the creative and technical operations used behind... more » Owner description: "Discover some of the secrets behind the magic of Walt Disney World Resort! Get an in-depth look at the creative and technical operations used behind the scenes to bring innovative special effects, world-class entertainment and elaborate attractions to life.At Epcot, we'll reveal some of the exquisite details that make The American Adventure one of our most popular attractions. You'll see Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom theme park in a whole new light after your guide leads you through a hidden world—the legendary underground ""Utilidor"" tunnel system.From artistic accents to eye-catching designs, nearly everything that surrounds you at Walt Disney World Resort is created and maintained by the artisans of Central Shops whose masterpieces transport you to Fantasyland and beyond. Take a break with a family-style lunch at the Whispering Canyon Café inside Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Then, see how horticulture and landscape design play a starring role in creating an endless variety of uniquely themed environments at the Walt Disney World Nursery & Tree Farm.Head to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and see how Walt Disney Imagineers combined cutting-edge design with breakthrough technology to create the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Here, as in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort, wardrobe is an integral part of the magic, so you'll learn how the Creative Costuming team outfits the performers in Disney parades and shows. Finally, wrap up a most wonderful day at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park with an up-close look at Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade." « less
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Londonderry, New Hampshire
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I could not be more pleased. Our tour guides were fun, laid-back and very informative. You are going to visit back stage at all the parks. Have a wonderful lunch at the Wilderness Lodge and spend a full day that's different than any day you ever spent at Disney. This is a perfect day for people that go to the... More

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Washington, Michigan
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My boyfriend surprised me with this tour and I was literally shocked as I never thought in a million years I would get to go! I am a big-big Walt Disney fan along with Disney World. He was worried that this tour would take the fun out of it (or ruin the magic of Disney) for me because you see... More

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Davenport, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

How do they do that? Well go on the backstage magic tour and you will find out. You really need a good guide with lots of years with Disney otherwise they won't be able to answer all your questions. Don't expect to be able to take pictures as this tour is for your eyes and stories only. It's worth it... More

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Key Largo, Florida, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My sister and I went on this tour while we visited Ft. Wilderness. I must say it was quite enlightening about how the entire place works. Really amazing operation. I must admit that I have not visited WDW in years, since my kids were little so I was not as up to speed with others in the tour who have... More

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Danbury, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I think that your tour guide is the secret to this attraction. I've now done this tour twice and one was more enjoyable and more informative than the other. However, either way it is still magical and gives you the inside track to so many of the secrets and illusions that we all enjoy while visiting the "most magical place... More

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Omemee, Canada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

If you are a Disney enthusiast and you haven't had a chance to go behind the scenes, this is a good way to spend the day. We broke our trip up with this tour and it was nice to get away from the crowds. It is pricey and the value will depend upon your interest and enthusiasm for the park.... More

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New York City
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This tour delivered exactly what they promised on their website. Everything about Disney is about quality, and they provide that here too. It's expensive, so it would probably be worth it to do some background research into Disney (if you're not already an expert already). Come with a lot of questions as well. Had James as our tour guide -... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I participated in January 2013. Though the tour delivers exactly what is described on their website, I'm a Disney fan and I was so looking forward to it, I was somewhat disappointed ("still waiting for the magic" as one woman on the tour said; I agree). You do see the famous utilidors. They look and smell like the service areas... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

It was very interesting, especially the utilidors in MK. Not sure that it was worth the money but glad we did it once. And we got Mickey ponchos, a pin and lunch at Whispering Canyon (which was well worth the tour)!

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Windermere, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lots of things to see and lots of fun. I learned a lot and would recommend this to anyone over 16. This is the age cut-off for any Disney Tour.

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