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Disney's the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

#78 of 243 Tours in Orlando
Orlando, FL, USA
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Disney's the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
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kptjpj wrote a review Jun 2019
Beaverton, Oregon110 contributions52 helpful votes
Starting point - how to get there. We were told to arrive at 7:15am no later as we would not be able to catch up. We booked at Minnie van thru the Lyft app and I was impressed with this little comfort feature. Costs a bit more than Lyft, but the drivers of the Minnie Van's are senior cast members and along your way, they talk to you about Disney trivia, your trip, etc. Our driver picked us up at 630am and dropped us off at about 6:50am at the front entrance of Magic Kingdom. I was able to get some early morning photos of the sunrise, etc. There is also a cast member there to take photos before your tour. Our tour guide was Matthew and he is very personable. We are not only a Disney history family but we are a Train family. This tour was a complete surprise to our pre-teen. When we arrived we told him why we were at Early morning Disney - we said it is the Train Tour - the look on his face. Priceless! We started our tour walking towards the main street train stop. Let me tell you... for this Mom, having an unobstructed view of the castle with no people was worth this tour. :) No people :) None! Then the history lesson started, and I was sucked in further. I love Walt and his vision, his journey, the who the why, etc. Kinda funny that I was given a child who is so in love with trains, if you are familiar with names like the Daylight, the Big Boy, Jupiter, then you know what I speak. This tour is for you. Please note our tour was slightly modified as Tron is being built we didnt get to ride the train from the Main Street station and I am not sure when it will switch back to normal, but even in its modified form, still totally worth it. We boarded the Main street bus and rode to the castle where more photos were taken as we walked to the next train stop and boarded. We got to visit the number 2 train, the Lille Belle, this train was in the roundhouse for maintenance. The Number 1 Walt's train is/was in Pennsylvania for repair. 3 and 4 are at the park, the Roger and the Roy. It was so wonderful to see these machines up close and personal. Where they came from, how they came about. it is a one of a kind tour, and we highly recommend this one. Our guide divided us into small groups and because we were our own group of four, we got to sit in the cab and got to listen to everything from the morning warm up which we got to see. Sitting in the cab as the train cooled was extremely hot. But what an experience that we will not forget. I believe they only take 12 people at a time on this tour and its only offered in the mornings.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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peach92 wrote a review Oct 2017
Statesboro, Georgia174 contributions163 helpful votes
This tour starts very early (7:30a.m.) so we allowed ourselves plenty of time to get to Magic Kingdom. We parked at the Contemporary Resort and walked over to Magic Kingdom. In order to park at the Contemporary, we showed our confirmation number to the cast member at the Resort’s entrance. It is about an 8-10 minute walk from the Contemporary to Magic Kingdom. After going through the baggage check, we were directed to the Steam Trains tour guide at the front of Magic Kingdom. They had tags with our names printed on them and lanyards with audio devices so we could hear the tour guide really well. Our tour guide was Joseph (Joe) and he was terrific! Joe took us on a train ride to the Roundhouse where they work on the trains and we saw one of the trains up close. After that we rode the train back to Main Street where we went into the Theater and had a short break (free water was available) and then we walked under the train station to learn more about the history of the Disney trains and our last stop on the tour was in the train station where Joe told us more about Walt Disney’s passion for trains. At the end of the tour, Joe gave us all pins that had Mickey and a train on it! Loved it! If you or any of your family members have an interest in trains, this is a great tour and I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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stonellas wrote a review May 2017
Wanaka, New Zealand812 contributions489 helpful votes
This is an excellent tour which gives you an insight to Walt Disney's interest in steam trains and how it was reflected in the building of Disneyland and WDW but more importantly gives you an opportunity to visit the Roundhouse, learn about how the trains at The Magic Kingdom operate, and sit in the engineers seat on the footplate. The tour starts early in the morning at 7:30 am and lasts about 3 hours. It starts at Main Street station where you join your own train (there were only 8 of us on our tour) which takes you to the Riundhouse where all the trains are kept overnight. At the roadhouse you get to go on the footplate, hear about how a steam train works which was a lot more interesting than it sounds and the histor of each of the engines working at WDW. After about 90 min we then took our own train back to Main Street Station where the tour ended after learning about Walt Disney's own railway which he used to operate in his garden in California. Our guide Joe was superb, full of anicdotes and information. Overall a really excellent tour whether you are interested in steam trains or not
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Maribeth M wrote a review May 2017
75 contributions21 helpful votes
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This is the second time we've done this tour. The first time was 10 years ago. It is a lot better now. They give you an earphone and the guide has a mic. Much better. They give a solid tour and explain why trains are important to Disney, and how they acquired the ones that they have. Plus, because the tour is so early in the morning, you get to see Main Street in Magic Kingdom when it is not crowded with people.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Terry K wrote a review Oct 2016
Selden, New York10 contributions20 helpful votes
The Magic behind the Steam Train tour is fantastic and so was our guide Kaitlyn . Harry and I enjoyed ever minute of this 3 hour tour. Kaitlyn high energy enthusiasm of Walt Disney, Disney World and her love of Steam Engine Train made the tour. We felt like Walt was there tell us his story of why trains are such a important part of his life and his legacy. The information were learned from Kaitlyn is great and each time we ride a train we will think and Walt and our guide. Great fun, great tour.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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