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Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour

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hmw589 wrote a review May 2022
United Kingdom123 contributions123 helpful votes
We're two adults who adore WDW and have been as a couple numerous times now. We've watched all the documentaries, read all the articles and thought we knew all there was to know... we were wrong. Our guide Lynn had me welling up before we even stepped off the porch to begin the tour - not only was she lovely and [obviously] very knowledgeable, her personal stories about her love of Disney touched me deeply. The tour is a solid 5 hours and I was worried about the amount of walking, but was absolutely fine. We were in a group of 20 but it all moved at a slow enough pace where Lynn looked for shade and rest appropriately. Do not hesitate to book this if you are at all worried. I'm also very picky with food but the cast members made every accommodation to sort lunch for me (which is included in the cost). Others in the group were similar and I witnessed the same for them - they cannot do enough for you. Can't give away any secrets, but you will learn loads, get to go both 'backstage' and in the utilidors, opportunity to ask loads of questions, and go on a couple of rides like a total VIP. My number one question going in was 'will I see things I am not ready to see?' (hint: I love the characters). Answer: yes, I saw and learnt things that my inner five year-old maybe wasn't quite ready to... but wholeheartedly I would still recommend this tour as we now have an entirely new appreciation for the Magic Kingdom that will stay with us as our own family grows in the coming years.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Mark-Clegg-1974 wrote a review May 2022
Sunderland, United Kingdom34 contributions14 helpful votes
A five-hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom sounds exhausting, but when its as interesting and informative as this, what's to complain about? A great value tour with a knowledgeable guide (mine was Drew who was infectiously enthusiastic) that includes a meal at Pecos Bill's (not great but not bad), an exclusive souvenir pin, and queue-less access to Jungle Cruise (with an insider commentary instead of the usual cheesy jokes) and Haunted Mansion. Of course the big draw here is the change to step 'back stage' and this was the highlight despite it all being unimpressively industrial. However we got to see the Maleficent dragon float in her shed (a rare treat according to Drew), the water pageant floats up close, some of the characters "not quite themselves" and the famous underground utilidors that allow cast members to travel easily between different parts of the parks. When backstage, Drew was also happy to answer any backstage questions. Amazingly, after seeing so much of the workings of this magical machine, it was easy to slip straight back into wide-eyed wonder when the tour was over although just to be on the safe side, this tour is not open to children. A must-do for big Disney park fans, those who want to take their WDW visit an extra level, or anyone involved in the entertainment industry who wants to take a peek behind the curtain.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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SchneiderVision wrote a review Apr 2022
Tonganoxie, Kansas163 contributions32 helpful votes
I learned so much about not only about Magic Kingdom, but about the history of WDW too. They say it's a five hour walking tour but don't worry; as there were plenty of opportunities to sit was well as restroom breaks and even a great lunch. Our tour guide Drew made it very enjoyable and magical. I would enthusiasticly recommend this tour and will cherish the memory always.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Roberta S wrote a review Mar 2022
Plumville, Pennsylvania34 contributions70 helpful votes
I took the Keys to the Kingdom tour today. Our tour guide was Alexander. He was EXCELLENT! He was extremely knowledgeable, funny and more than happy to answer even the most stupid questions. There were 20 of us and our tour started at 9:30. Before we started, we chose a lunch option from a menu for Pecos Bills. We received listening devices so we could hear him at all times and personalized name tags. We learned many things, even for a Disney “nut” like me. We went backstage and saw the lineup for the return of the Festival of Fantasy parade and many other things. Lunch was approximately 12:15, lasting about a half an hour in a reserved area in Pecos Bills. There we had personalized place cards with our Keys to the Kingdom pin inside and our lunch was waiting for us at the table. After lunch, we did more of the tour on the “2nd” floor of Magic Kingdom before going down into the utilidors. We entered them in Fantasyland and exited near Town Square Theater. That’s where the tour ended. It was well worth the money and I would highly recommend it. People should also know you are allowed and personally feel you should tip tour guides! Especially when you have a very good guide like Alexander!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Adam L wrote a review Mar 2020
Cary, North Carolina530 contributions337 helpful votes
Truly a great look behind the scenes at Walt Disney World (and you'll learn why you should call it Walt Disney World instead of just Disney World). As everyone has mentioned, the utilidors are a wonderful experience and there's no telling who you might see "backstage." We also saw a parade rehearsal. Not suitable for kids (and there is a minimum age requirement to preserve some of the magic) but well worth your five hours. If you take one of the very early tour departures, make sure you give yourself enough time to get inside the Magic Kingdom.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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