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Backstage Magic
Ranked #41 of 108 Tours in Orlando
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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."
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.

Thank Kandy4042
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We previously did two backstage tours at Disney World: Undiscovered Future World and Behind the Seeds at Epcot. We really enjoyed both of those tours and were hoping this would be a similar experience. While Backstage Magic was good, it did not live up to our expectations.

Others have already mentioned what you get to see in this tour: American Adventure in Epcot, costuming and Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, Horticulture, parade warehouse at Animal Kingdom, Central Shops, and Main Street USA utilidoor at Magic Kingdom. It sounds like a lot, and it does have some variety. However, you generally don't get to see very much backstage, and our guides rushed us through the backstage areas.

One big problem was that there were so many people in our group. There were more than 30 people on the tour, and it was a slow process to move people around. We spent a lot of time on the bus or in public areas. The tour guides were good and shared some of their experiences with us, but they didn't really have much of a personal connection with anything we saw. When we did Undiscovered Future World at Epcot our tour guide had deep knowledge of the park from having worked there for years, stopped and chatted with many cast members and park management along the way, and took us to more backstage areas in only a few hours. This tour was run by guides from the Disney Institute who did not have strong connections to any of the parks, and we didn't spent very much time backstage.

Lunch at Whispering Canyon was good. It was perhaps the highlight of the day. Given the cost of this tour, we expected to see more backstage areas. The tour was good, but it was not good enough to justify the cost and the amount of time required to complete the tour.

6  Thank radx4
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

For any die hard Disney Fan this will give you a glimps of the backstage as well as the rides whithout giving to much of the "Magic" away. Great lunch you get to cut all the cue lines you can assk all the questions you want. The guise gives you a head set so you cann here them just fine. Our guide Melanie is such a delight. She had a bubbly personality and the perfect all amarican blond Disney proud employee. Very knowledgable. Disney is lucky to have her and my goodness her little jokes were to die for. Great day so worth every penny. Must do

1  Thank Mark W
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

This tour was pretty good but I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to hear/see more "secrets" than we were shown. We saw very little of the Utilidors at Magic Kingdom. We basically were walked in a circle around one little part. We did get to see the parade vehicles for the Animal Kingdom parade while they were being serviced and learned how the majority of them were used. We learned some interesting facts about the buildings at Epcot in the world section and got to go backstage of the President show. We were walked through the costume shop at Hollywood Studios and behind the Tower of Terror. We also got to see where they make the topiaries used during the Flower and Garden Festival. There was a lot of getting on and off the bus but they did provide bottled water. We also got to see a huge warehouse type of building where they repair all the cars, etc for rides. You were not permitted to take pictures during the majority of this tour. We also had lunch at the Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge which was a highlight. All in all, I am glad we tried this tour but I was expecting to learn more secrets about Disney.

3  Thank Patchez89
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Went on the tour on a cloudy day, perfect. Hosts couldn't have been greater. Good lunch at wilderness lodge. Could have shown us more for the money, but very enjoyable.

2  Thank Conteach
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