Walt Disney World Tours

Walt Disney World Tours

Walt Disney World Tours

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Walt Disney World Tours

By Mike Ellis.

Walt Disney World is more than just theme parks, more than just golfing, more than just water parks, more than just hotels.  Walt Disney World is all of that, of course, and certainly that is what 99% of us come to Disney to experience, but for those of you that are looking for more than just attractions, this post may be just what you are looking for.

Walt Disney World tours are special event packages that immerse you into the behind the scenes type experiences that a typical Guest doesn’t experience.  Many of the tours that Walt Disney World offers are for adults only, or for Guests that are over a certain age.  In this post, I’m going to give an overview to these tours, and will write in more depth on many of the more popular ones in the future.

  • Backstage Magic
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 16 or older and have photo ID.
    • 7 hour tour!
  • Backstage Tales
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 12 or older.  Anyone age 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
    • There may be an opportunity for an animal interaction, but it is not guaranteed.
  • Behind the Seeds
    • 1 hour walking tour
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Any age may take part.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Night Safari
    • 1 hour long nighttime “Safari”
    • Exclusive to Guests staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, or DVC resorts Jambo House or Kidani Village
    • Call 407-938-4755 for reservations.
  • Disney’s Dolphins in Depth
    • This intimate encounter with the Dolphins from The Seas with Nemo and Friends is limited to 8 guests per day.
    • Guests must be at least 13 years of age.  Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s Family Magic Tour
    • 2 hour walking scavenger hunt best suited for Guests aged 4-10.
    • Guests under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
    • 5 hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom, with access to many backstage areas.
    • Guests must be ages 16 or older and have a photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
    • 3 hour walking tour begins promptly at 7:30AM
    • Guests must be ages 10 or older and have a photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Epcot DiveQuest
    • All Guests must be SCUBA certified, and be age 10 and up.  Guests ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult, and all participants must bring proof of certification.
    • Friends and family can view your dive from the upstairs Viewport in The Seas Pavilion — approximately 1 hour after the tour begins.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour
    • 2 1/2 hour tour, featuring approximately 30 minutes of snorkeling time.
    • Guests must be 8 years of age or older.  Guests under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • The UnDISCOVERed Future World
    • 4 hour walking tour
    • For Guests ages 16 and older — must show valid photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • VIP Tour Services
    • VIP Tour Guides help plan your day for your party — up to 10 Guests per group (more than 10 requires additional Tour Guides)
    • Many different options are available, all at a price.
    • Call 407-560-4033 for reservations
  • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
    • 3 hour walking tour located in the Magic Kingdom
    • More suited for adults, but Guests as young as 12 may attend.  Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
    • 2 hour outdoor tour of Fort Wilderness Resort (and beyond) on a Segway X2.
    • Includes 30 minutes training time beforehand.  Guests must be ages 16 and older, have a valid photo ID, and sign a waiver.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered
    • 5 hour walking tour of the World Showcase Countries
    • Includes lunch at Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations.  Billed for Teens and Adults, but doesn’t list age requirements specifically.
  • Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy
    • Seasonal in November and December
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 16 or older and have photo ID.

This is just part of the information on these special tours.  I’ll link the tour to the post I write about it that has more details.  Thanks for stopping by, and go out and make it a great Disney day!

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As a Travel Agent with Pixie Vacations, I am able to help you plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney travel destinations!  In addition, part of my concierge service to you — which I provide at no charge to those that book through me — is to help you make dining reservations, plan what parks are busiest on this day or that day, help you with your FastPass+ selections, and if you wish to try one of these tours, I can help by making the reservations for you for this as well!  If you would like me to work with you on some baseline pricing, give me a call to 919-606-6725, shoot me an email to Mike@PixieVacations.com, or click on the link to submit an online quote request!

Thank you for stopping by, and as I said, look for additional information on these tours in the days and weeks to come!

 

30 Things To Do At Disney World: Explore New Fantasyland!

Fantasyland

Beast Castle under construction

30 Things to Do: Explore Fantasyland!

By Mike Ellis.

One of the things that I can’t wait to investigate in a little more detail is some of the things that have opened up in the new Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom.  While many of the things will not be open yet, such as Beast Castle here in the photo, the Dueling Dumbos are both open, I believe, or will be soon, as well as Storybook Circus and the Great Goofini.  Plus, being able to take in the new train station at Fantasyland will be neat once again.

I wasn’t a big fan of closing Mickey’s Toontown Fair — and to this day I still wish that at least Mickey and Minnie’s Country Houses were open, but I can’t help but feel excitement over what the changes will look like!  Look for a lot of pictures from there in the weeks to come!

So tell me, who is looking forward to seeing the new Fantasyland experiences, and what things are currently open now?

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unplugged!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

In this week’s #DisneyTrivia Segment, we look at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  I’m joined by my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, and since we looked at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post, we’re going to continue our look at it for this week’s #DisneyTrivia post!  I hope you enjoy our look at some of the unique facts and figures from this great attraction!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unplugged

As with all things Disney related, the backstory for this attraction is what sells the park guest on the experience from the beginning.  If the backstory wasn’t so elaborate, it would just be another Universal Studios…here are some unique facts related to this attraction, which is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

  • Did you know the name of the record label is G-Force Records, and that it is a play on the 4.5 G forces that the roller coaster will put you through?
  • Do you know that the coaster goes from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds?
  • Did you know that the parking garage that you enter into is owned by the Lock ‘n’ Roll Parking Systems company?
  • Did you know that there are six different limos?  Here are their license plates and the music that each one plays (each limo plays a different set of songs):
    • 1QKLIMO plays the song “Nine Lives”
    • UGOBABE plays “Love in an Elevator” and “Walk this Way” — this limo used to have the plate UGOGIRL
    • BUHBYE plays “Young Lust”, “F.I.N.E.”, and “Love in an Elevator”
    • H8TRFFC plays “Back in the Saddle” and “Dude (Looks like a Lady)”
    • 2FAST4U plays “Sweet Emotion”
    • The sixth limo is switched out periodically — it doesn’t have a license plate or soundtrack, and when it is switched, the license plate is put on it and the soundtrack for that plate is programmed.
  • Each limo has 5 speakers per seat, and their are 24 seats per limo, so a total of 120 speakers per limo.

I know that this is one of my favorite attractions, and with all of the backstory, I really do think that it adds that much more to the attraction.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check the rest of the entries out — just click on the images below!

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