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03-27-2007, 06:11 PM
Question about this tour- does it take you on the behind the scenes of any rides? we are taking the tour on our last day and I wondered if we should skip any rides on previous days cause we'll go on them during the tour.
03-27-2007, 06:34 PM
behind the scenes? not really. the closest you may get that I know of is taking the alternate entrance into the HM.
as far as attractions you go on, i guess most tours go on 2 of the 3: POTC, HM and Jungle Cruise. I was able to go on all 3 on my tour.
03-27-2007, 07:11 PM
the keys to the kingdom tour we went on included a walk behind splash, including the parade shop, a paint shop, and a storage area. a short tour of the utilidoors, and a walk down to the jungle cruise maintanence area. lunch in a private area of harbor house. we were supposed to go on HM, but just as we were headed over there it went 101 (down). so to make it up we recieved some fast passes.
one thing I would as is if at all possible take the tour that starts earliest. there's something cool about being in the MK before it opens.
03-28-2007, 05:21 PM
If you want to go behind the scenes and into the utilidors then go for the "Behind the Magic" tour. I checked the WDW site and it doesn't seem listed any more. Call Guest Relations and ask.
03-28-2007, 05:40 PM
i think you're referring to backstage magic. which is a 7 hour tour and covers epcot, mk and mgm. great tour as well.
(it's on the WDW site as an Epcot tour)
03-29-2007, 10:09 AM
My mom went on the Backstage Magic Tour, or whatever it's called, and she loved it. Lunch at the Italian place at MGM was included and she went in the utilidors and behind the scenes and saw the stage scenes to the American Adventure in EPCOT. She loved this tour. I remember her saying it was quite pricey but worth it.
04-06-2007, 08:12 PM
Our tour included Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion...while not exactly behind the scenes, some very interesting things were pointed out to us. We saw the area where the parade "floats" are kept and saw the butterflies practicing; we learned quite a bit about the parade. Our tour guide had also been a costumed character, so we learned some very interesting things about life as a character. I thought the utilidor was fascinating. We discussed garbage, recycling and pest control. What else...oh, an animatronic "clinic" area, cast member orientation basics, great hummus sandwich. There was a quite a bit of history thrown in. It was really a nice mix. I felt it was worth the money.
05-22-2007, 04:10 AM
Planning on taking the Keys tour in December ... will be there for nine days. Is the tour worth it? Also, I understand it is a lot of walking ... although I consider my family and I in good shape I don't want to take the tour the first or second day only to find we can't walk the next day ... is it strenuous? If going for nine days would you recommend the tour in the beginning, middle or end of the trip? Is it offered every day? Thanks again folks!
05-22-2007, 04:16 AM
We have taken the tour and love it. it is no more walking then the equivelant of time you would spend in the park anyway. if you haven't done so already try and get a tour that starts before park opens as it is much more fun that way. the only thing I can add is I thought we would see much more of the utilidoors then we did.
05-22-2007, 04:21 AM
It's a 4.5-5 hour tour with a lunch break. You'll be standing and walking most of the time except for lunch, but it won't be at a 4-minute mile pace, so as long as you're ok with a normal day in the parks, I'd think you should be ok with the tour.
Everyone in your group is over 16, right?
Personally, I'd try to do it in the middle of the trip, or more specifically, after you've been to the MK at least once, and with time to go BACK to the MK after you're done. They may point out or mention things that you'll want to go back and check out, but I can't imagine the first time in MK of the trip not being able to go on attractions.
05-22-2007, 04:56 AM
Actually my daughter is 14 ... but very tall and mature for her age (people actually thinks she is 16 or 17) ... can we tell a little white lie and say she is 16 to get her on the tour?
05-22-2007, 06:00 AM
Some friends went on this about two years ago. They check ID's and will let you know this when you call to make the reservation. The 16 y/o in my friends group did need to show an ID with birthdate listed on it. I would say not to try it.
I'll be taking this tour myself in a few weeks and will report back.
05-22-2007, 09:36 PM
my mom and i have taken the keys to the kingdom tour, and we loved it! our guide was awesome, and really knowledgeable. i would definitely suggest it for anyone.
im going to be taking the backstage magic in about a week, and im super excited!
10-08-2007, 03:49 PM
I was just wondering about the Keys to the Kingdom tour-what is it? Has anyone here done it before? I would like to try it next year, and was wondering what you do and which rides you go on and stuff. Is it just Magic Kingdom? Is there a guided tour that goes to all the parks? Thanks for letting me know so that I can get planning!
10-08-2007, 06:47 PM
it covers just MK. depending on which tour and which guide, you may go on up to 3 attractions (haunted mansion, pirates of the caribbean, jungle cruise). most of it is onstage and it's really about what went into the design of the park as well as the keys themselves (the core concepts of being a cast member - safety, courtesy, efficiency and show for example) and how they apply... backstage is limited to a parking lot and a small section of the tunnel/utilidor system, but there's a lot of displays and stuff to see down there.
no current tour opened to the public covers all 4 parks.. backstage magic is closest with 3 (it doesn't do DAK, which has 2 of its own).
10-09-2007, 09:53 AM
I was just wondering about the Keys to the Kingdom tour-Your thread has been merged with a previous thread. See above for some other responses.