10 Behind The Scenes Looks At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is a truly massive vacation destination, boasting four theme parks, two water parks, endless dining options, Disney Springs, and dozens of resorts. To make all of these places run seamlessly, a massive operation occurs backstage each day unbeknownst to guests. Part of the Disney magic is wondering “how did they do that?” but more magic can be discovered with unique looks backstage to see how it is all done. The best ways to venture backstage and check out the magic that happens there is to take a tour offered by Disney. While each tour costs a fee in addition to theme park admission, they are well worth the money! Here are the ten best tours to take for behind the scenes looks at Walt Disney World.

10. Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour –

This five hour long tour takes guests behind the scenes for an in depth look at the Magic Kingdom. A knowledgeable tour guide shares endless facts about the history and day to day operations of the park and is able to answer any questions that guests might have. Throughout the tour guests get to experience behind the scenes looks at several attractions, a quick service lunch usually at Columbia Harbor House, and a coveted glimpse of the Utilidor underground tunnels!

9. Behind the Seeds –

This tour is located in Epcot’s The Land pavilion and takes guests backstage in the greenhouses to see how day to day operations there occur. Featuring interactive components like tasting, smelling, and releasing butterflies, this tour is a must do for anyone interested in gardening or growing their own food!

8. Wild Africa Trek –

For fans of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris, this is the ultimate behind the scenes glimpse of the savannah and beyond. Featuring a daring ropes course over rickety bridges suspended high above crocodiles and hippos, a private safari through the reserve, lunch at an outpost, and a complimentary photographer documenting the adventure, guests are sure to love this wild journey!

7. Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour –

For any guest who is a fan of the Walt Disney World Railroad, this is the perfect way to go behind the scenes and see just how the massive trains are maintained and run. Featuring a glimpse of the roundhouse, a ride on an antique freight train, and tons of historical facts along the way, this tour is a great opportunity to look backstage at how some of the magic happens.

6. The UnDISCOVERed Future World –

This four hour tour focuses exclusively on Epcot’s Future World and how it came to be from the original concept of Walt Disney. Guests are treated to exclusive behind the scenes looks in several pavilions as well as the wardrobe department. For Epcot fans, this is the best way to see backstage!

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5. Disney’s Dolphins in Depth –

For an up close and personal encounter with the dolphins in The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion, look no further than this tour. Offering guess the chance to speak with trainers, view a training session, and wade into the water to interact with the dolphins, this behind the scenes look is a must do for any water lover!

4. Backstage Magic –

This is the ultimate tour for those guests looking for behind the scenes glimpses of Walt Disney World. Backstage Magic is seven hours long and boasts an impressive schedule that takes guests to all four parks and several other locations. Featuring backstage glimpses of The American Adventure, the Walt Disney World Nursery and Tree Farm, Central Shops, and lunch at Whispering Canyon Café, this tour is well worth the money!

3. Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour –

This walking tour of the Magic Kingdom is focused on the small details and history of the park and how it went from Walt Disney’s imagination to creation. With a special look at the history of the 1964 New York World’s Fair and how several attractions originated there, this is a great tour for those looking to learn a little more about the history of the park and Walt Disney himself.

2. Backstage Tales –

This behind the scenes tour is offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and gives guests a glimpse of how the many different species of animals there are cared for. Guests get to see animal housing areas, watch as meals are planned and prepared, and go backstage at the veterinary hospital. For any animal lover, this is a great behind the scenes looks at the magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

1. Disney’s Family Magic Tour –

For families looking to go behind the scenes together, this is the ultimate experience. The tour takes guests on a treasure hunt through the Magic Kingdom to collect clues in an interactive and fun way. Along the way, guests will learn interesting facts and history about the park and are sure to have a blast!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.