The Behind the Scenes Tours
at the Walt Disney World Resort
Another Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes
All of us that have visited the Magic
Kingdom, at the Walt Disney World Resort, have enjoyed the sights,
the sounds and the special magic of this special theme park. We have
enjoyed the attractions and watched the parades. We have listened to
the bands and watched the shows. We have waited for Tinker Bell to
descend from the Cinderella Castle and wooed and awed as the
fireworks filled the sky with imagination. We even enjoyed a meal or
simply grabbed an ice cream without giving much thought to how it
Have you ever wondered just how all of the magic just seems to
appear out of nowhere. Just where did all those floats come from?
And how do all of those sights and sound that make up a parade come
from and how does it all happen.
Recently I was apart of a group of excited and wide eyed guests who
spent nearly five hours looking, listening and learning about the
effort and preparation that goes into all that we experience at the
I will share with you now some of the highlights of this tour, but
not everything we experienced that morning. It would be difficult to
describe the special feeling you have as you walk down into the
Utilidors below Main Street U.S.A. or explore some of the backstage
So follow me as we take a peek at some of the secrets behind the
creation and growth of the Magic Kingdom and discover some of the
remarkable history of this park.
So here are my notes from my glimpse Behind the Magic.
One by one our group arrived just outside City Hall and checked in.
After surrendering their reservation number each guest was given a
lanyard, which displayed their name, and a radio operated receiver
with an earpiece. The small receiver allowed guests to listen to the
tour guides comments and instructions throughout the tour. In
addition guests were given a lunch menu from which we pre-selected
our lunch that would be served later at the Columbia House
restaurant. As the group waited for all to arrive and register we
were invited to help ourselves to coffee and bottles of ice water
that had been laid out.
Once everyone had arrived and check in our tour guide directed us to
the flag pole that located prominently at the entrance to Main
Street U.S.A. It was there that we all introduced ourselves,
announced where we were from and we were also encouraged to tell who
our favorite Disney character was. With the introductions completed
our tour began with an explanation of the four keys that all cast
members at Walt Disney World Resort are taught. This was followed by
an explanation of the presentation of “the show” and how it begins
at the park entrance.
Proceeding down Main Street we were shown examples of forced
prospective and how it is employed, as well as, the various tributes
on display all along Main Street to those that had contributed to
the design and operation of the theme park.
We made our first stop at Center Street where we were invited to sit
down as a further explanation of the four keys that guide all cast
members regardless of their particular responsibilities was given.
We then headed into Adventureland and discovered how the transition
from one themed land to another is accomplished. Inside
Adventureland we were treated to a behind the scenes guided tour of
the Jungle Cruise attraction.
Our next stop was at the back stage area called Productions and
Attractions. Over the next 30 minutes we were given a detailed
explanation about parades, as well as, some operational procedures
for the attractions Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain.
We next headed for lunch that was being hosted at the Columbia House
restaurant. We were escorted upstairs to a private dining area where
each of our lunches was already waiting for us. Each person’s lunch
was marked by a place card that displayed our name and also held a
special commemorative “Keys to the Kingdom” pin.
After lunch we were then led to the Haunted House attraction. There
a detailed explanation of theme, as well as, the story line that is
followed throughout the attraction was given. I must confess that
even after having enjoyed this attraction on innumerable occasions
over the years I was unaware of most of this story and how it plays
out during the ride.
From there we headed to Main Street USA and following our guide as
we made our way through the back of one of the shops into the
backstage area directly behind Main Street. There our guide
discussed the purpose of the backstage areas and some of the
responsibilities of the cast members that work there.
Our next stop was upstairs behind the shops on Main Street. There on
display were some historic pictures of the park, as well as, maps
and artist renditions that showed early depictions of what the
imaginers had in mind.
We then boarded an elevator, which took us down into the utilidors.
An explanation of how much of the parks operations and maintenance
is managed from this maze of corridors.
Our tour concluded with a question and answer sessions that was
conducted on the other side of Main Street behind the shops that
line the street.
So, were we able to “Walk in the footsteps of legends and immerse
ourselves in fabled tales that have made this kingdom so magical”,
as the brochure said we would?
I think a better question might be did we learn things about the
“Most Magical Place on Earth” that we had not know previously and
enjoy ourselves at the same time? The answer to this question is
Things to know before you go
Duration: 4 1/2 - 5 hours
Cost: $58.00 per person
All prices include tax.
Program itinerary, content and prices are subject to change without
Theme Park admission is required.
Guests must be at least 16 years old to attend.
Lunch is included.
This is an outdoor walking program.
Guest are required to have a photo ID in their possession during the
Large bags and cameras are not permitted on this tour.
TIPS & FUN FACTS
Walt Disney wanted to be sure that the "business" of the Park would
never intrude on the "show." So he built approximately 1.5 miles of
"utilidor" access tunnels beneath the Magic Kingdom® Park.