Disney's Keys To The Kingdom Tour

Tours at Walt Disney World are a great way to spice up your vacation and see something new. There's a tour for every interest and curiosity. You can go backstage at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or do the 3-park 7-hour Backstage Magic tour. The particular tour that we will explore today is the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom.

Keys to the Kingdom Guided TourKeys to the Kingdom Guided Tour

If you can comfortably get your party to the park extra early, book a tour that begins close to 9:00 on a non-extra magic hour morning. This gives you a little bit of time between when you are allowed into the park and the tour actually begins. You won't be able to get into any other lands, but there's something peaceful and serene about wandering up and down a nearly empty Main Street, USA and for a special treat, make sure you're at the park entrance just before 9:00 to watch rope drop from inside the park! When the regular Welcome Show is taking place, you can get a close-up of many favorites as they file down the stairs from the train station platform.

The tour gathers inside the Tony's Town Square Restaurant building. The tour desk is to your right when you enter the door. Cast members will greet you and provide you with a name-tag, a bottle of water, and a listening device. You will also be asked for your lunch order for Columbia Harbor House when you arrive. This is a much nicer and more inviting meeting space than the previous meet & greet location.

You just can';t beat this view!Tony's Is The Perfect Spot To Meet-Up

Each tour may be slightly different as some cast members go "off script" more than others and the visited attractions will change with the maintenance schedule. The tour begins with some history of the windows on Main Street, USA and some discussion about the significance of the hub.

The tour includes several "onstage" experiences that allow tour participants front-of-the-line access to classic Disney attractions such as the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion. The special backstage experiences include the parade float workshop and the famous Utilidors. On our tour, our guide gave an in-depth description of the inner workings of Splash Mountain and the symbolism of Liberty Square.

Splash Mountain Rises 87ft Above the LandscapeSplash Mountain Rises 87ft Above the Landscape

Compared with the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour, I found Keys to the Kingdom to be a richer experience overall. It's certainly a longer tour, but beyond that, the variety of experiences, the total time backstage, the on-stage experiences, and the included lunch and tour gift certainly justify the difference in cost. Both tours are excellent, but I would give the edge to Keys to the Kingdom for value. Due to the backstage component, guests on this tour must be at least 16-years-old.

Have you been on any backstage tours at Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and share your story with us. Are you interested in taking a tour on your next trip? Book your adventure here.

A big thanks goes out to Guest Author Holly L. for sharing a little bit of her vacation with us. If you'd like to read more about Holly's Disney Adventures, you can find her sharing on our member forum.

Jon Stallings wrote on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 18:52:

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I actually have this tour scheduled for our trip in September. I am really looking forward to it.

Mandi wrote on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:49:

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Just did this tour for my birthday in January! It was well worth the money, and I'm saying that even after the first half of our tour was in pouring rain! Our tour guide was obviously very knowledgeable, and not just "scripted." He could answer many random questions and had some great personal anecdotes. I would recommend both that particular tour guide as well as the tour in general. I will do the tour again; however, I would request a different guide so as to hear someone else's "facts" and stories. You will certainly enjoy this tour!

Mike L wrote on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:26:

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Well worth doing. Did the tour in Sept.2014, our guide was great(maybe the same one Mandi had) he was very informative and entertaining. I learned quite a lot of really unique information you won't find anywhere else. Some of the facts and tidbits you learn are at times amazing and astonishing. I will do the tour again but not for a couple more years, as things change often at the Magic Kingdom so the time will allow for possibly some new things. Jon I agree with Mandi if you are a true Disneyite you will certainly enjoy it.

JMed wrote on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 16:24:

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This time next week I will be on this tour! I'm super excited about it! :)

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