Take A Tour From Marceline to Magic Kingdom

If you're a Disney geek like me, you've probably thought about or already taken one of the special behind the scenes tours that Disney has to offer. Most recently I was lucky enough to get the chance to do the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour, which is still fairly new to Walt Disney World.

I had previously been on the Keys to the Kingdom tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, however considering that both tours take place within the Magic Kingdom I was a little worried that I would be going over some of the same information. I needn't have worried though as the only thing they shared was that they both take place inside the Magic Kingdom. The Marceline tour focuses on Walt Disney and his influences throughout the park whereas the Keys to the Kingdom shows a lot of how the park runs.

Simon On The Marceline TourSimon On The Marceline Tour

The tour currently runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:15am (though as always times and dates subject to change). I booked our tour for a Monday. Although we were staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge we had rented a car and so we drove over to the Magic Kingdom parking lot. The ferry and express monorail weren't running yet as it was early so we had to take the resort monorail. It was neat being on a near empty monorail but it stopped for ages at each resort, something worth noting for future reference, it stopped long enough for me to start stressing out about being late!

Touring Through FantasylandTouring Through Fantasyland

When we arrived at the Magic Kingdom we made our way over to the far left turnstile and told the Cast Member there we were doing the Marceline tour, we were shown inside to the Chamber of Commerce where we were taken outside and given headsets and our name badges. Our tour guide Matt was so wonderful, you could tell he genuinely loved Walt and the park. He put little anecdotes in there that were personal to him, he was absolutely the star of the tour.

The Tour Gets An Early Morning StartThe Tour Gets An Early Morning Start

During out tour we got to see parts of the park that weren't 'on stage' yet which still had Cast Member's preparing them for the day ahead. We got to go on 3 rides, the first was the Haunted Mansion where we spent a lot of time in the queue line talking about the different stories that are represented in the ride. We then went on the ride along with Matt with him pointing out different things to us as we went around. The next ride was the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Matt didn't ride this one with us but instead talked to us about the ride before and after. The last ride was the Carousel of Progress, Matt joined us again for this one and talked us through the ride.

All in all our tour concluded after 3 & 1/2 hours though it felt like 10 minutes as time just flew by.

Guest Author Robyn & Simon WatsonGuest Author Robyn & Simon Watson

If you are interested in taking a tour but unsure where to start I would highly recommend trying the Marceline tour, it's one of the slightly shorter tours at about 3 hours and costs just $30 which I think it a total bargain. I took my parents and in laws along with me and my husband - I was really unsure if they would enjoy it but they all said it was a highlight of the trip.

Our thanks goes out again to Robyn Watson for sharing a little bit of her vacation with us. The Marceline tour sounds like a lot of fun for fans of the Man and Mouse. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this fun Disney activity.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:58:

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Robyn, Thanks so much for another great article! This sounds like a fun tour, I like the low price and short tour time too.

IslandHighlander wrote on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:31:

I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour as well, and though I am aware that it was supposed to be mainly about the park, I would have liked a little more info about Walt's ideology and influences. This sounds to be right up that alley, and I will have to keep this one on the radar for our next visit.

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