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If you’ve been to the theme parks many times over you might be looking for ways to have new experiences at Walt Disney World. Backstage tours are a great way to try something new and different!
In this post, I’ll describe your options for Disney World tours and explain how to book them at a discount. If you haven’t considered taking a tour before, you just might after reading this!
Disney World Tours Overview
There are over thirty different “Backstage” (aka behind the scenes) tours offered at Walt Disney World. They range in price from $25 to $299, though it’s possible to get a 15% discount on most of them!
Here is an overview of some of the most popular tours:
|Tour Name||Meeting Location||Cost||Days/Times||Length||Requirements|
|Behind The Seeds||Epcot Land Pavilion||$25 adults|
$19 children under 10
|Daily, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm every 45 minutes||1 hour||No age minimum but children must be accompanied by an adult|
|Backstage Magic||Epcot Guest Relations Window||$275 (includes lunch)||Mondays & Fridays at 9:00 am||7 hours||Park admission not required, minimum age 12|
|Disney's Family Magic Tour||Magic Kingdom City Hall||$39 (ages 3 and up)||Daily, 10:00 am||2 hours||Any age|
|Epcot Seas Aqua Tour||Epcot Guest Relations||$145||Daily at 12:30 pm||2.5 hours||Park admission not required, ages 8 and up|
|Epcot Seas Dolphins in Depth||Epcot Guest Relations||$199||Daily at 9:45 am||3 hours||Reopening June 8th, 2018, Park admission not required, 13 years old and up|
|Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom||Magic Kingdom City Hall||$49||Wednesdays - Sundays at 8:00 am||3 hours||12 years old and up|
|Disney's Keys to the Kingdom||Magic Kingdom City Hall||$99||Daily at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 am||5 hours||16 years old and up|
|Wild Africa Trek||Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari||$189 - $249||Daily throughout the day||3 hours||8 years old and 48 inches tall, must be able to walk|
If the meeting location of the tour is inside the park, you can assume that admission to that park is required.
This is just a small sampling of the most popular tours, but there are many others to consider. Some tours are only offered during one of Epcot’s festivals (such as Food & Wine).
All tours can be booked by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. I suggest making a reservation for any tour. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.
I’ll share links to more information on all of the tours at Walt Disney World at the bottom of the post, but let’s talk discounts next!
Discounts on Disney World Tours
You can get a 15% discount on most Disney World tours if you are a DVC member, annual passholder, or Chase Disney Visa cardholder. The most accessible option is definitely the Chase Disney Visa. Read all about the card here to learn how to get $200 towards your Disney vacation plus lots of other valuable perks.
Two caveats: Discounts on tours are considered “Membership Extras”, so if you bought into DVC on the resale market after April 4th, 2016 you would not qualify for the discounts. Premium and VIP tours (Such as the Sense of Africa tour) are excluded from the Disney Visa discount.
Here are some of the tour costs with the 15% discount:
- Behind the Seeds: $21
- Family Magic: $33
- Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom: $41
- Epcot Seas Aqua Tour: $123
- Backstage Magic: $234
Some of these tours don’t require park admission, so they are a great idea if you don’t already have a park ticket.
It’s always a good idea to confirm that the tour discount is still being offered before you make any plans. To make sure that you qualify for a tour discount, I suggest consulting these sites:
- DVC Member Benefits for Tickets & Tours
- Disney Chase Visa Cardholder Perks
- Annual Passholder Tour & Entertainment Discounts
Lists of All Walt Disney World Tours
Here’s where you can get more information about the various tours offered at Walt Disney World:
I hope this post gave you a sense of the Disney World tours offered and enticed you to try one on your next trip! Have you ever taken a tour or do you have any questions about Disney World tours? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in The Budget Mouse Facebook group!