Disney World Backstage Tours Overview & How to Get Discounts!

on May 24, 2018

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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 NameMeeting LocationCostDays/TimesLengthRequirements
Behind The SeedsEpcot Land Pavilion$25 adults
$19 children under 10
Daily, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm every 45 minutes1 hourNo age minimum but children must be accompanied by an adult
Backstage MagicEpcot Guest Relations Window$275 (includes lunch)Mondays & Fridays at 9:00 am7 hoursPark admission not required, minimum age 12
Disney's Family Magic TourMagic Kingdom City Hall$39 (ages 3 and up)Daily, 10:00 am2 hoursAny age
Epcot Seas Aqua TourEpcot Guest Relations$145Daily at 12:30 pm2.5 hoursPark admission not required, ages 8 and up
Epcot Seas Dolphins in DepthEpcot Guest Relations$199Daily at 9:45 am3 hoursReopening June 8th, 2018, Park admission not required, 13 years old and up
Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic KingdomMagic Kingdom City Hall$49Wednesdays - Sundays at 8:00 am3 hours12 years old and up
Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Magic Kingdom City Hall$99Daily at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 am5 hours16 years old and up
Wild Africa TrekAnimal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari$189 - $249Daily throughout the day3 hours8 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:

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!

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2 Comments

  • Aryn

    On my boyfriend’s very first Disney trip we did the Keys to the Kingdom tour because he likes to “know how things work” and he wasn’t exactly looking forward to a week in a “kiddie park.” (Who would have know then that 7 years later we’d live an hour and a half away and be annual pass holders!) I think that tour really helped him to see how much thought goes into every single detail of the park, and that it’s obviously not just for kids. So I always recommend that tour to friends, and especially to the skeptics! 15 or so years ago my mother and I went for a long weekend right before Christmas and I remember we did a tour that concluded with us making a Mickey Christmas ornament. I don’t know if something like that still exists, but I remember having glitter on my shoes for the rest of the day!!

    May 28, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply
    • Leah

      Aryn, those are the best stories! I would never think to take a first-timer on a tour, but it clearly worked out well for you – I love it. Now I really want to take the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Thanks so much for your comment!

      May 29, 2018 at 5:49 am Reply

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