Disney World’s Keys to the Kingdom tour offers a unique opportunity for guests to learn about the history of Walt Disney World. It also provides backstage access to the behind-the-scenes locations where the Disney magic is made. It is the perfect tour for the Disney fan who has experienced the parks before and wants to try something different on their next Disney vacation. Keep reading to find out more about my last experience on the Keys to the Kingdom tour at the Magic Kingdom.
What does the Keys to the Kingdom tour include?
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is a 5-hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom, one of the most beloved parks in the Disney family. An experienced tour guide takes you through the experience, beginning at the Town Square Theater at the front of Magic Kingdom.
Throughout the tour, you find out the history behind some of your favorite attractions like the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise. You also discover the history behind the theme parks. This includes stops at locations down Main Street USA, Liberty Square, and little-known facts about Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse himself.
The tour is very well-paced, offering water and bathroom breaks throughout the experience. Our tour guide was fantastic at offering breaks, and we even experienced some rides along the way. Your tour includes a lunch at Pecos Bill which is included in your tour cost.
The 5-hour look at the Magic Kingdom really offers the full background magic tour experience with a stroll through the underground corridors beneath Main Street USA, the legendary hidden areas of the park. Get the inside scoop on all of your favorites in the most iconic theme park of them all.
Is the Keys to the Kingdom tour worth it?
I think the Keys to the Kingdom tour is definitely worth it for the ultimate fan of Disney parks. It is not a tour for those at the Walt Disney World resort for the first time, as it takes you to the backstage areas and reveals some of many of the secret locations of the parks. For those that love Disney history, want to see the underground service tunnels of the cast members, and the parade floats and parade route, you will have a great time on this tour.
Do take note that this tour includes a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes for the duration of the tour. and be prepared for the weather. Another bit of important information is that guests must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the tour. Guests get a fascinating history of Magic Kingdom Park, but younger children would prefer to ride the rides, so Disney leaves this tour to the adults.
How much does the Keys to the Kingdom tour cost?
The price of this tour currently costs $114 per person plus tax. Tour groups leave throughout the day from the Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom, near the front of the park and the train station. Check the start time for your tour, as various tour groups leave at different times during the day. As you select your tour time, be sure to take into account the amount of time it will take you to arrive at the park, go through security and enter Magic Kingdom.
Annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members do receive a 15% discount. Your tour does include your lunch.
How do you check in for the Keys to the Kingdom tour?
When you arrive at the Town Square Theater, you will check in at the front desk to the left. Disney recommends you arrive 15 minutes before your tour to have plenty of time to meet your Disney Keys to the Kingdom tour guide.
Upon your arrival, you will receive a lanyard, your listening device, and a name tag. You will also see a menu from Pecos Bill and make your lunch order. This makes it a seamless process at lunchtime, as it will be prepared for you in a private room by a Disney cast member.
After check-in, you will meet together as a group with your Disney guides to get the tour started! Our tour began down Main Street USA with some Disney history behind the windows on the second floor. We began to learn the hidden secrets of classic attractions along the way.
What happens on the tour?
The tour begins with a stroll down Main Street USA. You will learn about the Five Keys of Disney, how the land for the Magic Kingdom was purchased, more about the design of the park, and the historical background of the park.
Next, you will most likely make your way to Adventureland. We made our way onto the Jungle Cruise ride for our own special tour with the background given on the ride by our tour guide the entire time. Afterward, we learned all about the Enchanted Tiki Room’s history and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Next, you will most likely make your way backstage near Splash Mountain. Here, the cast members prepare for the parade routes. We saw Mickey adjusting his head, the princesses practicing their waves, and the Maleficent float breathing fire. This behind-the-scenes access is quite incredible and you can tell the guides have taken much thought to planning the best day possible. Your view of the parade setup may vary according to the time of your tour. Luckily, ours was right before a parade, so we were able to see plenty.
Afterward, you will enjoy your lunch at Pecos Bill and then learn about the history of Liberty Square and the Liberty Tree. Our next step was Haunted Mansion for skip-the-line access and ride during this special tour. Then, it’s time for the Utilidors!
This is such a special treat! You will spend about 35-45 minutes under Main Street and Cinderella Castle where you’ll see various cast members getting lunch, traveling to their next location, or moving merchandise. You are not allowed to have cell phones or any recording equipment out in the backstage or Utilidor areas. In the end, you will hear some of the histories of Roy Disney and his great contribution to his brother’s legacy.
What are the 4 Disney Keys?
Throughout the Magic Kingdom’s Keys to the Kingdom tour, we learned about the Four Disney Keys. These keys are the foundation of Disney’s success which include safety, courtesy, show, and efficiency. The fifth key added in the past few years features inclusion.
Is park admission required for the Keys to the Kingdom tour?
Yes, a valid park admission and theme park reservations are required for the Keys to the Kingdom tour.
Do you need a park reservation for the Keys to the Kingdom tour?
Park pass reservations for Magic Kingdom are required for the Keys to the Kingdom tour.
How long does the Keys to the Kingdom tour take?
The Keys to the Kingdom tour takes 5 hours, which includes a lunch break and a few restroom breaks along the way.
What are other good Disney World tours?
Other fantastic Disney World tours include Behind the Seeds at Epcot, Caring for Giants at Animal Kingdom, Savor the Savanna at Animal Kingdom, Starlight Safari at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Up Close with Rhinos, and the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom.
If you want the ultimate in experience, you can book private VIP tours. The Disney VIP tour is an expensive option, but if you want to skip most of the lines and have your own personal guide around all four parks at Disney World, it may be worth it to you and your family!
How far in advance can I book the Keys to the Kingdom tour?
You can begin booking special events, like the Keys to the Kingdom tour 60 days before your Disney vacation begins.
Does the Keys to the Kingdom tour include lunch?
Yes, the tour includes lunch at Pecos Bill. You can order from the pre-set menu upon your arrival and the lunch includes an entree and a drink for each member of the tour. Options during our visit included the fajita platter, bacon cheeseburger, Southwest salad, nachos, the veggie rice bowl, or tacos.
I hope this post helps you to determine if the Keys to the Kingdom tour is a good choice for you and your family. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the tour and learned so much! Be sure to make advance reservations, if you plan to take the tour, as same-day reservations are not guaranteed to be available. Be sure to sign up below for my free packing list for your next Disney vacation. Happy traveling!