Have you had a chance to check out the Keys to the Kingdom behind the scenes tour at the Magic Kingdom? I consider it one of Disney’s hidden jewels that not everyone takes advantage of. Today, our guest blogger Sarah from 2PawsDesigns is going to share her experience with Keys to the Kingdom.
Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids. My husband and I visited 3 times as a couple before we started a family. One of the perks is being able to do things you wouldn’t normally do with young kids such as take one of Disney’s specialized tours. We chose the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom.
Keys to the Kingdom is a 5 hour walking tour offered to guests ages 16 and older that takes you behind the scenes in the Magic Kingdom. Tour guests get taken through doors that lead from Main Street shops into the back, hidden world that helps run the park. This includes seeing where the parade floats are made and stored; spotting characters in partial costume; and walking through part of the Utilidor that runs underneath the park allowing people and items to move seamlessly through without guests ever catching a glimpse.
The cast member leading our tour gave us a bit of Walt Disney World history, answered all of our questions, shared details about a few unique items such as stories about Tinker Bell “flying” from the castle at night, and where to find a few hidden Mickeys that we might have otherwise missed.
Notice I have no photos to share of the behind the scenes part? Our only mid-tour photo is one taken in front of the castle by a Disney Photopass+ photograph during a break. That’s because absolutely no photography is allowed (this includes cell phones). You can visit and see during the tour, but, understandably, Disney likes to keep behind the scenes details a bit of a secret.
The tour does cost an extra fee on top of your park ticket. It currently costs $79/person and includes lunch at the Columbia House as well as a special gift (I’m saving that secret for you to find out at the end of your tour!). If you are interested in the Keys to the Kingdom or any other special tour offered in Walt Disney World, check tour dates/time and call ahead to make a reservation (407-WDW-TOUR) or ask at guest services at any of the parks.
Sarah is a wife, full time working mom and blogger who loves Disney, all things crafty and working on DIY projects around the house. Please visit her at 2paws Designs.