Disney World Backstage Tours

Disney World Backstage Tours

Going to Disney World is a magical experience on its own.  And if you’ve read the guide up to this point, you know “Experience” is one of the legs on our Three-Legged Stool for planning your Disney World trip.  One of the great ways to “level up” the experience of your trip to Disney World is taking a backstage tour.  The term Disney World backstage tours may be a little misleading in that some of the tours are very much on the front of the stage.  Ever seen people swimming in the water at Caribbean Coral Reef with 6,000 of their closest friends?  That’s not so backstage.

Disney World backstage tours are truly unique way to see and experience things that not everyone has access to, at least if they don’t want to pay.  Below is a list of all the backstage tours available, along with some relevant information for each of them.  For experiences we’ve had a chance to take ourselves, we’ll also include a link to the review we posted on our blog.

A quick note with some of the fine print before you read the list.

Tours, prices and availability are always subject to change.

Most of them require a park admission, in addition to the cost of the tour.

The experiences can change, even though the tour is still going.

Not every tour runs each day.

Most of the tours involve walking throughout the parks.

Before booking any tour, you should check out the official Disney World Special Events & Tours Page for the most up to date information. For more information or to make a reservation, you can call Disney at (407) WDW-TOUR.

Alright, with the fine print out of the way, lets get to the list!

Magic Kingdom Backstage Tours

TourDurationCostDiscountsRestrictionsOur Review
Keys to the Kingdom5 Hrs$99/personAnnual Passholders, Disney Chase Visa and DVC Members qualify for a 15% discount

Video and photography is strictly prohibited.

Guests must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid photo I.D.

None
The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains3 Hrs$54/personNoneGuests must be 10 years of age or older.None
Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour7 Hrs$349/personNoneGuests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adultNone
Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour4 Hrs$249/personNoneGuests 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by a paying adultNone
Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour3 Hrs$49/personNone

Must be at least 12 years old.

Guest under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

None
Family Magic Tour2 Hrs$39/personNoneGuests 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by a paying adultNone
Disney After Hours3 Hrs$119/personNone

Only runs January – March.

Must meet attraction height requirements

None
Private VIP ToursHowever long you want, minimum of 7 hrs$425 or $625 per hour, depending on the seasonNone

Private VIP Tours have a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours

Parties larger than 10 Guests will require more than one VIP Tour Guide

None

Epcot Backstage Tours

TourDurationCostDiscountsRestrictionsOur Review
Behind the Seeds1 Hr

$25/Adult

$20/Child

NoneGuests under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.None
Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour2.5 Hrs$145/personNone

Guests must be 8 years of age or older.

Guests under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Must use Disney provided gear, can’t bring your own.

None
Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest3 Hrs$179/personNone

All Guests must be SCUBA-certified and 10 years of age or older to participate.

Guests 10 to 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older).

You will need to provide proof of certification, such as a C-card or verification from a certifying agency.

Must use Disney provided SCUBA gear.

No cameras permitted backstage.

None
Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth3 Hrs$199/personNone

Guests must be 13 years of age or older.

All participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

Guests must be able to fully understand English

None
Gardens of the World3 Hrs$85/personNone

Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this tour

Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is registered for the tour

Runs seasonally during the Flower and Garden or Food and Wine Festivals.

None
The UnDISCOVERed Future World4 Hrs$69/personAnnual Passholders, Disney Chase Visa and DVC Members qualify for a 15% discountGuests must be at least 16 years of ageNone
World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered5 Hrs$109/personAnnual Passholders, Disney Chase Visa and DVC Members qualify for a 15% discountGuests must be at least 16 years of ageNone

Animal Kingdom Backstage Tours

TourDurationCostDiscountsRestrictionsOur Review
Wild Africa Trek3 Hrs$189.00 – 249.00/ person depending on time of yearNone

Participants must be 8 years of age or older and at least 48 inches (122 cm) tall

Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult

Participants must be between 45 and 300 lbs. with the harness gear on

Review
Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour4 Hrs$249/personAnnual Passholders, Disney Chase Visa and DVC Members qualify for a 15% discountGuests 17 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participating parentNone
Caring for Giants1 Hr$30/personNone

Guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate

Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult

No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage

None
Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience2 Hrs$169/personNoneGuests must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this experienceNone

Hollywood Studios Backstage Tours

TourDurationCostDiscountsRestrictionsOur Review
Star Wars Guided Tour3 Hrs$99/personNoneNoneNone

Multi-Park Disney World Backstage Tours

TourDurationCostDiscountsRestrictionsOur Review
Backstage Magic7 Hrs$275/personNone

Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this tour

Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent

No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage

Closed-toe and closed-heel shoes (such as sneakers) are required for this experience

None

Wrapping Up

As you can see, there are lots of options to “up” the experience level.  Check out our reviews of these Disney World backstage tours.  We’re trying to get through them all, but obviously it takes time (and money).

If you’ve done one or more of the Disney World backstage tours, drop down in the comments section below and let us know what you think.  Everyone in the community is looking for that next “can’t miss” experience or wanting to stay away from an overpriced tour that doesn’t do much.

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