There IS Magic backstage, and contrary to what I may have originally believed, it does not take away from any of the illusion onstage. As a matter of fact, it enhances it – all of it – a lot! So what is the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour? Continue reading for photos and a review of this latest Walt Disney World tour.
Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic is a seven hour VIP tour that takes you to see the inner workings of the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll have the opportunity to go down into the Magic Kingdom Utilidors and see how Princess Dresses are made in Creative Costuming. You’ll see where Audio Animatronics go to be repaired at Central Shops and even see how laundry is handled in Textile Services.
I was lucky enough to be among a group that got to experience this tour which began at 8am at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World. First, we made our way over to the American Adventure pavilion via Disney motor coach. During that fast trip, we were able to get acquainted with our amazing tour guides and discover that sometimes the tour varies slightly based on time and other factors. So your experience could differ. This day, our guides were Amber and Pieter.
Going backstage at the American Adventure show was a real highlight for me. I had seen this audio animatronic show many, many times and have heard rumors about how it all worked but had never seen it for myself. Seeing it with my own eyes blew my mind. The amount of engineering that goes into how the show pieces magically pop-up, return and then switch places with other set pieces is just something to behold. With so many moving parts, I am consistently surprised at how rarely it malfunctions.
Witnessing animatronics repaired in the central shops and getting to feel the different skin textures for ourselves was another thing I won’t forget. It was like a hospital for all the magical characters we enjoy in the attractions.
When possible, the tour does allow for you to touch certain pre-setup displays and take photos – but only at these pre-determined areas. Other than that, for obvious reasons, there is no photography or videotaping in any backstage areas.
At one point, I started to feel that the price I paid to get into the Disney Parks was a real bargain. Hear me out before you start squawking at that statement.
We went into costuming and saw a huge warehouse of people and fabrics and adornments. People working on every type of costume imaginable – from Cinderella to Magical Shamans of the Animal World and everything in between. Sometimes, a miniature is made – other times a costume is simply deemed unusable for whatever reason and many man hours are left behind without reward.
You definitely come to an epiphany (if you haven’t already), that this isn’t any ordinary theme park. This is special. And it appears that we, as guests who have purchased tickets and/or annual passes take a lot for granted. And that is the way they want it. We shouldn’t think of these things. But once you do – you can’t help but realize how much goes into every attraction, every show, every restaurant – everything you see, feel, smell, touch, taste and hear in Walt Disney World.
I don’t want to give anything away from the tour, but even a person like me, who really appreciates and notices the details of Disney, still learned a lot.
Now, many people will ask – but is it worth it? The tour is $275 plus tax per person.
This is not an easy question to answer. For someone like myself, it was worth it and then some. I am a self-proclaimed Disney Fanatic / Fan / Nerd – whatever you call it. I would think anyone that considers themselves in those categories would think it was a good value.
You simply experience things you’d have no other way to experience. I would think anyone interested in seeing how the Magic is created would enjoy this Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour.
The tour also provides a very nice lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or other similarly valued restaurant if that is not available for some reason.
All in all, I loved the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour so much that I am planning on doing it again the beginning of next year. The next time I ride an attraction or do anything in Walt Disney World, I know I will have a new respect for what goes into making it happen.
So what do you think? Would you be interested in going on the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour? Please leave a comment below. DISCLOSURE: The author was provided with complimentary admission to Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic in order to experience the tour. However, all opinions expressed are those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.