Taking a trip to Disney World is the trip of a lifetime for many families. It is amazing to wander around inside the parks but there is more than meets the eye.
You can see the extra by taking Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour, but is it worth it?
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour, which is also known as the underground tunnel tour will give you a look at Disney World that you’ve never seen before. If you are staying more than a few days at Disney or if you just want to take a peek behind the scenes, it is worth every penny.
That being said, taking Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is not something that should be done without thinking about it in advance.
After all, we often think about the magic of Disney World and some of that magic is going to disappear when you see what creates it.
When you take the tour, you are going to see things that make you appreciate Disney and all that they go through every day to make the experience magical for every visitor.
In the end, if you are staying at Disney for an extended amount of time or if you are an Annual Pass holder, we would highly recommend spending the extra money to take Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour. It is something you have to do in person, but you will never regret doing it.
What Is Included In Disney’s Keys To Kingdom Tour?
You might be surprised by what is involved when you take the Disney World Keys to the Kingdom tour. It is more than just a trip around the park, it totally immerses you in the world of Disney that you don’t see when visiting with a regular pass.
Here are some of the things that are included with the tour:
Secrets – If you appreciate the mystery behind Disney and the magic, then you may not fully appreciate understanding all of the hidden secrets associated with Magic Kingdom Park. Then again, there is nothing wrong with knowing a secret or two.
Knowledge – Throughout the tour, you will learn interesting things about Disney that you never knew before. Some of these are a matter of trivia but others are things that the general public may not know. You can then choose whether to share them or not.
Underground – Perhaps one of the more interesting features of Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is the fact that you get to see the underground or Utilidor tunnels. These are the tunnels used by Disney employees to carry supplies to other areas of the park.
Be aware that when you are in the tunnels, you will likely see some of the characters out of costume.
This can be a little concerning for many people who appreciate the magic and want it to remain magical.
Take a look at this YouTube video for a look at the Utilidors.
Lunch – You will have to choose the lunch that you want in advance. You will be told where you’re going to eat and the options available but you will be eating lunch while on the tour.
Let’s take a look at some of the common questions associated with Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour.
Can you ride in the tunnels?: The tour is a walking tour, so you will not be able to ride in the tunnels unless you are in a wheelchair or ECV. Although it is a walking tour, those who have the need to use one of those vehicles will be able to use it in the tunnels.
Can you ride some rides for free?: You will be going on the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise rides while you’re on the tour. As far as free, you have to pay admission to the park and a premium price for your tour ticket, so you be the judge as to whether it is free or not.
How old do you have to be?: In order to take part in the Disney Keys to the Kingdom tour, you have to be at least 16 years of age. A valid photo ID is necessary to start the tour.
How do you book the tour?: It is possible to book the tour online through the Disney World website. You can also contact Disney’s tour line (407) WDW-TOUR and book the tour through one a Disney representative.
How Much Is Disney’s Keys To Kingdom Tour?
A common question that is asked by many people is how much Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour costs. Here’s the truth behind it.
The Keys to the Kingdom tour cost $114 per person as of September 2022. You also have to pay for a valid entry to the Magic Kingdom on that same day, and you will pay that as a separate cost. If you are a Disney Vacation Club member or an Annual Pass holder, you can get a 15% discount.
That being said, unless you plan on buying something extra while you’re on the tour, you don’t have to spend any extra money. It is all-inclusive. Essentially, you are paying a little over $20 per hour for the tour.
If you don’t show up for your tour or if you cancel within 2 days of the tour, you will forfeit the entire entry price.
How Long Does Disney’s Keys To Kingdom Tour Last?
Once you are on Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour, you can expect to spend a full five hours until you’re finished.
You’ll have to check in 15 minutes before the start of the tour at the Town Square Theater. If your tour starts early, be sure to save plenty of time to get to the park because not all of Disney’s transportation may be operating during that time.
Are There Backstage Tours At Epcot?
Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is for the Magic Kingdom. Are there any backstage tours at Epcot?
A number of backstage tours may be offered at Epcot throughout the year. Some of these are associated with specific events and others may be offered regularly. Here is a listing of some of the common Epcot behind-the-scenes tours:
Dolphins in Depth
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour
Gardens of the World – Spring Edition
Gardens of the World – Fall Edition
The Undiscovered Future World
Holiday D-Lights Tour
World Showcase Destinations Discovered
If you are a serious Disney fan, it is well worth going on Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour. You can also try some of the other behind-the-scenes tours that will help you to learn more about Disney and what makes it tick.