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You know the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is amazing in every respect! You walk through the turnstile and everything runs perfectly. The Cast Members are always in the right spot, the parade is precisely on time, and you never see a sandwich wrapper floating down Main Street. This place is a well-oiled machine in every respect!
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of how Disney keeps this such a magical place? Well if you have, there is a wonderful tour for you called the Keys To The Kingdom Tour. This 5 hour tour (not to be mistaken with Gilligan’s 3 hour tour), will take you through the impressive inner workings and interesting details about the Magic Kingdom that the average Disney World goer would never know about or simply miss.
Disney’s Keys To The Kingdom Tour at Walt Disney World
Without giving any fun secrets, here is all the information you will need to know before heading out on your tour:
Keys To The Kingdom Tour Cost
The cost for the tour is $99. This includes everything on the tour including a name tag, exclusive souvenir, complimentary bottle of water and a nice lunch.
No one under 16 is allowed to go on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Personally, we feel this is a great rule for many reasons, including the fact that the tour takes a bit of the “magic” away. Do you really want to do that to your child? We didn’t think so!
Times and Length
You can sign up for a tour starting at 8:00AM, 8:30AM, 9:00AM and 9:30AM. You will need to arrive about 30 minutes before your tour time. The tour lasts 5 hours.
Keys To The Kingdom TourReservations
This tour typically fills up quickly so it would be wise to book it earlier rather than later. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to make your reservations.
Please Note: you will need a Magic Kingdom Admission ticket for the day of the tour in addition to the $99 tour admission. Everything must be purchased in advance.
Most groups are from 10 to 20 with a tour guide.
Overall Keys To The Kingdom Tour Review
We personally feel the price tag of $99 totally justifies the experience you receive for the Keys To The Kingdom tour. This is especially true when you factor in the lunch and little extras they throw in.
That being said, this tour won’t be for everyone.
We would recommend NOT going on the Keys to the Kingdom if:
- You have a family with smaller children. Obviously they will not be able to go because of age restrictions. We have 7 tips for visiting Disney with small children that may be helpful to you.
- You have a limited amount of time at Disney World. If you are only going for 3 – 4 days, we would recommend not taking one of your precious days to go on the tour.
- You are not a “Disney World Nerd”. If you are not enamored with Walt Disney and Disney World to begin with, you probably won’t be enamored with the tour.
- On your feet and walking a bunch is difficult. This tour can be a bit of a haul. Just keep that in mind.
What to Know About the Keys to the Kingdom Tour
If you don’t fall into the above category and are looking to go, here are a few things to consider.
We were under the impression that the tour was all backstage and spending 5 hours in the underground tunnel system called the utilidors. In fact, most of the tour is not in the utilidors.
There are fun facts and secrets shown both “on stage” where the guests are and “back stage” where you see and experience things the normal guest would not.
That being said, some of the information you will hear are things you may already know (with information being so readily available on the internet) but still it is fun to “experience” it with your guide. It’s similar to a lot of things at Disney World…it becomes what you make it.
You will get on a few attractions during the tour. You’re guide will take you on your own Jungle Cruise where you will learn some fun things about it and you will go on the Haunted Mansion where you will see the ghosts on an exclusive ride.
You will not be able to take any photographs during the tour to save the magic for others.
For us, the real negative is devoting 5 hours of your precious touring time to the tour, especially if your days at Disney World are real limited. However, if you love everything Disney like we do, we overwhelmingly recommend sometime in your lifetime going on the Keys To The Kingdom Tour!