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Backstage Tales Tour, Animal Kingdom – Walt Disney World

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On my last trip to the world, as I mentioned I did a few backstage tours. One of them was the Backstage Tales tour located at Animal Kingdom.

The tour costs $90 plus tax. It starts at 7.30am, but you need to arrive fifteen minutes before. The tour lasts four hours. We chose to drive and park. You meet just inside the front of the park, you are given your name badge and head set.

The tour starts as you walk through The Oasis, where they talk about the history of the park, and Joe Rohde (I got a few questions right too!). At this point as we was still in the park, we was allowed to take photos.

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As the park was so empty, and it was so pretty in the morning sun, I was already snapping away! When else would you get a selfie in front of an empty Tree of Life?! So all of the photos on this blog post, are all from the very start as no pictures was allowed during the backstage portions (which was the rest of the tour!), but they was such pretty photos I’ve included them!

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We walked through to Africa to the Pangani Forest Exploration and then through to the bird aviary. I t was so nice, as it was so quiet just our tour group in there! We had our own cast member talk through all the birds, and their charactristics and a few stories. We was also given the option to feed them live meal worms.

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After this we then went backstage straight away. We was led to a mini bus, which would then remain ours for the whole tour. As you know Animal Kingdom is huge, so the bus was used to get to one part to the other.

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I don’t want to spoil the tour for people, as I love surprises but you do visit the kitchens where all the food is prepared, quite a few backstage areas of the animals housing parts, which was amazing. You get really close to the animals! I was desperate to stroke a rhino!!

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At each animal part, you spoke to a specialist who works with these animals day in and out, and also answers any questions you have. Every Cast Member we met was really friendly, knowledgeable and clearly loved the animals!

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There was also a break, where you could have a hot drink or water, with a snack. This was then followed by a little talk about the conservation fund. The animals they spoke about on my particular tour was tortoises. Here we was told that a portion of our ticket for the tour went to the conservation fund!

At the end of the tour, you can keep your name tag and you are given a water bottle.

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Overall, I did really enjoy the tour, and it was nice to see some more of Animal Kingdom. It did feel a little over priced, but we had two cast members for the whole tour, and the use of the bus.

 

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Walt Disney: From Marceline to the Magic Kingdom Tour

 

 

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One of my favourite things to do at Walt Disney World is the tours! I have done quite a few now, and have a few more booked for my next visit. I thought I would review some, to help decide if anyone wants to try one.

I experienced the above mentioned tour  (3 years ago now, so may have changed slightly).  I chose this as it was a good price – $30 for 3 hours and also it starts before Magic Kingdom is open!

It starts at 8.15am by the Main Street guest services; you are given an individual ear piece so you can hear the guide. I do think our group was a little too large, and she did mention it was a bit bigger than normal.

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Seeing Main Street mostly empty, and freshly washed down was great! I say mainly as so many other tours were there! So our group went to Liberty Square to start the tour, there wasn’t even any background music, and there was no other person in sight!

 

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Our tour guide Julie, was a really nice girl from Chicago who genuinely loved Disney and Walt, and the Magic Kingdom.

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Once we had the beginning speech we all headed to the Haunted Mansion, Julie discussing the new additions to the queue. We then all rode Haunted Mansion, Julie continuing to give up facts throughout the ride. Those headsets have a decent range! She sat in the middle of the group on her own doom buggy, and people before and after her could still hear her talking.

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After we went to the new Tangled toilets, where she pointed out some hidden Pascals, I think she said there was 12 in that area. Also it was a restroom and 10 minute break.

We then moved on to some behind the scenes magic at Haunted Mansion, this was unexpected and my favourite part of the tour! (no photos!). We all then walked to Cinderella’s Castle where we were informed about the mosaic and the artists.

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After this discussion, we walked round to Winnie the Pooh, we all got straight to the front of the queue, some clues was discussed before the ride as our headsets wouldn’t work whilst on the ride. After there was some talking too – did we spot Mr Toad handing over to Pooh?

We then walked through Tomorrowland to all ride Carousel of Progress, we had the whole theatre to ourselves for our group. Throughout the show, Julie gave us facts and pointed out hidden Mickeys.

After the show was a quick question and answering, and the tour was done!

We were then free to explore ourselves. It lasted a little shorter than advertised, about 2 and half hours, and I honestly thought the whole tour was going to take part on Main Street and be about the names in the windows and inspiration from Missouri! Overall, the tour was a nice length and I did enjoy it, and would recommend.