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Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour, Walt Disney World

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This was one of the tours I went on, on last visit to Disney.

I have done a lot of the backstage Disney tours offered, and am always keen to do more. I knew of Walt’s love for trains (who doesn’t?!) and decided to book this one too.

It was a very early start, you had to be at Magic Kingdom for 7.15am! No transport was available, so we drove our hire car to the Contemporary Resort, and then walked over.

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We met outside the entrance, and then walked into a very empty park – bliss! The tour guide let us stop for a while and take some photos.

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I can’t remember the name of our guide, but she was so enthusiastic and passionate about the steam trains! She clearly loved her job.

It starts off with a ride on the train, one was already set up and in use. So we went round the park, until we got to the roundhouse exit. (This is located at the Fantasyland Station). You then go backwards, so you are now backstage and arrive at The Roundhouse. The train we was in and looking at was the Roger E. Broggie.

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This is where the steam trains are kept overnight, maintained and serviced. We was encouraged to take photos, but not to touch or lean on the train as it was so hot!

We was broken up into groups of 3 or 4, and took turns going up into the cab, where our tour guide explained how the train starts, works and the jobs of the two cast members. It sounds like a very hard working role, and when she said how hot the cab can get in those summer Florida month’s – wow! That’s dedication.

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When you are there, you get to see a cast member light the engines – you actually see the flames, and you also get to witness “a pop-off”. I will let you experience that for yourself!

After this portion of the tour, we got back on the train and headed to Main Street.

Under the Main Street station is a section, with posters and information on the four people the trains are named after. Walter E. Disney, Lilly Belle, Roy O. Disney and Roger E. Broggie. Our tour guide went quickly through the stories and how they got chosen. I personally hadn’t noticed this before, and think it’s a very nice touch to honour the people. If you haven’t noticed this either – maybe go check it out on your next visit!

We then went upstairs to the station, and took a seat on a few benches. There was then a flipboard with old photos and more information about steam trains. For example Walt’s own train in his garden and the story behind that.

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The tour finished here, and we was each given a pin. The tour itself lasts approximately three hours, and you need a valid ticket to get into the park.

I did enjoy the tour, and I always love hearing stories about Walt Disney. The bonus of an empty park in the morning, and going backstage are always highlights for me.

 

 

 

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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.