Disney is truly a magical place. What I find so magical is that every time I go, I notice some new detail, or learn some new fact. The amount of detail that goes into every aspect of Disney is astounding. This is why I find the behind the scenes tours so exciting. First, let me say, they are not for everyone. If it’s your first time going, or maybe even your second or third, I would argue there is plenty of magic just being in the parks and around the resorts. For that matter, if you never do one of these tours, your time at Disney will still be magical. If you have young kids, these tours may also not be for you, as many have minimum age limits that range anywhere from tweens to adults. (Of course, you could always leave the kids with the grandparents.) Some are designed for kids too though. But, if you are like my family, and consider yourself to be complete Disney nerds. If you set your dinner plate down, and the first thing your family yells is “Hidden Mickey.” If you have that one burning question about Disney that you just want to get answered, then these tours may be for you.
My family has personally done two separate tours, though not together. I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour when I was down with some friends for a RunDisney event. My wife and son did the Behind the Seeds tour at Living with the Land on a mother/son trip. The Keys to the Kingdom tour was excellent. We spent some time on Main Street learning history, got priority access to two different rides, went backstage and saw the parade floats, and went into the famed utilidors (the tunnels beneath Magic Kingdom that they use to move people and objects from land to land). It was an exciting day filled with all sorts of insight. The only problem I had with the tour is that it was so filled with information, it overwhelmed my brain, and I had a hard time trying to remember what I had learned as the tour ended. On the bright side, I can do the tour again and relearn it all.
I can’t really tell you much about the Behind the Seeds tour as I did not do that one, but I can tell you this…It potentially insured that my son isn’t going to move back in with me. Prior to going on the tour, he wanted to study Philosophy. Afterwards, he wanted to study biochemistry. This fall, he will be applying to colleges, and the quality of their biochemistry programs is one of his primary criteria. He dreams of eventually getting to do an internship with Disney in their Living with the Land area. So now you know, Disney can truly change your life.
Neal Jones, pictured with his wife Mandy, is a seasoned Disney fan and a runDisney enthusiast and expert. He's been a great friend and advocate to Magic Bound Travel and has been with us since the very beginning.