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Backstage Tours Offer Insider’s Look at Disney Parks

One of the most interesting and educational aspects of Disney Institute is its backstage tours at Disney Parks. These tours give guests an insider’s look at how Disney makes the magic. Most of them are for business professionals who are learning Disney best practices. But we also offer unique tours for guests vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort – tours that cover multiple theme parks in the same day.

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Walt Disney World Resort

The most popular tour, Backstage Magic, was just refreshed with new experiences and content. This tour is just over seven hours long and includes walking through the tunnels under the Magic Kingdom, behind the screen at The American Adventure at Epcot, lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe and a unique look at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Wrap up the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park with an up-close look at Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

Check out this video of the tour, led by Disney Institute facilitator Mark Matheis. For more information or to book a tour, click here.


  • I am wondering if any of the tours offer an opportunity to view the Cinderella Suite in the castle at Magic Kingdom.

    • Sorry, Carla — none of the tours include a stop at Cinderella Suite. I’ll be sure to pass along the request, though.

  • When will this be offered at Disneyland? I would love to see backstage at Disneyland. 🙂

  • Do you have any tours for children that follow the Kingdom Keepers books?

    • Sorry — Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is also reserved for guests 16 years of age and older. There’s a good reason for this: The tours include many backstage areas where it’s possible for children to see their favorite characters “out of character” so to speak. We prefer to preserve the magic for them. 🙂

  • My husband and I took this tour March 3, 2011.
    It was definitely a fabulous experience! Our
    tour guide was Sean, and he did a wonderful job
    explaining everything. It was also great that
    you could always hear what he said, since we
    all had a hearing device. The dinner was absolutely
    awesome with a lot of great tasting food. The
    waiters at the restaurant also added a comical highlight
    to the dinner. We would highly recommend this tour!

    • Thanks for the comment, Kathy, and so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. See you again real soon.

  • my brother and I took this tour last October. It was easily the highlight of our vacation! (and that’s saying a lot–it was Food and Wine time!)
    Mark is an excellent guide and this tour is well worth the price of the ticket. Ours ran at almost 8hrs that day, but I wanted it to go on longer!! It was fascinating!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Janet. I’ll be sure to pass your kind comments to Mark.

  • I have done a number of the “behind the scenes” tours. I have now done Backstage Magic three times. I am in the park and Recreation field and love learning how Disney does everything. I have always been a “nuts and bolts” kind of guy. You learn how everything works and how the engine that is Disney works. I have even met Park Managers backstage and to me that is a thrill. I hope to go back some time to see how they have tweaked the tour. Thank you for a thrill a minute for seven hours!!

    • Thank YOU for joining us, Bill. Sounds like you’ll love the new additions we’ve made! Look forward to hosting you again soon.

  • I did this tour last year! It was absolutely fabulous. Definitely worth every penny. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to learn about the extra magic in Disney!

    • Thanks, Erin!

  • I did this tour last January and Mark was our guide then – I believe he said ours was the first group of 2011. It was great to know more about the operation of the parks and I intend to do many other tours on my next visits. Thank you guys for a great time!

    • Thanks, Rafael!

  • What does one of these tours cost?

    • Hi, Sean. Backstage Magic is 6-8 hours long and costs $224 per person (ages 16 and up). Lunch is included.

  • Can we be expecting this kind of tour to come to the DLR and will AP get special discounts?

    • Hey Brian — unfortunately these tours are not currently offered at Disneyland. I’ll be sure to let you know if/when that changes!

  • Mark was one of our tour guides! He was great and absolutely made it more magical! Our tour was the first week they added Animal Kingdom. It was a wonderful surprise we found out on the bus.

    • Hi, JoAnn — thanks so much for the kind words about Mark. He’s a great facilitator!

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