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Travel Through Time with Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

Russ J. Stacey

by , Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group

Ever wonder which personality traits of Walt Disney are represented at each Magic Kingdom Park land? Or his inspiration for the groundbreaking Audio-Animatronics that became a hallmark of Walt’s world-renowned theme parks?

It may have started with a mouse, as they say, but Walt was a complex, talented, driven person. Discover the man on Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour, a three-hour walking tour that makes the magic come alive.

Learn about Walt’s upbringing, when he discovered his burgeoning talents, how his family influenced him, the huge impact of his work from the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the evolution of attractions, the challenges of designing and implementing these fantastical experiences and so much more. But even someone as visionary as Walt Disney doesn’t work in a vacuum. Get special insight on early Imagineers’ and other trailblazers’ influence and input on beloved attractions.

All the while, your affable, expert guide answers your questions while imparting info, trivia, behind-the-scenes secrets and more—sometimes while you experience attractions firsthand. And a special surprise awaits those who take this rich, fascinating tour.

Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour is offered daily and begins at 8 a.m. at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom Park. Itineraries and experiences may vary. The tour is geared toward adults, but guests as young as 12 are welcome. The cost is $35 per person, plus tax (theme park admission not included). Call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687) for reservations and info.


  • My family and I have done many tours at Disney. From the extremely expensive to the cheap ones. This was in my top three easily. Can not recommend this one enough. The history and neat things you get to see are great. Getting in early and taking pictures of the castle without any people in front was awesome. The tour guides we have had have just been amazing. So happy and they are just as excited about Disney history and facts as we were!

  • This was a great first tour for myself and my husband. It was our 4th trip to WDW and we wanted to try something different. The cast member (Amalie) that did the tour was great. Learned some interesting things and got to see some parts of the park before they were show ready. Another great thing about this tour is that you get to walk down Main Street U.S.A. with minimal people on it when you first start the tour. I would recommend this tour for someone who is interested in finding out some interesting things about Walt Disney. Well worth the amount of money and time!

  • I would love to do this. My daughter and I just visited Marceline a couple of weeks ago, but the museum was closed for the season for about another 2 weeks. But the little town is delightful and there are lots of things honoring Walt everywhere. We have pictures on the original Main Street USA! I know a lot about his history but it would be fun to see how it’s all put together!

  • We just did the Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour during our recent spring break visit!

    This was our first ever tour at WDW. We really enjoyed it. We are not early risers, so my concern was whether or not this would be worth getting up so early for.

    We were not disappointed. Our tour guide Amalie (forgive me if I do not have correct spelling) made the tour very special. My 14 year old daughter was able to tour with me, which was great as some of the other tours do not allow that age group. My daughter is a real Disney buff and even she learned some new things.

    The star of this tour (without giving too much away!) is the Haunted Mansion. Very interesting info about this attraction, plus some surprises!

    We enjoyed entering Adventureland and Liberty Square area before they were “show ready.”

    Would recommend this tour. It was something fun to do and something new to add to our touring plans!!

    The highlight of our morning was being on the bus from Pop Century. We left the resort before 6:30. We were the only two people on the bus. Getting to Magic Kingdom before it opened was a very unique experience. We met a wonderful family that had traveled all the way from Perth, Australia for their first visit to WDW. We had a wonderful visit with them before park opening!

  • We did this tour in 2015 and really enjoyed it. Going backstage in the Haunted Mansion was amazing, and we learnt so much. We have also done the Behind the Keys tour and would recommend both tours to anyone who is interested in the back story of Magic Kingdom.

  • David, at Disneyland they have the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour which is similar.

  • We experienced this tour in 2014 and it was incredible. I would recommend the tour to anyone wishing to learn more about Walt Disney and Magic Kingdom. The Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour is fun, educational and magical!

  • Sounds like a great tour, but shouldn’t this be at Disneyland?

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