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Keys to the Kingdom Tour
This tour takes place each day and lasts between four-and-a-half hour to five-hours celebrating Disney Magic.
It takes place daily at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30am and starts at City Hall just inside the Magic Kingdom Main Entrance.
The cost is $58 plus your ticket to the Magic Kingdom. It is a most enjoyable but tiring and one of our party was a 75-year-old lady. However our tour guide was very good about providing elevators/ways around through most of the trip. There was a bit of standing required, quite a bit of walking and stairs to get lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.
You learn about the Magic Kingdom's history and backstage secrets and also hear stories of Walt Disney, his visions, his philosophies, and his accomplishments. In addition to Disney history, guests finally get the opportunity to find answers to all of those Disney trivia questions and get an inside look at how the Magic Kingdom operates by venturing downstairs to the main Utilidor entrance. You can see display cases of Magic Kingdom Wardrobe, and Cosmetology Guides. Guests also visit the Magic Kingdom Production Centre, where they see storage facilities for the floats.
We started in Main Street and then went to Adventureland where we had a long discussion on the opening of Disneyworld and how the location and park decisions were made for the Orlando parks. We got a boat to ourselves for the Jungle Cruise and had a great time seeing some the details we had missed before. After the Jungle Cruise we got so see the backstage area behind Splash Mountain that included some glimpses of the Share a Dream Come True Parade floats.
Half way through the tour we stopped for lunch at the Columbia Harbour House where this was waiting for us. Orders had been taken in the Tour Garden, next to City Hall, upon check-in before the Tour began.
Menu choices included a Fried Chicken Strips Basket, Fried Fish and Chicken Combo, Garden Galley Salad (mixed greens with feta cheese, pecans, grilled chicken, and pineapple in a zinfandel vinaigrette), Starboard Deck Sandwich (Toasted bread topped with ham, cheese, tomato, and broccoli slaw), and New England Clam Chowder or Vegetarian Chilli. Granddad really enjoyed the chilli!
After lunch it was on to the Haunted Mansion, were we enjoyed the ride. We also saw the back entrance to the attraction and our guide told us a little about the signature of the creator of the ride. After the Haunted Mansion we headed back toward Main Street. We saw the utilidors and then concluded our tour.
Overall it was a great experience, which included a gift of a tour pin, that I would recommend to anyone that has an interest in Disney history or trivia, our guide was great at telling us all those little secrets!
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Page added on: 15 October 2006
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