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Mickey's Magical Milestones
I had originally taken my daughter on this tour and as a birthday treat for my niece I had promised to take her on this is two-hour tour at Magic Kingdom when she reached her 10th birthday. I had enjoyed it the first time and I wondered if it would just be a repetition of my first tour but I was very pleasantly surprised to find I saw and learnt ever more than on the original tour.
Children should be ten years old or over although I thought there were a couple of children on this tour that appeared to be under this age. When we went the tour, which took place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, cost approx $25 and theme park admission was not included in the price. The tour takes about two hours and Disney had recently started it to talk about Mickey and his influence on the park.
We had to arrive at the Guided Tour Garden that is adjacent to City Hall at 8. 45am for a 9. 00am start.
We met our tour guide and he took us outside the park to stand in front of the Mickey head flowerbed at the entrance and talked about Mickey and Walt Disney’s dream for the park. At other times during the tour the guide again stopped to explain Mickey’s connection with that part of the park.
Our group continued to Exposition Hall and the Main Street Railroad Station, where we learned about Walt Disney's love of trains. We then boarded the train to Mickey's Toontown Fair. Whilst on the train our guide asked us to draw our own Mickey Mouse just as Walt Disney himself had created Mickey whilst he was on a train!
When we reached Toontown, it still was not open to the public so this gave us the chance to have a private tour of Mickey's Country House as well as a play and photo opportunity with you know who! !
We then went on to Fantasyland. Here we made several stops with our guide as he showed us how the various films represented by different attractions had influenced the development of the Disney story.
My niece was delighted when we managed to get a quick ride on Snow White's Scary Adventure before going to Pinocchio's Village Haus
We knew we were likely to go to one attraction but imagine our delight when our guide also took us by “the back door” in to Mickey's PhilharMagic. It was wonderful being able to go straight past the queue and into the theatre, we really felt special.
Throughout the tour our guide pointed out Hidden Mickeys. Be sure not to miss the one carved into one of the chairs in Pinocchio's Village Haus. You will also have to look hard to find the one in and Sir Mickey's, the shop that shows the beanstalk and giant from the animation "Mickey and the Beanstalk. "
We finished our tour with a stop just behind Liberty Square. A certain person (I will not spoil it by telling you who this was) came to meet us giving each tour member a small gift.
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