• Monday, October 23, 2017
“Enchanting Extras” at Disney World

“Enchanting Extras” at Disney World

There’s no shortage of excitement and magic to discover when you spend a day at Disney World but if you’re a seasoned pro at navigating the resort’s four parks, you may be ready to bring your Disney knowledge to the next level. Fortunately, each park has several “Enchanting Extras” to choose from based on what areas you’d like to explore.

Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Family Magic Tour is a great way for families to experience Magic Kingdom together. The guided scavenger hunt makes guests solve riddles and pick up clues in order to finish the high energy interactive adventure through the park. Make sure to bring your camera, you never know what surprises you’ll see along the way! The scavenger hunt is $39 per person.

Wonderland Tea Party is a kid friendly tea party full of games, stories, crafts and cupcakes. Kids ages 4-12 years old can enjoy “tea” (apple juice) while they decorate cupcakes and make crafts at 1900 Park Fare in Fantasyland. The hour-long festivities include special character photo opportunities.

Get an inside look at Walt Disney’s life growing up on the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. The 3 hour guided walking tour provides guests with little known facts about Walt’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri and how his hometown inspired Mainstreet U.S.A. Get rare insights on classic attractions and the 1964 World’s Fair. The $49 tour is perfect for avid Disney fans.

Disney’s the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour allows guests into the park before it opens to the public to ride around Magic Kingdom in one of the park’s fully restored antique freight trains. You’ll get exclusive backstage access to the roundhouse where all of Disney’s trains are stored and serviced, where you’ll watch engineers prepare for a day of service. During the 3 hour tour, participants learn about Walt Disney’s love of locomotives and how the trains from the turn of the century are kept in working order. The steam train experience is $54 per person.

Get a jumpstart on your day at Magic Kingdom with Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland. This experience gives guests access to Fantasyland starting at 7:45 AM, including riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh before the park opens to the public. Then grab breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus as the rest of the park’s guests trickle in for the day. Available on select Sundays and Tuesday, Early Morning Magic is an additional $69 for adults and $59 for children. Book reservations by calling 407-827-7350.

Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a lengthier alternative to the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. For 5 hours, guests can explore secret locations like the utilitdor tunnels and get the inside scoop on the park’s attractions hidden secrets. Tour guides will also explain Walt Disney’s thought process when creating the parks and share trivia, little known facts, and point out hidden Mickeys. The $99 walking tour includes lunch and an exclusive keepsake souvenir.

Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour offers guests a perfectly tailored Disney experience. Tour guides will plan the day’s itinerary, including special access for up to 10 attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world”, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Spending less time in line allows you to make the most of your 4 hour VIP experience at Magic Kingdom. VIP tours are typically available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:30 AM or 1:30 PM. The guided experience is an additional $199.

The most in-depth Disney World experience is the Backstage Magic Tour, which offers a very rare glimpse at how the magic of Disney comes to life in the parks. The 7 hour journey uncovers the artistry, technology, mechanics and backstage secrets, led by a tour guide full of knowledge, insider insights and little known facts about all four parks. Starting with Epcot, the first stop on the tour is an exploration of the American Adventure to witness the inner workings of the audio animatronics show and see the engineering and artistry at work. Next, navigate the utilidor tunnels of Magic Kingdom and hear the story of Walt Disney on Mainstreet U.S.A. The guided trek also touches on the costuming department, where masters are working on costumes for characters, shows and parade performers, and textile services, which is the world’s largest laundry facility, and much more. The cost of the Backstage Magic Tour includes a family-style barbecue lunch at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, unique photo opportunities, and a special commemorative gift.

Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour is a 7 hour tour of Disney World’s most thrilling attractions. The day begins at 8:30 AM at Magic Kingdom, where guests get fast access to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. After lunch at one of Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants, guests are taken to Epcot for a quick ride on Soarin’ before ending the day at Hollywood Studios with fast access to Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock’n’Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. This VIP experience is typically available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays starting each day at 8:30 AM. You can schedule your $299 tour by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

Epcot

Guests can explore the future of agriculture on the Behind the Seeds walking tour of The Land pavilion. The one hour tour provides access to four greenhouses full of huge fruits and vegetables and unusual crops from around the world, where you’ll learn all about the latest plant growing techniques, including hydroponics. You can also release ladybugs in the greenhouse in order to protect the plants, and visit the fish farm at feeding time. This agricultural experience is an additional $25 for adults and $20 for kids.

The UnDISCOVERed Future World is a 4 hour walking tour that explores Future World and explains how Epcot came to be the park that it is today. Guests will learn how each pavilion reflects Walt Disney’s accomplishments and legacy. Tour stops include VIP lounges at Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space, and the Seas with Nemo and Friends, as well as the wardrobe department at Cast Services. The $69 tour includes a commemorative pin souvenir.

Get a history lesson on the World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered tour and soak in over 4000 years of culture, history and food as you embark on a 5-hour walking tour of the World Showcase’s 11 countries. You’ll learn all about each country’s architecture, landscapes and streetscapes as you enjoy the attractions, shops and restaurants.  Guests even get the chance to go behind the scenes of the pavilions for a rare look at the 3D replicas of architectural icons from around the world. The $109 excursion includes lunch at The United Kingdom’s Rose and Crown Dining Room.

There are three different Epcot Seas Adventures that give guests the rare chance to immerse themselves inside the waters of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. The Aqua Tour provides the opportunity to snorkel along the surface of the water above more than 6000 creatures living inside the Caribbean Coral Reef. Due to the easy-to-use scuba assisted snorkel unit that keeps you afloat and supplied with oxygen, you do not have to be scuba certified for this tour. The 2 and a half hour tour features 30 minutes of actual snorkeling. The remainder of the time is used for a tour of the infrastructure that filters and maintains the manmade ocean and an educational video presentation about all the inhabitants of the reef. The $145 experience includes a complimentary photo in your scuba gear and a special Epcot Seas Adventure – Aqua Tour souvenir. DiveQuest is for those who want to get an even deeper look at the inhabitants of the Seas with Nemo and Friends. Scuba ceritified guests can get an up close view of sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, eagle rays, sharks and more on the 40 minute dive. The tour lasts 3 hours in total, including a tour of the filtering infrastructure, and costs $179 per person. The last Seas Adventure is called Dolphins in Depth, a 3-hour dolphin encounter with the Seas with Nemo and Friends’ resident porpoises. Learn about their complex undersea behavior as you wade into waist deep water to interact with the aquatic mammals. In addition to 30 minutes of dolphin time, guests will get a chance to see how the dolphins are cared for daily, sit in on training research session with marine mammal specialists, and discuss global issues that are affecting ocean life. The $199 intimate experience, which includes a photo and special souvenir, is limited to 8 guests per day. No swimming or scuba certifications are necessary, but guests who want to get into the water must have a swimsuit with them.

Animal Kingdom

Get a closer look at Animal Kingdom’s African elephants with the Caring for Giants experience. The 60 minute tour allows guests to view the animals from 80-100 feet away, much closer than you can on a regular park day. Meet the specialists that care for the elephants and hear stories from African cultural representatives about Disney’s role in conservation of the wild population in the homelands. A portion of the $30 ticket is donated to the Disney Conservation Fund.

If your favorite part of Animal Kingdom is the animals, the Backstage Tales tour will be an unforgettable experience. Get an exclusive tour of the animal care facilities, animal nutrition center, and veterinary hospital, where you may even see animals being treated. Cast members will explain how they care for all of Animal Kingdom’s residents and demonstrate how 4 tons of animal food is prepared and distributed among the park’s 1500 animals daily. During the 3 hour and 45 minute tour you’ll also get to explore the animal housing areas and go to the Animal Programs Administration building to learn about Disney’s Global Wildlife Conservation program. The outdoor tour is $90 per person.

Savor the Savanna is a unique evening private safari tour of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve with a guide who provides insights on the various animals that live there. After the tour, guests get the opportunity to enjoy an African inspired tapas menu paired with regional beers and wines. The $169 tour includes a commemorative keepsake. Park entrance is purchased separately, and you can reserve your spot on the safari by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek is a private three hour walking/riding tour of the Safi River Valley, which resembles the animals’ native home in Africa. The exciting excursion requires participants to wear closed toed shoes and safety harnesses as they travel through grasslands and across rope bridges. In an all-terrain safari vehicle, guests ride over an open savanna inhabited by giraffes, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, and more. During the journey tour guides share in-depth knowledge about each of the animals, as well as information about Animal Kingdom’s dedication to animal conservation. The Wild Africa Trek is not included with the regular admission ticket, and the price of the tour ($189 – $249) includes a complimentary souvenir and gourmet African inspired snacks to enjoy after the tour.

The Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour a 4-hour guided group tour that offers a completely new view of Animal Kingdom after dark. The evening adventure allows guests to get a look at the park’s animals at night as well as become fully immersed in the bioluminescent world of Pandora. The tour includes Fastpasses to Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Dinosaur. aEnd your night by enjoying signature snacks and specialty beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with reserved viewing of the nighttime spectacular Rivers of Light. Tickets are $249 and you must be taller than 44″ for this tour and include a souvenir lanyard and other surprises.

Hollywood Studios

The Star Wars Guided Tour gives Star Wars lovers a perfectly tailored Hollywood Studios experience. Start with a screening of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, then wander through the Star Wars Launch Bay for an up-close look at replica props, models and concept art. Guests can also enjoy meet and greets with Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, and kids 4-12 years old can join in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Other perks include reserved viewing for Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, March of the First Order, and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular as well as fast access to Star Tours. The tour costs $92.95 – $121.12 and includes lunch at Backlot Express and a personalized souvenir. Park admission must be purchased separately.

Start planning your next Disney adventure by purchasing discounted Disney tickets on tickets2you.com and learn more about scheduling these “Enchanting Extras” here!

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