• On Dec 18, 2010
    Cindy from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    On our next trip to Disney World my husband and I would like to take a tour for the first time. We can't decide between Backstage Magic and Keys to the Kingdom. Time and cost aren't factors. Do you prefer one over the other?

    Hi Cindy,

    I love the backstage tours!  I've done both the Backstage Magic (BSM) & the Keys to the Kingdom (KTTK) tours a couple of times. If time & cost aren't factors to you, I'd vote for BSM.

    KTTK Tour takes place in the Magic Kingdom (MK) & focuses more on the birth of the theme parks & all of the details that goes into creating the "show" for guests. We went on a couple of attractions. A trip to the legendary utilidors is also included. We each received a super cool pin as a souvenEAR. Click here for more info.  You'll walk away with a greater appreciation for the MK & never look at it the same again. 

    The BSM Tour focuses more on how the Cast Members (CMs) work together to bring all the magic together. It lasts approximately 7-hours & covers a lot of ground. You get to go backstage at all 4 of the theme parks & see some super cool things including where they make costumes for the performers. I loved visiting areas like Central Shops where they make lots of things including parade floats. We got a close demonstration of the audio animatronics. You also get to visit the utilidors in the MK. For a Disney fanatic like me, just watching all the CMs getting ready to appear "on stage" is super exciting. Keep in mind that all the glitz is "on-stage", the backstage areas is where all the prep work happens.

    You can't go wrong by taking either of these tours but BSM gets my vote. Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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