Cinderella Castle Detail
  • On Nov 5, 2023
    Barbara from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a trip planned for November 2024 & are considering the Keys to the Kingdom tour but we would like to know more about it. Is there more to it than the Utilidores, one attraction and lunch? What else will we see and do on the tour? Thank you

    Hiya, Barbara, and welcome to planDisney! You are among kindred spirits here since you are thinking ahead and planning your Walt Disney World Resort visit early. And since I recently took Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour, I'm happy to share a little about my experience to help you decide.

    This walking tour is exactly that. We walked and stood for hours, but I'm not exaggerating when I say the time flew by. Exact tour times can vary depending on crowds and your guide, but mine was about five and a half hours from beginning to end. And every single minute was amazing!

    I don't want to give too many spoilers, Barbara, but in general, you will have a headset to hear every tidbit your guide shares. The guides are typically long-time Cast Members who have risen through the Disney ranks to become experts in park history and trivia. I was fascinated by all my guide Molly knew!

    My group strolled around Magic Kingdom Park as our guide pointed out facts. Did you know all the patriotic flag poles that line Main Street, USA, also serve as lightning rods? And many thatched roofs throughout Adventureland are made of metal for the same reason!

    We also learned how Imagineers orchestrated and designed attractions like Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

    My group was ushered past the standby queue to experience a couple of attractions. Please keep in mind that these are subject to availability and the discretion of your guide. It was fun to learn the backstory of the attractions and then immediately experience them. 

    But one of my favorite surprises was going "backstage" to see the floats and performers prepare for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. It was emotional for me to catch that glimpse behind the curtain!

    Lunch for my group was at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe where a room was prepared for us, complete with a private condiment bar and a commemorative keepsake. This felt very VIP and was the perfect break. 

    One of our last activities was to tour the utilidors under Magic Kingdom. Again, no spoilers, but this was even more awe-inspiring than I anticipated. 

    In my opinion, this tour is the perfect "extra" for Disney fans, especially ones who admire Walt Disney and the accomplishments of his Imagineers. I could've listened to our guide for five more hours! But if you think going behind the scenes might tarnish the magic, this tour might not be for you.

    You can book this Enchanting Extra online 60 days before you arrive, and if you're an Annual Passholder, you might be eligible for a discount. 

    Barbara, I hope I've given you some perspective on Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour; I can't wait to hear what you decide! Please stop by planDisney anytime.

    Magic awaits,
thumbnail image for Elaine

Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.