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Old 10-01-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Tours worth doing

I have been reading about some of the variois tours; swim with the fish at Epcot, segway, behind the scenes, etc.
Has anyone had a really great experience with any of these?
How much did it cost?

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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I have taken 10 different tours, several multiple times over the years. Every one of them has been great, informative and worth the time and money spent. Discounts for AAA, AP, DVC are 15% and Disney Visa is 20%. Here is a good rundown on the various ones available and some reviews.

http://allears.net/btp/tours.htm

http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showcat.php?cat=66

I suggest taking your first tour in the park that is your favorite.

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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We did the Epcot Behind the Seeds tour once, and it was fun. It was among the least expensive ones, and easy to schedule. We just sceduled at teh booth near Soarin', though I imagien you could do it in advance online if you wished.

For me, the parks are enough to keep me plenty busy, so I wouldn't normally spend so much extra for most tours. With that mindset, I wouldn't do a tour unless I had lots of time at WDW, or it was a special objective. (a birthday gift ofr a WDW fanatic) Hope that makes sense...like I'd never suggest doing a tour if you've been to WDW less than five times.
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DH and i did the Keys to the Kingdom tour earlier this year - it was well worth it! Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned so much (and I consider myself a Disney junkie!). Being able to see it in person while learning about it was way cool.

Lunch was included - which was just ok. I would recommend ordering a sandwich or salad - something that is ok cold, because the food was waiting for us when we arrived.
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I've also done behind the seeds. It was pretty cool however if you aren't really into the land area I would skip it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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We have done several tours and like Dan we felt each and every one was well worth the cost. The ones we have enjoyed are the Behind the Seeds, The Around the World Segway tour at Epcot, The Keys to the Kingdom tour in the MK, and a special Flower and Garden Epcot tour whose name I can not remember.
Next week we are doing the Wild Africa Trek and I am really looking forward to it. My DH did it by himself last year and he is really looking forward to doing it again.
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The Magic Behind the Steam Engines tour is amazing! It is in the MK, and it is not a very popular tour but it really is fantastic! Our guide was amazing and we learned so much about the trains as well as the park. It is truly amazing! Another one I recommend is the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Our guide named Michael was beyond amazing. He was so passionate and wonderful. We got to see a ton of backstage things as well as ride 4 rides with no waits. We all really learned a lot even though we consider ourselves Disney experts! Behind the Seeds is short and fun, especially if you like Living with the Land (like I do)! In January we are trying the undiscovered future world tour and we cannot wait!
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #8
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I have done two.

1. Keys to the Kingdom. Loved it! Since you get lunch, the cost isn't that bad. I have always wanted to see the utilidors and other back stage things and I found it really informative and fun!

2. Epcot Segway tour. Loved this one too but for different reasons. I didn't think the park info was as interesting as the Keys tour but it was very fun to tool around World Showcase before it opens without any other guests there. We did not get lunch when we did this in 2010 but I think it has changed since and has a lunch included.

I don't think I would do a tour unless I had several days in WDW because I would hate to take too much free time away from my trip. But with at least a 5 night/6 day trip, I would do another tour.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #9
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Shucks all the tours i was interested in will not allow my 7yod. Poo , next time i guess
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