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Old 02-04-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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Which tour do you prefer?

Hi everyone! My husband and I are going on our first trip without the kids this April and want to take advantage of the time without the kids to try out a tour. I did a search to see what others were saying about the tours, but didn't really find what information I wanted. We are curious which tours you have gone on, why you loved them, and what you didn't like about them. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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My favorite so far has been the Segway tour at EPCOT. Getthe early one and you will have the park to yourself to tour on the Segways. Now you also get a breakfast with it. It is a bit more expensive than some of the others but WELL worth is.
I will let you know about the Wild Africa Trek in a week and a half when I get back.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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We did the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour, it was our first tour and we loved it. In the park early, rode snow white once normal and once with the lights on. and then pooh. Then hit TTA and ended with COP. All with backstory and little stories about the rides and the Tech that went in to the rides. We are going to do Keys to the kindom for our x-mas gift to each other in 3 weeks.

Not sure what ride they do now that snow white is gone though.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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We've done the Segway tour through Epcot two times and Keys to the Kingdom and Backstage Magic each one time. I thoroughly enjoyed all those tours. Backstage Magic was an all day tour through the four major parks and was really interesting. It was, however, a full day. That would have been too much Disney for my DH, so I'm glad it was just me and DD who was 17 at the time. She and I also did the KTTK tour and it was very enjoyable. That is a half day tour.

In order, I'd rate them: BM, KTTK, Segway at Epcot.

I agree with the prior poster who said to reserve the earliest tour at Epcot if you do the Segway. It makes a difference.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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DH and I did the KTTK tour in Oct/12 and really enjoyed it. If I ever have the opportunity to go again w/o kids I think I'd like to "Dine with an Imagineer." Enjoy your trip.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! I am excited to learn how much everyone has enjoyed the tours. We have wanted to do Behind the Seeds tour every trip as our kids are homeschooled, but without the kids, we won't do it. I can't wait to see more replies! Thanks for weighing in!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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We loved the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and gave us so many insights to MK. We walked on to the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Lunch was included at the Columbia Harbor House, and it was yummy. If you start the tour before rope drop, you get Main Street all to yourself.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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I was just looking into them, and I think after your suggestions I may try the KTTK tour and maybe even the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. We have 9 days, so if we want, we can do both. I like the look of the segway tour and some of the others too, so I guess I will have to do them later on!
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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We are empty nesters and do at least one tour each trip.

Our first was the Steam Engines. Hubby is a train nut and it was a good rookie tour as it was also the cheapest.

We've done Segways at epcot twice. Best if done early so you don't have to dodge "tourists" on the way back. It is amazing how people just ignore you and just walk out in front of you. We want to do the Wilderness Segway someday.

Keys to the Kingdom was cool. I finally got to see the tunnels. But I was most impressed with the trash collection system.

W've done the Backstage Animal Safari twice. One time we got to go in the elephant building and saw the 2 month old baby elephant. The food prep area was really interesting. We were supposed to be back at the hospital in time to see one of the Gorillas get his annual check up. But the keepers were unable to collect him. We also did the mini safari that used to be available to concierge guests.

We did Wild by Design at the Animal Kingdom once. I learrned a lot about the design of the park. Pay attention to the different path surfaces.

The only tour we really didn't fing outstanding was the one of Futureworld in Epcot. There really wasn't that much to see.

We've also had lunch with an imagineer twice. We are signed up to do it again in may. (last time there was a lady in our group that had done lunch 36 times. She was the one who requested the imagineer we got. He was one of 3 she hadn't ate with yet)

In May we will be doing the Wild Africa Trek. I am so excited!!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:11 PM   #10
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We are empty nesters and do at least one tour each trip.

Our first was the Steam Engines. Hubby is a train nut and it was a good rookie tour as it was also the cheapest.

We've done Segways at epcot twice. Best if done early so you don't have to dodge "tourists" on the way back. It is amazing how people just ignore you and just walk out in front of you. We want to do the Wilderness Segway someday.

Keys to the Kingdom was cool. I finally got to see the tunnels. But I was most impressed with the trash collection system.

W've done the Backstage Animal Safari twice. One time we got to go in the elephant building and saw the 2 month old baby elephant. The food prep area was really interesting. We were supposed to be back at the hospital in time to see one of the Gorillas get his annual check up. But the keepers were unable to collect him. We also did the mini safari that used to be available to concierge guests.

We did Wild by Design at the Animal Kingdom once. I learrned a lot about the design of the park. Pay attention to the different path surfaces.

The only tour we really didn't fing outstanding was the one of Futureworld in Epcot. There really wasn't that much to see.

We've also had lunch with an imagineer twice. We are signed up to do it again in may. (last time there was a lady in our group that had done lunch 36 times. She was the one who requested the imagineer we got. He was one of 3 she hadn't ate with yet)

In May we will be doing the Wild Africa Trek. I am so excited!!!!
I am excited to get this taste of what it will be like to be empty nesters someday! I am so happy to have this time with my kids, but sometimes we just need a break. I guess a 9 day break in 15 years is well deserved! Haha! I do look forward to being able to go on more trips someday, but at the same time don't want my kiddos to grow up too fast!!! We will be young when the kids are grown though as I had my first kid at 19. I hope you are enjoying your time together! It seems like you are!

Thanks for all the info on tours! I am excited to try them all at some point!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:53 PM   #11
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I did Keys to the Kingdom and Undiscovered Future World and loved them both.

Got really great guides both times and I really can't say which one I liked better, they were both very good, both went backstage a lot. I guess Undiscovered Future World maybe goes backstage more and has more info, but it could be the guide I got.

What I really liked is seeing all the backstage areas and information about the parks, rides, etc. You also get to feel a little like a celebrity by going to a couple of rides without waiting in line and sometimes using the entrance that celebrities use.

One thing with both tours, be prepared to do a lot of walking. Other than that, I can't remember anything negative to say (not that walking is negative, but it's good to be rested and pain free when you go so you can enjoy the tour better).

I also did the Behind the Seeds tour, which I also really liked but that's not for everyone since I think you would be bored if you aren't interested in gardening and stuff like that.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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I have done Keys To The Kingdom, Backstage Magic, Behind the Scenes at Animal Kingdom, The Sunrise Safari Tour, and Diving with the Dolphins.

All of them are great in their own way.

Diving with Dolphins is in Epcot and it was a lot of fun, but not as much Dolphin interaction as I had hoped. It's a lot about learning how they care for, treat, and train the dolphins. Then you get in a wetsuit and go on top of the Living Seas Tank. You're in about 3 feet of water and they bring a dolphin out for you to pet and take a picture with.. and that's it. It was really cool being in the actual tank. Especially since the fish are not afraid of you and will come up and bump your leg to see if you're edible.

The Backstage Animal Kingdom tour is very informative. You see how they keep the animals, learn about feeding and care, and you get to go into the actual animal hospital. You also get on KS without waiting in the big line.

The Sunrise Safari Tour was AWESOME, but you can only get it if you are staying at AKL. Basically, you take the KSJ ride before the park opens, when the animals are just let out of their pens. They're frisky and very much awake. You don't have the corny story going on, so the guide can tell you a lot about the ride itself. Then you have breakfast at one of the restaurants and you're in the park when it opens.

Backstage Magic goes to all 4 parks and behind the scenes of several attractions. It's a long day.. from about 7am to 4pm. Lunch is at the Ft. Wilderness Lodge. I enjoyed it, but our tour guide seemed to be phoning it in. You don't get on any attractions, but you do get premium viewing for Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade as that's the end of the tour. You see a lot of the support facilities.. costume shop, ride repair, gardening and all that's very interesting.

Keys To The Kingdom was the best. Lot's of backstage stuff, we rode a few things (Jungle Cruise and HM and, I think, Pirates) Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern. The Utilidors are amazing (you see them on the Backstage Magic Tour, also). I really loved seeing the the backside of MK and learning a lot of the little known history of the park.

I think I would rank them in favorite order as:
KTTK, BM, Sunrise, Backstage AK, and Dolphins.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:12 PM   #13
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Good information here......

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

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

Don;t forget the discounts....AAA, DVC, AP (15%), Disney Visa (20%).

I have taken many tours over the years, all have been great. I would start with a tour in the park you like best.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:56 PM   #14
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Also, KTTK and both backstage tours are a LOT of walking. At least with Backstage Magic there's a bus to take you to the different parks and they provide water on the trip.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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I did the KTTK tour in December of 2012 and let me just say... WOW! It was the only tour I've ever been on, but for me, it will be hard to top. I would highly recommend taking this tour. It was a lot of walking, which was a little hard for my dad who is disabled, but that was the only downside. Other than that, we had a great tour guide who shared a wealth of information that I have never heard before, even being the "Disney freak" that I am. Even the fact that it rained during the tour wasn't enough to make me upset. I'm sure whatever tour you choose you'll have a blast though!
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