We are starting our day with the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour in the Magic Kingdom. This informational tour has become a favorite for those who would like to know a little more about Walt and his contribution to the 1964 New York, World’s Fair.
Discover how key events in Walt Disney’s life inspired the creation of Magic Kingdom park on this eye-opening, 3-hour walking tour.
By taking a step back in time for a “behind-the-scenes” tour you learn where the inspiration for some of the Magic Kingdom’s most iconic attractions first came to be.
The Magic Kingdom tour guide will share many facts & stories about Walt Disney’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri along with little known info about the design and operation of classic attractions, including those inspired by Walt’s participation in the 1964 World’s Fair.
Our group, visiting during the busy holiday season, had a few extra story tidbits that pertained to holiday decorations. While this part was a quick add-on, basic tour inclusions only vary slightly from one tour to the next.
A couple quick stops on Main Street included a few short stories behind the holiday décor of the area and how Main Street sets the stage for the park’s iconic spoke & wheel design.
Then on to the Haunted Mansion for a complete walkthrough of the que area with explanations of the tongue-in-cheek jokes behind some of the statues and gravestones.
After the tour of the line, we rode the ride and then came the “behind the scenes” tour of the Haunted Mansion ride. I will not give away any secrets, you need to do the tour and experience the special effect secrets for yourself!
After the Haunted Mansion, our next stop was a quick stop at It’s a Small World and the Winnie the Pooh rides. While we did not get to ride these on our tour, probably because of the busy holiday season, I have heard that many times the Winnie the Pooh ride is also included as part of the tour.
Next, we were off to Carousel of Progress! We were led into the ride by an alternative entrance and have an entire theater to ourselves. Through the different scenes, our guide talked via the headsets to tell us how the scenes have changed over the years. There is even one familiar face in the show you may recognize from the Haunted Mansion!
Our tour ended with interesting information and again, a few behind the scenes gags, that are hidden in the castle mosaic.
Know Before You Go
View important information including recommended attire, Guest restrictions and cancellation policies.
- This tour is more suited for adults, though Guests as young as 12 years of age may attend.
- Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older).
- Comfortable shoes are recommended, as there will be periods of walking and standing.
- Tour itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
- Please check in at Town Square Theater within Main Street U.S.A. 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
Separate admission to Magic Kingdom park is required.
Where: Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort
When: 7-days a week at 8:00 AM (subject to change)
The Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour offers an insider’s look at the history of Magic Kingdom park and is perfect for the avid Disney fan and offers a less time-consuming alternative than the more in-depth Keys to the Kingdom tour.
If you are interested in doing this or any Walt Disney World tour just ask your agent. The Magic For Less agents are here to help you with all of your planning needs!