Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort

**This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Voices content network on July 1, 2014. It has been republished here due to the shutdown of Voices and YCN.**

It’s no secret that Walt Disney World is a place where magic happens, but a good deal of that magic takes place backstage, or behind-the-scenes of the theme parks. You may be familiar with the parks themselves, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain, so to speak? Many visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort are not even aware of the experiences available to them through a wide variety of backstage tours.

What you need to know about touring Disney:

  1. Advance reservations are generally required for most tours, and always a good idea! Make your reservations by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

  2. Most of the tours have minimum age requirements. Inquire about all potential restrictions on the tour of your choice when making reservations.

  3. All guests must present photo ID upon tour check-in.

  4. All backstage areas are strictly “no photograph” zones, and they do mean it!

  5. Tours are almost always separately priced from your park ticket. Prices vary by tour, and discounts are available for Disney Vacation Club members, Annual Passholders, and more. The rule of thumb at Disney is – always ask about potential discounts!

There are four main parks within the Walt Disney World Resort. While some tours focus on features at individual parks, others provide cross-park itineraries. Topics and themes of the tours vary, so there is certainly an option for every interest.