Discussion in 'Walt Disney World Trip Reports and Itineraries' started by keith, Nov 6, 2014.
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Protective glasses and audio equipment included
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Starts from Epcot at 9am and goes for about seven hours ending at Epcot about 430
Travels all over via coach
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That looks cool!
Awesome!!! Probably can't take any Backstage photos?
oh cool! wonder what the glasses are all about!
Can't wait to hear more - I've been considering this one ever since I did Keys to the Kingdom.
I've had little updates and he's enjoying it.
Not so keen on the lunch at Whispering Canyon, it's family style
I think we did this one but I don't remember
It was really good but a very long day (more so since we ended up doing EPCOT live street party after it)
The whispering canyon food was good but nah, I don't like being dumped on a table with people I don't know and sharing family style I accept that's just a personal hangup though
That's what I was afraid of. I'd been told that is the way the tour groups are served, and even some of the CMs there don't like it. Hope it doesn't color your opinion completely of WC. It can be a fun place to watch the silliness if your server knows that you are an observer and not a participant.
I was quite disappointed when we went at the lack of interaction with the server as the table next door was hogging the server. Sitting with others can work out well or really badly! I don't tend to mind by Jon would hate it!
In fairness to the CMs there, they were exceptionally busy but tried to interact as and when they could. The food was hot and tasty which is an advance on when the tour used to stop at the truly awful mama melrose!
The tour itself was great as usual. We decided to try it again because they change it every now and again, for example this time they'd added Animal Kingdom to the parks but to be honest that was probably the weakest part of the tour!
It's a backstage tour so they don't waste time on guest areas, it's pretty much all backstage which is exactly what most of us would want.
So they show backstage epcot and how american adventure works, then the tree and topiary nurseries.
Hollywood studios focusses on the costuming which is fascinating to watch and then onto how tower of terror works
Magic kingdom is of course the utilidors and it's always interesting down there.
Animal kingdom was an addition and wasteful as all they did there was walk us through to a CM who explained his job and answered questions, then it was back to the coach. If I had a comment for improvement, it would be to really expand the AK side because, as the CM said himself, talking won't do it justice and he really wanted to do a bit of a tour.
Then there is a tour of central shops where they build/fix rides etc.
It's a very expensive tour and it's 7 and a half hours long so, even though the coach takes you location to location. ecvs/wheelchairs are fine and it's certainly a way to see more than you usually would.
It's a very different experience when compared to keys or the epcot tour. A lot more backstage focussed, as the name implies. At the end they give everyone a special limited edition pin which is really nice.
Hmmm, I'm less sold on it than I was when you started for some reason....
Well Donna has informed me that we have not done this one.
yeah... it's a hard one. I've done this one a few times now and it's been LARGELY the same but some differences. The AK thing was a waste of time but every time I've learnt things I didn't know before. For instance, one of the guides was a photopass manager and she told us that the animation building in hollywood studios is now where the photopass quality assurance team is. According to her, every photopass pictures from rides/photopass people, from BOTH disneyland and WDW, go through that building and are checked as quickly as possible automatically and then if needed manually to try and select the best shot out of three taken or flashers etc I can't imagine it being in any way possible to keep up manually so I'm assuming there's some good auto algorithms in the way first.
In a sense, that is both the joy and the sadness about this tour. You get really good behind the scenes info from people like that but then I always feel like I want more. So, I'd have liked to say ok take me there I wanna see that! but they're on a fixed programme... And of course depending who takes the tour affects where their experience lies.
It's definitely a tour I'm glad I've done but I probably won't do it again until I read there's been a more significant change.
It's definitely not as good value as keys to the kingdom and I think the christmas tour is a good one because you get a lot of backstage magic but with christmas bits in
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