Walt Disney World Tours: How to Pick the Best Tour for Your Group

Planning a tour can be a great addition to your Disney World vacation. There are tours offered in every park: Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as well as at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney Springs. There are Walt Disney World tours that feature history, food, gardens, trains, animals, sea life, park history, and thrill rides. Disney World offers over 25 tour options, so there is really something for everyone! Here are some tips on how to pick the best tour for your group.

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For all the tours included in this article, with the exception of those in Disney Springs, guests can call for reservations at (407) 939-8687 or (407) WDW-TOUR.

Magic Kingdom

Disney's Family Magic Tour

Bronze archway next to the Cinderella Castle

Kids of all ages will enjoy Disney's Family Magic Tour. Disney fans will embark on a guided scavenger hunt and collect clues on this memorable quest. Be sure to bring your camera! This tour is best suited for guests ages 4 to 10 and their families.

The tour costs $39 per adult, and valid park admission is required. This tour is not open on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. Guests 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older). This scavenger hunt does involve a lot of outdoor walking for approximately 2 hours, so please dress accordingly. Click HERE for more information on Disney's Family Magic Tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour

Two cocktails with food sitting next to them

Guests will want to bring their appetite on the Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour. This tour allows guests to step behind the counter of the food and beverage experience at Magic Kingdom park.  Food lovers will enjoy this 3-hour experience that includes VIP tastings of iconic Disney menu items. Disney fans will hear stories from Disney chefs, enjoy access to backstage kitchens, and watch what goes into the production of serving Disney World’s guests.

The cost is $99 per person, plus tax. Valid admission is required for each park and not included in the price of this experience. This experience is currently offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Click HERE for more information on the Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour

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Thrill seekers will love this 7-hour tour! The Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour starts in Magic Kingdom at 8:30 AM, includes lunch and expedited access to attractions, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The tour also visits Epcot where tour participants will ride Soarin’ Around the World. The tour then heads to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where adventure lovers will ride Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania!, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Star Tours – The Adventures Continues.

The cost of the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour is $349 per person plus tax. Valid admission is required for each park and not included in the price of this tour. This tour is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Guests with small children should note that due to the group dynamic, attractions will not be able to accommodate rider switch services during this tour. Click HERE for more information on the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour

VIP Cast Member helps guests into Teacups

Love the nostalgic attractions? Then the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP is for you! This small-group tour takes guests to the beloved classic attractions, including Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world”, Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. There are no height restrictions, so this tour is great for kids of all ages.

The cost is $249 per person plus tax. Valid admission to Magic Kingdom park is also required and is not included in the price of this tour. This tour is offered on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, lasts four hours, and begins at 10 AM. Click HERE for more information on the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

Cinderella Castle with Partners Statue

Disney fans can discover how key events in Walt Disney's life inspired the creation of Magic Kingdom in this 3-hour walking tour. The Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour allow guests to step back in time as a knowledgeable tour guide shares little-known facts about Walt’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri.  The tour begins at the Town Square Theater within Main Street U.S.A. Guests will also learn insider information about several classic attractions.

The Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour costs $49 per adult, and valid park admission is required. Guests as young as 12 years of age may attend, however, this tour is probably more suited for adults. The tour involves walking and standing, so comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour is not open on Monday and Tuesday. Click HERE to learn more information about the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour and other Walt Disney World tours..

Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Sun peeking through the trees with Cinderella Castle in the background

Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour offers a more in-depth look at the Magic Kingdom. This 5-hour walking tour allows Disney fans to explore secret locations, such as the famed underground “Utilidor” tunnels, that allow people and supplies to travel beneath the park unseen.  Guests will also learn the inside scoop on the park and several beloved attractions. The tour begins at Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. and includes a delicious lunch and exclusive keepsake.  This is an outdoor walking tour, so guests should dress accordingly.

The cost is $99 per adult, and valid park admission is required. Reservations are recommended. Same-day bookings are on a walk-up basis only, based on availability. Click HERE to learn more information on the Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour and other Walt Disney World tours..

Backstage Magic Tour

Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World

The Backstage Magic Tour offers Disney fans an even more in-depth tour of the park. This 7-hour tour is called a One-of-a-Kind VIP Experience as it tours both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Disney fans will navigate the “utilidor” tunnels, go behind-the-scenes of the American Adventure Audio-Animatronics stage show, and observe costuming professionals. Guests will also learn about the artisan shops and textile services. The tour includes a delicious family-style barbecue lunch at Whispering Canyon Café as well as a special commemorative gift! Starting June 1, 2019, the Backstage Magic tour will include activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in place of lunch at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and the visit to Textile Services.

The Backstage Magic tour costs $275 per adult, and valid park admission is required. Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is registered for the tour. Bottled water and transportation will also be provided during the tour. For safety reasons, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes (such as sneakers) are required for this experience. No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage but are permitted in other areas. Click HERE to learn more information on the Backstage Magic tour and other Walt Disney World tours..

Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

Close up of a green steam engine train

Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy the Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. Guests will learn about steam trains and their role at Magic Kingdom park in this 3-hour tour. This behind-the-scenes look includes access to the roundhouse, where the steam engines are stored and serviced.  Disney fans will observe Disney engineers in their daily routine and learn about Walt Disney’s passion for steam trains.

The price is $54 per adult and tours begin promptly at 7:30 AM. Valid park admission is required. Guests must be 10 years of age or older. This tour is not open on Friday and Saturday. This is an outdoor tour that does involve walking and standing.

Guests should note that since the tour begins prior to regular park hours, standard Walt Disney World transportation may not be available. Tour guests may have to arrange alternate transportation to arrive at the location on time. Please check with your Resort Concierge for transportation options. For more information about the Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour and other Walt Disney World tours, please click HERE.

Private VIP Tours

VIP Plaid tour guide and family

For those that have a bigger budget and want to customize their tour, Disney World offers Private VIP Tours. Groups with up to 10 guests can explore the parks with your own VIP Guide who designs the tour around the group’s wishes. The tours include pick up in a private vehicle, a flexible start time, visits to multiple theme parks, and VIP viewing areas for parades, select stage shows and nighttime spectaculars. Pricing ranges between $425 and $625 per hour, depending on the season. Valid admission is required for each park and not included in the price of this tour. Guests should note that all Private VIP Tours have a minimum duration of 7 continuous hours. Please call (407) 560-4033 to book or click HERE for more information on Private VIP Tours and other Walt Disney World tours. .

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Guided Tour

Captain Phasma with stormtroopers behind her

Star Wars fans will feel the power of the force with the Star Wars Guided Tour. This all-access tour includes VIP access to Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, and March of the First Order.  Youngsters ages 4 through 12 can participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Tour participants will also ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and have the opportunity to meet characters, such as Chewbacca.  The tour also includes reserved viewing of the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime fireworks event as well as a commemorative souvenir.

The price for this tour is $99 per person—tax included. Please note though that admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in the price of the tour. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Click HERE for more information on the Star Wars Guided Tour and other Walt Disney World tours..

Epcot

World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered

Disney Parks Plaid Cast Member giving a tour at Epcot

The World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered is a fascinating 4.5-hour walking tour where guests can experience the architecture, culture and people of 11 countries. Guests will be immersed in 4,000 years of history, culture and food from Mexico, Norway, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries. The tour includes a snack.

Guests must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid photo I.D. The tour costs $79 per person. Closed-toed shoes must be worn. For more information on the World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered tour and other Walt Disney World tours, please click HERE.

Gardens of the World – Spring Edition

Epcot with flowers in front of it on a spring day

Garden enthusiasts will enjoy this seasonal look at Epcot’s elaborate landscaping operation. The Gardens of the World tour features Disney Horticulture experts providing fascinating information on Epcot’s landscaping as well as gardening tips and tricks!

This tour costs $85 per person and is 3 hours. Epcot admission is required and is not included in the price of the tour. Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is registered for the tour. The tour begins at 9 AM and bottled water will be provided. Click HERE for more information on the Gardens of the World tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Royal Tea Garden Tour

Three guests talking in the Epcot gardens

The Royal Tea Garden Tour is a seasonal event offered during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The tour begins at 9:30 AM in the United Kingdom Pavilion before the pavilion opens to the public. Guests will spend approximately 45 minutes exploring the garden and learn about the artistry of growing and blending tea. The ends with a stop at the the Tea Caddy, where guests are served scones and tea!

The price of this tour is $20.00 per person, plus tax. Valid admission to Epcot is also required and is not included in the price of this tour. Advance reservations are recommended. Click HERE for more information on the Royal Tea Garden Tour.

English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London

This tour is another seasonal offering that is part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Tea lovers will learn about the artistry behind the growing and blending of herbs. The English Tea Garden tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. Advance registration is recommended, as each tour is limited to only 20 Guests.

Tours are held Monday through Thursday at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Be sure to bring your camera! For more information about the English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London, please click HERE.

Behind the Seeds

Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot

Guests of all ages can enjoy Behind the Seeds tour in the Land Pavilion. Tour participants will walk through four greenhouses and a fish farm. This one-hour tour allows Disney fans see amazing plants, insects and fish. The cost is $25 per person. Valid park admission is required. Click HERE for more information on the Behind the Seeds tour.

The unDISCOVERed Future World

Epcot on a sunny day

The unDISCOVERed Future World features a fascinating, 4-hour walking tour of Epcot. Guests will learn about Walt Disney’s vision of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT). Disney fans will stroll through the pavilions of Future World and learn how Epcot was brought to life. Guess will visit VIP lounges at locations, such as The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Spaceship Earth, or Mission: SPACE, and walk beneath the outdoor portion of Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet. All tour participants will also receive a complimentary commemorative pin!

The cost is $69 per adult, and valid park admission is required. Guests must be at least 16 years of age with a valid photo ID.  This is an outdoor walking tour, so guests should dress accordingly. This tour is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Click HERE for more information on the unDISCOVERed Future World.

Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour

Four diver in the water at Epcot

Water lovers will enjoy the Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour. Guests can visit the Caribbean Coral Reef, which is a 5.7-million-gallon, man-made saltwater ocean. This 2.5-hour experience includes approximately 30 minutes of actual snorkeling time at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion. Guests can swim with sea turtles, angelfish, eagle rays and sharks in the massive aquarium and tour the amazing facility. Guests will also bring home a special Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour souvenir!

The cost is $145 per adult. Guests must be 8 years of age or older. Guests under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older). Snorkeling equipment is provided. No jewelry of any kind other than a watch is allowed in the aquarium. Guests should note that no cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage. Be sure to bring a swimsuit! Click HERE for more information on the Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour.

Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth

Man and child swim with a dolphin at Epcot

The Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth tour is a 3-hour dolphin encounter limited to a group of no more than 8 guests per day. Guests will meet the dolphins of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion and learn about these fascinating creatures from their expert trainers and researchers. Tour participants will tour backstage areas and learn how the dolphins are trained, observe a training and research session, and interact with the dolphins in waist-deep water for approximately 30 minutes. This amazing tour wraps up with a once-in-a-lifetime photo op and a souvenir. Be sure to bring a swim suit! Shorty wetsuits are provided.

This tour costs $199 per adult. Guests must be 13 years of age or older. All participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older). For safety reasons, guests must be able to fully understand English. No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage.  Please note that no jewelry of any kind is permitted in the aquarium. Click HERE for more information on the Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in the Depth.

Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest

Four deep sea divers at Epcot

This tour offers a scuba experience with guaranteed calm seas and unlimited visibility. Guests must be SCUBA-certified to participate. Guests swim with over 6,000 sea creatures in the Caribbean Coral Reef, a 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium. Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest lasts 3 hours, and you’ll spend approximately 40 minutes on your actual dive.  Family and friends with Epcot admission can watch through the pavilion’s 56 giant windows.  Tour participants will also tour the enormous backstage infrastructure that filters and maintains this incredible man-made ocean.

The Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest costs $179 per adult. All Guests must be SCUBA-certified and 10 years of age or older to participate. All diving equipment is provided. No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage. Please note that no jewelry of any kind other than a watch is allowed in the aquarium. Click HERE for more information on this tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

Family during a trip to Pandora

Adventure seekers will love this 4-hour guided group adventure. The Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour starts at the Tree of Life on the Discovery Island Trail and includes expedited FastPass+ access to several attractions.  Tour participants will ride Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (44” height requirement), Kilimanjaro Safaris, Avatar Flight of Passage (44” height requirement), Na’vi River Journey, DINOSAUR (40” height requirement), and Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular.

The cost of this tour is $249 per person. In addition, valid admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is required and is not included the price of the tour. The tour operates 7 days a week, except on certain block out dates. The starting time is 4 hours before that evening’s first Rivers of Light performance. Click HERE for more information on this tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Caring for Giants

Family enjoys elephants at the Animal Kingdom

The Caring for Giants tour allows animal lovers to get closer look at the majestic African elephants and learn what it takes to care for them. In this this 60-minute experience guests will meet with dedicated animal specialists and observe the elephants from approximately 80 to 100 feet away.

The tour costs $30 per person and is great for ages four an up. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older). For more information on the Caring for Giants and other Walt Disney World tours please click HERE.

Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience

Couple enjoys a glass of wine at the Animal Kingdom

This enchanted evening tour includes a private safari into Harambe Wildlife Reserve, African-inspired tapas, beverages and more. Guest will also receive a commemorative keepsake to can take home. Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience is available for $169 per Guest (tax not included).

Please note that this tour includes a rugged ride in a safari vehicle over an open savanna with wildlife. Guests should be good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, and motion sickness. Expectant mothers should not participate. Also, guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this experience. Click HERE for more information on this tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Up Close with Rhinos

Rhinos at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The white rhinoceros is Earth’s second-largest land animal. Guests can get a close-up view of these gentle giants in the Up Close with Rhinos tour. Guests will talk with the rhinos’ keepers in this 60-minute guided adventure. Guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).

The tour costs $40 per person and begins at 11 AM. Park admission is required for participation and is not included in the tour price. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Click HERE for more information on the Up Close with Rhinos tour and other Walt Disney World tours.

Wild Africa Trek

The Wild Africa Trek is a privately guided VIP expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. This 3-hour tour takes guests through the Safi River Valley where they will view giraffes, powerful rhinos, hippos and crocodiles. Tour participants will walk along a grassland path, cross a rope bridge, and ride in a safari vehicle over an open savanna.  Guests should bring their appetite as they will sample first-class, African-inspired snacks.

The tour costs $189 to $249 per person. This tour requires a separate admission ticket to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Participants must be 8 years of age or older and at least 48 inches (122 cm) tall. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older). Guests should note that participants must be between 45 and 300 lbs. with the harness gear on. Disney World also requires that guests have physical stamina, comfort with heights, and the surefootedness to negotiate small hills, foliage and unsteady rope bridges on this tour. Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or hiking boots are required. Guests will also receive a photo code to use to access and download images taken during their Wild Africa Trek experience. For more information on the Wild Africa Trek and other Walt Disney World tours, please click HERE.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sense of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Small girl with wild animal at the Animal Kingdom

The Sense of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. This 3-and-a-half-hour backstage tour features animal encounters, breakfast and more. The tour begins with breakfast at 7 AM at Boma – Flavors of Africa, after which guests board a private safari vehicle where informative Cast Members of the Animal Care staff lead them to up-close encounters with some of the savanna’s amazing animals.

Sense of Africa takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This tour costs $249 per person. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to experience Sense of Africa. In addition, all Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult 18 years of age or older. Please note that guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, and motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not participate. Click HERE for more information on the Sense of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and other Walt Disney World tours.

Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Zebra in green grass

This tour offers animal enthusiasts a nighttime drive through an African game reserve where they can view over 30 species of African wildlife. Tour participants are provided with a night vision device to site zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and antelopes, among others!

This tour costs $74 per person and lasts approximately one hour. This tour is limited to guests 8 years of age or older. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult who is 18 years of age or older. Please note that guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, and motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not participate. Click HERE for more information on the Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and other Walt Disney World tours.

Disney Springs

Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours

Guests on a boat on a bright blue river

Boar and water lovers will enjoy the Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours. Guests will board a vintage amphibious car or an Italian water taxi and cruise the beautiful Lake Buena Vista. There are three different tours offered: Amphicar Tours, Venezia Champagne Cruises, and Venezia Wine-Tasting Cruises. These Walt Disney World tours are nice because they don't require park admission and are conveniently located in Disney Springs.

The scenic Vintage Amphicar is a 20-minute tour in a stylish 1960s Amphicar that accommodates fans of any height and age. When your tour is over, your Amphicar will drive right out of the water! The cost for the Amphicar Tour is $125 per car. Each car can accommodate up to 3 to 4 people. Amphicar Tours reservations can only be made in-person at the dock podium or inside The BOATHOUSE® BOATIQUE.

Boat going through the water in Disney Springs

Guests who take the Venezia Champagne Cruise will board a beautiful, 40-foot Italian water taxi. Guests will enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne toast on this romantic cruise. The cost for the 30-minute Venezia Champagne Cruise is $75 per adult and $50 for guests 13 years of age and under (tax not included). The 1-hour Cruise costs $115 per adult and $75 for guests 13 years of age and under (tax not included).

The Venezia Wine-Tasting Cruises transports guests on a scenic cruise across Lake Buena Vista and down a river way near Disney Springs. This cruise is also on a 40-foot Italian water taxi and includes award-winning wines and delicious appetizers. Guests will also take home a souvenir wine glass, courtesy of The BOATHOUSE. Each Venezia Wine-Tasting Cruise is available on weekends for $125 per individual Guest and $225 per couple (tax not included). Reservations are required and can be made by calling (407) 939-2628. Click HERE for more information on the Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours.

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