Walt Disney World specialty and VIP tours: Which ones are worth the price?

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Walt Disney World specialty tours

Walt Disney World offers magical, unforgettable experiences for the whole family with its four theme parks, two water parks, and dozens of resort hotels. But there are extra experiences you can add to your Disney vacation to make it even more memorable: specialty tours.

Walt Disney World hosts a wide variety of specialty and VIP tours geared toward guests of all interests. These tours offer everything from backstage looks at making Disney magic to closer looks at your favorite wild animals. But because there are so many tours offered on Walt Disney World property, it can be a challenge to decide which is right for you and your family. We’re sharing all of the best Walt Disney World specialty tours to help you choose which one to experience on your next Disney vacation.

For the Disney history enthusiast

If you’re an avid Walt Disney World traveler or if you’re a fan who loves learning more about Disney history, this tour is for you. The Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour is a three-hour walking tour of Magic Kingdom that showcases the story of how Walt Disney got his start in Marceline, Missouri, and the journey of Disney magic through the creation of Magic Kingdom. You will learn little-known facts and history on this tour, as well as get an inside look at a few Magic Kingdom attractions with no wait. Click here to book the Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour for $49 per person.

For the guest who wants to go behind the scenes

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If you’ve always wanted to know more about how Disney keeps the magic alive at Magic Kingdom, then Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour is perfect for you. This tour is a five-hour in-depth walking tour that gives guests the inside scoop and history of the Magic Kingdom (and even lets guests go inside the famed Utilidor walkway system under the theme park!). You will also get to skip the lines on attractions and eat lunch, which is included in the tour price. This tour is our pick for the best behind-the-scenes tour because we think it gives you the most value for the cost. Click here to book Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour for $99 per person.

For the “Star Wars” fan

“Star Wars” fans, this one is calling your name. You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get the ultimate “Star Wars” experience. The “Star Wars” Guided Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives “Star Wars” enthusiasts the ultimate all-access experience. You will get VIP access to all “Star Wars” attractions and character meet-and-greets, a delicious meal at Backlot Express, and even VIP viewing for “Star Wars”: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks. Click here to book a “Star Wars” Guided Tour for $92.95 per person.

For the animal lover willing to spend

The Wild Africa Trek is our top choice for a tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is a private, three-hour guided tour of the Safi River Valley in the African safari. You will cross a rope bridge over crocodiles, ride in a safari vehicle through the savanna, and even feast on a delicious African-inspired meal with an amazing view. There are budget-friendly alternatives (like Caring for Giants and Up Close with Rhinos) that are more ideal for larger groups. But if you are traveling as a pair and you are celebrating a special occasion, then we think the Wild Africa Trek is your best option. Click here to book the Wild Africa Trek for $189-249 per person.

For the Disney foodie on a budget

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Epcot is the best Disney Park for food, so we’ve got to recommend the Behind the Seeds tour in Future World. This tour takes you backstage of the Living with the Land attraction in Epcot’s Land pavilion, offering guests an up-close look at the maintenance and care that go into the sustainable farming practices at Epcot. You will tour all four greenhouses that make up the Land pavilion and even learn some tips and tricks for growing your own food at home. This is also a fantastic tour if you are on a budget. Take this tour and then head over to World Showcase to get some grub. Click here to book a Behind the Seeds tour for $25 per person.

Have you ever taken a specialty tour at Walt Disney World? Share your experiences with us!

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  1. Even though it’s a bit pricey $275 per person, but “Backstage Magic” is by far the best behind the scenes tour of WDW there is. It’s 7 hours long, very few if any photo ops, but if you want to see the stuff that NO ONE else sees, it’s great. It also changes up regularly. I’ve been on it twice, and only about 40% was overlap. You get to go to the Utilidor and as an added bonus, the tour starts at the front of Epcot at 9am, but at 8:30am if you are at the back of Epcot (near the Boardwalk) they will let you walk through the park to get to the front, while it’s EMPTY! (yet the music still plays) LOL

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