Walt Disney World’s Backstage Magic tour adds behind-the-scenes Rivers of Light experience

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Backstage Magic

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If you’re hoping to explore Walt Disney World in a new way, the resort’s specialty and VIP tours are a great way to look behind the magic. The Backstage Magic tour takes you behind-the-scenes across Walt Disney World Resort and starting in June, you’ll also get to go behind-the-scenes at Rivers of Light in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour offers a unique look at how Walt Disney World brings magic to life throughout the theme parks. The tour already takes guests behind-the-scenes at Epcot and Magic Kingdom, and beginning June 1, 2019, the experience also includes behind-the-scenes access to the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular.

“This exclusive daytime visit takes guests backstage to visit a hidden marina where the animal and lotus barges are prepared for the evening performance. These Backstage Magic guests will be among the first to see the inner workings — and learn the mechanical and technological secrets — behind this incredible attraction!” says Disney.

Also starting in June, guests will enjoy a new private lunch at Tiffins Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The experience includes a special menu and insider knowledge about the creation of the theme park.

Here are a few other highlights already offered on the tour, which is led by Adventure Guides:


Explore the inner workings of The American Adventure as we reveal the feats of engineering and artistry behind this inspiring Audio-Animatronics stage show.

American Adventure
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Magic Kingdom Park

Become immersed in the story that started with Walt himself on Main Street, U.S.A.—navigate the “utilidor” tunnels, a network of underground passageways constructed beneath the theme park so Disney Cast Members and delivery vehicles can move around undetected. 

Cinema Entrance
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Creative Costuming

Observe the talented professionals who design costumes for Character, show and parade performers.

Colorful Threads on a shelf
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Central Shops

Get up close with the artisans whose skill and craftsmanship make dreams come true all around the park—from the tiniest details to elaborate stage sets.

Audio-Animatronics Shop Signage
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The Backstage Magic tour costs $275 per person and you must be at least 12 years old to participate. The tour lasts 7 hours and transportation is provided.

Note: Lunch at Tiffins and the behind-the-scenes experience at Rivers of Light replace the lunch at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and visit to Textile Services currently offered on the tour.

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