This 5 hour walking tour of Magic Kingdom is a must do for any Disney fanatic. The tour is well worth the $79 fee which also includes lunch. If you are in annual passholder you get a discount off the fee as we’ll making it even more worth the money.
I won’t disclose much about this tour because I don’t want to ruin the magic for others but for me it was absolutely life changing. I was nervous at first that I would look at the park differently after going on this tour but I actually am more obsessed with it now and it’s history than I was before!
There are usually 3 options for this tour daily of 8:30 am, 9 am, and 9:30 am. We did the 9:30 tour and it worked out nicely of not having to get up too early to be there and check in by 9:15 am. Once you check in they will provide you with a device that you will wear throughout the tour that will allow you to hear your guide when he or she is talking because it can get very loud at times walking through the crowds. They provide bottles of water at check in and this is when you will select you choice for lunch from the menu provided. I went with the ole faithful chicken tender nuggets and fries and my dad and sister got the fried shrimp.
When you arrive for lunch at noon, this is when you will be presented with your “key to the kingdom”. It is a cute keepsake to remember your trip. You get 30 mins to enjoy your lunch before returning to the tour and the finishing up with the most anticipated part of the trip…the chance to go into the world famous utilidor.
One myth I will disclose is that the utilidor system which runs under the streets of the Magic Kingdom is not truly “underground”. The streets of Disney that you walk on is built on the second level and the utilidor system is built on ground level because of our swamp lands. During the tour you are kept to one main area of the utilidor which is the part that runs directly under Main Street USA. It is very busy under there with employees going back and forth from place to place, golf carts, emergency vehicles, and characters.
So on your next vacation to Disney if you are looking for some great history and knowledge about the Disney empire and how and where it all started, be sure to sign up for Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour. It is well with your time and money. Here is the link for more information on the tour and how to make a reservation: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/keys-to-the-kingdom-tour/