Which Tour Do I Want?
Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:56 PM
I'm heading down to the World in March and I wanted to do a little something different, I want to go one of the tours offered with my parents as a thank you for the trip. We are all Disney fanatics and know everything there is to know, but I want to know more and see more. So I was contemplation between the Keys To The Kingdom and the Undiscovered Future World, both sound like awesome tours and both have their perks. For me I want to see the Utilidors in MK, priory access to some of the rides and the Key pin from the Keys tour, but for the EPCOT tour I want to see how they work on the cars at Test Track, the backstage areas, the Illumination prep area and some of the lounges around the park and of course the pin.
Now for those who have been on the EPCOT tour did you guys get the special viewing area for Illuminations for that night and also did you get to go into the upper level of Imagination, cause I would love to see that. Please let me know everything because I would love to know everything I could before I make my final decision because let's face it, it's a lot of money.
Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:47 PM
Having not done either tour, but having wanted to do both, I think the MK one seems cooler. But don't discount EPCOT's or the new option at Animal Kingdom, the Wild Africa Trek, which lets you get really up close with some of the animals there if you like that.
Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:51 AM
Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:47 AM
To answer your specific questions:
On KttK we rode Jungle Cruise (with our tour guide telling us about the attraction rather than getting the standard spiel) and Haunted Mansion. We spent time back stage behind Splash Mountain, seeing the parade float storage area, the destination of the EVACS system and some of the plumbing for Splash Mountain. We toured every inch of the utilidors under Main Street, from Crystal Palace to Town Square. Lunch was at Columbia Harbor House; we were allowed to select from a limited menu.
In Future World, we saw Mission Space (including the HP lounge and the control console that you see in the queue), looked into the Test Track maintenance area and took a ride, visited Imagination (including the upstairs, but I think this was because someone asked to see it) and the 3D glasses facility, rode Soarin' (walked in the back door and sat in row B1, front center), visited costume services and the marina. There's no lunch, but we were offered a discount at one or more of the eateries in China (my memory is a bit fuzzy on this, since I wasn't interested in Chinese food). And yes, we were allowed to see IllumiNations from the roped-off viewing area in Italy.
I really can't recommend one over the other, they're both great. With Test Track going down for refurb in April, that may be the decision point: Do you want to see the old TT or wait for the new one?
Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:25 PM
FYI, when I did my Undiscovered Epcot tour and we went to the special Customer Club in the Living Seas. A really great private room that had the tank as one wall.