Backstage tours at Orlando parks a big draw for people that want exclusive access

Posted Monday, May 4, 2015 8:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Secrets are hiding behind costumed characters, parade floats and fireworks extravaganzas of Central Florida's theme parks. But the companies are willing to share hush-hush practices and unusual experiences via elaborate, behind-the-scenes tours. These peeks behind the curtains represent revenue streams and simultaneously enable folks to "almost befriend" the attractions.

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Monday, May 4, 2015 9:58 AM

Did the Keys to the Kingdom tour a few years back and really enjoyed it. It was worth every penny we paid for it. The guide was very informative and talked a lot about how cast members do their jobs and how they are trained. Of course it includes a trip to the infamous utilidoors under the Magic Kingdom, which aren't as impressive as you would think they would be, but still pretty neat. For anyone with even a casual interest in theme parks and how they are run it is a must do experience.

I should note that the cast member we had was a veteran employee, having put in around twenty years of experience in the parks. She lived the Disney experience. There was no question we asked that she could not answer. Over lunch she told us about her career in the parks, which gave the tour that personal touch and made it even better.

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