7 must-do Walt Disney World tours and experiences

Princess or pirate makeovers and interactive tours with animals


Magic Kingdom

The Pirates League

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This experience starts at US$29.95 and transforms your child (boy or girl) into a swashbuckling buccaneer. Temporary tattoos, a pirate name and oath, sword and sheath, reversible bandana, Pirate League bag, eye patches and a role in the Adventureland Pirate Parade round out the half hour to an hour experience.

Harmony Barbershop

If you watch Big Bang Theory, you know about Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where girls are turned into princesses, but there’s also the Harmony Barbershop that offers a first haircut package (US$15 per child; US$19 per adult) for the men in the family.

Family Magic Tour

Most of Disney’s behind-the-scene tours are for ages 16 and up (as to not spoil the magic for the young ones) but there’s no age restriction on this interactive problem-solving adventure to save the park from a villain. (US$34 per person, admission to the park is required but not included).



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The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion is home to a 5.7-million-gallon water tank filled with 6,000 sea creatures, including turtles, dolphins, sharks and more. Guests 10 and older who are SCUBA-certified can spend 40 minutes swimming among these creatures. It might not Nemo, but it’s pretty close.

Behind the Seeds

If you’ve ever been on the Living with the Land attraction, you’ve seen Epcot’s greenhouses that grow most of the park’s produce. This one-hour walking tour gives guests a closer look at the experimental hydroponic crops. (US$16 per child; US$20 per adult)

Animal Kingdom

Wild Africa Trek

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Guests can sign up for this private tour to get close to rhinos and elephants. A guide harnesses guests into an overhead track to cross a rickety bridge that swings over crocodiles and hippos. The adventure also includes African-inspired food and a professionally shot photo CD. (US$189 per person for guests ages 8 and up)

The Backstage Safari

Small groups head “offstage” to get closer to the animals. With lots of insider info, a look at where the animals’ food is prepared and at their veterinary care, this tour is perfect for animal lovers. (US$72)