48 responses

  1. Rebecca
    February 9, 2014

    Sounds like a fun day!! I can’t wait to go to Disney again one day

    Happy birthday!!

  2. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    February 9, 2014

    I’d definitely recommend UnDISCOVERed Future World Tour (the one at Epcot) and of course, Backstage Magic.

    On my list: Wild Africa Trek and the Holiday Decoration Tours! Be sure to ask for your AP discount! :)
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  3. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    February 9, 2014

    Sounds like the perfect gift for you! Glad you had a great birthday! :)
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  4. CaitlinHTP
    February 9, 2014

    Awww what an awesome gift. Happy Birthday!
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  5. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    February 9, 2014

    Always wanted to do a tour! I just might have to splurge one of these days!!! If you are not a pass holder do you also buy a ticket in addition to the tour cost? I suppose I can look that up. Hahahaha. :) Happy Birthday!!!
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  6. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    February 9, 2014

    Awwww Derek did such a great job keeping the surprise from you! I’m glad you had such a wonderful birthday celebration. :)
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  7. Traci
    February 9, 2014

    So fun! Confession: I’ve never been to Disney World. But if I ever get the chance, I’d love to do a behind the scenes tour, too. Happy birthday!
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  8. Becky @ Olives n Wine
    February 9, 2014

    This day sounds PERFECT for you!! I know what is most definitely on my list for when I make it to Disney World :)
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  9. Ash Bear
    February 9, 2014

    This sounds incredible! Like I said, sign us up for the next behind the scenes tour. I don’t think I’d ever be able to look at Disney World the same way afterwards.
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  10. Ang
    February 9, 2014

    That looks awesome! My husband has been begging me to do it, but I haven’t been able to justify the price. Maybe I will surprise him for his birthday or Christmas.

    I have done the Behind the Seeds tour. It isn’t the fanciest of tours, but being the science geek I am, I loved it.
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  11. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!
    February 9, 2014

    My husband and I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour when we were there for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. He’s a hotel/resort developer and I’m a Disney nerd, so it offered something for both of us. We both loved it, and he promptly got a book about the history of the park and the business behind it. We were both fascinated. Agree that the 5 hours went by quickly. We also got to ride Pirates of the Caribbean on our tour. We want to do another one of the “behind the scenes” tours down the road. Glad you had a happy birthday!
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  12. Courtney
    February 9, 2014

    Sounds like you had the perfect birthday! I would LOVE to go on a behind the scenes tour. My secret dream job is to be the skipper on Jungle Cruise. I swear I would never get sick of those lame (amazing) jokes! I also may or may not have the Weird Al song on my running playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0cCRRFi1aA
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  13. Clarice
    February 9, 2014

    Sounds like a blast!!! I am so jealous! I’m a HUGE Disney freak as well and have always wanted to do the Keys to the Kingdom tour. As soon as I graduate college I plan on moving down there to start my career with Disney. This post makes me so excited too because I’m going to WDW in a few weeks for my 21st birthday!!

  14. Diana
    February 9, 2014

    I’m so jealous! I love the history of Disney. Saving Mr. Banks totally got me wanting to learn even more about Disney too. I would love to take one of these tours one day. I’m glad to hear how cool it was from a fellow Disney nerd!

  15. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    February 9, 2014

    What a fantastic gift! What a great husband! That tour looks phenomenal, especially if you’re a Disney geek (nothing wrong!).

    Happy birthday!
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  16. Jenn@Mark My Mile!
    February 9, 2014

    That sounds like an amazing birthday! You are one lucky girl!!!
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  17. Kaitie
    February 9, 2014

    I was surprised on my birthday with the EPCOT Segway tour. That was tons of fun – you learn how to drive a Segway, then take a guided tour through the World Showcase before it opens at 11. Lots of fun EPCOT facts (and pretty humorous if there is someone as uncoordinated like me in the group.)

    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      I’ll have to put this on my list of ones to try :)

  18. Jackie
    February 9, 2014

    I work for Disney and I always find it funny when people ask about the MK tunnels. To me it’s the nastiest part of Disney!

  19. Jen
    February 9, 2014

    This has been on my list forever! So glad you liked it and had a great birthday!

  20. Elisabeth
    February 9, 2014

    What an awesome birthday surprise! I definitely need to do that tour the next time I’m at Disney. Did you ever find a good history of WDW book that you liked?

    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      I got “Before the World Began” but it only covers the first 25 years of WDW.

  21. Lauren
    February 9, 2014

    What a fantastic surprise! Your Disney recaps are always a fav to read!
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  22. Lesley
    February 9, 2014

    Such a great surprise! I did this tour with my parents when I was 14… they lied about my age because I think the minimum age is 15. It was so much fun learning about all the secrets (and Cinderella’s cable), and when we were in the tunnels, Tigger walked by… and he wasn’t quite park-ready.
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  23. Kate
    February 10, 2014

    I remember my first visit to the tunnels during Traditions more than a decade ago on my second day of work — they definitely lose the magic after a while, but that first peek was amazing!

    If you haven’t read it, Married To The Mouse by Richard Foglesong is an in-depth look at the relationship between Disney, Orlando, and the state of Florida. He’s a political science professor at Rollins and the go-to guy on the subject. If you’re at all interested in the policy and government relations that allowed Disney to become Disney, it’s fascinating.

    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      Thanks! I’ll have to check it out.

  24. Mary
    February 10, 2014

    Oh I love surprises. Derek did good! Just think what he’s gonna have to do to top it for your 30th now!
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  25. Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner
    February 10, 2014

    Happy 29th Birthday! I am right behind you, turning 29 in October!

    What a thoughtful gift from your hubby :-) The tour looks amazing and it definitely would be awesome to do something like that, especially after seeing “Saving Mr. Banks.” That movie was sooooo good! And a tear-jerker!

    I love reading posts like this- you feel the excitement!

  26. Laura@SneakersandSpatulas
    February 10, 2014

    Sounds like fun! I just looked up the prices and they weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be for the tours.
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    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      Same thought I had! It also helps to be an annual pass holder.

  27. Abby
    February 10, 2014

    I bought a book at downtown disney ages ago, it’s called Before the World Began, and I thought it was a really good book about the history and design put into WDW. It’s a bit dated now, but I still poured over it many times! It’s probably on amazon.

    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      I have it! I ordered it off Amazon, I just wish it wasn’t so outdated now. Boo.

  28. Taryn
    February 10, 2014

    I can’t even explain how jealous I am that you went in the tunnels! I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with Disney, but one of my classes senior year of college spent a whole week on Disney and all of its awesomeness.. the tunnels were a huge part of it. When I went to Disney last year, the Christmas parade was being recorded – those of us who didn’t want to be part of the taping were taken through a “behind the scenes” section to get to the rest of the park. My uncle and his family (who have annual passes) were in awe, too – it was the first time they had ever seen anything like that. I can only imagine how we all would’ve reacted had it been longer than a 30-second walk hahaha. What a great birthday present for you!!!
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  29. EB @ Running on E
    February 10, 2014

    What an awesome present! Great job by him! I am love surprises but I also love to guess them, so this would have driven me nuts. I would have been guessing all the time. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!
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  30. nicole
    February 10, 2014

    Thanks for posting this. I am a huge Disney fan too. I’ve always wondered if they worth the cost. I’ve been you like before the tour and can’t seem to justify the cost. However if you liked it maybe I’ll give it a try. I’ve always wanted to see the underground tunnels. And I am all for learning Disney history.

    Does the price include staying in the park after the tour, or is that extra?
    Do they give you plenty of bathroom breaks (I have to ask this. It’s a deal breaker for me. I have the smallest bladder).

    I’ve never been surprised on my birthday. However my fiancee’s 40th birthday is coming up in March. this might make a good surprise. :)

    • Meghann
      February 10, 2014

      It depends on the tour option, but for the Key to the Kingdom tour the park ticket price is not included in the tour price. So you would need to purchase a park ticket and a tour ticket. (We have annual passes)

      Yes, they did have plenty of bathroom stops. :)

  31. Rebecca Jo
    February 10, 2014

    BEST GIFT EVER!!!!!!
    I am so jealous! :)
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  32. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    February 10, 2014

    Wow! How cool! I love Disney World, but I’ve only been a handful of times since I live so far away. I think I’ll definitely have to put that tour on the list for my next visit.
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  33. Reenie
    February 10, 2014

    Happy Belated Birthday!!

  34. erica
    February 10, 2014

    I LOVE THIS!
    I had no idea there was such a tour! I would love to do something like this! what an amazing birthday surprise! great job to Derek!
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  35. Kristen
    February 10, 2014

    So fun! I did the ‘Walk in Walt’s Footsteps’ tour at Disneyland and we got to go inside his apartment on main street (Disney nerd freak out moment!!!!). My mom and I did that tour in the morning and then spent the rest of the day jumping between the parks to maximize our 1 day park hopper pass (we were down in SoCal for a friends wedding). I take pride in my ability to fit everything in with only a day to do so (gotta be ruthless with which rides you want :-)) and it was like my ultimate Disney success trip hahaha. Only downside was with all the speed walking and running from park to park gave my mom shin splints…oops!
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  36. Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    February 10, 2014

    How sweet :) Such a nice and happy post. Happy birthday and yayy for such a thoughtful husband :)
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  37. Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots
    February 10, 2014

    that sounds amazing! And happy birthday :)
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  38. Runner Girl Eats
    February 10, 2014

    I have been on a behind the scenes tour before as a part of a field trip (very basic) and loveeddd it! I need to look into these for my next Disney trip!
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  39. joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 11, 2014

    How fun!!! I’m actually looking into Disney tickets now for my boyfriend’s birthday since he’s never been! I’m debating between Disney Land and California Adventure since we live in southern California…. have you been to either? I’ve never been to California Adventure and curious if it’s better than Disney Land since I’m probably only going to get a one day pass to one park (tickets are $$$)…
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    • Meghann
      February 11, 2014

      Yes! I went to both parks last September. Disneyland is great for nostalgia purposes, but California Adventure has better rides :)

  40. Gabby Bladdick
    February 11, 2014

    We did that tour on our Disney honeymoon this past October. LOVED it! I’m glad you got to experience it for your birthday – how fun!
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  41. bama + ry
    February 11, 2014

    I miss Disney World so much! That sounds AMAZING. I am so jealous.
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