Family Magic Tour at the Magic Kingdom
By: Amy Baranek
January 30, 2018
On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to try a few new things….some were a given like Pandora at Animal Kingdom and Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. However, there was one new experience I had in mind for us all. I had read about a tour called the Family Magic Tour. There is one tour each day at 10am and meets at Town Square. It is described as a scavenger hunt through the Magic Kingdom where you will experience some extra magical encounters. This sounded interesting enough, and as one of the most reasonably priced tours available (at the time we booked $39/person)… it was completely doable!
We met inside the Town Square Theater where we were presented with name tags for everyone and bottles of water and were then told to wait over by Tony’s Town Square restaurant. There is a maximum of 20 people for this 2 hour tour. Our tour guide was Taylor who started by introducing himself and then had all of us taking the tour introduce ourselves, as we needed to be one ‘Ohana to make it through the Magic Kingdom together without getting lost.
The idea of the tour was that Mickey and his friends had lost some important belongings last night in the Magic Kingdom after it closed and were unable to retrieve them before it opened today. We, as a group, needed to solve the clues we would find along the way to lead us to these missing items. Our first clue was outside and involved a child friendly game that needed to be played in order to reveal your clue. Once we had our clue, we were off to the next location. Each location involved finding something or solving a puzzle as a group to discover where your next location was. We were led through the plaza garden where we searched the bushes for puzzle pieces, explored Fantasyland solving more clues along the way, and stopping for a break to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. After the ride we were back at it trying to discover our next item and clue only to find that Peter Pan had it! After a private meeting with Peter Pan we had a short break and then we were on to a matching game to discover our next clue. Our last big surprise was a meeting with Talking Mickey himself to return all of his missing items to him. Our tour guide was great at keeping us on track and getting us to the next location-have no fear, he will gently steer you in the right direction if everyone is having difficulty with the clues.
This tour is definitely designed with kids in mind as all the activities were incredibly kid friendly but adults have a lot of fun galloping, ice skating or roaring like a lion to the next clue along with the entire group. The adults would help with some of the clues or searching if the kids were having problems, but for the most part, it was all the kids doing the work. We got to explore a few areas you always walk by but don’t really pay attention to, which helped us find some of that hidden magic-like Maximus’ horse shoe prints out by Rapunzel’s tower. My kids absolutely loved this tour, they told me that if I have someone with kids going to Disney to tell them to do this tour! We, as adults, had to do very little but follow the group around during that time and enjoy watching the kids have fun and interact with everyone. With that in mind, this is definitely the perfect family tour, the focus is on the kids; so if you are looking for a different way of seeing and exploring the Magic Kingdom with your family, this is a fun way of doing it! You can start booking this tour at 180 days out, it must be paid in full at the time of booking but is refundable up to 3 days prior to the tour.