We had enjoyed our behind the scenes tours in Walt Disney World, but we had never taken one of these types of tours in Disneyland. When we saw the description for the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour, we couldn’t resist signing up.
If you have an interest in behind the scenes information, Disneyland history, or want to have a nostalgic experience, then this tour is for you. Before signing up for this tour, you should know that there is a lot of walking and most of the tour occurs outdoors. Our tour lasted five and a half hours. Be sure to dress comfortably, dress appropriately for the weather, and (most importantly) wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour will go on rain or shine.
Before Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour
Be sure to book your tour early. I was told the spaces fill up quickly and, unlike a lot of other Disney tours, this one only occurs once a day. You will need to check in 15 minutes before tour time.
When you arrive at the park take the entrance on the left side. The tour check in desk will be on your left after your pass under the bridge. During check in we were given headsets with microphones and we were asked to make our lunch selections. Our selections included different types of sandwiches, chips, drinks, and desserts from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
(Please note, the sandwiches were quite large and we could have split one between the two of us. We were happily full after a very hearty lunch.) I would recommend only having a light breakfast before you take this tour.
We were disappointed to hear that the part of the tour to visit the lobby of Club 33 (the ultra-exclusive private club) was no longer available. We were told that Club 33 was undergoing renovations and they weren’t going to reopen for months. Our tour guide told us future tours may or may not include a visit to the Club 33 lobby.
During Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour
Once everyone was wired up and had made their lunch selections, we were on our way! We began our tour on Main Street. It was awe-inspiring to realize, as our guide pointed out, that we were literally about to walk through the only park Walt Disney had ever walked through.
The first place we stopped at was the spot where Walt stood when he gave his famous Opening Day speech in 1955. My husband was picked to stand in the spot where the speech was given. Both of us were touched and moved to be able to stand in the spot where Walt had once stood.
Our tour continued with our guide showing us unique features on Main Street. Our behind the scenes information came along with a visit to “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” and “Peter Pan.” We were told that these are not the attractions that are visited with every tour group. The attractions visited by other tour groups may differ.
The tour included a walk through every land and our guide periodically stopped to tell us more about certain attractions. While our tour guide offered many interesting facts about the park, and about Walt, we didn’t expect the tour to be so emotional for us. There were several points during the tour when many in our group were teary-eyed as we heard personal stories about Walt, the Disney family, and Disneyland.
The ultimate experience came towards the end of the tour when we were allowed into Walt’s apartment, located above the Fire Station on Main Street. Actually being in the apartment where Walt and the family stayed brought on feelings of awe and sadness, all at once. Take this very special tour if you can, you will not regret it.
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