Take a Closer Look at the Incredible Walking In Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour
One of the things that makes a Disneyland visit so unique is that you can feel the history as you walk down Main Street. This is, after all, the park that Walt built. For those that are in awe of the incredible sense of magic you get when visiting Disneyland, there’s a tour that offers visitors a great way to explore the theme park in depth while learning more about Walt’s vision and the creation of “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with a closer look at the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour – a terrific way to enhance your Disneyland Resort visit!
The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour explores Walt’s creation of Disneyland—from his early years during park conception to his final visit. Throughout Disneyland park, the tour makes stops to reveal special moments from the early days of Disneyland, including information about classic attractions. Guests are also able to hear historical fun facts thanks to a special tour headset, which plays archived recordings, including Walt’s opening day speech.
On the tour, you will visit historically significant locations throughout the park. For example, when you walk down Main Street, U.S.A., your guide will explain how Walt’s childhood town inspired the design of Main Street. Your guide might even share the significance of the names on the windows you’ll find here. Each person played an important role in the development of Disneyland, including Disney family members, cast members and Imagineers! You will then hop aboard the Disneyland Railroad, where you’ll learn about Walt’s love for locomotives and how it’s seen throughout the parks today. Then guests pay a visit to the five-ton petrified tree in Frontierland, where you’ll learn why Walt gifted this tree to his wife Lillian!
In addition, tour participants will learn about Walt’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri including his early inspirations for Fantasyland. Walt saw the play “Peter Pan” as a young boy and was inspired by the performance. He was so influenced by the story that he created a flight harness so that he could become Peter Pan, always turning his dreams into reality. Later, in a school performance, Walt took the lead role as Peter Pan and used a hoist and tackle to fly! On the tour, you’ll also learn about his 1958 attraction dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, as well as the opening day attraction King Arthur Carrousel with the famous horse “Jingles.”
You’ll learn more about Walts successes and setbacks in the lead-in to Disneyland opening in 1955. For example, at Central Plaza next to the Partners Statue, you will learn why Walt artistically designed this location to be the central location to the theme park. You’ll also learn how the opening day of the theme park was both exciting and logistically challenging.
If you’ve ever wondered the significance of the Main Street Opera House, then you are in luck! You will browse through the amazing galleries of photos and artwork on the walls, while your guide explains their significance to Walt’s vision for the resort. After a showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, you will be able to better understand the true meaning of liberty in the eyes of Walt himself.
The tour is filled with wonderful surprises along the way, too, including the chance to enjoy classic attractions that connect with Walt’s very personal vision for the park. Participants will also take home an impressive collectible pin, alongside your own personalized button! Opening like a small book, the pin includes an inspirational quote from Walt Disney.
Here are some things you should know about the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour:
- The tour is approximately three hours long.
- Depending on the time of day, you will end the tour with a delicious lunch or dinner on Main Street U.S.A., provided for all tour participants by the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
- Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
- Tour or tour elements are also subject to cancellation without notice due to, and without limitation to, attraction availability, inclement weather or other conditions.
- The cost for the tour is $115 per person.
For pricing and booking information, call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com.
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