Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

Disney's Description

The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains tour grants railroad enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch as the Magic Kingdom theme park train crew prepares the Walt Disney World Railroad steam trains for their daily operation.

Roger E. Broggie Steam TrainThe tour starts with a unique opportunity to enter Magic Kingdom theme park before it opens to the public. You’ll accompany the railroad engineers as they ready the massive steam trains for another day of active service. Get the chance to see the backstage roundhouse where the trains are stored and serviced to keep them in impeccable working condition. Ride the rails as your guide shares with you how Walt Disney’s lifetime love of steam trains led to his decision to give them a starring role circling Magic Kingdom theme park.

The Magic Kingdom railroad trains are all meticulously restored antique freight trains. The 4 trains—named Lilly Belle, Roy O. Disney, Roger E. Broggie and Walter E. Disney—were built in the United States around the turn of the 20th century and taken to Mexico. They enjoyed long careers working for the United Railways of Yucatan hauling sugarcane, until they were spotted by Disney scouts in 1969 and brought to Walt Disney World Resort for opening day on October 1, 1971. They have been happily circling the 1.5-mile track around the Theme Park ever since.

Tour Information

Time & Location : 7:30am M-Sa outside the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.  Note: I showed up for my tour at 7:05am and was the last person to arrive.  Make sure to research transportation ahead of time as the monorail may not be running that early.  A taxi to the Contemporary Hotel, then a walk over to the Magic Kingdom may be the best option.

Ending Location: Main Street Train Station

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: $49 + tax (Discounts Available: AAA Diamond, AP, DVC, Disney VISA)

Theme Park Admission: Required

Park Visited: MK

Includes: Mid-tour bottled water/coffee break, Commemorative Pin (The pin has replaced the iron spike that was handed out when the tour was created,)

Sample Tour Content*:

  • Narrated train ride around the Magic Kingdom
  • Backstage visit to to the Magic Kingdom’s roundhouse, where they store their steam trains (and monorails)
  • Visit to Main Street and the Main Street Railroad Station

*Disney’s tour schedules and content can change at any time due to a variety of factors. Rest assured, if for some reason the tour can’t or doesn’t go to one of the stops you’ve read about here or on other websites, your Tour Guide still has plenty of magic up their sleeves to make sure you have a wonderful tour experience.

Maximum Group Size: 20

Listening Devices Available: No

Hearing Disabilities: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. Guests must be able to transfer on/off of the train to ride.  Please call Disney at (407-WDW-TOUR) to ask about the accessibility accommodations for this specific tour.

Requirements: Guests must be 10+

Photography Restrictions: While this tour does go backstage to the roundhouse, photography is allowed provided you are taking photos of the trains and the roundhouse.  No other photography backstage is permitted.

Bag Storage: Guests carry their baggage with them.  This tour begins before park opening, so acquiring a locker may not be possible.  Travel light.

Additional Notes: This is an outdoor walking tour – dress appropriately, wear suncreen & good shoes. Disney will not cancel or provide refunds for this tour (or most others) in the event of inclement weather (Disney will cancel for hurricanes, but not average rain).

Book: Call (407) WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)

DTR Review

Check out our full DTR Review of the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains tour here.

Find other DTR posts about Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains tour here.

Other Tour Reviews & Links

  • DIS Unplugged Blog – Walt’s Barn Article by Nancy Johnson.  If you are really interested in Walt Disney and trains, you may want to check out this article about Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA.  Walt’s Barn is discussed on the Steam Trains Tour.

Related Podcasts

On my May 2011 tour, I didn’t hear most of the trivia Kathy mentions in her review.  My tour guide created the tour and trains the other guides. He discourages them from memorizing a set script, so you are sure to have a different experience each time.

Unlike most tours lead by Guest Services or Disney Institute Cast Members who most likely didn’t work in every area on their tours, the Steam Train guides all work on the Magic Kingdom Railroad.  No matter which guide you get, rest assured their passion will be unmatched by the guides of other tours.  In a place known for their customer service and Cast Member enthusiasm, this is really saying something.

  • Know of any more podcasts that discuss the Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour?  Let us know at DisneyTourReviews@gmail.com

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