From my June 2008 TR:
We were supposed to meet at 9:15. We were given name tags and water bottles and were told to be back at 9:30. They gave us little earpieces so that we could hear our guide.
We started on Main Street and (rode the Jungle Cruise) worked our way to Columbia Harbor House for lunch… which soon became my dad’s favorite quick service restaurant when he learned that there’s rarely a crowd. Here our places were marked with little name tags… inside were our Key to the Kingdom pins. I had ordered the Tuna Sandwich… I’m not particularly a tuna fan, but it looked like the most expensive thing on the menu, and I’m all about getting my money’s worth. It was actually very good. My dad got the House Salad and ended up eating my potato chips (I wouldn’t have eaten them, anyway). After lunch, we rode the Haunted Mansion and then worked our way through Fantasyland. We then went into the Utilidors. After that, we spent a little more time backstage, then went back to Main Street where we concluded our tour.
Well, for the most part, I enjoyed it. I believe our tour guide’s name was Jerrid… I remember it was spelled funny. He was rather young… late 20s. He was easy to hear and follow. However, a lot of the information he told us, I had already read… either in An Imagineer’s Guide to the Magic Kingdom, one of Walt’s biographies, or on the Internet. Since I had already done extensive study on the Magic Kingdom (I made a Disney ABC book in 7th grade, and M was for Magic Kingdom… and U was for Utilidor), I knew a lot of what he told us already.
When we went backstage behind the McDonald’s Fry Cart, I had already been back there when we went to get ready for the parade in February. However, I found the tour of the parade float area very interesting. I also found the Utilidors rather interesting, and wished we could’ve spent more time down there… covered more of the underground area.
So, overall, I was pleased with the tour. I thought it was worth the money. And I think I’d like to take the 7-hour, 3-park tour one day.