DS18 and I took this tour on Tuesday, May 9. Emilie was our Tour Guide. She was very enthusiastic and loves WDW! The tour was supposed to start at 8:30, but for some reason Emilie had to take the World Showcase tour group outside and get them started, so we started at 8:45. Once we got started, there was a ton of information and it was very enjoyable, and very in depth! Very backstage! The tour ended by the Baby Care center between Mexico and Test Track.
Here is the order of events: Started not in Fountain View as advertised, but in the doors just after Fountain View. (The stinkiest place in WDW) Walk down the hallway to check in, get a badge and a bottle of water. First on tour: SE Pavilion, VIP Entrance and Ride SE, walk to The Seas, discussion outside in the shade, walk to The Land, overlook lobby, discussion ensues, 15 min. break, walk out back of The Land (no Soarin’ ride) to building where 3D glasses are cleaned, you are now backstage of Imagination Pavilion. Walk to front of Imagination Pavilion, discussion with a nice view of the leapfrog fountains. Cross park to Energy Adventure, discussion outside in the shade, Walk to MS, go to HP VIP Lounge. No drinks offered, but candy is offered. Drinks are looking very tempting at this point, but it’s nice of HP to even let tour groups in their lounge…others don’t. walk to TT, walk backstage, discussion under the tracks as cars whiz by above. This part was very interesting! Walk in GE VIP Entrance and ride TT. Walk out backstage and to the CM building with PO, Credit Union, company store and costumes! Costume discussion is interesting. ( I was taken aback by how shabby this area was. Disney treats us so well, I am still surprised by the contrast. Maybe since the places where CMs get to spend most of their work time are so beautiful, this is okay.) Walk backstage and exit right next to Mexico. Walk to Odyssey Pavilion. Discussion in shade and a special pin as tour concludes.
DS and I both enjoyed the tour, but we were ready for it to end. It was getting hot and we were tired. We have been to Epcot many times and it is his favorite park. He did feel it was wise of Disney to have an age 16 minimum, because he felt anyone younger would get bored and it would spoil the “magic.” I do recommend it if you are a big Epcot fan.