After the enjoyment of our Disney tour Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, I felt it would be a good experience to try another Disney tour Walk In Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps at Disneyland.
Know Before You Go:
- Tour can be booked up to 30 days in Advance.
- There are discounts available for Disneyland Annual Passholders, Disney Visa Cardholders, and Disney Vacation Club members.
- If you schedule your tour for noon, your “lunch” will be at the end (3:00 p.m.)
- No changes or substitutions are allowed for lunch meals (no customizing the sandwich with or without sauces, etc.)
- You will spend approximately 30 mins in either Walt’s apartment or the Dream Suite.
- You can bring your headphones to use with the listening device instead of using theirs.
- This tour involves a lot of walking outside. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.
We arrived at the touring station approximately 15 minutes before our tour. A Cast Member handed us a menu to review as we waited to check in. At the window, we placed our lunch order and received our name badges. We were asked to wait for our tour guide at one of the tables. Each of us received a listening device, and though we knew in advance, we forgot our headphones. Our guide was very chatty and we learned a little more about him while we waited for the tour to start.
Our tour started just after the scheduled start and was full with approximately 15 guests. We started our tour on Main Street as the guide shared stories of Walt’s early vision of the park and opening day. Throughout the tour, we were able to listen to clips of Walt speaking about the subjects/areas we were viewing. The audio clips were from TV or press interviews.
The tour generally allows guests to participate in 2-3 rides. Our tour included Alice in Wonderland, a couple of stops on the train, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. They often tour Haunted Mansion, but the park was so busy that I think they were unable to accommodate us on the more well-known attractions (it’s a small world was over an hour wait at that time too).
At the end of the tour, we were met by two new cast members who took us up in groups to Walt’s apartment above the Fire Station (the other group ate lunch). We had lunch first, and it was tasty. The flourless chocolate cake was delicious. Keith got the White Chocolate Macadamia Matterhorn Macaron, yum!
I was very excited to get a glimpse of Walt’s life through the apartment. It is actually very small, around 500 square feet. Most items in the apartment were original to the Disney family, including personal gifts, dishes, and more. I am leaving out the details – I want to be spoiler-free for you! The leading cast member for this part of the tour was excellent and very knowledgeable. She was able to answer many questions for the group. The feeling of being in a space so dear to Walt Disney was very moving. We received an exclusive pin made just for this tour also. This photo doesn’t highlight my best me after the long afternoon (and early morning travel). However, this is our only pic of the apartment as they asked us to keep our phones put away.
What I Thought:
The only way to go inside the apartment is through this Disney tour, or the Adventures By Disney Southern California trip (definitely on my bucket list). Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was much more detailed, and our guide shared stories with us throughout the whole tour. This tour at Disneyland had long periods of walking in silence, and most of the clips we listened to would be familiar to Disney fans. I would recommend the tour if you are not familiar with the history of Disneyland or if you want the opportunity to visit Walt’s apartment.