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“A little too long for our liking”

The UnDISCOVERed Future World
Ranked #44 of 105 Tours in Orlando
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We booked this tour after taking the Keys To The Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom. We did the Keys tour about 5 months ago. We entered Epcot prior to the park opening thru the International Gateway and had a leisurely walk to Guest Relations where we checked in and were given our name tags. Our total group size was 14. One person was being pushed in a wheelchair. They were able to access everything and had no problems keeping up with the group, nor was the group slowed down. The tour spent the first 15 - 20 minutes in Guest Relations using the photos behind the counter as a prompt for discussion. This portion was somewhat redundant from information in the Keys tour, and also subject to distraction as many people were coming into Guest Relations for information, DAS cards, etc.

From here we went outdoors and learned a few things about Spaceship Earth while sitting down. A sample similar to the material used to construct it was passed around with an picture card. Picture cards are used many times during this tour, which was nice. We went thru Guest Relations and saw the cast member pin trading department. We went thru Innoventions with a brief stop to talk about the Vision House and how it relates to Epcot, but we did not go through it. We walked past the Fountain of Nations and learned about it's origins and the designer, and were able to sit down here, too. I believe there were 3 restroom breaks during the tour, and one 15 minute break in the Land Pavilion. There is no lunch stop in this tour like there is in the Keys Tour.

We saw the VIP Lounge above the Seas and spent alot of time (too much) looking at the tanks there and talking about the fish. We did ride Soarin' and entered thru the back entrance, after learning about the murals outside of The Land Pavilion and going inside to hear more information. We were told a little about the filming of the Soarin' film, which was interesting. We saw the area where the 3D glasses are washed, and learned about the creation of Figment and how he was named. We also the HP Lounge at Mission Space (for HP staff, their families, and other specified associates), which is nice, but small. We were mildly amused at the levels of "security" to obtain access. Outside of Mission Space we learned about its history and the previous attraction that was there.
We spent some time looking at the mechanic's facilities for Test Track, and noting how the support beams sway when the cars come over. We also saw the Illuminations barges in their daytime parking spots at the marina and where the Friendships go for refurb. By this point we were feeling a little held captive by the tour and were ready for it to be over!

The most interesting thing was the cast building. The laundry/uniform area and system is pretty neat to see. We saw some princesses getting ready for their day as well and saw where they get their hair done.

We did not go into the Universe of Energy as some other tours did. I believe Soarin' replaced that in our tour. We finished in China, were told of the VIP viewing area in Italy, and received our pins. I believe we finished up at about 1:15. We were not offered a discount at Nine Dragons as others have reported. Our tour guide was polite, but did not have the enthusiasm that our Keys guide had. He was knowledgeable but spoke off script and would have to go back to start over if he got tripped up. He showed great and genuine concern for one person who had never been on Soarin' and had a fear of heights.

The tour was good, but we knew much of the information already from our own research and visits. At times it seemed to drag on a bit. We toured on an overcast day. If it is sunny, it would be a very hot tour. Is the tour worth it? Everyone would have to decide for themselves. We are glad we did it, and it was enjoyable, but it was a little too long for our liking and for what we saw. As with all tours, there is no photography in backstage areas. One person on our tour took a picture of ride vehicles in a maintenance bay and the guide turned off his microphone and addressed him in a friendly way.

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My wife and I throughly enjoyed this event. We remain amazed and entertained by the back stage secrets of Epcot. Our guide, "Robert" made the experience extra funny and enjoyable. He has a one of a kind cheerful personality. Robert was great, and he exemplifies a positive image that represents the Disney Empire. The tour was interesting and well worth the money.On a special note, thank you for personalizing our experience with the magical pin souvenirs.

Joe & Mona Agora

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We took this tour a day after we took the Keys to the Kingdom tour. We really enjoyed the Keys tour and expected this one to be better than it was. We did learn a great deal about Epcot but we spent a great deal of time without the tour guide talking as we walked. I'm not saying that the tour guide was bad, because he was very nice and knowledgeable, we just had a great deal of silent time on the tour. We were given the opportunity to go to the front of the line for Soaring and Test track, which both were a lot of fun.

You do a great deal of walking on this tour so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You do get to go behind the action and see the costumes and the make up for the cast members. This was great to see. At the end of the tour we got a collectible pin. We were also given a 20% discount at 9 Dragons restaurant, and our name was placed on a special list for viewing of the Illuminations show that night.

I can't say that we would recommend this tour unless you truly love Epcot.

1  Thank scbg
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

I took this tour with my 17-year-old Disneyphile son in late May 2013. Our tour guide, Robert, seemed to be very knowledgeable, and he made a lot of interesting observations while taking us around the Future World part of Epccot. Our group was fairly small - 8 guests - but groups can be as large as 15.

I used my Disney Visa card to book the tour, which saved me 20%.

We approached the far-left turnstiles when we arrived at Epcot; the woman there seemed to have a list (maybe for a character breakfast?) but didn't seem to have the list for our tour. She let us in anyhow, and we proceeded to the Guest Relations office.

Other reviewers have mentioned how much walking is involved in this tour, but to me, it was a lot more standing than walking. We only covered 2-3 miles, but we were on our feet for most of the 4.5 hours of the tour.

We saw the VIP lounges of the Seas and the Mission: Space pavilions, rode Soarin' without waiting in line, saw the Epcot costume shop and employee locker room, and the 3D glasses-cleaning shop. Other reviewers have mentioned visiting the old Imageworks (in the Imagination pavilion), but we did not.

We had a brief break in The Land before we rode Soarin'; after a quick snack, I ran over to the Soarin' fastpass distribution and picked up Fastpasses so that we'd have them for later in the evening; Soarin' is a real favorite with us.

At the end of the tour, we emerged into the China pavilion. Robert gave us pins with the name of the tour on them, and told us that we could view IllumiNations from a special VIP area in the Italy pavilion that night if we wanted to; our names were already on the list for that, apparently. We had the option of asking to attend a different night instead, but we didn't want to stay for the fireworks, as it's such a crush trying to get out of Epcot after that.

All in all, it was a fun and informative tour, but for me, that was the single hardest day (of the ten days we were there) due to all the standing.

1  Thank Yobabs
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

This is a 4+ hour, 5 mile walking tour of public and behind the scene areas of EPCOT Future World. Disney Visa card holders receive a 20% discount on the price of the tour. Although EPCOT generally does not open until 9:00 most days, tour guests may enter the park early through the far left turnstiles at the main EPCOT entrance--your name will be on a list of people allowed to enter the park early that day so you may check in at Guest Relations INSIDE the park near Spaceship Earth 15 minutes prior to the tour (8:45).

This tour spends a lot of time standing in front of various EPCOT attractions, listening to a tour guide narrate details about the development and execution of the attractions. Some of the behind-the-scene areas of the park you will visit include: the VIP lounge at The Living Seas, the HP Lounge at Mission Space, the garage at Test Track and the Park laundry and marina areas.

If you enjoy Soarin', you will be pleased to be moved to the front of the queue for front row seats on this popular ride--better than a FastPass. Guests who prefer to pass on the ride, wait in a behind the scenes area. The tour ends in China where you will receive a collectible pin and be told your name is on the list for the VIP Illumniations viewing area in Italy later the same day.

If you have been on any of the other behind the scenes tours that include EPCOT (like the Segway or Backstage tours, or the holiday and garden tours), most of this tour will be redundant. Due to the amount of walking and standing, you want to wear comfortable walking shoes (some walking will be on uneven dirt paths) and know you will be spending hours on your feet. Midway through the tour you will have a rest break (at The Land), but the tour may be taxing for young children or others who can not walk and stand for long periods.

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