Few visitors know that they can take a guided Disneyland tour. They aren't well advertised, and it's hard to find information about them even if you know they exist. In fact, many of my most ardent Disney-loving pals never heard of them until I told them.
If you're a true Disneyland fan, you may find taking one of these Disneyland tours is just the thing to add your Disney Bucket List. If you're a first time visitor, you may not want to tie up several hours of your day on a tour, but that depends on how much you love Disney.
How to Reserve a Disneyland Tour
To take a tour, you'll first need to buy a ticket to get into the park. It must be valid for the day you take the tour. To avoid disappointment, reserve your tour as soon as you can. That's up to a month in advance and the only way to make them is by calling 714-781-4400. To take a tour on your own, you must be at least 18 years old. Guests under 16 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult, and there may be height restrictions on some of the included attractions.
When you get to Disneyland, go to the tour kiosk near City Hall. Give them your confirmation number. Pick up your tour ticket and meet your tour guide in the same area.
These are the Disneyland tours you may be able to take.
Except for the Adventures by Disney tour, they don't include much that's really behind the scenes, but you will learn a lot and see things from a different perspective. The souvenir pins are unique fun collectibles, too.
Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour
Designed for the Disney-lover, this 3.5-hour, fact-and-trivia-filled tour explores how Walt Disney's vision became reality.
The tour also includes lunch and a collectible souvenir.
I took this tour twice, and I'm still amazing (or boring) my friends and acquaintances with the interesting things I learned. If you love Walt Disney and want to learn more about him and how he created Disneyland, this tour is highly recommended. All the details are in my Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour Review.
Disney California Story Tour
Disney California Adventure park celebrates Walt Disney's early years in Hollywood and so does this tour. You'll take a trip back in time and get a peek into the members-only 1901 Lounge (California Adventure's counterpart to Disneyland's Club 33). Tours also go behind the scenes at the park's most innovative, interactive attractions. The tour includes lunch on Buena Vista Street and a collectible souvenir.
Behind the Scenes at Disneyland and in Hollywood
This tour definitely belongs on your Disney Bucket List, if you're a hardcore fan. Adventures by Disney's Backstage Magic tour is a six-day, five-night ramble you'll never forget. It goes behind the scenes at Disney Studios, Disney Imagineering, and both California theme parks. And most fun is that you get into places not open to the public, which may include Disney Imagineering and Disney Studios.
Seasonal Disneyland Tours
Check the Disneyland website for seasonal tours. They include:
Disney's Happiest Haunts is a Halloween-themed tour that features some spooking sightings at Disneyland, spine-tingling tales. And of course - a collectible souvenir pin, which is redesigned every year.
Holiday Time at Disneyland tours are offered from mid-November through early January. They usually includes a chance to explore all the holiday traditions and decorations. You also get express boarding for "it's a small world" Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. And reserved seating for the Christmas parade. And to keep it fresh, they change parts of the tour every year.