Also good: breakfast events with Jack Hanna. You get good closeup viewing of a range of animals.
I had been to the park two years earlier and after queuing in the hot sun for over 2 hours on each ride, and spending 3 days in the park to ride every coaster, I vowed never to have to go there and wait in those hot, sun exposed lines to ride a coaster. It was just torture!
Now I realize $400 is a lot of money and many of us can't afford it, but if you only go to Cedar Point every few years and want to get the most out of your day then I highly recommend this package. Plus I ended up saving in the end cause we didn't have to pay for multiple nights accommodation and extra few days car rental.
Pro’s and Cons.Pro nice long two hour tour. Con – took two hours away from our park time after driving 1 hour from Orlando….
One of the best parts of the tour was the Animal Enrichment programs, where they showed us what AK goes through to make sure the animals' lives are as healthy and happy as possible.I was surprised at how much is spent and what they go through.
Very worthwhile tour.
I have just come back from florida last month an while i was there i went on the behind the magic tour at disney world, I belive it cost $200 roughly and lasted 7 hours we meet at epcot. We started our tour in the backstage area of world showcase and was shown some really intresting sites, as the tour started at 8am we was allowed to see the world showcase being set up for the day ahead. 'james' our tour guide then took us to the american adventure where we went to see how the show was run and went behind the scenes and meet the engineers, We then boarded a mears coach and set on our way to the hollywood studios, here we got the same treatment at the tower of terror. we was told some of the things that was coming up in the future for d.h.s, apperantly there is soon to be a copy of crush's coaster (from paris) in stage 1.
we then went for lunch, also very nice !
we soon was on our way again, next stop Magic Kingdom ! this was really the best part of the tour we got to see the workshop areas, seeing some of the rides taken in for repair. and being told how each part was done, we also visted the laundry plant and the clothing department.
Next stop was the utiladoors, this really was a treat !
This really was a well spent day of our holiday, i would recomend any one doing this tour 7 hours just flew by with out a moments notice, the guide was lovely and knew so much, every bit was fun and informative !
Well, since im an actively parkgoing Floridian, i could give a few tips on Florida "vip" and "backstage" tours. Probably one of the most unique and interesting tours down here is at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (or B.G. Africa. old habits), where you go on a pretty unique Safari experience out on Busch Gardens' Serengeti Plain. You get alot closer to the animals at Busch Gardens then you do at Animal Kingdom, and you are given the opportunity to feed the animals yourself. This particular VIP tour is pretty reasonable for florida theme park standards at about 35 bucks. Busch has also been adding some more up close experiences since they completed their new "Jungala" area of the park, so check the website. Busch Gardens is a little out of the way from the "superparks" in ORL, but its worth the drive.
If you really want an awesome experience at Disney parks, their VIP tours are literally out of this world. Particularly interesting is their "Keys to the Kingdom Tour". You get to see off limits areas of the parks there and get "backdoor" access to all the rides (ya basically get to walk on. tah tah line jumpers and annoying new buddies from China). I havent done this one, and most of us Floridian's will rarely spend more on VIP tours anyways but the people I know that have taken it highly reccommend it. My Research says its 60.00 per person (not including admission) and hey, "FREE" lunch. At disney, a good size meal costs about that much!
On our last trip to Orlando in November, we did the Sundowner Safari at Busch Gardens Tampa, which requires all guests to be over 21. The experience includes a quickie version of the popular Brewmaster's Club in a small room in the Crown Colony Restaurant. After that, guests board a truck and head out onto the savanah to feww giraffes and other African wildlife. In addition, each guest gets two more 16 oz bottles of beer to enjoy on the safari. With our platinum passes, I think the total was $70 for 2 people.
We also did the Shamu Rocks dinner show at Sea World Orlando, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food is pretty high end with numerous seafood dishes, chicken, and a special food area for the kids. The diner also includes drinks (including beer) and a specially reserved seating area for a Shamu show. With our passes, the total was somewhere around $50 for two.
In previous trips over the years, we've also done:
Around the World in a Segway Tour at EPCOT--This tour has changed a bit since we took it a couple of years ago, but when we did it, the tour was a one hour lesson in a room in Innoventions to learn how to use the two wheeled gizmos. The second hour was a tour around the World Showcase before it open to guests on the segways, and a chance to get pictures around the park without other guests in the way. I seem to recall this tour was around $140 for two.
Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK) Tour--This tour doesn't exist anymore, but was a little over an hour with a VIP tour guide through the Magic Kingdom, and how the VMK environment was created to resemble the real park. The best part of this tour was this it was FREE, and included backdoor access to Pirates.
Save a Species Tour at Sea World Orlando--This tour includes a tour of the resue tanks with a highlight of the manatees, and about 20 minutes in the backstage aviary and oportinities to feed the animals. With our passes 3 years ago, I think this tour was $17 for 2.
Wild Artic Tour at Sea World Orlando--This backstage tour includes a backstage view of the polar bear exhibit and beluga whale tank. The highlight of the tour is an oportunity to pet a penguin in a backstage area. With our passes 5 years ago, I think this was around $15 for 2.
Predators tour at Sea World Orlando--This tour included an educational discussion of sharks and killer whales. The tour also included what was a special view of the shark tank from a large backstage window that is now the main window of the Sharks Restaurant. We also got a chance to touch a small shark in an aquarium, and a chance to view the killer whales from a backstage window, that is now longer a backstage area. This tour I think was around $15 for 2.
One of these days, we'll do the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Disney World, but the price (over $100 per person including lunch) and the length (8 hours) always keeps us from booking it.