Some people think Disneyland is just a theme park. Well, they're missing out! It's a rich tapestry of stories, details and histories, created through decades of hard work and discovery, moulded and crafted and "plussed" to become the stunning thematic wonder you see today. Just like an animated film, every prop, every tree and every fictional advertisement is there for a reason.
But there's often more to it than just plain storytelling. Disney's Imagineers, the "engineers of imagination" who design the parks, look to fold in hidden nods and tributes everywhere they can. From the Chicago sewer covers on Main Street to the tombstones of Boot Hill, there's always a story behind the story and these Guided Tours are the best introduction you can get...
Public tours of the Disney Parks — their secrets, history and hidden details.
If you know the parks, you'll understand that the Disneyland Park tour is naturally more worthwhile, offering a far vaster array of hidden facts and stories thanks to the layer-upon-layer of storytelling the Imagineers built into every inch of the park. But that's not to say the Walt Disney Studios Park tour should be avoided — far from it, the revelation of all its hidden nods to Disney and moviemaking history might just reveal a whole new side to the park.
Both full park tours come highly recommended, for newcomers and Disney veterans.
Your own personal tour guide for a day at both Disney Parks.
For exact tariffs and conditions, contact City Hall, Studio Services or the Guest Relations hotline — but note, this option is very expensive and indended for those "VIPs" with money to spare.
All tours are subject to very limited availability — book in advance to avoid disappointment! You of course also need a valid park ticket on the day of your tour, to gain entry to the park.
The easiest way to book is to head straight to City Hall (for Disneyland Park tours) or Studio Services (for Walt Disney Studios Park tours) at the entrance to each park on the day you arrive.
Both main park tours take place in a number of languages, including French, English and Spanish, sometimes alternating day-by-day with two tours (in two different languages) each day.