The Magic Behind our Steam Trains - MK

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My brother is a bit of a train enthusiast, so a couple of years ago I took him on this tour at Magic Kingdom as a birthday present.

It takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and you have to be at the Magic Kingdom turnstiles at 7:30 am, the tour ends at ends approximately 10:30 am.

The cost was around $40 plus tax and theme park admission is required. I believe children must be at least 10 years old.

Walt Disney had a lifelong fascination with steam trains and the tour explains how Disney acquired the four old locomotives and gave us the opportunity to join the opening crew as they prepare for the daily railroad operation

My Father dropped us off at the parking lot of the Contemporary, and we walked to the Magic Kingdom front gate. As you enter Magic Kingdom if you explain to the person in the kiosk you are only dropping someone off you do not have to pay to park.

Here we met our Tour Guide and set off on a very interesting and fascinating look at the trains.

First we went aboard the Lilly Belle, and one of the guests was asked to get the train started on our journey. All the way along the track our Tour Guide had fun facts about the trains or about the park and that section of the track.

Mid way through we stopped at Toontown Station, and the Guide who knew it was my brother’s birthday let him throw the switch, allowing the train to back its way to the round house. He then gave us a brief safety chat, we got off and the Lilly Belle went out again for the park's opening.

He then split us into two groups and each group was allowed to look into the back of the cab of one of the engines, for an up-close look at the controls, and he showed us how they get the trains started for the day.

We boarded the Roy O. Disney, back to Toontown for the day's safety checks, and rode it around to Main Street station where we got to wave at the day's first trainload of passengers. This was supposed to be the first train so the waiting passengers could not understand why there were so many people already on board!

We then went to the Train Station where our Guide told us some really interesting stories about Walt Disney, his trains, and how these trains came to be in the park.

At the end of the tour we were given an exclusive pin, designed by one of the engineers. The tour really proved to be a great success as a birthday present.

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