This post will cover one of the best guided Broadway walking tours available in NYC, Disney Behind the Scenes.
There are multiple tour companies offering walking tours of Broadway and the theater district.
But, there's only one which currently offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular venues in the area.
Fans of Disney’s musicals will jump at the opportunity to learn more about how they are made, and even see the theater where they are hosted.
The Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic Tour includes a rare opportunity to actually get a look inside the New Amsterdam Theatre and even wear some of the costumes/masks used in real productions.
In addition to learning about how the musicals are made and all of the history behind them, you’ll also have the chance to take photos with props from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and potentially other notable shows.
As if that all weren’t enough, this Broadway tour also includes an exploration of the theater district with stops at many iconic locations.
- $72/Adult | $55/Child
- Winter/Fall Availability: Mon & Sat
- Spring/Summer Availability: Mon, Thu-Sat
- Duration: 2 ½ hours
- Hours: 9:30 am
REVIEWS OF DISNEY BACKSTAGE TOUR
Reviews for this tour are very positive, and customers have given Take Walks a 4 ½ out of 5 rating (read reviews here). That said, numbers don't tell the whole story.
This section will cover what people actually think about this tour, providing an analysis of the most common notes that reviewers leave about the outing.
Some Guides Have Experience On Broadway
Several guests indicate that their tour guide had actually previously performed on Broadway, and they share a lot of stories from their time as actors. Reviewers are usually very impressed with this aspect of the tour.
Guides Provide Historic Photos
Some reviewers were pleased to see that their knowledgeable guides also provided historic pictures from the early 1900's which revealed early playbills, where famous actors got their start, and more.
Have Pictures Taken Behind the Scenes
Many customers noted that they were happy to be given the opportunity to take pictures and have pictures taken behind the scenes at a real Broadway theater.
Hands On Experience With Broadway
One of the most popular aspects of this tour is the fact that you can actually touch real props used in theatrical productions and even try on some of the costumes!
Great For Disney Fans
This is an especially popular tour with Disney fans, as their tour guides provide an in depth look at the history of Disney on Broadway and how they helped revitalize the theater district in New York City.
Good For Some Kids, Not For Everyone
Although most reviewers report this is an excellent tour for children and families, some have indicated that the information provided goes so far in depth that some kids will lose interest. If your children have trouble focusing, you may want to consider another type of tour.
Provides A Lot Of Information
While most guests are pleased to learn about all of the details included on this tour, some find that there's a bit too much information covered by their guides.
If you're interested in learning as much as possible about Broadway and Disney's role in the theater district, reviewers tend to agree that this is an excellent outing.
Visitors looking for lighter fare may want to consider another type of Broadway tour.
BROADWAY SHOW TICKETS
After taking a Broadway tour, you might also want to consider going to a musical at one of the theaters you’ve just learned about.
There are several popular productions which are offered year long and run for many years and in some cases even decades!
Here are a few of our favorite options:
- The Lion King
- Moulin Rouge
- Come From Away
- The Book of Mormon
- Aladdin: The Musical
- Chicago: The Musical
- Beetlejuice: The Musical
- Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
If you’re looking to save some money on shows like these, make sure to read our post about how to get cheap Broadway tickets.