There’s a great tour option available at the Universal Studios park in Hollywood, Calif. called the VIP Tour Experience. It includes elements of their normal tram tour, but also includes walking tours of sets, stages and production buildings, plus gourmet food and Front of the Line privileges to the park’s shows and rides. Each day’s set of walking tours is different because production schedules are always changing. This article shows what the VIP Tour Experience was like on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, including a sneak peek at the set of the Scream Awards which air on Spike TV Oct. 18. [Read more…]
A new tour of Epcot called “Nature-Inspired Design” recently premiered. It is the fourth Segway-based tour at Walt Disney World and the third at Epcot. Here’s Disney’s official description:
Discover the wonder of nature-inspired design as you glide through land, sea and air at Epcot®. This 3-hour backstage tour allows you to experience the symbiotic relationship between nature and the nature-inspired designs incorporated into Epcot® pavilions and attractions. Glide over California on Soarin’™, tour the greenhouses at The Land pavilion, explore The Seas with Nemo & Friends® and visit Life Support scientists to learn how technology helps us maintain a better balance with nature.
After completing a required product overview and training, you will be equipped with a helmet and a Segway® Personal Transporter X-2 to experience this unique off-road tour. Epcot® Cast Member scientists share how their work environments are inspired by nature’s own design and how they use evolving technologies to maintain a balance with the world around them. After experiencing “air, land and sea” you will have the opportunity to ride your Segway® X-2 in a designated off-road backstage area at Epcot®.
Since the tour is so new, it has not yet been added to Disney’s official Tours and Experiences page. However, you can call 407-WDW-TOUR to book the “Nature-Inspired Design” tour today.
So far, the tour is available only at 8:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Tuesdays. It costs $124 per person and is available for guests ages 16 and older.
For more information on Disney’s “Around the World at Epcot” and “Wilderness Back Trail Adventure” Segway tours, pick up a copy of Volume 2, Issue 2 of Orlando Attractions Magazine.