Backlot Tour Starring Castrophe Canyon
The Backlot Tour closed permanently on September 27, 2014 to make way Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land - set to open in 2019 and 2018 respectively.
The Backlot Tour starring Castrophe Canyon is full of excitement, mystery and even a little water (or maybe a lot of water). During your three hour tour (not really), you'll see a naval battle, props from great Disney movies, and then be part of a real live Hollywood castrophe.
Uncle Walt's Plane
Photo by Express Monorail
The first adventure you'll see how a battle at sea is made with the help of water tanks and pyrotechnics. Pre-selected guests get to help create a Harbor Attack (raincoats are provided). One volunteer sits in the engine room as the room fills with water. The three other volunteers are standing on the deck as it is overcome by water as well. After filiming is finished the footage is put together with other previously shoot footage and shown to the crowd.
Next, you'll walk through a prop warehouse where they might recognize a few items from some movies such as The Santa Clause, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and George of the Jungle. At the end of the prop house is the boneyard where vehicles from movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Star Wars, and Herbie The Love Bug have been put to rest.
After walking through the prop shop, you board the trams that take you on your Backlot Tour. (Spoiler Alert!) If you want to stay dry, sit on the right side of the tram.
You start off by riding past the Earful Tower and into costume and material building where they can see people working on items for upcoming productions. Then you encounter lifelike sets seen in many televisions shows. Mix that with the production sets and and vehicles used in Disney movies and it feels just like you have snuck into the movies and television shows. The tram then goes through sounds stages and see lighting and props and how they are used to make a scene.
The Big Finale - Finally you enter Catastrophe Canyon. The tram pulls into the Canyon and the earth starts to rumble and shake, then there's a flash flood, and ... (you'll just have to see it for yourself)
After the tour guests are invited to look through the American Film Institute Showcase. Guest can find costumes, props, and sets from recent and classic movies or television shows.
Here are some interesting tidbits -
- If you stand close to the rail during the first scene you may get wet
- Check out the water tanks when the tour begins to find a replica of the Nautalis from the movie 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
- Restrooms and telephones are located to the left of the entrance of this attraction.
- Some of the vehicles in the the boneyard are vehicles that were used in the making of the Indiana Jones movies.
- Walt Disney World has the largest collection of wardrobe garmets estimated at 2.5 million pieces
This attraction first opened at Walt Disney World on May 1, 1989. The orginal tour was much longer than the current it started where the entrance to The Magic of Disney Animation currently is and then drove through New York Streets/Streets of America and then onto Catstrophe Canyon. Then they got off the trams in a break area which is now where Studio Catering Co. is and the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground for children to play on and got ready for the second half of the tour.
The walking half of the original tour included the current water special effects section, an effects shop, and soundstages for Journey into Narnia:Creating the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Walt Disney:One Man's Dream, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Much of this is now its own attraction called Backstage Pass.
Dad's Ride Information Table
Backlot Tour starring Castrophe Canyon
|Description: Walking and riding tour featuring props|
|Height Requirement - none||FASTPASS:no||Length of Ride: 35 minutes|
|Type of ride: Tram ride through many sets|
The Fine Print
Here's some small print information about the Backlot Tour
- Handheld Captioning is available with this attraction
- Guest may rent translation devices at Guest Relations
- Guest may stay in the wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.
- This attraction does offer Sign Language Interpertation on Sundays and Wednesdays. Contact Guest Relations for more information.
- Video Captioning is available on selected monitors. Contact Guest Relations about these.
- Guest with small children may take turns on this attraction.
Dad's Bottom Line
Through the years, this attraction has gone steadily down hill. Now with the tires from Lights, Motors, Action sitting right outside the tram loading area, it's become almost a little trashy. Very un-Disneylike. Castrophe Canyon is still a blast, but the rest is not worth the effort.