Having been writing guidebooks and other work about Disney and their theme parks for almost 20 years, we like to think of this as a whole new breed of guidebook, one that both informs and guides but also enriches the reader's appreciation of these wonderful theme park creations.
We took the style and ethic of Susan's 'Hidden Magic of WDW' as our starting point and went back to basics, telling stories, finding more 'hidden magic' and providing the kind of info we'd want to know, both as first-timers and repeat visitors. It is at once a clear and concise explanation of what's there and how to enjoy it all, and a continuous narrative, a story of how this 47-square-mile entertainment colossus came about and has evolved over time.
The whole story of Walt and his stunningly creative Imagineers is an integral part of any WDW visit, but it is also one which we feel many visitors miss, hence they miss out on some of the essential 'magic' of being in and around the parks, resorts, restaurants, shops and nightlife. So much of the pure enjoyment of a Disney park is the simple excitement of 'being there' rather than dashing from attraction to attraction, and we really want our readers to stop, smell the roses and drink in the many visual and other sensory delights that make these more than mere rides and shows.
But we also know people need practical advice on how to plan and prepare for everything in store, how to avoid the pitfalls that await the unwary, and how to get the very best
of their time here, which is never enough, no matter how many times you go (and we should know as we live barely 5 minutes away!).
And, in order to make the most of every visit, it's important to soak up every experience to the max, revel in the sheer fantasy and indulgence of it all, and collect every memory to take home with you. Therefore, we have added a whole new element to our work, the chance for you, our readers, to pick up small mementos and write your own 'story' as you go.
We know how wonderful it is to get home and look back over a vacation, not just the photos, but the collection of tickets and other paraphernalia that go into these events, and to have your own thoughts and memories written down at the time, preserved always as the ultimate keepsake of what we firmly believe is the ultimate vacation experience.
So, the next (or first) time you go, take our book along with you, enjoy everything in store, and make sure you record each moment, whether with your family, friends, other loved ones or just on your own. It could just be the recipe to a true vacation of a lifetime. Now, does that sound like a Plan?
Susan Veness (Orlando, FL) is the author of The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World
, and the co-author of A Brit Guide to Orlando and Walt Disney World
and Brit Guide to Disneyland Paris
. A travel writer, researcher and itinerary planner specializing in Disney, Susan has been been visiting The Mouse since it opened in 1971 and continues to tour the parks on a regular basis.
Simon Veness (Orlando, FL) is the founding author of the best-selling Brit Guide
series with UK publishers Foulsham. He has authored three titles in the series as well as co-authoring a book on Internet travel with wife Susan.