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Mini Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – October 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guides (Book 282)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118012321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118012321
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
Chicago Sun-Times

The New York Times

Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:

  1. Insider advice on when to go: the best times of the year and the best days of the week

  2. A complete ranking of accommodations both in and outside "the World," with commuting times to all four Disney World theme parks

  3. Concise overviews of all theme parks and no-nonsense evaluations of the most popular attractions

  4. Practical tips on making the most of your time, including easy-to-follow one- and two-day touring plans of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

  5. The straight story on how to avoid long lines for rides, shows, and meals

For Travelers Who Want More Than the Official Line!

  • Hotels & attractions, ranked and rated

  • Insider tips that save you time & money

"Best Travel Series of the Year"

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More About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of the Unofficial Guide Series published by Wiley Publishing Inc. and sold worldwide.

He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in queue in a single day.

Sehlinger and his research team (pictured) have had numerous adventures and developed some unusual methodologies. Here's a sampling from research for The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World:

"We've slept in every Disney resort multiple times and more than 80 Orlando-area properties. Only once did we wake up covered in bugs. (It was a non-Disney hotel.)"

"We test hotel room soundproofing using a sophisticated digital sound meter and a copy of The Who's Greatest Hits."

"The first time we did Orlando spa reviews, one of our researchers had an eyebrow burned off during a waxing that went horribly awry."

"We once logged more than 700 miles in one week on buses to test Disney's transportation system, and never left Disney property. The bus drivers got so used to us being on board that one forgot we were there and took us back to the bus garage when his shift ended."

"We test pillow fluffiness using a measurement process we invented. We intended to use a fake human head as part of the test, but worried about getting it through airport security. We settled on a gallon jug of water, which is about the same size and weight as an average adult's noggin."

"When we test counter-service restaurants, we order at least one of everything on the menu, and break up in to small teams to sample each thing. We've tried every counter-service food item in every American Disney theme park."

"Our crowd prediction models take in to account everything from the day of week and time of year, to the vacation schedules of the fifty largest school districts east of the Mississippi, to weather phenomena including temperature, rainfall and humidity."

Bob Sehlinger is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press in Birmingham, Alabama; Clerisy Press in Cincinatti, Ohio; and Wilderness Press in Berkeley, California. The author of twenty-seven books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia.

Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, Sehlinger was CEO of SAGE, inc., a wilderness arts teaching and expeditional company that produced courses in kayaking, rock climbing, survival, and backpacking (among others) for high schools and universities in a 7-state area. During this period Sehlinger served as president of the Eastern Professional River Outfitters Association. Sehlinger makes his home in Birmingham, Alabama where he continues to be an avid river runner and mountain biker.

Customer Reviews

Very useful, and a lot easier to carry.
The guide provided good info on rides, restaurants, and attractions.
Pen Name
The only catch is that they can only reserve one ride at a time.
Carol McCardell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Carol McCardell on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I compared Mini Mickey to the full sized Unofficial guide 2000, and here are the differences. There are star ratings on hotels and restaurants, but Sehlinger eliminated the paragraph descriptions on each hotel and restaurant. That's the main way he took the bulk out of the book for a pocket sized edition. If a traveler does his homework before traveling to Florida, he will already know what hotel he wants to stay in, and have a general idea what pricy restaurants he wants to try. Go to your local library and review the full-sized edition for lodging and dining details. Buy this Mini Mickey to take with you to the park, and you will have relieved yourself of some valuable weight and bulk.
Mini Mickey still has all the detailed descriptions of each attraction. The only real weakness I see is that Sehlinger rates some of the simulation rides and roller coasters as 3 stars for preschoolers, when they won't even make the height requirement. These rides aren't appropriate for preschoolers anyway. I think Sehlinger has a tendency to overlook the special needs of our youngest children. Any parent can read the description and realize that the ride is too intense for their little guys and disregard the star ratings.
Missing from the 2000 edition is a description of Disney's new Fast Pass. Guests can use their tickets to get a 'reservation' time to go to the front of certain popular rides. That way they can enjoy other areas of the park while they wait. The only catch is that they can only reserve one ride at a time.
Also missing is the fact that Bear in the Big Blue House has a live stage show at MGM Studios. That's a big plus for parents of toddlers like myself. My grilfriend went to MGM Studios last February (2000) and was surprised to find Bear! Disney is always changing their parks to keep them fresh, and it seems that this development missed the press time.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Vaules on January 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I call this the "travel version" of Sehlinger's "Unofficial Guide to WDW". The difference is one is a planning guide, while "Mini Mickey" holds just enough insightful information to use while you are already at WDW. The same "battle" plans for a variety of touring desires are included. These plans have saved my family hours of time a day from having to stand in line, and this is beyond the time that Disney's Fast Pass now saves.
The information is blunt and its pull no punches style is intended to make your vacation run well with the true "insider" information, not the PR information that Disney feeds another series of guide books.
This book fits well into my fanny pack, and I can quickly access the information and plans to keep well ahead of the crowds. I include this book in all of my WDW travel plans, and also give it to friends and family as a present to help them keep their WDW vacations sane and stress free.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
We used this guide to visit MGM, Magic Kingdom and even Universal and rarely waited more than 30 minutes in line. He tells you exactly when to go where. It made doing one park each day very easy. Most of all, it saved us a 3 hour wait at Space Mountain. We waited 10 minutes!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tea Leaf on April 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
The author seems to have a love/hate relationship with Disney World which can get in the way of this guidebook -- for example, for a ride that's not even open yet (book states "not open at press time"), the review states that "you'd think the collective imagination ... of Disney ... (would) come up with something a little more creative" and "children...won't appreciate the long wait for this slow-loading ride." But it's not even open yet!! If you're traveling with children, you'll find Walt Disney World With Kids, 2003 by Kim Wright Wiley much more helpful. And don't kid yourself into thinking you'll tote this "pocket-sized" book around the parks with you -- it's too big, too heavy, and you'll use the maps and guides that they give out at the parks (for free).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Lefevere on February 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book on a whim the day before a last minute trip to Disney World. What an excellent resource! This little book is jam-packed with info. I found the touring plans to be particularly helpful. Everything was so straightforward. I didn't have to spend a lot of time each night getting a plan ready for the next day - just a quick skim through the book and we were ready to go. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Asselin VINE VOICE on October 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bob Sehlinger's MINI MICKEY is the Cliffs Notes version of Sehlinger's comprehensive UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO WALT DISNEY WORLD. Though its format is slightly larger than true "pocket-sized," you will most likely find this an *indispensable* take-along guidebook. And unless you decide to peruse the larger volume as a part of the vacation planning process, you'll want to read through at least this abbreviated guide a few months before you depart, particularly if you wish to schedule "character" meals or, for that matter, any meals in the sit-down theme restaurants. As for taking in the attractions, one can develop a strategy based on Sehlinger's excellent descriptions of the rides and shows as well as his various touring plans, or just use the information to come up with last-minute tactical solutions.

Sehlinger is not a Disney detractor. He might have a little fun with Disney's tightly controlled and almost spontaneity-free world of play, but in general he demonstrates great and genuine enthusiasm for the Disney parks. He has a profound understanding of how the parks operate, and furthermore has keen insight into how park guests (in particular, parents) behave. You might choose to follow a less organized approach to touring the Walt Disney World (WDW) parks, but nonetheless you have in this book expert authority on how to make the most efficient or most practical use of your time there, advice that's well worth keeping in mind.

We chose to ignore Sehlinger's advice on taking midday breaks at the hotel, wanting to get in as many attractions as possible. But doing that was trying on family relations at times; Sehlinger is right to recommend a break.
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