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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide® to Walt Disney World®

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

"Indispensable"
—The New York Times

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

  1. Every attraction ranked and rated for each age group, based on interviews and surveys of more than 7,500 families
  2. When and where to go: the best times of the year and the best days of the week for each park
  3. All the Disneyland-area hotels ranked and rated for value and quality of rooms
  4. Field tested itineraries for adults and families with children that can save more than three hours of waiting in line
  5. Complete coverage of Disney's California Adventure® theme park and Universal Studios Hollywood

Sample Rating

Soarin'

Appeal by age Preschool — Grade school Teens Young adults Over 30 Seniors

What it is Flight simulation ride. Scope and scale Super headliner. When to go First 30 minutes the park is open or use FASTPASS. Special comments Entrance on the lower level of The Land pavilion. May induce motion sickness; 40" minimum-height requirement; switching off available (see pages 266–268). Author's rating Exciting and mellow at the same time; ?????. Not to be missed. Duration of ride 4 minutes. Loading speed Moderate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bob Sehlinger is the publisher of Menasha Ridge Press and the author of numerous Unofficial Guides, including the Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas and the best-selling Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guides
  • Unknown Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470114150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470114155
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,990,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mommymarly on April 12, 2007
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We were just at Disneyland two weekends ago (spring break for some folks), and spent two days (Fri & Sat) at Disneyland and one day (Sun)at Disney California, this book was FANTASTIC! I read this on our two-day drive down to Anaheim and mapped out our days using the plans available in the book and the program guide I got off Disney's website for the days we would be there... truly we hardly waited in line at all and rode everything we wanted to and saw TONS of shows. We also had so much "extra" time we were able to do some of our favorites (Soarin' and Star Tours for example) twice. We only opted to get FAST PASSES twice (the book explains it, thankfully)because we didn't really need to use them much as we were so easily getting on everything we wanted to go on. Best tip... Get to the park EARLY (hardly anyone did this, it is a crazy fact!) and follow one of the plans, really you don't need to be a drill sergeant about it or anything! We simply lead our family through the parks in the recommended order and had three extremely fun, stress free days! We spent far more time in line for food than for rides or shows. We also stayed across the street from Disneyland at one of the hotels listed in the book, which made it REALLY easy to leave and come back so I must also recommend spending the extra money if you can, it sure was nice for us(Our kids are 8 and 6, fyi.) This book made Disney fun for all of us and hardly ANY fighting or breakdowns, and our 8 yr old has autism... We simply walked around the parks w/little halos over our heads having fun.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mom3x on January 20, 2007
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This book saved us valuable time, while traveling through the Disneyland resort with three very small children. (If he says skip it, trust him!) His itineraries are great, but easily modified to suit your family. The tips from other families are wonderful, too. I've loaned out my copies of these Disney guides to friends numerous times, all of them love the series now. Worth every penny!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Harp on December 8, 2006
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This is it, the guide (if you are going to get one) that has it all. Extremely detailed and geared to a multitude of trip designs. Even if you don't take its suggestions, its a fun read full of interesting tidbits and great reviews. We had the 2005 edition (for a 2004 trip) and it came in handy even though we had been to the park many times before. Always updated its more than just the company line.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Busy mom on January 6, 2007
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I really like these series because I feel that they truly give you REAL information about everything from rides to restaurants. The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars would be because the maps aren't in color. DEFINITELY HELPFUL!!! I don't go to Disney without my unofficial guides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Marchello on March 19, 2007
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I am a Disneyland fanatic and have been there 20+ times. However, this was the first time I decided to do my research before going figuring I needed some tips to beat the July crowds. I read about 5 Disneyland guide books and none compared to this book. I have never had such an enjoyable yet got everything done vacation! And he has different recommendations for every type of group. All of his tips are excellent; however, I especially recommend getting to the park at opening...I know it's hard for some none early-bird families but there is time for napping at the afternoon peak crowds. If you are going to Disneyland...BUY THIS BOOK...you won't regret it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelf VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
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I live near the park, I have an annual pass, and I've been going on and off since I was 3. I'm well acquainted with the place I think, but I actually kind of freak out a bit when confronted with out of town friends who want me to show them around. Because that's an entirely different set of goals for a trip, particularly if they're traveling from far away and only have one day.

In an effort not to turn into Mike Griswold I got this book. Because as often as I go, I go to relax and socialize with my friends who also have APs, not to do research. The book has all of the information I had hoped for and then some. (I didn't know I wanted a "Small Child Fright Potential Chart" until I had one!) Traffic patterns, average wait times, ride length, and best of all are the suggested touring plans. (Which are good for those times I say to my day tripping friends "Okay, is there anything you just GOTTA ride or see?" and they respond with blank stares and shrugs.)

The writer has a good sense of humor and presents the information in a casual way gets the point across... I don't like the art though... The little cartoons sprinkled throughout are amusing but the style is kind of creepy. That's the worst thing I can say about it though.

Obviously, the book is more useful for travelers, but if you're a local who has some people coming in for a visit? This book is your friend too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrshlovejesus on July 27, 2007
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For every vacation we have ever taken I have purchased one of these books (Disneyland, Las Vegas, Best RV & Tent Campgrounds, etc.). That is a testimony unto itself. Reason being is that they are so full of valuable time saving, money saving, information-rich information.

The Disneyland guide told us to get to the park at least an hour before they open and get in line. With older kids/young teens it said to plan to dash to the "big" rides right out of the gate. It tipped us off on the value of the fast passes and how all that works. The first time we showed up for our time slot to ride a ride that we had a fast pass for and got to walk past the enormous lines of people to a line with a wait of maybe 5 or 10 minutes and then got to ride the ride like we were VIPs or something, WOW!!! That was awesome. The book informed us of the best and worst times of year to visit the park, and the best and worst times of day. It rated the food value and quality at all the venues, and gave us tips on how to save money on drinks and snacks.

I gotta tell ya, don't do Disneyland without this book. Read it cover to cover before you leave home, earmark the pages and make notes, and be stunned at how right on that information was. Bon Voyage!
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