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  • Series: Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Unofficial Guides; Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628090006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628090000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're looking for a reliable guidebook, the leader is the Unofficial series."
—The Mail (London)

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

"Indispensable"
—The New York Times

From the Inside Flap

What's New and Updated in the 2014 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

With the Magic Kingdom's new Fantasyland almost complete, imminent changes to Disney's FASTPASS ride reservation system, and Universal's construction of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley well underway, the 2014 edition is one of the largest updates made in many years.

Part 1 - Planning Before You Leave Home
  • Coverage of Disney's new My Disney Experience website, including navigation tips, how to make Fastpass+ reservations and dining reservations
  • Updates on selecting the time of year for your visit
  • Latest analysis of Disney's Extra Magic Hours schedule and advice on how to best utilize these perks if you're staying at a Disney resort.
  • New strategies for "park-hopping"
  • Expanded Walt Disney World 2014 Calendar


  • Part 2 - Time and Money
  • The latest Disney ticket price and what's included in Disney's various admission options; tips for where to find savings on theme park admission; how to plan for future price increases
  • A new, detailed section on Disney's new RFID-enabled MagicBand wristbands, used for admission media and payments, including how RFID technology works and the privacy implications of in-park location tracking
  • A new, detailed section on Fastpass+, how Fastpass+ will affect your waits in line, and tips on which attractions will most benefit from Fastpass+
  • Tips for partial days at the theme parks, including how to take advantage of Fastpass+
  • How to use your mobile phone to update your touring plan while you're in the park, if something unexpected happens and you need to regroup
  • Latest on Disney's park-opening procedures in "What to Expect when You Arrive at the Parks", including variations for holidays


  • Part 3 - Accommodations
  • Updates to the section describing Disney's free Magical Express airport-to-hotel bus service
  • Tips on how to find discounts at Disney World hotels
  • Our new list of the best Disney-specialist travel agents
  • Sneak peek at Disney's new Grand Floridian Villas
  • Tips on how to improve the performance of Disney's free WiFi service at your hotel
  • Updated Reader Report Card for the Disney resorts
  • Updates to the review of Disney's Grand Floridian resort, including pool and water play area construction
  • Latest on room refurbishments and potential upcoming construction at Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Updates to the Wilderness Lodge, Bay Lake Tower, and Contemporary resort reviews after their 2012 refurbishments
  • Latest on how Disney classifies room views at the Yacht Club and BoardWalk resorts
  • Insider tips on the differences between Disney's All-Star Resorts, such as which one has the best food court and bus service
  • Updates to the chart of additional fees charged at the Downtown Disney resorts
  • Complete rewrites of the reviews for Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay and Royal Pacific hotels, plus a look at the Cabana Bay resort scheduled to open in 2014
  • A look at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, scheduled to open in 2014
  • Updates to more than 60 off-site hotel ratings and rankings


  • Part 4 - Spas
  • A review of the new Senses Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian resort
  • Updates to the review of Mandara Spa at Portofino Bay
  • We went back to the Ritz-Carlton Spa for a re-review, and we compare it to Disney's Grand Floridian
  • Preview of the changes coming to the new Senses Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
  • New review of the Waldorf Astoria Spa


  • Part 5 - The Disney Cruise Line
  • Updates to the list of ports and destinations served by DCL, including the new 2014 itineraries
  • Comparison of DCL to Royal Caribbean, including prices, staterooms, service and amenities
  • New section on cruising with kids, including how Disney is adapting to recent trends in the cruise industry regarding more space per ship for kids' clubs
  • How to choose the right Disney ship, itinerary and shore excursions
  • Updated overviews of each ship, including our rankings of the best and worst Disney ships
  • New overview of Disney's staterooms and amenities, by category, including a description of bathroom configurations, verandah options and more
  • Our recommendation for which stateroom to choose for your family size, and the pros and cons of the various decks
  • New section on dining, including a detailed description of Disney's rotational dining system. Specific advice on which restaurants to try and which restaurants to skip, by ship
  • Summary of the changes coming to the Magic after its 2013 dry dock
  • Recommendations and reviews for entertainment on the ships
  • Reviews of on-board children's activities, including the programs for young children, 'tweens, and teens
  • Sports and fitness options on each ship, including a review of the best treatments at each ship's spa
  • Where to find the best deals on Disney cruises


  • Part 6 - Walt Disney World with Kids
  • Updated hotel recommendations for families traveling with children 12 and younger
  • New stroller company recommendations and price comparisons with Disney's strollers
  • Updated "Fright Potential Chart" with new Fantasyland attractions
  • Updated "Hail Mary Pass" and "Switching Off/Baby Swap/Rider Swap/Rider Switch" coverage for new and refurbished attractions
  • Simplified, comprehensive chart of where to meet characters for free in each of the parks
  • Updated advice on character meals, including when to go and which meals are best for meeting characters
  • Updates to Disney's policy regarding unaccompanied children in the parks; child-care center changes


  • Part 7 - Special Tips for Special People
  • Expanded section on weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals
  • Where to find the new "standing ECV" for rent in the parks, and off-site rental places that can save you money
  • Updates to the sections on special dietary needs


  • Part 8 - Arriving and Getting Around
  • Updated driving directions, including best exits, based on latest construction for I-10, I-75,and I-4
  • Updates to taxi, shuttle and towncar rates
  • Updated section on Disney's free Magical Express bus service from the Orlando airport to your Disney resort, including how bags are handled when going to and coming from your Disney resort. Answers to frequently asked questions about storing medication, strollers, wheelcharis, clothing, etc., for immediate use when you arrive at the resort
  • New section on how to find the best rental car discounts
  • New coverage of Fox Rent A Car and their Fiat 500s
  • GPS coordinates and addresses for theme park, water park, and Downtown Disney parking lots
  • Updated Disney Transportation System commuting times chart, showing you the average and worst-case travel times between your resort and Disney's destinations. More than 600 bus trips were times for this update
  • Updates to the operating hours of Disney's transportation systems, including bus, boat and monorail


  • Part 9 - Bare Necessities
  • Updates to the "Medical Matters" section for everything from headache relief to where to find urgent care in and outside the parks
  • Updated coverage of Disney's Photopass and Photopass Plus packages
  • Advice on where to find places to charge your cell phone while in the parks
  • Updated comparison of prices at local grocery stores near Disney World, and which grocers to avoid


  • Part 10 - Dining
  • Updates to the dining section for Universal's CityWalk
  • Updated section on how Advance Dining Reservations work
  • Updates to Disney's policies on reservation cancelation and seasonal dining surcharges
  • Updated list of sample prices for counter-service food
  • Recommendations on the best restaurants for kids; for romantic couples; for coffee
  • New reviews of the Magic Kingdom's counter-service lunch and sit-down dinner at Be Our Guest
  • New "Author's Favorite Counter-Service Restaurants" for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom
  • New review of Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie at Epcot's France pavilion
  • New review of L'Artisan des Glaces Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet at Epcot's France pavilion
  • Updated review of Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar at Epcot's Italy pavilion
  • New review of Gaston's Tavern at the Magic Kingdom
  • Preview of Morocco's Spice Road Table restaurant set to open in late 2013
  • Updated reader ratings for more than 150 counter-service and sit-down restaurants in Walt Disney World
  • New review of the food at the Splitsville bowling alley in Downtown Disney
  • New review of Monsieur Paul at Epcot's France pavilion


  • Part 11 - The Magic Kingdom
  • Information on the new Heroes/Villains parking lot system at the Magic Kingdom
  • Update on the Fantasyland expansion construction, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Description of Fastpass loopholes found at the Magic Kingdom
  • New review of A Pirates Adventure interactive game in Adventureland
  • Description of the new queue effects at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Minor updates to most Tomorrowland attraction descriptions and touring tips
  • Coverage of Disney's new nighttime Celebrate the Magic show
  • Where to find information for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Preview of the new Festival of Fantasy afternoon parade in the Magic Kingdom, scheduled to debut in 2014
  • Updated "Traffic Patterns in the Magic Kingdom" section showing the effect of the new Fantasyland attractions on guests' touring habits
  • Summary of how Fastpass+ may change the best viewing locations for parades and fireworks
  • Many new Jim Hill anecdotes


  • Part 12 - Epcot
  • Tips on where to find Epcot's alternate security checkpoint, in case the primary one is too crowded
  • New review of Chevrolet's Test Track ride and pavilion
  • Updates to many attractions' "When to Go" times and touring tips including when to use Fastpass


  • Part 13 - Animal Kingdom
  • Updates to the description of the park's opening procedures
  • News on Festival of the Lion King's move from Camp Minnie-Mickey to Africa
  • New review of Adventurer's Outpost character greeting
  • New review of Wilderness Explorers interactive scavenger hunt
  • Updates on Animal Kingdom's Extra Magic Hours schedule
  • Updates on Avatar construction and how it may affect what's left of Camp Minnie-Mickey
  • Updates to many attractions' "When to Go" times and touring tips including when to use Fastpass
  • Updates to the Animal Kingdom's traffic patterns, considering the likely effects of the closing of Camp Minnie-Mickey and the newest information on the afternoon parade route


  • Part 14 - Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Updates to Fantasmic! schedule, seating capacity and preferred viewing spots for the Fantasmic dinner package
  • Tips on how to get your children signed up for the popular Jedi Training Academy shows
  • New review for The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Updates on the cancelation of the Studios' afternoon parade
  • New section on the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
  • Where to meet characters for free


  • Part 15 - Universal Orlando
  • Updates to Universal's ticket options and prices; comparison of value with Disney's theme parks
  • New section on lodging at UOR
  • Updates on how Universal Express operates for resort guests and day guests
  • A brief overview of Universal's new Q-Bot ride reservation system


  • Part 16 - Islands of Adventure
  • Expanded coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Best times to visit The Wizarding World for Universal Orlando resort guests and day guests
  • Updates to IOA's dining recommendations
  • New "Two Parks in One Day" touring plan featuring the best of IOA and Universal Studios Florida


  • Part 17 - Universal Studios Florida
  • Coverage of the new Springfield USA area, home of The Simpsons Ride and Kang and Kodos' Twirl and Hurl spinner ride
  • Lots of detail around the new Diagon Alley section of the park opening in 2014
  • Updated review of Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue
  • Updated review of The Blues Brothers show
  • Review of Transformers: The Ride 3-D
  • Updated section in dining at Universal Studios Florida
  • Updated touring plans for 2014


  • Part 18 - SeaWorld
  • Coverage of the new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin ride, the largest expansion in SeaWorld history, and new TurtleTrek 3-D theater show


  • Part 19 - Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney World
  • Updates to the list of behind-the-scenes tours, prices and hours


  • Part 20 - The Water Parks
  • Updates to park hours, prices, and Extra Magic Hours policy


  • Part 21 to 23 - Beyond the Parks, Shopping and Nightlife
  • Coverage of the new Disney Springs construction, which will merge together Downtown Disney, the West Side, and Pleasure Island
  • Updates to the shops found in Downtown Disney, as well as where to find the best souvenirs
  • Updated golf course reviews, prices and hours


  • Touring Plans
  • Touring plans now contain advice for how to use Fastpass+ in conjunction with the plans. For each step in which we suggest Fastpass, we'll tell you the approximate time at which the Fastpass return window should start to fit in the plan. This allows you to request the correct return time from Disney's Fastpass+ system.

    If Disney limits the number of Fastpasses you can obtain, each touring plan also contains a prioritized list, from most important to less important, showing you which Fastpass+ attractions to get first.
  • New Magic Kingdom One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
  • New Magic Kingdom Selective One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
  • New Magic Kingdom One-Day Plan for Parents with Small Children
  • New Magic Kingdom Two-Day Touring Plan
  • New Dumbo-or-Die in a Day touring plan
  • New Animal Kingdom one-day touring plan
  • Updates to the Studios' one-day touring plan to include updated information on Tower of Terror's Fastpass distribution


  • 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.

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    Great guide book and full of a lot of useful information.
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    IMHO, this is worth buying, if you are going to WDW and if you have time to read/study the book, before your trip.
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    87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By L. Kramberg on August 2, 2013
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    When Len Testa said that there were to be major updates in what many of us consider to be the best guide (official or unofficial), that turned out to be an understatement. I only listed the "new" parts to the 2014 edition, but there are many more updates to the other sections as well. Here are most of the new items:

    Coverage of Disney's new My Disney Experience website,
    * New strategies for "park-hopping" (visiting more than one park per day).
    * A new, detailed section on Disney's new RFID-enabled MagicBand wristbands
    * A new, detailed section on Fastpass
    * Our new list of the best Disney-specialist travel agents.
    * Complete rewrites of the reviews for Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay and Royal Pacific hotels, plus a look at the Cabana Bay resort scheduled to open in 2014.
    * A review of the new Senses Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian resort. (
    * A new review of the Waldorf Astoria Spa.
    * A new section on cruising with kids
    * A new overview of Disney's staterooms
    * New stroller company recommendations and price comparisons with Disney's strollers.
    * A simplified, comprehensive chart of where to meet characters for free in each of the parks.
    * A new section on how to find the best rental car discounts. An updated section on how Advance Dining Reservations work, including new advice for speeding through Disney's online dining reservation system for hard-to-get reservations at Be Our Guest and Cinderella's Royal Table.
    * New reviews of the Magic Kingdom's counter-service lunch and sit-down dinner at Be Our Guest.
    * New "Author's Favorite Counter-Service Restaurants" for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
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    I like to plan all my vacations ahead organizing the whole journey, and not using travel agencies, to be able to see and experience as much as possible. Due to that I like different kinds of guides who are full of practical information that help visitor, whether if it's for the first time or several times visited location.

    Also, I learned that unofficial guides are usually better than the official ones, given that they aren't burdened with what they have to write, but include what are for passengers and visitors the most important and useful information.

    One of such excellent guides is this one that let you learn everything you need for visiting Walt Disney World and plan your perfect vacation whether for a day or several of them. Taking into account that Walt Disney World occupies a large area and has so many interesting things to do, it is really must-have to have a guide of some kind. And this guide will be recommended one from me, based on my own experience with previous editions but also with this one that is seriously updated from the previous release.

    You'll find information about transportation, accommodation and food, and of course lot of detailed information about the main and not so famous attractions you can find inside all the parks. For me the best part about this unofficial guide is their honesty, because the authors can afford to be honest when they critically speak about some attraction that doesn't live up to their own expectations. Maybe that will not be case for you but you'll get some warning ahead, up to each reader to judge herself/himself.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 7, 2013
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    Wouldn't do Disney without it. I buy the new edition everytime we go and learn something new with each edition.
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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ben Pizzini on October 7, 2013
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    This is an interesting entertaining and informative book. Cannot say enough good things about this book. This is a must for anyone planning a trip to Walt Disney World (along with Touringplans.com). This book is on the your side, not Disney's, it breaks down the rides and explains how they appeal to all age groups. They also review the restaurants, hotels (both in and out of the World), and all of this with a sense of humor, that lends to the enjoyment of the book.
    They are also not afraid to provide opinions and comments of readers that disagree with them.

    Important to know that you do not need to read the book cover to cover, but just read the sections that are important to you.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Troy De Smit on October 6, 2013
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    Even though I have been to Disney several times and researched our Disney trips extensively, I still learned so many valuable tips.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wicket on January 23, 2014
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    I am planning a 2015 trip (originally going for 2014 but had to change plans) I've been to Disney once but this book really offers so much useful information. I would really recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to Disney. The hotel information is really valuable and I enjoyed the rating system.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Conn Bancroft on October 8, 2013
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    Other books are helpful but this one always gives you just a little bit more and sometimes a whole lot more of the info that sends it over the top.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Simpson on March 25, 2014
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    I bought the 2013 guide and it was extremely helpful in planning our first trip to Disney, although there was very little information about the Guest Assistance Card for special needs. The GAC was so easy to use that there did not really need to be that much information in the guide.
    Disney made a major change last year to move away from the GAC to the new Disability Access Service Card in October of 2013. I bought the 2014 guide hoping it would explain how the DAS worked and how to use it with the new Fast Pass system. Unfortunately in the 2014 guide there was not even a reference that a change had been made. They still talked about the GAC - and did not say much about it. No information at all about the DAS.
    I really wasted my money buying the guide again. I hope that in the next edition the authors will make more of an effort to explain how Disney accommodates special needs. I'll be doing my research on Google.
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