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The Complete Walt Disney World 2016: The Definitive Disney Handbook Paperback – October 13, 2015
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The internet is an amazing thing. There are dozens of websites and blogs out there offering information pertaining to a vacation to Disney. And yet, none have managed to do it as well as "The Complete Walt Disney World" --John Frost, The Disney Blog.
Imagine a veteran Cast Member with the insider secrets of a local, the helpfulness of a top travel agent and the organizing skills of management guru all in the same person. That's this author, and that's this book. It's a planning guide and handbook that I will recommend to my own family and friends.--Eve Vanderpool, Monorail Media
There are dozens of guides to Disney World, but I like this one. The author is not affiliated with Disney, but received much inside access by the company to provide very detailed descriptions of each ride, show and attraction. Among the gems nestled between nearly 450 color photos are fun facts and little things to look for.--Florida Times Union
A must read for any Disney World fan. Worth owning even if you think you know it all about Disney World. Many interesting tips and bits of information. Covers everything you can imagine and is literally smothered in pictures. The best of the best hands down for anyone planning a Walt Disney World vacation.--explorethemagic.com
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Congratulations! You have purchased the best book there is about one of the best theme-park resorts in the world. Yes that's not very modest, but we really think it's true. The more you look at this book, the more you will enjoy your visit. It provides helpful information that's easy to find, clear and accurate. Whether you're seeking general information, looking for answers to specific questions ("Is my daughter tall enough to ride Space Mountain?" "How far is Animal Kingdom Lodge from Epcot?") or insightful advice, this book can help. Many parents like to look at it with their children, as its abundance of photos appeals to all ages. But before you start flipping through it, please take a minute and read these two pages. They explain the book and help you get the most out of it.
A handbook. Really. This book is written, as the catchphrase on the back cover says, to be "a handbook on how to have fun." That means it focuses on helping you enjoy each attraction, regardless of how good it is.
It's also deep. To get the most out of Walt Disney World, we think it helps to fully understand it. That's why there's a chapter on Disney history, and another just on its characters. That's why there are 27 scoring tips for the Toy Story Midway Mania ride and 209 animals in an included field guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom.
You should know: our ratings are weird. We rate every attraction from one to five stars. But that doesn't mean a five-star ride is better than a four-star ride. It means a five-star ride lives up to its promise better than a four-star ride. Overall we give 56 percent of Disney attractions 4 or 5 stars, 25 percent of them three stars and 12 percent 1 or 2 stars. As for the attractions we think are best, we give those checkmarks.
Something else you should know. The Complete Walt Disney World is the only major Disney guide written by authors who live in Orlando. Author Julie Neal has spent nearly 2,000 days in the Disney parks over the past ten years; she used to work at Disney as a concierge supervisor. In 2015, she led CNN correspondent Richard Quest through the Magic Kingdom in an episode of "CNN Business Traveler."
What's new in the 2016 edition of The Complete Walt Disney World?
- New Star Wars land. The scoop on the new Star Wars land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, including some attractions that debut in 2016, with colorful artist renderings and concept art.
- New Toy Story Land. The other new land coming to the Studios, including a colorful map that shows everything that's planned.
- New Frozen ride. A detailed review of the controversial Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot, which opens in May 2016.
- New Jungle Cruise bar. A new look at Disney's many resort hotels, including everything that's changed at the revamped Polynesian Village Resort, including a full review of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
- New Jungle Cruise restaurant. Coverage of Magic Kingdom's brand-new Skipper Canteen.
- New Soarin' Around the World ride. The updated hang-gliding adventure at Epcot.
- New wildlife adventures. The new bird show and evening safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
- A cupcake ATM? A restaurant themed to Walt Disney? Cabaret girls? Are they really coming to Disney Springs? Learn details about this amazing new shopping and entertainment center that you'll find only in this book.
- The latest on MagicBands and Fastpass+. Exclusive insight and advice on how to take advantage of Disney's free Fastpass+ service, which lets you book rides and shows weeks in advance.
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I look forward to the release date of this book. I had this one in hand two days after Amazon released it. Just in time for our next trip at the end of October 2014. There hasn't been a new edition in some time. Very grateful the Neals were able to make one available. (Bless the Neal family)
I enjoyThe Complete Walt Disney World books more than any other guides, and I have purchased many over the years, Birnbaums is too proDisney, Granted, we are huge fans, but not everything is perfectly delightful to every person that passes through the gates. The Unofficial Guide has good information for a military march with the objective of get in, do as much as possible in the least amount of time and get out unscathed. The Complete Walt Disney series is much more balanced, not motivated by kickbacks, or with any other agenda than having a great time. It is obvious the Neals actually enjoy their time at the resort. They aren't afraid to be honest about everything they review, good, bad or indifferent. The books are made up of so much more than just reviews. Tips, phone numbers, address and so on abound.
The photos in the book are excellent. The shots are unique and not always taken from the typical picture spots located everywhere throughout WDW. They are clear, beautifully composed and give a real taste of the variety and detail found in the parks and surrounding areas.
Walt Disney World is huge and complex with millions upon millions of things going on, anywhere from updates to landscape, food to fireworks, entertainment to accommodations. What an informative resource to touch on all of it with clear, concise reviews. There are so many tips and treasures to be found on the pages, I read it from cover to cover each and every time I purchase one. The cost of the book is well worth the payoff. It has given us so much insight. We take it with us and review the activities we have planned, just so we don't forget any tidbits we want to check into. Do we agree with everything? No. Everyone has different tastes. But the information here has opinion attached to it but by no means is so stringent in their way that it doesn't leave room for your own take. It does tell things in a neutral voice often enough.
I DO refer all of our friends and anyone who asks to these books, even Disney Travel Company agents. The information about how to score higher at the games in Toy Story Midway Mania alone is so worth it. Reading keeps me in touch and makes us look forward to our next trip all the more.
Buy it, read it love it. Even if you aren't ready to make plans for a visit, it's such an interesting read. But if you are hoping to venture to the big WDW in the future, this book is the absolute best place to start.
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