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The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2010 (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Test Your Disney Smarts!
Amazon-exclusive quiz from author Bob Sehlinger
Amazon-exclusive content from author Bob Sehlinger 1. Select the time of year for your visit: Walt Disney World is busiest Christmas Day through New Year’s Day. Thanksgiving weekend, the week of Washington’s birthday, the first full week of November, spring break for colleges, and the two weeks around Easter are also times when visitation can peak at 92,000 visitors in a single day. The park is far less crowded during the off season, but be advised that the parks often open late and close early during that time. You can find detailed charts and info on the best times to visit in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. 2. Shape up: Visiting Disney World requires levels of industry and stamina more often associated with running marathons. As you plan your time at Disney World, consider your physical limitations. It’s exhausting to rise at dawn and run around a theme park for 8 to 12 hours day after day. Every Disney World vacation itinerary should include days when you don’t go to a theme park and days when you sleep in and take the morning off. Plan these to follow unusually long and arduous days. 3. Formulate your park plan: First-time visitors should see Epcot first; you’ll be able to enjoy it without having been preconditioned to think of Disney entertainment as solely fantasy or adventure. See Animal Kingdom second. Like Epcot, it’s educational, but its live animals provide a change of pace. Next, see Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which helps transition from the educational Epcot and Animal Kingdom to the fanciful Magic Kingdom. Also, because DHS is smaller, you won’t walk as much or stay as long. Save the Magic Kingdom for last; it’s the park that epitomizes Disney World for most visitors. 4. Create your touring plan: Which rides and attractions appeal most to you? What are you willing to forgo? Planning your day in advance can save you up to four hours of waiting time in line. We have developed a hierarchy of categories that will help you evaluate each ride and plan the best way to enjoy them all. For example, SUPER-HEADLINERS are the best attractions the theme park has to offer – and they usually have the longest lines. MINOR ATTRACTIONS are midway-type rides, small “dark” rides (cars on a track, zigzagging through the dark) and walk-through attractions—which can be a lot of fun, without the long wait. Remember that bigger and more elaborate doesn’t always mean better. See examples of touring plans (and create your own) in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. 5. Getting hungry?: There are three lessons to learn before you dine in the parks. One: Theme-park restaurants rush their customers in order to make room for the next group of diners. If you want to linger over your expensive meal, don’t order your entire dinner at once. Order drinks. Study the menu while you sip, then order appetizers. Tell the waiter you need more time to decide among entrees. Order your main course only after appetizers have been served. Dawdle over dessert. Two: If you’re dining in a theme park and cost is an issue, make lunch your main meal. Entrees are similar to those on the dinner menu, but prices are significantly lower. Three: Disney adds a surcharge of $4 per adult and $2 per child to certain popular restaurants during weeks of peak attendance, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and in 2009 every day from Memorial Day through July 4.
From the Back Cover
"Best Travel Series of the Year"
"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
—The New York Times
Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:
1 Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
2 New color section with practical information for your trip
3 More than 200 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non-Disney hotels for families
4 A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World
5 Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head-to-head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks
Top customer reviews
The reviews & information about the attractions are very helpful & informative. Although Walt Disney World is for children, there are attractions & rides that are not for the very young even if they meet the height requirements. This book helps explain the scare factor & appeal to a broad range of ages. Through the years I have used this guide to steer my children on the right attractions at the right ages so now they will ride everything & anything with little or no fear/apprehension. It always saddens me to hear & see kids at Disney who were put on a ride because it was "Disney" only to be freaked out & scream & cry the whole time. For attraction information, I highly recommend this book
The recommended touring plans are invaluable! We have truly spent very little time in line & have enjoyed so many attractions at Disney because we had a TOURING plan. I always enjoy reading the book because it is written in a humorous manner.
I used the website & downloaded the corresponding app. With this guide you can access "member-only"aspects to the website & app. They are was worth the price of the book! The app was fabulous! It really helped us adjust our touring plan on the fly.
I will be using this book as a beginning point to plan our Universal Studios vacation for Fall 2014 & updating my subscription to the app too.
While not meant to be read from cover to cover, it is indeed very readable. The readers' comments provide complementary and honest point of views, and I think the authors do a good job balancing different voices when choosing readers' comments to include.
Another bright point, in my opinion, is effectively catering to a wide audience in terms of the financial and cultural spectrum. I am more of a cheapskate, and see Disney as a place where you can easily burn money but which nonetheless seems like an interesting experience to our family, focusing on what has made Disney famous. In this respect, I feel I'll get plenty of value from the guide, with effective money-savings plans and good touring plans to cover the basics. But there's also a lot of content there that seems to fit people both higher and lower than me on the financial scale and the breadth of interests and activities they'd may want to cram on their Disney trip.
My only suggestion for improvement would be to make it more uniform throughout in terms of details and readability. I am clear that his behemoth has evolved over many years of updates, but all the same some sections are too long and detailed on stuff that's ancillary at best; this guide has the best primer in popping feet blisters I've ever seen anywhere, period! Conversely, some attractions are described in slightly less detail than I'd prefer.
In short, you could do much worse than plunge ten bucks into a guide that will SURELY help you make the most of your multi-thousand-dollar, triathlon-energy-demanding Disney trip!