- Series: Unofficial Guides (Book 262)
- Paperback: 864 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047061529X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470615294
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2011 (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – September 7, 2010
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A. LakeView Restaurant, B. The California Grill, C. Cindarella’s Royal Table 2. Afternoon milkshakes for two kids will cost you:
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A. 3-9, B. 3-11, C. Under 18 4. When is the best time to take the kids on Dumbo the Flying Elephant?
A. Before 10 a.m. or after 9 p.m., B. Immediately following lunch, C. At exactly 3:15 p.m. 5. Which Disney theme park is five times the size as the Magic Kingdom?
A. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, B. Epcot Center, C. Animal Kingdom 6. The best time to visit Walt Disney World is:
A. On your child’s birthday, B. The day of your child’s final exam in math class, C. During the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Answers: 1)B, 2)B, 3)A, 4)A, 5)C, 6)A Five Unofficial Ways to Prepare for Your Trip to Walt Disney World
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. Top Ten Unofficial Tips for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Amazon-exclusive content from author Bob Sehlinger 1. To avoid the worst of the crowds, either be at the turnstiles 45 minutes before park opening or visit the Wizarding World after 8 p.m. If the park closes at 8 pm or earlier, visit the Wizarding World one hour before the park closes. 2. See Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey first. If you haven’t seen it before, use the regular queue that includes a tour of Hogwarts Castle. 3. If you want to repeat the ride portion of Forbidden Journey, use the singles line – you’ll be able to ride in 20 minutes or less. 4. One of the coolest things in Wizarding World is the Wand Selection demonstration at Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Hogsmeade Village. See it immediately after experiencing Forbidden Journey. 5. On busy days, there are lines for everything including shops, the restaurant, the pub, and even the Butterbeer vendor carts. Try to complete your shopping early in the morning or return to shop in the two hours before park closing. 6. To buy Butterbeer without a long wait go to the rear patio entrance to the Hogs Head Pub. 7. Butterbeeer comes in both a regular and frozen version. Most visitors prefer the frozen version. 8. Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, which also doubles as the exit for the Forbidden Journey attraction is one shop you can visit without waiting in line, though you’ll have to buck the tide of exiting riders. 9. Note that on busy days, if you exit the Wizarding World, you cannot return except by joining the end of the line of those waiting to enter. 10. If Florida schools are back in session, try to visit on a weekday. And be sure to check out Wizarding World in the evening when the lighting gives the park a totally different and magical look.
From the Back Cover
Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:
Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
Proven firsthand advice on how to plan and save money on your Walt Disney World vacation
More than 200 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non-Disney hotels for families
A complete dining guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World
Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head-to-head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks
Top Customer Reviews
After receiving the 2011 version and heavily perusing it, I find that, if anything, it's even better than the previous versions. If nothing else, its a LOT larger than the first one I bought in the 90's. It gives ratings and reviews of hotels and dining establishments in the area (both on and off Disney World), covers all of the parks and attractions on Disney in tremendous detail, and the parks and attractions off of Disney in lesser detail (primarily Universal Studios and Seaworld). Additionally, the book provides information on how Disney prices their tickets, how to save money on meals, when to visit Disney, and of course, at the end of the book, their recommended touring plans for each park in order to see as much of the parks as possible in the least amount of time.
The touring plans themselves are almost worth the price of the books. If you've never been to WDW, the parks are HUGE ... and if you just start wandering around and getting on whichever attraction catches your eye, you're going to be spending a lot more time in lines (and less time enjoying the attractions) than you should. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with just going where you want to, when you want to, but you could spend literally hours more waiting in lines than you need to.Read more ›
This is the second edition I purchased.
Has the most information in one book I can find.
Tells the good and the bad.
Can be complex. They give you schedules and plans to see the most, which may seem like a military drill, but you can read these guides and use the pieces you like.
If you have never been to WDW or need lodging information, then by all means, get this book. It is perfect for that and has every bit of information about every possible hotel/campsite, etc., on and on. If you are like me and know where you're staying and have read a previous issue of this book, then just join the unnofficial website, touringplans.com. to get updated information.
If there was a disappointment it was in the attempt to include information about Universal Studios and Sea World, which I thought might be as thorough as the Disney information, but, as you might expect in a book devoted to Disney, is really given short shrift. I'm not sure why the authors felt a need to go beyond Disney in the first place as they already offer a separate book for non-Disney Orlando attractions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cut hours off our wait times. The descriptions of the rides are accurate, and some are hilarious. The anecdotes alone are worth the cost of the book, but it's an invaluable guide.Published 1 day ago by Jalex
Great way to nerd out for trip to WDW; lots of stuff online nowadays but this seemed to be the bible.Published on July 8, 2014 by Thomas
I am a collector of old Disney travel guides, the older the better. I love being able to read about how things have changed through the years. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Seaweed
We use one of these books every time we go. Have never been disappointed. Our kids made it to everythingPublished on May 15, 2014 by shari szostek