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The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012 (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – September 6, 2011

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"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
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Six 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

  • Detailed tips and secrets on Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from butterbeer to broomsticks

  • 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

  • The Unofficial series is completely independent. If a restaurant serves lackluster food or an attraction isn't worth the wait, we'll tell you

Check out The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World, filled with 560 full-color photos: It's the perfect companion to this guide.

  • The latest scoop on Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • How to cut your waits in line by 4 hours a day


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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guides (Book 283)
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111801233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118012338
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've bought several editions of this book over the years and it's really the best guidebook for Disney that there is. It's huge and covers everything you could imagine wanting to know. It's also witty and interesting and filled with tidbits of information that you didn't even think you needed to know.

I had a 2010 edition and just wanted to check out some changes, so I downloaded the less-expensive Kindle edition for 2012. When I went to search for the specific information, I found the book had not been indexed. That means it's not searchable. For a book this size and for this type of content, it makes it practically unusable.

If you want a read through and plan to make a lot of notes, I suppose the kindle edition could be a good choice. But, if at this point, you wanted to look for specific information, then I don't think it's a good choice at all on the Kindle. The hardcopy would be a better choice. I realize there's a table of contents that was partially searchable but even the TOC was not entirely functional. I did NOT check the index prior to returning the kindle edition but that wouldn't have necessarily filled my needs either since it's easier to search in the Kindle than it is to use the index (imo).

I still recommend this book, just not the Kindle edition.
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Ok, if you are going to go to Walt DisneyWorld, aka Epcot, aka The Magic Kingdom, etc, this book is simply a must-get. No questions asked, no debate. Get this book. Period.

It is beyond exhaustively comprehensive. We are talking 800+ pages and quite thick and heavy. Ok, maybe you might just take out the quick guides or print off a page or two when actually at the parks. Being rather bulky is my only complaint. But it has to be, so...

The authors say that following the plans in this guide will save you about 4 hours in line. We used the 2011 Unofficial guide during our 2011 visit, and even tho we went off on our own after the midday part (which the book actually OKs), it was a HUGE timesaver. Not to mention- one part of our party went off without the guide and got lost & confused and re-joined us admitting they had just wasted about 2 hours. So, even with our "let us stick with the tour plan until we get the must-see rides done, then go off on our own" it saved 2 hours just on one day.

The guides rates & guides you to the best deals on the attractions, the food, the hotels, transportation, ticketing and just about everything.

Now, we didn't hit any of the non-Disney parks, so I can't say with any authority whether the Unoffical guide works at those as well. But I can tell you that those parks are also covered in detail, with scads of hints & tips.

Now, if you are not going to go to WDW, then this book might just talk you into going. Or not.

In any case- get this book!

Len was kind enough to send me a review copy of the 2012 edition.
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I am a Disney World fanatic, and I've borrowed older versions of the Unofficial Guide from the library many times. I finally decided to buy the 2012 copy for myself since next May will be the first time I stay on Disney property. This is a heavy book; my wrist hurts after a while from holding it! But I love it anyway! The authors say that most people use this as a reference guide, but I'm the kind of weirdo that kind of reads it straight through (minus some of the info that doesn't apply to me). I like how they include the comments and opinions of readers in blue within the text. That way you get both sides of the picture. I have guide books and trivia books, but this is one that's filled with info about the parks with humor and lots of opinion included. If you just want a guide book telling you what rides are where, choose a different book. This has a lot more than that.
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This is the most complete guidebook for the parks. Comprehensive coverage of hotels, rides, food and the best tips. But the most important part of these books is the touring guides. This book is good for the Disney initiate and the nerdy DVC junkie as well.

The hotel section covers analysis with actual research done more than one person. Although it seems a bit ridiculous to have as much detailed analysis and hands on visits, it is nice to benefit from the research.

The rides are rated several ways-- kid friendliness, general enjoyment, darkness of the ride, will my toddler/teenager like it, etc. It really helps to plan for a wide scope of their audience.

The food ratings are okay. The are mainly concerned with price and speed of service, not any feedback or recommendations on entees at each place.

There are tips all throughout from park visitors. The tips range from both sides of the issues. Audience feedback is included in blue ink and ranges from educated to complaints. But it gives a good feel from people about the rides, insider tips on time of year to travel, general ideas the Unofficial team puts forth, etc.

But by far the best thing about this book is touring plans that give actual list of attractions to visit in order. The plans save time in the parks, and really make the trip more enjoyable. I've tested the tips on several trips and they work like a charm.

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