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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2014 Paperback – September 17, 2013

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About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series.

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.

Bob Sehlinger is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press, Clerisy Press, and Wilderness Press. The author of 27 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.

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Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. In addition to coauthoring The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, Kubersky also contributes to The Intrepid Traveler’s Florida guidebooks and Orlando Attractions Magazine. He has been interviewed by FOX-TV, Rudy Maxa, Coaster Radio, and The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. Named Best Arts Writer in The Daily City’s 2013 readers’ poll, Kubersky writes an arts and entertainment column “Live Active Cultures” that appears in every issue of the Orlando Weekly, Central Florida’s leading alternative newspaper.

A native of Livingston, New Jersey, Kubersky earned a B.A. in theater at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has produced and directed dozens of plays through his award-winning Empty Spaces Theatre Co. and at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. As a stage technician and entertainment supervisor at Universal Orlando from 1996 to 2000, he worked on the Ghostbusters Spooktacular and Terminator 2: 3-D attractions, Mardi Gras parades, and Halloween mazes. Kubersky lives in downtown Orlando with his wife, Genevieve, and their cats, Java and Brubeck.

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A lifelong Disney theme park fan, Len Testa co-authors The Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Britain’s Best Days Out. In grad school, Len’s master’s thesis described new computer techniques for generating efficient theme park touring plans, for which Len was awarded a U.S. patent.

These days, Len leads the team at TouringPlans.com, the website and research arm of The Unofficial Guides. Len has stayed at every Disney hotel, experienced every Disney ride, and eaten at every Disney restaurant and food cart in the U.S. When he’s not at a Disney theme park, Len lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, in a mid-century modern house whose kitchen was custom-built after one of Space Mountain’s post-show scenes.
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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guide to Disneyland
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Unofficial Guides (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628090049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628090048
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had the 2008 version but was going to go again this December. Honestly, it is not much different than the 2008 version. I mainly bought it for the updated pricing and cars land section. Also it is just fun to read and builds the excitement for my trip.
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Planning a trip to CA this summer. Taking my 9 and 5 year old to Disney. Book helped me chose going two days to Disneyland instead of one day and Disneyland and one day at California Adventures. Also had great tips on when to go on certain rides etc. Highly recommended!
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This guide helped us tremendously, but be ready to walk A LOT if you follow the guide maps in the back. Even the ones for people with small children were challenging and we gave up half way through the day. I really liked the tips about how to find characters and good places to eat. It helped us skip the fluff stuff and find the unique areas of BOTH Disneyland and California Adventure.
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My mom had this book twenty years ago when we went to Disneyland as kids. I remember reading it over and over again for the ride descriptions. This edition has a wealth of information but the best information seems to be on their website. I found the book to be meandering and disjointed. For example, they spend *pages* telling you what they are going to tell you later in the book. The most frustrating part I found was that throughout the book it preaches going back to the hotel for an afternoon nap. But the touring plans don't account for that. They say to "finish the structured part by 3" or "go hard until lunch" which is not only conflicting but vague and not worked into the plans.

Overall it's fun to read and get excited for your trip. The tips about what to bring and how to dress and how to prep your family beforehand are outstanding. I say check this book out from the library for that info, and use their website and app for the actual touring plans.
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1) If you DON'T want to waste your time STANDING IN LINES purchase this book.
2) If you NEED a PLAN when you go on vacation purchase this book.
3) If you want to SAVE $$$$$$$ money on your trip purchase this book.

* It ranks different Disney hotels and good neighbor hotels.
- this books tells you what each hotel has to offer and what they ranked it.
* This books describes different places to eat at Disneyland. From character dining, fine dining, casual dining, and go to food carts.
- it explains what it has to offer and price range.
* I really like that it also describes the rides and explains how different age groups may or may not like it. (young children, teens, adults, seniors)
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I have been going to Disneyland on a regular basis since 1959, and California Adventure since it opened, so I don't need a guidebook. Yet I buy this book every 2 to 3 years. Why? Because it is fun to read, covers everything, is well written, has lots of humorous and useful tips from real visitors, and actually helps me plan my time by deciding in advance which restaurants I want to make "reservations" for and whether I want to try new attractions. I also frequently entertain adult clients at Disneyland, and the book has been extremely helpful in planning visits to fit their preferences. I have no problem with someone who loves to ride Pirates of the Caribbean over and over and eat at Blue Bayou, because I do that myself, but I am at a loss with someone who wants to see Fantasmic, watch parades and drink wine. This book solves all my problems. Then when I am done, I give the book to friends or family who are planning a trip--a great excuse for needing to buy myself the next edition!
I bought the Kindle edition for the first time this year, but then bought the paperback a few days later. I just like it better in paperback because it is easier to skip around in.
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I wish I could give it 10 stars! Everyone who goes to Disneyland should read this book first. I cannot stress this enough. This book will increase your enjoyment of the park many times over. Don't spend all your time there standing in lines and wandering around. This book tells you how to use your time there wisely. We try to go to Disneyland every 2-3 years. I buy the latest copy of this book each time. It tells me about all the newest attractions and any changes in Disney policies and procedures. There are specialized touring plans included for families with small children or with teenagers or with older people. Included are plans that vary depending on how many days you have to spend there. You can also find out about the food and accommodations both within the park and nearby. This book is not a Disney product so it tells the good and how to avoid or minimize the bad. You need this book. You will not be disappointed.
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An all-around guidebook to Disneyland. It's especially good for those who've visited Walt Disney World in Florida but not Disneyland in California because it compares & contrasts the two parks and tells you what's better in each.
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