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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2016 Paperback – September 15, 2015
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What's New in the 2016 edition of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids?
Four more kids join the team of personal trainers
The latest on the Frozen girls, where to see and meet them and how to do so with the shortest waiting time
Advice on how best to use Disney’s Fastpass+
Review of all the new live entertainment in the parks
What to expect at Disney Springs a.k.a Downtown Disney
Review of the revamped Polynesian Resort, the latest new restaurants
The latest about the AVATAR-inspired Land under construction at Disney's Animal Kingdom including information on the new evening spectacular
Updated touring plans taking all new shows and rides into considerationLatest news from Universal Orlando
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 the 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 he 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. He lives in Birmingham, AL.
Liliane J. Opsomer was born in Belgium, lived in New York for 25 years and now resides in Birmingham, AL. She is passionate about travel, Disney, and Hobbits. Liliane is a regular contributor to johnnyjet.com, themouseforless.com and Everett Potter's Travel Report. She is also one of the photographers to "The Color Companion to Walt Disney World - The Unofficial Guide." You can find Liliane in the parks several times each year.
A lifelong Disney theme park fan, Len Testa has coauthored Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, as well as "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 "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, he lives in Greensboro, NC.
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Also, because of the length and complexity of the book, I wish there was a brief checklist somewhere in the book to list out which attractions you want to use FastPass+ for so that you have all of those in one spot when you get the opportunity in advance to book those things. Now I need to keep track in a separate spot with my list and the suggested times to make those reservations. The same thing applies for the advanced dining reservations -- a list of the restaurants that you absolutely MUST have advance dining for would be greatly appreciated.
The other thing, and this may be something I didn't realize before, but the touring plans (even the 2-day ones which you would expect to include "everything") don't hit some of the "big" rides. For example, the Animal Kingdom 1-day plan doesn't include the Everest roller coaster, which is a headline attraction. I realize the plan is for "small kids" but the height limitation is only 44", which my 5 year old already far exceeds. Now I need to review list of rides in the touring plans back against the chapter that discussed all the rides to make sure that there wasn't a ride we would like to see that is similarly not included. In addition, for authors who make such a big deal about needing to go back and take naps midday (with which I fully agree having three children ages 5 and under myself), the 1-day Animal Kingdom touring plan for families with small children seems to have no nap built in. Is this intentional - or just an oversight?
I hate to nitpick but I think my previously glowing impression of this book from 2013 simply contrasts heavily with what I found this time around. I feel like I should have very few questions after reading this. Unfortunately, some basics like 1) Can I use my wristband for the park tickets if I buy them at a non-Disney vendor (which I still don't seem to understand whether I can or how I make this happen if it's allowed) and 2) Are the 180-day advance reservations doable for the entire week of your stay on the 180th day, or do you have to log on each day that's 180-days out from your desired reservation?
For a family who will be spending a lot of time and money on this vacation, small things make a big difference. Unfortunately, I feel like there were some major oversights in this edition.