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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2017 Paperback – September 20, 2016
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"In the Disney world, there is one source of information revered and trusted above all others. (The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World)."
--Paul Gauder, WDW Family Style.
"If you're looking for a reliable guidebook, the leader is the Unofficial series."
--The Mail (London)
"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
--The New York Times
From the Inside Flap
What's NEW in the 2017 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World?
How to wade through the complexities of making Fastpass+ attraction reservation
Why so many guests dislike the new Fastpass+ system
When to go - why the fall is becoming as crowded as summer
Review of the NEW Rivers of Light Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom
The latest about the Star Wars attractions at Disney Hollywood Studios
Update on Pandora-The World of Avatar, currently under construction at the Animal Kingdom
Review of the NEW Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot's Norway Pavilion, including the new Anna and Elsa meet and greet
All you need to know about the mammoth expansions of the Disney Springs dining, shopping, and entertainment venue
Proven strategies for making advance reservations for Disney restaurants
How to pay for a rental car by what you save eating outside Walt Disney World
Food Courts rated, ranked and profiled
The latest news from Universal Orlando including a preview of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, the new multi-sensory, multi-dimensional ride at Island of Adventure
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I re-buy this every few years to get the updates.
Tells the pluses and the minuses.
Tells about the non-Disney options (that can save you $).
Lots of details, so you need to spend many hours to study everything, and this helps you to do it in advance.
The Disney World of the 21st century changes all that. We'd visited it before, during "off season" (something that no longer exists), and enjoyed ourseives by doing what we felt like without needing to plan. That doesn't work any more.
There are so many things to do, the lines are so crazy, the parks have so many different attractions, there are so many special events, that if you show up and expect to have a good time, you're NOT playing the odds. You need to plan ahead - weeks or months - or your trip is likely to be one of those exercise in misery / "having fun whether you like it or not" kind of trips.
Throw in the concept of Fast Passes, reservations, extra magic hours, and the like, and you can NOT get away with just looking at a few maps and deciding which rides to prioritize. There are just TOO MANY THINGS to keep track of, and you honestly have to make concrete plans as soon as you can book your passes.
This guidebook has information on everything you could think of, and quite a lot of things you can't imagine you need to know. It is incredibly comprehensive. With the companion website at your fingertips, it truly is an indispensible tool. Now, at nearly 900 pages, this thing is not at all portable. We wound up getting the Kindle edition: not as easy to flip randomly through, but since we had the Kindle app on our phones, a LOT easier to carry around. It's really a matter of preference which format (electronic or paper) to get.
I do strongly recommend using the companion website. Their basic touring plans are good but if you spend the extra fee (ours was included by the travel agent who booked our trip) you can customize your touring plan to skip things you don't want to do and double up on things you enjoy. You can even find out what the advantages / disadvantages are of the various areas of the resorts (for example, we knew to request a specific section of the resort on our recent visit).