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501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation Paperback – March 4, 2015
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Kristi Fredericks is a lifelong fan of all things Disney and has been visiting the resorts since she was a baby. She is thrilled to share her passion for the Disney parks and feels that there is nothing better than enjoying a Disney vacation with the ones you love.
Kristi is the founder of the website DisneyWorldEnthusiast.com and a blogger for TouringPlans.com. When she isn't busy reading about, writing about, or planning for Disney, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching movies, and playing games.
Kristi lives in Colorado with her Prince Charming husband and two sons who are growing up to be huge Disney fans as well.
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In addition, she is very good at breaking down costs and presenting useful ideas of how to save money, focusing on prioritizing, carrying a few key supplies, and not overscheduling the touring. Fredericks offers a clear-eyed view of the Disney dining plans and gives credence to suspicions that often they are not worth the money. Her suggestions are amusingly all over the map from how to jazz up Magic Bands with party store tattoos covered in clear nail polish to the locations of great topping bars at counter service restaurants (Pecos Bill’s in Frontierland and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland).
When it comes to Disney, Fredericks is clearly an expert: her blog disneyworldenthusiast.com offers valuable information that updates and expands on the valuable advice presented in this book. In 501 Ways . . . she offers a handy breakdown of which attractions in the four theme parks work best for a variety of age groups and interests. Her knowledge of the hotels and the pleasures of resort hopping ultimately accumulate into a compendium of tips of where to relax and get an entirely different yet rewarding perspective (particularly for meals, entertainment, and fireworks) on Disney World.
Her personal anecdotes are delightful and often make the reader feel likes he’s along on vacation: “My family loves to combine a round of miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens and a visit to the nearby Boardwalk Bakery for what we like to call ‘a night of mini golf and massive cupcakes.’”
I have been to Disney at least a dozen times and am an avid researcher, yet 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation gave me new ideas about Magic Hours, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, reservations, the nuggets listed above, and many more possibilities, too large in number for this review. Let’s just say, I’ll have the book handy as I plan my next trip and in my backpack when on arrive at Disney World.
But that still leaves hundreds of spiffy and helpful tips that even Disney regulars may not know. Combined with the fact that it's written in a extremely easy to read format with decent large print and the very reasonable price- and that makes this a good buy for any Park visitor. And a absolute MUST for families for children. Since there's just the two of us and no kids, i rated this ****, but I'll bet if you have kids you'd want to give this ******!