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This is a good book before going to WDW
on January 15, 2012
I did not give this book 5 stars because I found the first parts to be boring in terms of staying in a Disney owned hotel and using the transportation. Chances are you have gone over the WDW site or visited your travel agent and are on your way to making reservations if you have not done so first. Either way, this is not a terrible book to have if you're heading to WDW. Claire gives you a lot of tips about the hotels and ways to save money (mailing your snacks beforehand to save money rather than buy them in the park).
What is worth the cash for this book is the tips for the parks. For example, in the Kodak Shop in Town Square in the back of the store are those silly cut outs you can stick your head through and take pictures. I did not know this. She also tells you the best places to meet characters in each park and where the character breakfasts are the best value and also to make reservations in advance. Disney offers this for a reason and it fills up fast. Her park tips, while some a little obvious, were excellent. I made several notes in my trip notebook about things she says.
I recommend you buy this book and either take it with you or make notes to take with you (I bought mine on Kindle and I am not willing to risk losing it in the park) but if you are traveling with families and especially small children, her tips will make your visit much more enjoyable. If you know nothing of the hotels and are starting with this book, she makes a lot of good points as well. I just point out that if you know what you're doing it may be a little redundant. Read that part anyway, you will learn things there also. Her park tips are golden. I should point out some tips may be out of date, such as the part about waking up Tinker Bell, as I read from another reliable reviewer that this is no longer an opportunity.
I have read several books already and this one is quite good for tidbits going to Disney World. I definitely recommend it.