I’ve been to Walt Disney World quite a few times. Between Disneyland and WDW, I’ve been about 25 times in the last decade. Granted, that’s no record; however, it is enough that I can navigate the parks and what they’ve got to offer without assistance. So why then would I buy a guidebook? Because Disney is definitely the master at changing things to keep the parks fresh and I don’t want to miss out on something new and fun because I wasn’t informed.
While most books are geared for the first time visitor and they go into depth about how to tour the park and provide microscopic details about what to see and exactly how to do it, that’s not something you require outside your first visit. And for this reason I enjoy the The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, 2012 Edition. It’s an ideal breakdown of what’s new and includes all of the current pricing and options. It’s updated annually to be sure you’re receiving the freshest information which means you know what you’ll be expected to pay, what rides and shows are closed for rehab, and what special events are happening within the parks. Some of our most memorable trips included special events that we wouldn’t have known about without the book.
In addition, I love that the The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, 2012 Edition is in a format that’s easy to grab and read just the section I’m interested in at the moment. It allows me to skip the sections that don’t apply to our family without missing out on any important information. Its best feature for me is where to stay at each location – the ideal rooms on that property. I’ve stayed in a diverse cross-section of properties at WDW from the All-star Resort to the Grand Floridian and this book lets you know which rooms at each location are best – closest to the transportation, best view, etc.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, 2012 Edition also offers great ride ratings, dining information, sample itineraries, planning cards, and up-to-date maps. All of this great content is offered in an easy-to-read format that makes it simple to refer back to. It’s a great accessory for your next trip.
What’s my best advice for traveling to Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Relax, enjoy the experience, don’t over schedule yourself, and know that you can’t do it all and see it all in one trip, or maybe even five trips, so don’t try.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Alpha; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615641122
- ISBN-13: 978-1615641123
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