Walt Disney World (Unofficial Guides)

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9780028637273: Walt Disney World (Unofficial Guides)

For Travelers Who Want More Than the Official Line "A Tourist's Best Friend!" —Chicago Sun–Times "Indispensable" —The New York Times The Top 10 Ways The Unofficial Guide ® to Walt Disney World ® Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip: Every attraction rated and ranked for each age group, based on interviews and surveys of more than 19,500 patrons Where to go: the best times of year and the best days of the week Pros and cons of staying in or outside "the World" All area hotels rated and ranked for value and quality of rooms Field–tested touring itineraries for each park, including Universal's new Islands of Adventure—for adults or families with children Ratings and reviews of all full–service restaurants in Walt Disney World Tips and warnings for first–time visitors and those with special needs, as well as unvarnished, practical advice for families, couples, honeymooners, and singles Proven strategies for planning the perfect Walt Disney World vacation with small children, including trips to Universal Studios Escape and Sea World How to find and meet the Disney characters A new, comprehensive shopping chapter with insider advice on the best places to shop in and around Walt Disney World This guide is a completely independent evaluation of Walt Disney World and has not been reviewed or approved by Walt Disney World or the Walt Disney Company, Inc. Find us online at frommers.travelocity.com

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While Walt Disney World stands for fun, fun, fun, it comes at a hefty cost--long waits, huge crowds and high prices. As Bob Sehlinger writes in his Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World "when it comes to Walt Disney World you either need a plan or a frontal lobotomy". As the huge complex of theme parks has grown to roughly the size of Boston, so has Sehlinger's guide, from less than 200 pages to over 700. While that may seem formidable, every one is chock full of invaluable information for making the most of your time and money, with the least amount of hassle. Sehlinger is an excellent guide--witty and readable and he and his research crew have done a commendable job figuring out the most efficient and economical ways to spend your time. They even researched traffic patterns at each of the parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and the Animal Kingdom) and devised touring plans tailored to a wide range of needs--visitors with or without kids, seniors, disabled guests and even expectant mothers (who cannot, unfortunately, go to the Mad Tea Party). Visitors who use these touring plans typically spend over three hours less in line than those who wing it (how can you not love this book?). You're not, of course, restricted to the tours. Each attraction is given a lengthy description and evaluation, including ratings for age groups, probable waiting time and when to go. As if all that hand holding isn't enough, there are just as thorough reviews of each of the hotels and eateries both inside and outside the park. Finally, Sehlinger has the sort of tips you aren't going to get from Disney but really need, such as how to get in before the official opening time; how to cut down time spent in lines; deciding when to go, right down to the day of the week; coping with children's needs, from bathrooms to blisters to fear; and how to navigate Disney's transport system. With the average cost of a day at Disney for a family of four coming in at 391 US dollars, the price of this guide is a small outlay to ensure that your time at Disney World is truly magical. --Lesley Reed

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"A fun and lively read, it′s exceptionally useful. It′s a small investment for a very beneficial return." Cynthia M. Allegrezza, Today′s Parent of Massachusetts, North Oxford, MA

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