The Best Guide Book For Disney World Planning
If you buy only one guidebook to plan your Walt Disney World vacation it should be the Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World.
It is by far the best Disney planning book that I’ve read. It’s full of everything you could possibly want to know about Walt Disney World, from resorts and theme parks, to restaurants and activities.
I’ve got to warn you though, it’s very thick book. But that’s good because there’s so much to learn about Disney World. There were other guidebooks that I used it rely on before I discovered the Unofficial Guide, and I do still get them because of all of the research I do, but the Unofficial Guide has become my primary resource.
There is of course lots of detailed information on the Disney Theme Parks. And when I say detail, I mean it’s very detailed, even to the point of providing touring plans of the Theme Parks for many different circumstances, which will save you lots of time during your day in the parks. There’s lots of information on pre planning, how to make the most of your time and money, and a very extensive section on accommodations. All the hotels have great descriptions given, even down to what are the best rooms to ask for when making your reservation. There’s another great section on dining in and around Walt Disney World. There’s a section on the Disney Cruise line. Information on what to do outside of the theme parks like Disney’s water parks and other activities at Disney World such as shopping and Disney nightlife.
The Unofficial Guide is really great for two reasons. Each year they send their team of researchers to Disney World to gather extensive information. These teams check all the hotels and restaurants, check wait times for the rides and they test their touring plans to make sure that they’re still valid. The other reason this book is so great is that the readers send in comments suggestions and reviews, many of which are posted in the book.
There is a website associated with the Unofficial Guide: TouringPlans.com which contains quite a bit of free information, but the best information is for members only. You can purchase a year’s membership for less than it costs you to park for a day at one of Disney’s theme parks.
Once you purchase a membership you’ll have access to their crowd forecast calendars. These calendars are based on their extensive research in the parks and they predict how heavy or light crowds will be in the theme parks each day. You can look at prospective dates for your trip to see what attendance will be like and decide which park to visit on what day.
Members can also check wait times on all the rides, real time from their phone with a free app called Disney World Lines from TouringPlans.com. A year’s membership is $10.95 but you will get a discount if you’ve purchased the Unofficial Guide.
You can’t go wrong with the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, it’s well worth the money.
There is a Disneyland version also.
Note: MDT is a TouringPlans.com affiliate.
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