While the information found in the book is found in larger Disney guide books, this is the only book with the dinning info that is small enough to fit in a pocket and be carried all day. Since at Disney you walk a marathon each day, you really don't want to lug along one of those all inclusive phone book sized guide books, leave them in the hotel room and just carry the dinning guide with you. The listings have enough basic info on each restaurant that you will know what you are getting into and what they offer. Just got back from a trip to Walt Disney World and I would warn you that Disney has really recently jacked the food prices. Two years ago when I was last there, it wasn't so bad, but this time it was a real shocker. A hot dog and fries was $8, a burger and fries was $10-12, a fast food lunch for one, will run about $12-15. Thank goodness I packed a lot of food along for quick in the room breakfasts for a quick start in the morning and had lots of snacks along for the kids, nothing like getting back to the room after a long day and one of the kids announces that he is "starving". Ended up packing my food in my backpack (a real must at WDW) and supplementing our meals and drinking from our water bottles to keep our food costs down. Was able to keep a meal for a family of four, to about $25-35 by skipping sodas, and having the kids share an adult meal like a pizza instead of buying two kids meals for $5 each that they don't finish. Best bargain was the full size pizza at the "All Star" hotel restaurant for $14? and it fed the four of us. Another bargain is the non-Disney restaurants like the "Rainforest Café" located just outside the Animal Kingdom park, which have not jacked their prices and are now bargains compared to the Disney food services. This all makes having the Dining Guide all the more important to have, since each meal at Disney is now a major investment, if you are going to pay out big money, you should at least be able to pick a place that has food that you like.
I saw a lot of people packing in food, which I had not seen before. The high food prices also makes the Disney food plan (if you stay in a WDW hotel) more of a bargain, which I understand from conversations with WDW employees was the reason why the prices were increased, to force people into buying the food plan. There is an off season special offer where they throw in the food plan for free with a full price room, instead of offering the room 40% off normal price. Next WDW trip I am thinking of packing MREs.