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A Brit's Guide to Orlando and Walt Disney World 2002 (Brits Guides) Paperback – 30 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W Foulsham & Co Ltd (30 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572027443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572027445
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,990,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are going to Orlando, you'd be totally insane to go without this book." -- David Newnham, The Guardian

From the Author

This is now the seventh edition of what has become the UK's best-selling travel guidebook, and there is more than ever before to fit in between its covers - more info, more insight, more value and more FUN.

These four elements are the key, I believe, to a successful guide to the world's most exciting holiday destination. And it is a quartet which the Brit's Guide is designed to deliver in full.

The bottom line is, for all the fact Orlando is a fabulously exciting place, it is also highly complex and wide-ranging and it is easy to be bemused and bewildered by it all. But, with me as your guide, I guarantee you will be on the right road to a rewarding and memorable holiday experience, dodging the pitfalls and avoiding the sidetracks that await the unwary.

I spend a considerable amount of time in central Florida each year and like to think that volume of insider research is reflected on every one of the book's 288 pages. Whether it be one of the area's eight essential theme parks, the great supporting cast of attractions - including ecotourism and sport - the newest hotel, the trendiest restaurant or the most happening nightclub, you'll get the most user-friendly view of it here.

There is SO much fun to be had from SO many places in this vast area - Disney World alone covers 47 square miles - I just hate to think of people not getting the maximum enjoyment from their visit. With the Brit's Guide as your companion, all of Central Florida is yours to explore with impunity.

Now, please feel free to continue your reading at leisure, but don't forget to Have A Nice Day......!

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Churchill on 4 Jan. 2002
Whether you're first-timer or a seasoned Orlando visitor, believe me, you need this book.
I've just returned from my sixth visit to the vacation capital of the World, with a seventh already booked. For years I shunned this guide with its connotations of knotted-hankie, rolled-up trouser wearing Brits abroad in favour of the major players' offerings (Fodor's, Frommer's, et al). And very good they are. But allow yourself to get past the title and there's just no going back!
Each chapter has a witty subtitle, for example, Eating Out (or, Watching the Americans at Their National Sport), and the pages are scattered with little Union Jack boxes containing 'Brit Tips' - every one a gem.
Simon Veness really has got everything covered. And, as a six-time visitor and the owner of innumerable guidebooks on the area, I consider myself qualified to make the judgement. All the parks (not just those of the Disney empire) are given thorough coverage, and the Off the Beaten Track chapter is indispensable for old-timers like me, or for those who may find themselves weary of the endless commercial onslaught. There's invaluable information on driving Stateside; details of every shopping venue imaginable (including maps, directions and opening hours); ALL the accommodation options (most American guides focus on hotels and overlook the popular choice for Brits of the private villa); and even a chapter devoted to going home which provides detailed information on both airports. And I mean detailed! Were it not for this book, we would not have discovered McCoy's Bar and Grill in the Hyatt Hotel at Orlando International Airport. A couple (or six) of pre-flight Manhattans has become an essential part of our going home ritual.
If you are travelling to Orlando, do yourself a favour and BUY THIS BOOK. For first-timers it is every bit as essential as your passport. Old hands will use it in much the same way as a dictionary. It rarely leaves my side.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
We went to Disney this Easter with our Children aged 12, 10 and 7. It was to be a once in a child time trip and one eagerly awaitd by all three but dreaded by Mum and Dad. I had heard horror stories of long queues and miserable children and was determined to avoid both whilst seeing and doing as much as possible.
Before travelling I read much of the Brit's Guide and by following the author's excellent advice we "did" Disney. We were there for 10 days, visited all the 4 major Disney parks plus Universal studios and Blizzard Beach. We also visited Discovery Cove where the children swam with Dolphins.
This book is a must. I believe there were record crowds at the parks and we rode every major ride, saw all the shows, all the top attractions and didn't do any queuing! I think we were the only people there who knew about the fast pass!
The book is laid out in a very clear and concise manner, very user friendly and a very definite "must".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rwnm@mercury1996.localdial.com on 15 Dec. 2001
Basically this is the only guide book that is
required reading when planning and getting around
the experience that is Orlando.
The fact that the book is updated each year through visitors` adventures being relaid to the author coupled to his frequent visits means that it is highly unlikely that you will get a nasty
suprise when visiting a recommended venue.This is almost unique when considering guide books in
general-this is especialy relevent with the
dynamic situation that exists in Orlando.
Everything is covered from arriving at the airport
to driving,eating,shopping,beaches and oh!yes
Theme Parks!Each park has each ride rated for
excitement and suitability.Even the parks` food
outlets are reviewed.
In conclusion this is the only guide that is needed for a trip to Orlando to ensure that you
have the holiday of a lifetime.Infact the biggest
misnomer is the title as many Americans are great
fans of the book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2001
This was our second visit to Orlando and central Florida, and I only wish that I had this book the first time around as it would have saved a lot of time. It is superb and not only deals with all the theme parks but every other attraction that the average holiday maker may not find for themeselves. Truthfully there are many places that we visited this time that we would not have done had we not had this book, eg Skull Kingdom, Kissimmee rodeo, Boggy Creek etc.
Simon Veness doesn't just compile a list of places and point you in the direction - he describes and rates them, their attractiveness to your family makeup, value for money and any pitfalls. He appears to have been to all the venues and is honest with his comments. It is a guide you can trust.
I can honestly say it has been the best guidebook of any type that I have read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2002
Being a fairly regular user of amazon, I have never felt strongly enough about any book (fact or fiction) to write my own review until now.
Having just returned from Orlando with my now battered and well used Brits guide, I have to totally agree with all the other customer reviews - this is truly an outstanding book!
Need directions from the airport to your resort? Not sure what car insurance you need? What days are the theme parks busiest? There's a massive queue for an attraction - is it worth the wait? What are the other must see Orlando attractions?
It's all in the book with lots more.
If you're going to Orlando you cannot ignore all these reviews - BUY THIS BOOK!
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