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Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation [Paperback]

Roger Wilk
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28 Dec 2012
There is a newer version of this book available in paperback. Please purchase the 2014 edition by expanding the paperback formats selection above, and select the version published February 16th, 2014 instead (ISBN-10: 1495972933). It's updated for 2014 and expanded with 40 bonus tips! Thanks- and have a magical day!
Packed with over 200 tips to help you save TIME and MONEY!

Prepare for your journey to the "Happiest Place on Earth" - Walt Disney World!

Experience a magical Disney vacation with Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation. Whether you're going to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Epcot, we've got you covered with over 200 Disney World tips and secrets to save time and MONEY while taking the stress out of your Disney vacation planning.

If you're heading to Disney's water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Disney Tips & Secrets will ensure you're prepared to splash into the fun! The Disney Insider team has spent THOUSANDS of hours INSIDE THE PARKS of Walt Disney World over the past five years, carefully tracking and logging experiences to compile tips & tricks that will be invaluable to you on your Disney vacation.

In Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation you'll discover things like:

  • Where is the secret exit at Magic Kingdom that will help you beat the crowds after the fireworks? (Tip #101)
  • Where can you find the best baked goods in all of Walt Disney World? (Tip #102)
  • What's the quickest way to Splash Mountain & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? (Tip #97)
  • How can you save TONS of money on Disney souvenirs? (Tip #67)
  • Where are the best spots to see the “Wishes” fireworks show? (Tips #89-91)
  • Where can you find the cheapest soft drinks (from all over the world) in Walt Disney World (Tip #119)
  • What is the best stage show at Disney? (Tip #136)
  • How can you beat the lines at the busiest ride in all of Walt Disney World? (Tip #156)
  • How to maximize your enjoyment of Disney's awesome water parks? (Chapter 9)
  • How to take the BEST Disney vacation photos & videos? (Chapter 10)

Whether it's your first visit to Walt Disney World Orlando, or your 40th, you'll find TONS of useful tips to use as you plan your vacation, AND while you're IN THE PARKS! Discover hidden paths and a secret exit from The Magic Kingdom to avoid the crowds at the end of your day. Beat the crowds as you head for the monorail back to the parking lots or your hotel. Learn the secrets to getting great wildlife photos at Animal Kingdom, and the best way to photograph Disney's AWESOME closing shows: "Wishes" at Magic Kingdom, Epcot's "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth", and Hollywood Studios' "Fantasmic!"

If you're staying off of Disney property, discover the secret to avoiding Disney traffic. Find out how to score big vacation savings with FREE Disney dining plans too. There's a section on trip planning, tips for getting there, and even tips on how to get the BEST Disney pictures and video to capture the memories of your Disney Vacation.

Come along with us on a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Bring along the Disney Orlando tour guide that brings you Disney tips & secrets that you won't find anywhere else, presented in easy to understand language- with a little humor too!

Join the fun- and let the memories begin!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481816934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481816939
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read 26 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are a few hidden extras in the book that you might not find in other books.
It has a lot of practical hints alot of which I would regard as common sense.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly... Not Very Helpful; Mostly Common Sense 16 Feb 2013
By Scott S. Lynde - Published on Amazon.com
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Contrary to the title of this book, no "magic" was unlocked by reading this book -- save for one decent tip on how to get the high score on Buzz Lightyear. The rest of the tips were basically general knowledge and common sense, and most of the tips in the book aren't even specific to Walt Disney World -- they are general travel tips. For example:
Tip 11: "If you're booking something at the last minute, check those 'last minute deals' websites..."
Tip 27: "Pack as much as you possibly can in your carry-on . This will save on luggage fees."
Tip 57: "Take snacks and as much water as you can carry into the park with you. You'll save lots of money this way."
Tip 158: "Don't forget the sunscreen!..."
Tip 159: "Buy the kids swim shirts and maybe pick them up for the grown-ups, too..."
Tip 183: "If you're puchasing a new camera for the trip, make sure you read the manual..."

For the tips that are specific to Walt Disney World, they are mostly common sense:
Tip 75: "Make a list of the key attractions you'd like to visit and plan your strategy in advance to get the most out of your day..."
Tip 99: "Try to ride the most popular attractions like Splash Mountain...early or late in the day to minimize your wait times."
Tip 112: "The Epcot tip board is located in the central hub of Innoventions. Check it out to see wait times for the popular attractions."
Tip 125: "The park tip board [for Animal Kingdom] is located on Discovery Island as you cross from the Oasis on the right. Use it to see wait times and ride closures."
Tip 151: [At Hollywood Studios] "Don't miss the Beauty and the Beast show!..."
Tip 165: [At the water parks] "If you're bringing your lunch, there are covered pavilion areas with picnic tables..."
Tip 172: [At the water parks] "Unless your younger (10 and under) kids are great swimmers, don't leave them unattended in the wave pools..."

If you've never traveled (anywhere) before, then you might find some valuable information in the book. The writing is clear and easy to read, even if the book is a bit thin (201 "tips" and pictures across 86 pages). And, at less than $10, it is not expensive.

(Note: The photos are black and white and are a bit grainy, so they won't offer a good view of what to expect in the parks.)

If you've traveled anywhere before, don't bother with this book. A far better option (in fact, THE best option) to prepare for a Walt Disney World vacation would be the "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World."

If you are interested in learning more about the "magic" of Walt Disney World, try "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" by Susan Veness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would You Like Some More Info On Money Saving Tips At WDW? 23 Mar 2014
By Chris Donofrio - Published on Amazon.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you need this book!! 26 Feb 2014
By kurt lehn - Published on Amazon.com
I have been to Disney quite a few times, but this book showed us how to use our time better. We also learned of other things to do in Disney that we never knew about. Fun reading.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars spend your money elsewhere 17 Feb 2013
By Alison Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book does have a few good tips, but for the money, you are MUCH better off purchasing a more in-depth book, like the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. For a few dollars more you get a TONS more information and reviews.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misinformation, Waste of Money 25 Jan 2013
By I. Noraas - Published on Amazon.com
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I buy and read a lot of Disney guide books, this one is absurd. His very first tip is incorrect. In it he states that you can make dining reservations 90 days in advance, this is wrong, you can make them 180 days in advance (plus 10 if you are staying on site). Mentions that there are limited on-site options for families of 5 without ever mentioning any of the alternatives to a standard quad occupancy room, villas, cabins, suites...etc. He uses 5 of his 201 tips to extol the virtues of buying a personal misting fan to deal with the heat.
I appreciate his enthusiasm for the parks but this book comes across as tips for his own personal trip as opposed to great insider secrets. I'm just mad I wasted my money on this.
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