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The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012 (Unofficial Guides) [Paperback]

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20 Sep 2011 Unofficial Guides (Book 283)
This best selling and definitive guide to Disney World is bigger and better than ever! Exhaustively researched and packed with insider advice that will save you both time and money Tried and tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day Tips, advice, and opinions from hundreds of Walt Disney World guests in their own words Almost 250 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non–Disney hotels for families A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World Every attraction rated and ranked for each age group.  Coverage of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter including best times to beat the crowds, the best places to buy Butterbeer, and the scoop on all the shops in the village of Hogsmeade. Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are rated best in the world. earning high marks for things outside of the traditional theme park experience. Epcot′s International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place for six weeks every fall and showcases food from twenty–five countries, was rated by Forbes Traveler as one of the Best U.S. Food and Wine Festivals. In 2011, Disney not only launched its new cruise ship, the Disney Dream , it also announced plans of a complete overhaul of Pleasure Island set to begin construction and reopen as Hyperion Wharf

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (20 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111801233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118012338
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 12.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Tourist′s Best Friend!" — Chicago Sun–Times "Indispensable" — The New York Times Six Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide : Exclusively patented, field–tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day Detailed tips and secrets on Universal′s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from butterbeer to broomsticks More than 200 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non–Disney hotels for families A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head–to–head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks The Unofficial series is completely independent. If a restaurant serves lackluster food or an attraction isn′t worth the wait, we′ll tell you Check out The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World , filled with 560 full–color photos: It′s the perfect companion to this guide. The latest scoop on Universal′s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter How to cut your waits in line by 4 hours a day

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Get More Comprehensive Than This 28 Sep 2011
Make no mistake about it, visiting almost any theme park can be a stressful and daughting experience as much as it is fun. Hours spent standing in queues, huge amounts spent on basic meals and the inability to find your way around often only contribute to making this situation worse. This is where the 854 page, completely comprehensive and totally unofficial guide weighs in with almost all the information you would need to know for a visit to Walt Disney World. Detailing every resort, hotel, restaurant, ride, attraction, show, tour, area and much much more it doesn't get more comprehensive and beyond the suggestions in the front I struggled to find anything missing in this complete guide to the destination - buy this even before you book for the guide to purchasing tickets.

However, the great strength of this book, that it does contain everything is also it's greatest weakness and I can't help but feel the balance has tipped towards too much information. Weighing in at over 2.5kg you barely want to take it on holiday let alone lug it around the acres of Walt Disney World. While there are removable sections at the back with maps and touring plans I can't help but think that following a set plan for greatest efficiency takes some of the fun out of trying to work out or choose where to go next and may discourage you from trying something new or dismissing it based on the fact its too wet, scary or one of the many other categories each ride is rated on. I couldn't help but feel that asking an employee may make more sense than searching for the single page on lost children, the guide on how to deal with your children was a little basic and that the entire book was just encouraging you to visit the Touring Plans website.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with essential information 17 Sep 2011
By AquaViola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is THE book on Walt Disney World. If you're thinking of having a holiday there in the next 12 to 18 months, I want the most for your time and your money, this is an essential book for you.

For me, the best thing about this book are the Touring Plans, a step-by-step guide on how to efficiently see everything the Park with minimal wait. The book's authors claim that this can save you four hours waiting in line a day, and after using them, I have no doubt about it. Of course, everything else about Walt Disney World is also in here, from reviews of all restaurants and attractions to how long you should expect to take to get to each Park from your resort.

The style of the book is serious when necessary, but usually a lighter tone makes reading it enjoyable. New inclusions in this 2012 edition include: how far in advance to call Disney for reservations at every sit-down restaurant in and out of the parks; Universal Studios touring plans, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and updated touring plans. Updates to this book can be found on the TouringPlans website, and more helpful planning advice can be heard on the WDW Today podcast. Basically, for the price it is, a must buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step-by-Step for first timers! 11 Oct 2011
By Shazza
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As the title suggests we are first timers to Disney taking the grandchildren. This book has answered all the pre-visit questions so far, like height access for rides, map of areas, eating etc. Well worth the money and it certainly will be coming with us on the plane. It also gives great descriptions of the Harry Potter experience, which was a bonus. Even the children (9 yrs/7yrs) are delving into it for information. Everything the reviews say it is and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 8 Dec 2011
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This is my 2nd copy of this book, the last being back in 2007 so I knew what the layout/content was. It's the best all round book on WDW I've found and I've read a few! Some of the ratings for rides etc are obviously just opinion so you have to maybe do your own research to see if your children are suited to various attractions but this book is an excellent tool for planning your Florida trip. I've got other titles in this series too. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not the best 19 Oct 2011
Going to Orlando and Disneyworld for the first time without a plan is a recipe for disaster. There is so much to do that you can easily come back totally exhausted so a book like the Unofficial Guide is pretty much essential. This most recent version, like the others before it, is full of excellent tips and tricks to make life a lot easier when visiting the Disney parks ranging from things as simple as which rides to go on first to how to stand the best chance of booking a charcter meal with a Disney princess. As other reviewers have said the book is huge and you certainly wouldn't want to be walking around Magic Kingdom constantly refering to it. It is most useful used for reference before you go so that you can formulate some sort of plan of attack!
As well as the Disney parks the book covers in detail the different Disney accomodation available as well as going into overkill about every single eating establishment, from the most expensive sit down restaurants to ice cream kiosks! Unsurprisingly the overall opinion is the food is much better and cheaper outside the parks than in them!
The frequently mentioned touring plans are useful and will save you time rather than randomly wandering about even if you do not follow them to the letter.
The main reason I have not rated the book 5 stars is it's over emphasis on food and the fact that it only really concentrates on the Disney bit of Florida. The Harry Potter attraction at Islands of Adventure is described in detail but other places, notably Seaworld, hardly get a mention. The same applies to none Disney accomodation and restaurants of which their are many that are both better and cheaper than the Disney equivalents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Disney Holiday
We bought this for our holiday to Disney World that we went on last summer. Even though I researched my holiday and places to eat out at this was a great help and gave us lots of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by samanthaM
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot go wrong with this book.
You cannot go wrong with this book - it gives you a great, insightful, detailed look at everything you would possibly need to know about WDW.
Published 18 months ago by Sophie Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This book will give a lot of hints when you are visiting Disney World, whether its for the first time you have done it or not.
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source of information for Disney Fans!
This guide is full of information, I have picked up some really good tips. Will be on our 5th trip at the end of this year and you can never have enough info on Disney. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by J. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Have been to WDW several times in the past but have always found you can read and read and still not know everything, this book is brilliant, so much information that is useful... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Tink18
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything but the kitchen sink
This book is a must buy if you are travelling to Orlando to visit the theme parks. The book gives very detailed information on hotels, dining options and reviews and in depth... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by L. E. O'Toole
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book is a perfect aid to planning a family holiday at the Walt Disney resort in Florida - just make sure you have the time to read it!
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Debbie
Ordder this book along with another book...just looked at it when it came and said there is
no way l'm going the read this! it just didnt stand out... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic investment and anticipation generator
I bought one of these a couple of years ago for our first trip to DisneyWorld (WDW) last year. I've just bought another for next year's trip. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Smit in OZ
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