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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2010 (Unofficial Guides) [Paperback]

Bob Sehlinger
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Table of Contents

List of Maps. Introduction. Why "Unofficial"? Declaration of Independence. Dance to the Music. The Importance of Being Goofy Honey, I Blew Up the Book! For Those Who Desire Additional Information. The Death of Spontaneity. A Word to Our Readers about Annual Revisions. Corrections, Updates, and Breaking News. We′ve Got Attitude. The Sum of All Fears. Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? The Unofficial Team. The How and the Why of It. The Unofficial Guide Publishing Year. Letters and Comments from Readers. Walt Disney World: An Overview. What Walt Disney World Encompasses. Disney–speak Pocket Translator. The Major Theme Parks. The Water Parks. Other Walt Disney World Venues. PART ONE: Planning before You Leave Home. Gathering Information. PassPorter Guides. Walt Disney World on the Web. WDW PHONE NUMBERS. When to Go to Walt Disney World. Selecting the Time of Year for Your Visit. Extra Magic Hours. Early Entry (aka Morning Extra Magic Hours). Summer and Holidays. The Disney Calendar. PART TWO: Making the Most of Your Time and Money. Allocating Money. Disney and the Recession. Walt Disney World Admission Options. Help Is on the Way! Magic Your Way. Base–ticket Add–on Options. Diz Spin. A Cloud Is Just a Cloud. Big Brother Is Watching. How to Get the Most from Magic Your Way. Where to Purchase Magic Your Way Tickets. For Additional Information on Passes. Where the Real Deals Are. Free Tickets and the Time–share Game. The British Are Coming! More Discounts on Admissions. Partially Used Passes Purchased before January 2005. How Much Does It Cost per Day? Allocating Time. Which Park to See First? Operating Hours. Official Opening versus Real Opening. The Vacation That Fights Back. The Practicality of Returning to Your Hotel for Rest. Arrival– and Departure–day Blues: What to Do When You Have Only Half a Day. Optimum Touring Situation. The Cardinal Rules for Successful Touring. What′s a Queue? Of Utmost Importance: Read This! Touring Plans: What They Are and How They Work. Overview of the Touring Plans. Extra Magic Hours and the Touring Plans. FASTPASS. Understanding Walt Disney World Attractions. Cutting Your Time in Line by Understanding the Rides. Cutting Your Time in Line by Understanding the Shows. A Word about Disney Thrill Rides. The Wonderful, the Wild, and the Wussy: Central Florida Roller Coasters. "Unheralded Treasures" Touring. The Magic Kingdom. Epcot. Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney’s Hollywood Studios. PART THREE: Accommodations. The Basic Considerations. The Tax Man Cometh. About Hotel Renovations. Benefits of Staying in the World. Staying in or out of the World: Weighing the Pros and Cons. The Disney Resorts. Disney Resorts 101. How to Get Discounts on Lodging. Choosing a Walt Disney World Hotel. Researching Walt Disney World Hotels. Unofficial Guide Readers Speak Out. Readers’ 2009 Disney Resort Report Card. Walt Disney World Hotel Profiles. The Magic Kingdom Resorts. The Epcot Resorts. The Bonnet Creek Resorts. The Animal Kingdom Resorts. Independent Hotels of the Downtown Disney Resort Area. How to Evaluate a Walt Disney World Travel Package. DISNEY LODGING FOR LESS. Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way Packages. Number Crunching. Throw Me a Line! Packages from a Different Perspective. Hotels outside Walt Disney World. Selecting and Booking a Hotel outside Walt Disney World. Driving Time to the Parks for Visitors Lodging outside Walt Disney World. Getting a Good Deal on a Room outside Walt Disney World. Condominiums and Vacation Homes. The Best Hotels for Families outside Walt Disney World. Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked. What’s in a Room? Room Ratings. A Word about Toll–free Telephone Numbers. The 30 Best Hotel Values. THE TOP 30 BEST DEALS. HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE. HOTEL INFORMATION CHART. PART FOUR: Serenity Now! A Look at Disney–area Spas. Spa Profiles. PART FIVE: The Disney Cruise Line. The Mouse at Sea. The Future Is Now. The Ships. Cabins. Services and Amenities. Dining. Facilities and Entertainment. Children’s Programs. Sports, Fitness, and Beauty. Castaway Cay. Disney Cruise Line and the Recession. Cruise–WDW Packages. Advance Reservations for Shore Excursions, Spa, Palo, and Children′s Programs. A Few Tips. PART SIX: Walt Disney World with Kids. The Ecstasy and the Agony. Reality Testing: Whose Dream Is It? Recommendations for Making the Dream Come True. About the Unofficial Guide Touring Plans. Stuff to Think About. Strollers. Lost Children. How Kids Get Lost. Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff. The Fright Factor. SMALL–CHILD FRIGHT–POTENTIAL CHART. A Bit of Preparation. Attractions That Eat Adults. A Word about Height Requirements. ATTRACTION AND RIDE RESTRICTIONS. Waiting–line Strategies for Adults with Young Children. The Disney Characters. Meeting Characters for Free. Character Dining. Character Dining: What to Expect. CHARACTER–MEAL HIT PARADE. When to Go. How to Choose a Character Meal. Getting an Advance Reservation at Cinderella′s Royal Table. Other Character Events. Babysitting. Special Programs for Children. Birthdays and Special Occasions. PART SEVEN: Special Tips for Special People. Walt Disney World for Singles. Walt Disney World for Couples. Weddings. TIPS FOR GOING SOLO. Honeymoons and Vows Renewals. Romantic Getaways. Walt Disney World "At Large". Walt Disney World for Expectant Mothers. More Tips for Moms. Walt Disney World for Seniors. Getting Around. Timing Your Visit. Lodging. Transportation. Senior Dining. Behind–the–scenes Tours. Walt Disney World for Guests with Disabilities. Visitors with Special Needs. Friends of Bill W. Guests Who Don’t Speak English. PART EIGHT: Arriving and Getting Around. Getting There. Directions. The I–4 Blues. Sanford International Airport. Security at Orlando International Airport. Getting to Walt Disney World from the Airport. Disney′s Magical Express. Renting a Car. RENT AT THE AIRPORT OR OFF–SITE? Getting Oriented. A Good Map. Finding Your Way Around. How to Travel around the World (or The Real Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride). Transportation Trade–offs for Guests: Lodging outside Walt Disney World. All You Need to Know about Driving to the Theme Parks. Good Fuzz, Bad Fuzz. Sneak Routes. Taking a Shuttle Bus from Your Out–of–the–World Hotel. The Disney Transportation System. DOOR–TO–DOOR COMMUTING TIMES TO AND FROM THE DISNEY RESORTS AND PARKS. PART NINE: Bare Necessities. Credit Cards and Money. Credit Cards. Banking Services. A License to Print Money. Visiting More Than One Park in a Single Day. Problems and Unusual Situations. Attractions Closed for Repairs. Car Trouble. Gasoline. Lost and Found. Medical Matters. Sergeant Blisterblaster’s Guide to Happy Feet. Rain. How to Lodge a Complaint with Disney. Services. Messages. Pet Care. PhotoPass. Excuse Me, but Where Can I Find . . . . PART TEN: Dining in and around Walt Disney World. Dining outside Walt Disney World. Take Out Express. Dining at Universal CityWalk. WHERE TO EAT OUTSIDE WALT DISNEY WORLD. Buffet and Meal Deals outside Walt Disney World. Dining in Walt Disney World. Getting It Right. Disney Dining 101. It’s the Economy, Pluto. Advance Reservations: What’s in a Name. Behind the Scenes at Advance Reservations. Getting Your Act Together. Dress. Smoking. Food Allergies and Special Requests. A Few Caveats. Walt Disney World Restaurant Categories. WALT DISNEY WORLD BUFFETS AND FAMILY–STYLE RESTAURANTS. Hard Choices. Full–service Dining for Families with Young Children. Quiet, Romantic Places to Eat. Fast Food in the Theme Parks. Disney Dining Suggestions. The Magic Kingdom. Epcot. Animal Kingdom. Disney′s Hollywood Studios. More Reader Comments about Walt Disney World Dining. Counter–service Restaurant Mini–profiles. Walt Disney World Restaurants: Rated and Ranked. Readers’ Restaurant–survey Responses. WALT DISNEY WORLD RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE. Full–service Restaurant Profiles. PART ELEVEN: The Magic Kingdom. Arriving. Getting Oriented. Starting the Tour. FASTPASS at the Magic Kingdom. Main Street, U.S.A. Adventureland. Frontierland. Liberty Square. Fantasyland. Mickey′s Toontown Fair. Tomorrowland. Live Entertainment in the Magic Kingdom. Parades. Afternoon Parade. Evening Parade(s). Parade Route and Vantage Points. Vantage Points for Fireworks. Leaving the Park after Evening Parades and Fireworks. Traffic Patterns in the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom Touring Plans. Choosing the Appropriate Touring Plan. Magic Kingdom Touring–plan Companion. The Single–day Touring Conundrum. Preliminary Instructions for All Magic Kingdom Touring Plans. What to Do If You Get Off–track. Park–opening Procedures. Before You Go. Magic Kingdom One–day Touring Plan for Adults. Authors’ Selective Magic Kingdom One–day Touring Plan for Adults. Magic Kingdom One–day Touring Plan for Parents with Young Children. Magic Kingdom Dumbo–or–Die–in–a–Day Touring Plan for Parents with Young Children. Magic Kingdom Two–day Touring Plan. PART TWELVE: Epcot. Overview. Operating Hours. Arriving. Getting Oriented. The EPCOT Acronym. Future World. Guest Relations. The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. The Land Pavilion. Imagination! Pavilion. Test Track Pavilion. World Showcase. Mexico Pavilion. Norway Pavilion. China Pavilion. Germany Pavilion. Italy Pavilion. United States Pavilion. Japan Pavilion. Morocco Pavilion. France Pavilion. United Kingdom Pavilion. Canada Pavilion. Live Entertainment in Epcot. IllumiNations. IllumiNations Cruise. Traffic Patterns in Epcot. Epcot Touring Plans. Preliminary Instructions for All Epcot Touring Plans. Epcot One–day Touring Plan. Authors’ Selective Epcot One–day Touring Plan. Epcot Two–day Sunrise–Starlight Touring Plan. Epcot Two–day Early–riser Touring Plan. PART THIRTEEN:Animal Kingdom. Arriving. Operating Hours. Getting Oriented. The Oasis. A Word about Animal Kingdom Live Shows. Discovery Island. Camp Minnie–Mickey. Africa. Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Asia. DinoLand U.S.A. Live Entertainment in Animal Kingdom. Traffic Patterns in Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom Touring Plans. Before You Go. Animal Kingdom "Not a Tour...

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