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on 26 August 2013
I was disapointed with this guide, it was very superficial and did nothing more than "translate" American terminology for British readers. I find the Frommers Guides much more comprehensive, although Frommers is published in the United States it speaks to readers everywhere. I would not recommend the Brit Guide.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
I bought this book because the other reviews raved about it, and it appeared as if it was invaluble. I'd already booked the holiday so didn't need help with finding a hotel. I'd also done some basic on-line research about Disney and Orlando, and so hoped that this guide would provide some more detail on the basics that i'd already found.
The main bulk of the book centres on the theme parks itself, Disney, Universal, Seaworld etc, and it spends a great amount of time describing each of the attractions in the parks, which does spoil the thrill and surprise tremendously. These details may be useful for families with children, but the park maps you recive when you enter the gate, give you enough detail to determine which rides may/may not be suitable.
I had hoped that there would be some really useful timesaving tips when getting round the park, but nothing much is detailed, other than an odd paragraph on the suggested order in which you should attempt the attractions to avoid getting caught in long queues - The authors have developed a touring plan, which gives a detailed order that the parks/rides should be attempted to minimise wait times, but this is only available at an additional cost from their website.
There is a small amount of information about each of the cafe's restaurants in the parks, but not really enough; I was hoping that it may provide details on food, quality, speed of service, and cost, so we could get some reasonable meals whilst in the parks.
No details have been provided for disabled travellers, which should be a must for any comprehensive guide book.
The section on Orlando nightlife and dining out, does provide some detail on many of the restaurants/cafes in the area, but a summary page, a map of the dining complexes and better layout would make it much easier to skim through the many options that are available, rather than having to read each and every page.
The authors do assume that you will covet each and every word in their book, and so have found that they sometimes refer to previously mentioned text, (I-Drive) without providing any reference, so you have to either make assumptions, or hunt through the book to find where the details are first mentioned, which is frustrating.
The book does contain a map printed on one of its pages, but this is such a high scale, i'd defy anyone to use it to navigate around; and it doesn't show the airport or the Kissimmee area, so it was of little use to us.
The Money saving tips that they provide are of little use, as you can pick up a wealth of free brochures, which will give you money off vouchers to many of the attractions/restaurants in the area anyway.
I did manage to get a quick look at the other popular guide "The Unoffical guide to Walt Disney World", which for my puposes, appeared to be much better written, There are *FREE* touring plans to all the main parks, guiding you to the most popular attrations in each of the parks first. The various cafe's and restauarants situated in the theme parks are rated for service, price and quality of food, and they layout is designed for quick reference, which is what you need when you're running round a theme park.
The Undercover Tourist website is also a great wealth of knowledge, and provided answers to many of the questions that I hoped that this book would answer.