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It Doesn't Get More Comprehensive Than This
on 28 September 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.
It is obvious that an incredible amount of research has gone into researching this book and that the yearly editions must take a significant amount of time to update this tomb which includes maps but no pictures. Definitely get this before you go if you want to plan every detail but I couldn't help but think the information could have been displayed better, perhaps thinking about getting the touring plans app for your phone. As a travel book to conclude, this is probably the most complete guide I've ever seen.