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Too much theme park coverage - I want a bit of the rough!
on 20 February 2012
Years ago I used the buy the Rough Guides to get an insight into a country's less well known spots, something off the beaten path.
Whilst there are still elements of that in this book, large chunks of it concentrated on Disney, Universal and other top tourist sites.
If you're going to Florida you may well want to visit these areas, but then this is not the book I'd choose for those anyway, as there are countless other books that describe the theme parks in the most minute detail and give tips on how to get rides before the queues build up, for example.
This book fails to fully cover the tourist places (not that I'd expect it to) but neither does it cover in the depth I've come to expect those unknown gems that tourists looking for non-Disney entertainment hope to find.
And so this book falls between two stools and has forced me into time-intensive research on the 'net, something I'd hoped to have avoided.
Incidentally, its major competitive book - Lonely Planet - which I bought at the same time has identical failings. It seems a cheap cop-out to stuff a Rough Guide book with several pages of major, well-known theme parks.
Come on guys, there's so much more to Florida than Orlando, and so much more than theme parks!