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Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2014 (Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World) Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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"If you're looking for a reliable guidebook, the leader is the Unofficial series." --The Mail (London) "A Tourist's Best Friend!" --Chicago Sun-Times "Indispensable" --The New York Times
About the Author
Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series. He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in queue in a single day. Bob Sehlinger is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press, Clerisy Press, and Wilderness Press. The author of 27 books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia. ------- A lifelong Disney theme park fan, Len Testa co-authors The Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Britain's Best Days Out. In grad school, Len's master's thesis described new computer techniques for generating efficient theme park touring plans, for which Len was awarded a U.S. patent. These days, Len leads the team at TouringPlans.com, the website and research arm of The Unofficial Guides. Len has stayed at every Disney hotel, experienced every Disney ride, and eaten at every Disney restaurant and food cart in the U.S. When he's not at a Disney theme park, Len lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, in a mid-century modern house whose kitchen was custom-built after one of Space Mountain's post-show scenes.
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My only complaint would be that whilst the paper copy is bulky and relatively heavy, it is simply the better format to have the book in for referencing content and reading it. This isn't a novel - it is laid out very carefully with lots of extra bits and pieces. The kindle version is ugly and difficult to navigate and loses much of the charm of the printed copy. I have to confess, I always read our previous paper copies virtually from cover to cover, even though much is the same from year to year. With the Kindle version however, I just haven't done that, I am treating it as more of a reference to have with me when in the parks. That's a shame for me personally, but nothing against the content. Having said that, it is easier to carry and in some ways is easier to find what you want.
only cover the Disney Parks, i.e. not Universal, Seaworld etc etc but the depth of information and quality of tips certainly makes this book excellent value for money. Particularly of use are the pre-planned Park visit Itineries. Using these actualy does save hours. The only thing I would say is that I bought the book too late. Yu need to buy this book at least two months prior to travelling to get the most out of the tme you are actually there but is equally useful in helping you plan and book your trip. So buy it before you book is my advice.
My partner and I just returned from a four day trip. Two adults and none of our 4 children (combo of step and bio kids) were on this trip. We are taking the kids in July and wanted to enjoy and explore WDW through the eyes of adults. I broke out with the old version of the book (and have since bought the new one) and started going over the "Touring Plan for Adults travelling without small children" whereever I could find one in the book. These worked wonderfully. We took full advantage of early entry days and were done with all the attractions we wanted to see without the little ones by 12 or 2pm depending on which park. The rest of the day was ours to enjoy. The longest we waited on line was at 6pm in Epcot for Test Track only because the line broke down 3 times during our wait.
I imagined many of the restaurants remained the same, so we reveiwed these together and made selections based on location, price, and the book's recommendation of the food. This worked like a charm for us. We were able to time dinner with the closing of parks and firework shows, parades, etc.
I am a planner. I love to know what I am doing each moment. With WDW you have to plan ahead. To just go on a "whim" and dawdle from attraction to attraction will certainly leave some unhappy members in your party as the book suggests. My partner does not like to plan. She hates it actually.Read more ›
This book saved us so much time, tears and tantrums. By reading up beforehand we arrived in Florida with an idea of what we wanted to see in each park (including Universal Sudios, Islands of Adventure and Seaworld), which days to visit, which rides to rush for, which ones to leave until later, where to eat, when to wake up, where to park ...
We adapted the plans according to our personal wish-lists and made fantastic use of FastPasses to fill our Park days to the full. If we did have to queue for a while it was a chance to check up on alternatives in the Guide and often got us chatting with other families who were also clutching their copies!
Using the tips we felt very pleased with ourselves when we'd packed in 6 consecutive trips on the kids' favourite (Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at MK) with a total of 15 minutes queueing!!
Thanks to the book we also took full advantage of the Switching Off/Baby Swap Scheme on rides like Men In Black Alien Attack at Universal Studios. Without this book we'd never have known about this scheme and a parent would have had to wait outside with our toddler and miss the ride - instead the whole family stayed together and our boys got to ride twice!
I wish this guide existed for all theme parks, it would save so much time. The first time we went to Alton Towers and Legoland in the UK we hadn't got a clue how to tackle the parks and went on the nearest rides first. By the time we found the popular rides, the queues were huge and we either queued for ages or went elsewhere ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good product - although is repeated a lot from their website in general terms. Was hoping for more info generally.
But detail is good and well worth getting
Great Planning Aid...which is more important now than ever with the new Fastpass+ systemPublished 11 months ago by Caroline Brocklehurst
I purchased this book for my husband to plan our holiday to Disney World. He read it starting a year before our trip and digested all of the brilliant tips and recommendations. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shrub
It'g big. So be prepared for a read, but I guess a trip like Disney does require good research. That's what I'm all about. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr Kosey
The only book worth buying before a trip to Orlando even if you have been several times before. Updated every year and there have been key changes to several parks that you need to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matthew Light