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The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012 (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – 20 Sep 2011
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"A Tourist′s Best Friend!" — Chicago Sun–Times "Indispensable" — The New York Times Six Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide : Exclusively patented, field–tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day Detailed tips and secrets on Universal′s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from butterbeer to broomsticks More than 200 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non–Disney hotels for families A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head–to–head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks The Unofficial series is completely independent. If a restaurant serves lackluster food or an attraction isn′t worth the wait, we′ll tell you Check out The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World , filled with 560 full–color photos: It′s the perfect companion to this guide. The latest scoop on Universal′s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter How to cut your waits in line by 4 hours a day
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
So why the one star? Unfortunately I bought the kindle version for the iPad and it has no index and no page numbers. This is a book about 2 inches thick, so finding anything without an index is impossible. Buy this book but buy it in paper OR via the iTunes book store ( I tried their version and it DOES have a navigable index and page numbers). I really wish there was some way to get my money back.
UPDATE: Having reviewed details on the kindle store it turns out it is EXTREMELY easy to return an unwanted kindle purchase. I stand by my comments about the kindle version of this book but hats-off to Amazon for making returning a kindle purchase so easy.
For me, the best thing about this book are the Touring Plans, a step-by-step guide on how to efficiently see everything the Park with minimal wait. The book's authors claim that this can save you four hours waiting in line a day, and after using them, I have no doubt about it. Of course, everything else about Walt Disney World is also in here, from reviews of all restaurants and attractions to how long you should expect to take to get to each Park from your resort.
The style of the book is serious when necessary, but usually a lighter tone makes reading it enjoyable. New inclusions in this 2012 edition include: how far in advance to call Disney for reservations at every sit-down restaurant in and out of the parks; Universal Studios touring plans, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and updated touring plans. Updates to this book can be found on the TouringPlans website, and more helpful planning advice can be heard on the WDW Today podcast. Basically, for the price it is, a must buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a great read and great tool to use around the Parks and with the LINES app its a no brainerPublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Iain Thomson
We bought this for our holiday to Disney World that we went on last summer. Even though I researched my holiday and places to eat out at this was a great help and gave us lots of... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Samantha Milner
You cannot go wrong with this book - it gives you a great, insightful, detailed look at everything you would possibly need to know about WDW.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by Sophie Harding
This book will give a lot of hints when you are visiting Disney World, whether its for the first time you have done it or not.Published on 25 Jun. 2012 by carol
Several years ago I based an Orlando trip on this book so bought the 2012 version (Kindle). Yes, it has masses of insider knowledge as you would expect, but it is SO American,... Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2012 by Roger Taylor
This guide is full of information, I have picked up some really good tips. Will be on our 5th trip at the end of this year and you can never have enough info on Disney. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2012 by Jules H
Have been to WDW several times in the past but have always found you can read and read and still not know everything, this book is brilliant, so much information that is useful... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2012 by Tink18
This book is a perfect aid to planning a family holiday at the Walt Disney resort in Florida - just make sure you have the time to read it!Published on 19 Feb. 2012 by Martin
Ordder this book along with another book...just looked at it when it came and said there is
no way l'm going the read this! it just didnt stand out... Read more