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Old 11-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Trip Planning Trip - Buy a book?

I've booked a trip to Florida for 2013. I really felt like I was getting nowhere going online (various sites) trying to figure out the maze that is Disney World. I finally gave up and took a different approach. I bought a book. Yup, an old fashioned hard copy book.... Unofficial Guide.

After reading it (well, most of it), I have a good sense of how WDW works, and perusing these discussion forums makes so much more sense now that I have a foundation of knowledge and some context.

My tip. If you feel like you're getting nowhere, drop $20 on a guide book. I'm very happy I did.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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I love the UG too. I have several outdated copies, and with 2 trips booked for 2013, I think I'll just have to pick up the latest edition.

When you think about the total cost of the trip, what's another 20 bucks? Plus, I always get at least that much in value out of the book, if only for ways to reduce waiting in line, or help choosing a resort, where to eat, etc.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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Couldn't agree more. UG is the best starter for a trip IMHO.

I have bought a few over the years. If you pre-order from amazon, I find it costs a lot less too. The 2013 guide cost me about £8.00 ($12ish) delivered.

The older copies I give to others to start them on their way.

It is a bit daunting seeing how thick the book is, but is really easy to get to grips with.

Have you tried the UG podcasts too? been listening to them in the car this last few weeks and they are a good history-ish lesson about the place too.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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UG is great plus if you buy the book you get a pretty good discount on the Lines app/ web page.
I also like the passporter guides.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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Who has the best podcasts, and where can I download them? Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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I like the PassPorter Moms Podcast. You can find it on iTunes.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:33 AM   #8
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DIS Unplugged
WDW Today
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The easiest way to download them is through iTunes or an app known as a "pod catcher" (I prefer Downcast on the iPhone). There are also links to download them on the web page for each of those podcasts.

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:42 PM   #9
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Also Mousechat and the Be Our Guest podcast, both available on itunes.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:44 PM   #10
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DH and I always say that if someone comes back from a Disney vacation hating their experience, it is because they didn't plan for their trip! I firmly believe that and I think the fact that other "newbies" ask us for tips and advice solidifies it! I actually have a word document I created for some friends who don't quite "get it" and don't want to invest in the Unofficial Guide book which to me is well worth it for anyone new to Disney. I think sites like this can be overwhelming but once you understand what you are asking about (ie: dining plan) you can follow along with the tips and tricks and make your visits magical!
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #11
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I bought a book for our first vacation and it was a great help. I was able to "get to know" the parks and attractions, which was great for planning and creating the itinerary. I definitely recommend buying a Disney Planning Book.
Have a great Vacation!
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:13 PM   #12
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That's how I did it when I planned for our trip a couple years ago. Researched, got UG, read that, then obsessed over the forums for months gaining as much info as possible. Also used Tour Guide Mike. This go around I got the book, but then regretted that a bit and went with the touringplans.com subscription. I'm a 'power planner' now, so the book is more of a once-in-a-while-reference.
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Good idea reading, seems less and less is read these days. A friend used a VIP service and I was floored by what they spent. I think with a little planning and time here on the boards you will do great.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #14
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Which guide book is the best in terms of information?

I read the Unnofficial Guide, Frommer's, Fodor's, and can't decide which is the best bang for your buck?
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Which guide book is the best in terms of information?

I read the Unnofficial Guide, Frommer's, Fodor's, and can't decide which is the best bang for your buck?
have their own styles. Of the three that you have listed, I prefer The Unofficial Guide. It is the most comprehensive planning book encompassing even rental car agencies at the Orlando airport. I still pull it out to reference the travel times between locations. I am reading an older Frommer's that I go for free to see the style. So far, it's not my style. I have not read Fodor's.

There are others. I like the Complete Guide to Walt Disney World. I don't always agree with the ratings in the book (that goes for all of them), but I like the facts that put out there about rides and interesting things to see in the parks. It also has some great pictures. The UG has a companion book with photos but it costs almost as much as the Complete Guide.
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