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Old 11-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by elleavon View Post
I love the DIS, but can't read it in the bathtub or the car...
Bahahaha true

But can you read the UG while driving?
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:44 AM   #17
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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 01-02-2013, 10:55 PM   #18
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The best book I ever read was the hidden magic of Disney. It really helps you to slow down and appreciate the small little details that make Disney so special.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by elleavon
I love the DIS, but can't read it in the bathtub or the car...
You can read it on an iPad in the tub
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:38 PM   #20
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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.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #21
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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, 12:03 PM   #23
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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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Old 01-15-2013, 04:48 PM   #25
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I also loved the unofficial guides and used them extensively to plan our group's trip. The touring plans were not so useful, they really weren't necessary since we went during the very off season.

I would also recommend Googling the area. Somehow the fly-over view helped me understand how everything was arranged when nothing else did.

All the advanced planning really paid off. Our group had a marvelous time and is planning a return trip! That extended family members are excited about vacationing together again speaks VOLUMES.
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