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Old 01-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #16
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I agree with those who have said that you don't HAVE to purchase a book, they are helpful and give a realistic idea of what to expect but that sort of info is readily available here.
We have gotten the Unofficial Guide a couple of times and bought Passporter on our last trip. While I did enjoy Passporter, it was geared more to keeping you organized (which is important, but less crucial for me with all of the technology available today). So with that being said I would recommend The Unofficial Guide.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:39 PM   #17
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No way! You will learn so much on this website.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #18
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If you haven't already, order the free customized maps from Disney website. Ask a ton of questions here. With the maps in hand at least you have a full Size visual. Definitely Plan prioritize and have lots and lots of fun
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I love the Unofficial Guide as well. I just feel like it takes a lot of the unknown out of things for me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #20
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Although I don't think you *have* to buy a book (there is so much info here!), if you did buy a book, I highly recommend the 2013 Unofficial Guide to Disney World. Even as someone who has been many times, I found myself learning new things.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:31 PM   #21
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The only WDW book I have purchased are Passporters.

Everything else I get from the library. The most recent edition ONLY, don't waste your time with an older edition. By the time these books go to print they can easily be somewhat out of date anyway (same is true with any travel book), so you might as well be the least out of date as possible.


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I do the same thing. I always buy the Passporter update (love the pockets for each trip) and borrow all the rest from the library. It's actually part if the planning fun for me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #22
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Sometimes having a book is a lot more convenient than clicking around the computer to find what you're looking for. I recommend the Passporter, lots of great information and very organized.
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I highly recommend the Unofficial Guide, they have different ones for "kids" "no kids" etc as well so there's lots of variation. It's the main one I depended on when I was planning my first trip!

As for websites, use this one over the actual Disney World website, I simply use that one for park hours and booking vacation/dining. Otherwise, it's not that great hahah

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Even after countless trips I still love to find a new book or get an updated version of a well loved one.

So yes! Absolutely! If it's been a while or if you're wanting some new info or updated pics, go to the library or your favorite book store. Pour over their travel section and pick out 1 or 2.....or 6. Lol. It always adds to the anticipation for us. Love getting new disney trivia books also.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:44 AM   #26
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For our first trip, I didn't buy any guidebooks, but I did borrow several from the library. I wasn't sure what would give the best information so I read all the ones I could get my hands on.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:49 AM   #28
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I was about to order the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2013 on my Kindle, but then wasn't sure if I should hold off and get the paper copy. Is it something I'd want to take with me on the trip, or is it mostly just for the advance preparations?
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I was about to order the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2013 on my Kindle, but then wasn't sure if I should hold off and get the paper copy. Is it something I'd want to take with me on the trip, or is it mostly just for the advance preparations?
The UG is a fairly large paperback book, I wouldn't take it into the parks with me, but might be nice to have in the plane/car or in your room.
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Kindle it is then! Thank you.
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