Do you need to buy a Disney World book for a first vacation?

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  1. BensWife

    BensWife Mouseketeer

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    There are a ton of books out there about booking a creating a great Disney World vacation. We have been to Disneyland 4 times in the last 3 years, so we are pros when it comes to Disneyland. However, when it comes to Disney World, it is another story. I haven't been since I was in college, and even that trip was for a conference, so it wasn't even a "vacation" - it was more like go visit a park for a few hours after the sessions. This will be our first visit with kids (6 and 3) too, and I think it would be good to go with a plan. Not that we have to follow it to the max, but I have a feeling it is so big and so many choices we could waste a lot of time and feel overwhelmed. Is there a good book that you would recommend or can we get enough info from DIS boards and the Disney World website? Thank you!
     
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  3. nessz79

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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.
     
  4. Disney9.9.10

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    I don't think that you NEED a book, but it could be helpful. I use Birnbaum's guides and I like them. Passporters are also popular on the boards.
     
  5. hoosll

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    I strongly recommend a book for first time visitors as it will allow you to read detailed descriptions of the various rides before you get there. I love the Complete Walt Disney World 2012 by Neal ...

    The genius of WDW is that most of the rides are INSIDE buildings including the roller coasters. Unless you know what to look for, you will miss the best parts of the experience. There is nothing more frustrating that seeing people stare at the park maps trying to discern what to see and where to go ....

    Please prepare in advance and even make a list of the rides you would like to experience. If you have kids, you need to understand height restrictions of the scare-level of the rides.
     
  6. Ephany

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    :thumbsup2 Our favorite book also.
     
  7. 1pixiemom

    1pixiemom Long Time DIS Board user

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    I highly recommend this book ... Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 by Kim Wright Wiley.... This is by far the best book I have read... We also use Birnbaum's Walt Disney World ....
     
  8. forloveofdisney

    forloveofdisney Earning My Ears

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    I get the "Unofficial Guide" every few years. I think it's a pretty solid and comprehensive guide to all things WDW. I also picked up the "Hidden Magic Walt Disney World Planner" for the first time. It has alot of good (mostly basic) information plus some great tips. I like it because it's spiral bound, has pages for notes, and pockets to keep things organized. It's nice to have a printed reference. Of course the boards are great because it has up to the minute information. The best way to prepare for a trip is to just be informed, know what is there, pick a few must dos and things that will be special for you and then enjoy. Have a great trip!
     
  9. bumbershoot

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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.

    Even though we're working on our 3rd trip, the first two feel like they existed in a dream (I'm not sure we were really paying attention), so I just recently checked out pretty much all of them. Skimmed through Fodor's WDW&Orlando, read the Wiley book (though I could only find her 2012 edition), am about to read the Birnbaum. I also read the 2013 Universal Orlando book by Monaghan and Kubersky (I bought the 2010 or 2011 edition before, but gifted that to a friend). And I think I have the unofficial and one other to skim through.

    Yes, I'm panicking at the last minute, LOL.
     
  10. Raenstoirm

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    Since you are a DLR vet, I am not sure you need a book. You know what to "expect" of disney. And disturbingly, most of the WDW rides are also in California despite the size difference. Your biggest problem might be locations. WDW is massive.
    But as others said, I am a very seasoned WDW vet and I still buy the unofficial guides every few years just to see what they have added. :thumbsup2
     
  11. DuckyCurtains

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    I've been to Disney a lot, but I still get a passporter when I'm planning a trip and I also like the unofficial guides
     
  12. mommak1

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    I got the 2012 version of this one from my local library. I was glad I had read it. The internet has been great for getting answers to specific questions, but I felt like the book really helped me get a better idea of what to expect as a whole on the trip.
     
  13. Herfnerd

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    Been using Sehlinger's Unofficial Guide since the 90's - can't go wrong with his book.
     
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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.
     
  16. Sweettears

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    I love the Unofficial Guide but I think it's geared more towards heavy planners. For a good overview I like the Complete Guide. Being a DLR vet will give you a leg up on MK but I think a book would come in handy to orientate yourself with the other parks. WDW is way to big to wing it and have the desired outcome.
     
  17. McDisney

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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.
     
  18. girliewhirlie

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    No way! You will learn so much on this website. :)
     
  19. tinx35124

    tinx35124 Earning My Ears

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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
     
  20. My sister's princess

    My sister's princess <font color=green>These boards have grimmer police

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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.
     
  21. MouseEarsForAll

    MouseEarsForAll Oh snap! I get to hold the trophy?!

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    Love that book!
     

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