Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 with Universal Orlando, SeaWorld & Aquatica

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For generations, Americans have come to play and dream in Orlando. Whether you want to wander the halls of Hogwarts or dine with Cinderella, Fodor's Walt Disney World provides everything you need to know. Color photos and features highlight the best of the theme parks, area hotels and restaurants, golf courses and spas, and Tampa/St. Pete. 

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Overview

For generations, Americans have come to play and dream in Orlando. Whether you want to wander the halls of Hogwarts or dine with Cinderella, Fodor's Walt Disney World provides everything you need to know. Color photos and features highlight the best of the theme parks, area hotels and restaurants, golf courses and spas, and Tampa/St. Pete. 

Expanded Coverage:
Orlando is always changing, and this edition captures the newest rides and attractions, as well as area restaurants and hotels, for Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld.

Illustrated Features
: Magazine-style features help readers customize trips to meet their needs. Schedule a dinner date with Mickey or plan your escape to a luxurious spa. Go behind the scenes at Universal, see the stars at the Kennedy Space Center, or see your favorite baseball stars at a spring-training camp.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools:
An entire chapter devoted to “Planning an Orlando Vacation” includes comprehensive ticket price charts, advice for those traveling in groups both large and small, tips on skipping lines in the parks, budget schedules, and much more. The major theme parks and all the "lands" and "worlds" feature their own sections with ride recommendations by age, info on height restrictions, and maps that make it easy to explore.

Discerning Recommendations:  
Fodor’s Walt Disney World offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.

TripAdvisor Reviews:
Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Orlando stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307929228
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Fodor's Travel Guides Series
  • Edition number: 23
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,400,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Helpful Phone Numbers ix

Helpful Web Sites xi

List of Maps xi

List of Quick-Guide Reference Tables xi

Abbreviations, Terms, and Icons xii

Preface xiv

Chapter 1 Before you Leave Home 1

Map of Walt Disney World 2

What Time of Year Should we Visit? 4

How Long Should we Stay? 8

Should we Take the Kids out of School? 8

Should we buy a Package? 12

What Kind of Tickets do we Need? 18

Theme-Park Ticket-Price Chart 20

Transportation 23

Countdown to Disney World 27

Things to Discuss with your Kids Before you Leave Home 30

Don't Leave Home without 34

The Frantic Factor 36

Chapter 2 Choosing a Hotel 39

Map of On-Site & Off-Site Hotels 40

General Information About the On-Site Disney Hotels 42

Is it Worth the Expense to Stay On-Site? 43

The Advantages of Staying On-Site 46

Rating the On-Site Disney Hotels 50

Quick Guide to On-Site Hotels 52

Off-Site Hotels: Which Location is Best? 81

Quick Guide to Off-Site Hotels 82

Great Off-Site Hotels for Families 87

Chapter 3 Once you Get There 99

Bare Necessities: Strollers, Babies, and First Aid 100

More Things you Don't Want to Think About 105

Saving Money 110

Meeting the Disney Characters 112

Chapter 4 Touring Tips and Plans 117

General Disney World Touring Tips 118

Money-Saving Tips 126

Touring Tips for Visitors Staying On-Site 127

Touring Tips for Visitors Staying Off-Site 128

Tips to Save your Sanity 129

Tips for Big Families 132

Tips for Guests with Disabilities 135

Tips for Pregnant Guests 138

Birthdays and Special Occasions 139

How to Customize a Touring Plan 141

Chapter 5 The Magic Kingdom 147

Map of the Magic Kingdom 148

Getting to the Magic Kingdom 150

Getting Around the Magic Kingdom 151

Tips for your First Hour in the Magic Kingdom 152

Quick Guide to Magic Kingdom Attractions 154

Main Street 158

Fantasyland 161

Tomorrowland 166

Adventureland 172

Frontierland 176

Liberty Square 180

Food Choices in the Magic Kingdom 182

Afternoon Resting Places 184

Best Vantage Points for Watching the Parade 185

Tips for your Last Hour in the Magic Kingdom 185

Tips for Leaving the Magic Kingdom 188

Chapter 6 Epcot 189

Map of Epcot 190

Getting to Epcot 191

Getting Around Epcot 192

Tips for your First Hour at Epcot 192

Epcot Touring Tips 193

Future World 195

Quick Guide to Epcot Attractions 198

World Showcase 206

Food Choices at Epcot 209

Epcot Extras 211

Afternoon Resting Places 216

Tips for your Last Hour at Epcot 216

Chapter 7 Disney's Hollywood Studios 219

Map of Disney's Hollywood Studios 220

Getting to Disney's Hollywood Studios 221

Getting Around Hollywood 221

Tips for your First Hour at Hollywood 222

Hollywood Touring Tips 222

Hollywood Attractions 224

Quick Guide to Hollywood Attractions 226

Meeting the Characters at Hollywood 239

Food Choices at Hollywood 240

Tips for your Last Hour at Hollywood 241

Chapter 8 The Animal Kingdom 243

Map of Disney's Animal Kingdom 244

Getting to the Animal Kingdom 245

Getting Around the Animal Kingdom 245

Tips for your First Hour in the Animal Kingdom 246

Animal Kingdom Touring Tips 247

Quick Guide to Animal Kingdom Attractions 248

Animal Kingdom Attractions 250

Food Choices in the Animal Kingdom 261

Tips for your Last Hour in the Animal Kingdom 262

Chapter 9 The Disney World Water Parks 263

Map of Typhoon Lagoon 264

Getting to the Water Parks 265

Water Parks Touring Tips 266

Typhoon Lagoon 268

Blizzard Beach 273

Map of Blizzard Beach 274

Chapter 10 The Rest of the World 279

Map of Downtown Disney 280

Getting to the Rest of the World 282

Downtown Disney 283

Downtown Disney Marketplace 284

Downtown Disney West Side 286

DisneyQuest 287

Cirque du Soleil 289

Board Walk and the ESPN Club 290

Disney Extras 291

Water Sports 301

Sports on Land 304

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 307

Chapter 11 Dining at Disney 309

Full-Service Restaurants at Disney 310

Making Reservations 313

Finding Healthy Food 315

Rating the Disney Restaurants 317

Definition of Quick-Guide Ratings 317

Magic Kingdom Restaurants 318

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Magic Kingdom 320

Epcot Restaurants 320

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Epcot 324

Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios 327

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios 328

Animal Kingdom Restaurants 330

Restaurants in the WDW Hotels 331

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Animal Kingdom 332

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the WDW Hotels 334

Restaurants in the Rest of the World 345

Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Rest of the World 346

Chapter 12 Disney After Dark 351

Disney World After Dark with the Kids 352

Disney World After Dark without the Kids: Finding a Sitter 354

Dining without the Kids 358

Chapter 13 The Disney Cruise Line 361

The Cruise Vacation Options 362

Approximate Costs 365

Cabins 367

Dining 368

Ports of Call 372

Kids' Programs Onboard 374

Onboard Entertainment 375

Chapter 14 Universal Orlando 379

Map of Universal Studios 380

Should we Stay On-Site? 383

What Kind of Tickets do we Need? 386

Tips for your First Hour at Universal Studios 388

Universal Studios Touring Tips 390

The Scare Factor at Universal Studios 392

Universal Studios Attractions 393

Quick Guide to Universal Studios Attractions 394

Tips for your Last Hour at Universal Studios 408

Chapter 15 Islands of Adventure 409

Map of Islands of Adventure 410

Getting Around Islands of Adventure 412

How Scary is "Scary"? As Dr. Seuss Would Say, "Very!" 412

Tips for your First Hour at Islands of Adventure 415

Quick Guide to Islands of Adventure Attractions 416

Port of Entry 419

Marvel Super Hero Island 420

Toon Lagoon 425

Jurassic Park 428

The Lost Continent 431

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 434

Seuss Landing 438

Afternoon Resting Places 441

Meeting the Characters 441

City Walk 442

Chapter 16 SeaWorld and Discovery Cove 447

Sea World 448

Discovery Cove 456

Aquatica 458

Index 463

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    Great reference

    I have the 2012 version of this book and it's an excellent source for everything Disney. More information that I know what to do with!

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    I love disney world we have annual passes we love magic kingdom the best our fave ride is the tower of terror at disneys hollywood studios we go every weekend and sometimes on weekdays so we get to stay out of school its always fun the ride expidition everest was one of my faves

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