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The Complete Walt Disney World 2012by Julie Neal, Mike Neal
Your Best Vacation Ever
Even the most hardcore power mom will like this best-selling travel guide. It's written by a former Walt Disney World concierge supervisor who's also the mom of a teenage girl. Packed with candid reviews and thorough descriptions of every ride, show, restaurant and resort, The Complete Walt Disney World 2012 features the most
Your Best Vacation Ever
Even the most hardcore power mom will like this best-selling travel guide. It's written by a former Walt Disney World concierge supervisor who's also the mom of a teenage girl. Packed with candid reviews and thorough descriptions of every ride, show, restaurant and resort, The Complete Walt Disney World 2012 features the most in-depth information ever published about the world's No. 1 vacation destination. Paging through the book is just plain fun, as 535 color photos reveal details you just can't find anywhere else. More frank than Disney's own guides but less snarky than other independent books, the guide is loaded with straightforward insight and helpful information. Though Disney itself has honored the book (naming it an Outstanding Family Product in its iParenting Awards), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the guide is "refreshing in its honest opinions."
Walt Disney World Your Way
Create Park Days Your Family Will Treasure. Comprehensive attraction pages make deciding what to do at Disney easier than ever. Going beyond mere ranks and ratings, reviews also give you insight into a ride or show's appeal, such as its architecture, history, music, storytelling or attention to detail. Helpful specs include hourly wait times, fear factors, disability access, health warnings and weather issues. Once you're at an attraction, useful tips and lists of "secret" Fun Finds help you and your family enjoy the experience to the fullest.
Plan Meals With Confidence. Thoughtful restaurant reviews cover everything from burger joints to gourmet bistros to unique character meals. Quick-read summaries let you scan restaurants by rating, cuisine, price or hours of operation. A Policies section uncovers hard-to-find facts on children's meals, special diets and Disney's new rules about canceling reservations.
Helpful Tips Make You a Disney Expert. Spread through the book, hundreds of specific tips reveal such things as how to save time with Disney's Fastpass system, how to save money with the Disney Dining Plan, even the best spots to watch parades, shows and fireworks.
Detailed Hotel Reviews Save You Time. Seriously thorough hotel descriptions let you compare every aspect of every major place to stay, including swimming pool features and other family-focused amenities. Reviews cover the Highs and Lows of every property, room decor and both rack and discount rates. Forget the hassle of spending hours online to research hotels; everything you need is right at your fingertips.
Cheer For Your Child. Is your boy or girl playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex? Learn how to view coverage of their events and get the scoop on spectator seating, dining and other amenities.
Disney News You Can Use. Only The Complete Walt Disney World includes all 662 Disney changes for 2012every new attraction, activity, hotel, restaurant, shop and price increase. (Turkey legs are now more than $9. Ouch!) Readers get insider advice on new rides starring The Little Mermaid and Snow White's Seven Dwarfs, as well as revamped attractions based on Dumbo, Goofy and the Star Wars universe.
Photos Take You There. Over 500 colorful images give you a clear sense of every ride, show and parade and exhibit, and reveal the quality of hotel grounds, lobbies, rooms and swimming pools. Parents will enjoy looking at The Complete Walt Disney World 2012 with their children, as the abundance of photos makes it easy for little ones to decide "Let's do that!"
Instantly Find What You Need. Color-coded chapters and a 1,000-item index let you find any topic quickly. To make planning easy, a back-of-the-book section titled Walt Disney World A-Z provides a wealth of data on airports, rental cars, park tickets and the like. An appendix holds a Character Guide, a new What Things Cost section that makes it easy to plan expenses, and telephone and Internet directories.
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Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Five stars, author recommended. Africa, Asia, Discovery Island. 15 min. Circles Discovery Island. Starts, exits, in Africa. Arrive 15 min early for good spot, 30 min for best spots. Cancelled during rain. Fear factor: None. Access: Special viewing locations for those in wheelchairs, ECVs. Assistive listening. Debuted: 2001.
A chameleon may snatch a fly off your head in this lively parade, which combines animal characters, safari SUVs, huge mechanical puppets, stilt-walkers, dancers and infectious music to celebrate the harmony between man and animals. Winding along shady pathways that are often just 12 feet wide, it begins and ends in Africa's Harambe Village and circles Discovery Island. Everyone seems to love it.
As the story goes, Mickey Mouse and Rafikithe wise mandrill from 1994's "The Lion King"are taking Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy camping, though none of the three know how to pack. Donald totes a leaky boat, Minnie brings a bathtub. Goofy's packing list apparently included everythingeven, literally, his kitchen sink. Dancing alongside are stilt-walking animals, safari guides and characters such as Pluto, Chip 'n Dale, Timon ("The Lion King"), Terk (1999's "Tarzan"), Baloo and King Louie (1967's "The Jungle Book") and Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit (1946's "Song of the South").
A toe-tapping soundtrack features Disney versions of the 1954 New Orleans standard "Iko Iko," South African legend Miriam Makeba's 1960s tune "Pata Pata" and "Mas Que Nada," the 1966 signature song of Brazil's Sergio Mendes.
Selected at random by Disney cast members, up to 25 park guests ride along in the parade in rickshaws and trailers.
Best viewing spot. A good place to watch the parade is in Africa's Harambe Village. The route here is especially narrow, which brings the action up close. A variety of snack stands (and a bar!) make it easy to indulge in treats while you wait for the parade to begin.
Crowds. The best viewing spots get taken about 30 minutes early. Crowds are light for the return trip through Africa.
A closer look. Created by Michael Curry, the huge puppets use leaves for feathers, vines for tails and sharpened twigs for teeth. Curry also created the puppets for Finding NemoThe Musical as well as those used in the Broadway version of "The Lion King."
Family matters. Stand right up front and your children will almost be guaranteed to slap hands with characters.
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