The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2011


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The Top 6 Ways The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:
  • Comments and tips on Walt Disney World from surveys of more than 12,500 families
  • Advice on how to prepare mentally, physically, and logistically for your ideal Walt Disney World vacation
  • Information on which attractions frighten kids and why
  • When to go, where to stay, and how to beat the crowds
  • Field tested touring plans that can save you up to four hours of waiting in line.
  • How to keep your family happy on vacation and how to return home rested and relaxed
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  • Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa
    Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470632376
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series, #269
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps.



How Come "Unofficial"?

Declaration of Independence.

Your Unofficial Walt Disney World Toolbox.

The Music of Life.

Your Personal Trainers.

About This Guide.

The Sum of All Fears.

Letters and Comments from Readers.

Reader Surveys.

A Quick Tour of a Big World.

The Major Theme Parks.

The Water Theme Parks.

Other Walt Disney World Venues.

DisneySpeak Pocket Translator.

PART ONE: Basic Considerations.

Is Walt Disney World for You?

Different Folks, Different Strokes.

The Nature of the Beast.

Know Thyself and Nothing to Excess.

The Age Thing.

About Inviting Your Children’s Friends.

A Few Words for Single Parents.

"He Who Hesitates Is Launched!" Tips and Warnings for Grandparents.

Order and Discipline on the Road.

Six More Tips.

PART TWO: Getting Your Act Together.

Gathering Information.

PassPorter’s Guide.

Walt Disney World on the Web.

Going High-tech with Liliane.

Important Walt Disney World Phone Numbers.

Allocating Time.

When To Go to Walt Disney World.

Holidays and Special Events at Walt Disney World.

High-low, High-low, It’s Off to Disney We Go.

Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation Budget.

Walt Disney World Admission Options.

Help Is on the Way!

Magic Your Way.

Base-Ticket Add-On Options.

Diz Spin.

A Cloud Is Just a Cloud.

Big Brother Is Watching.

How To Get the Most from Magic Your Way.


Where To Purchase Magic Your Way Tickets.

How Much Does It Cost Per Day?


Special Programs for Children.

Birthdays and Special Occasions.

PART THREE: Where To Stay.

Some Basic Considerations.


Location and Transportation Options.

Commuting to and from the Theme Parks.


The Size of Your Group.

Staying in or out of the World: Weighing the Pros and Cons.

Walt Disney World Lodging.

Benefits of Staying in Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Hotels: Strengths and Weaknesses for Families.

Magic Kingdom Resorts.

Epcot Resorts.

Bonnet Creek/Downtown Disney Area Resorts.

Animal Kingdom Resorts.


Independent Hotels of the Downtown Disney Resort Area.

How To Get Discounts on Lodging at Walt Disney World.

Lodging Outside Walt Disney World.

Selecting and Booking a Hotel Outside Walt Disney World.

The Best Hotels for Families Outside Walt Disney World.

Getting a Good Deal on a Room Outside Walt Disney World.

Condominiums and Vacation Homes.

How To Childproof a Hotel Room.

PART FOUR: Dining.

Eating Outside Walt Disney World.

Buffets and Meal Deals Outside Walt Disney World.


Dining in Walt Disney World.

Disney Dining 101.

Advance Reservations: What’s in a Name?

Getting Your Act Together.



Food Allergies and Special Requests.

A Few Caveats.

Walt Disney World Restaurant Categories.



Hard Choices.

Fast Food in the Theme Parks.

Disney Dining Suggestions.

Readers’ Comments About Walt Disney World Dining.

Counter-service Restaurant Mini-profiles.

Disney’s Full-service Restaurants: A Quick Romp Around the World.

Magic Your Way Dining Plan.

Number Crunching.

Throw Me a Line!

Purchasing Room-only Plus Passes versus a Package.

Character Dining.

Walt Disney World Restaurants: Rated and Ranked.


PART FIVE: Disney Boot Camp: Basic Training for World-bound Families.

The Brutal Truth about Family Vacations.

Mental and Emotional Preparation.

Division of Labor.


Lighten Up.

Something for Everyone.

Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?

Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff.


A Magical Time for Mom and Dad.

Preparing Your Children To Meet the Characters.


Physical Preparation.

The Agony of the Feet.

Sleep, Rest, and Relaxation.

Developing a Good Plan.

The Great Walt Disney World Expedition.

Logistic Preparation.



Miscellaneous Items.

Supplies for Infants and Toddlers.

Tips for Pregnant Mothers.

Remembering Your Trip.

How To Have Fun Before and After Your Visit—or the Things Bob Would Never Do.

Trial Run.

PART SIX: Get in the Boat, Men!

Ready, Set, Tour! Some Touring Considerations.

How Much Time Is Required To See Each Park?

Which Park To See First?

Operating Hours.

Official Opening Versus Real Opening.

The Rules.

Your Daily Itinerary.

Touring Plans.

How To Find the Touring Plan That’s Best for You.


A Word about Disney Thrill Rides.

A Word about Height Requirements.

Waiting-line Strategies for Adults with Young Children.


Character Analysis.

Character Watching.

Character Dining: What To Expect.


Getting an Advance Reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Other Character Events.


When Kids Get Lost.

Liliane’s Tips for Keeping Track of Your Brood.

PART SEVEN: The Magic Kingdom.

Main Street, U.S.A.



Liberty Square.


Mickey’s Toontown Fair.


Live Entertainment and Parades in the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Touring Plans.

Magic Kingdom Trivia Quiz.


Kidcot Fun Stops.

Future World.

World Showcase.

Live Entertainment at Epcot.

Epcot Touring Plans.

Epcot Trivia Quiz.

PART NINE: Animal Kingdom.

The Oasis.

Discovery Island.

Camp Minnie-Mickey.



DinoLand U.S.A.

Live Entertainment at Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom Touring Plans.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Trivia Quiz.

PART TEN: Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Live Entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Touring Plans.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Trivia Quiz.

PART ELEVEN: Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.

Universal Orlando.

Universal Studios Florida.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios versus Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida Attractions.

Live Entertainment at Universal Studios.

Universal Studios Florida Touring Plan.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Islands of Adventure Attractions.

Islands of Adventure Touring Plan.


PART TWELVE: The Rest of the World.

The Water Theme Parks.

Wet ‘N Wild.

Aquatica by SeaWorld.

Downtown Disney.

The Best of the Rest.


Clip-out Touring Plans.

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