The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012

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This best selling and definitive guide to Disney World is bigger and better than ever!

Exhaustively researched and packed with insider advice that will save you both time and money

  • Tried and tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
  • Tips, advice, and opinions from hundreds of Walt Disney ...
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Overview

This best selling and definitive guide to Disney World is bigger and better than ever!

Exhaustively researched and packed with insider advice that will save you both time and money

  • Tried and tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
  • Tips, advice, and opinions from hundreds of Walt Disney World guests in their own words
  • Almost 250 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non-Disney hotels for families
  • A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World
  • Every attraction rated and ranked for each age group. 
  • Coverage of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter including best times to beat the crowds, the best places to buy Butterbeer, and the scoop on all the shops in the village of Hogsmeade.
  • Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are rated best in the world. earning high marks for things outside of the traditional theme park experience. Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place for six weeks every fall and showcases food from twenty-five countries, was rated by Forbes Traveler as one of the Best U.S. Food and Wine Festivals.
  • In 2011, Disney not only launched its new cruise ship, the Disney Dream, it also announced plans of a complete overhaul of Pleasure Island set to begin construction and reopen as Hyperion Wharf
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118012338
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #283
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Interviews & Essays

Q&A with author Bob Sehlinger

Q. What are your five most important tips for having a successful Disney vacation?

1. Prepare physically. You'll walk as much as 8-12 miles in a day. Start your family on a walking regimen months in advance to build endurance.

2. Don't overload your agenda. Less is more at Walt Disney World. Better to devour Disney World a bite at a time with plenty of rest and relaxation in between.

3. Resign yourself to not being able to see every thing in one visit.

4. Have a plan but don't over plan. It's about having fun, not sticking rigidly to an itinerary. Allow for spontaneity.

5. Anticipate surprises both good and bad. Stay loose, roll with the punches, and maintain a good sense of humor.

Q. What is Downtown Disney?

Located on the north side of WDW, Downtown Disney is a shopping, recreational, dining, and entertainment complex arrayed around Lake Buena Vista. Divided into three contiguous areas: Disney Marketplace, Hyperion Wharf (formerly the Pleasure Island nightclub complex), and the West Side. While the Marketplace is Disney World's shopping Shangri-La, the West side offers a 24-screen AMC movie theater and is home to Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. Also on the West Side is DisneyQuest, a sophisticated electronic games arcade frequently referred to as "a theme park in a box." Hyperion Wharf is a venue in the making that may become Hyperbole Wharf, Wishful Wharf, or any of a dozen other things as Disney laboriously ponders its options.

Q. What is the best Disney World restaurant for a quiet romantic meal?

Our experience and that of our readers indicate that quiet romantic meals are few and far between at WDW. Children are the rule rather than the exception at WDW's better restaurants, and readers attest to the presence of kids at all hours of the evening. Often, the later the hour, the crankier the children. Pressed to offer a suggestion, however, I would recommend Citricos at the Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa. The food is excellent and the subdued atmosphere tends to attract fewer families than other Disney dining venues.

Q. What's available for adults in the way of nightlife at Walt Disney World?

With the former nightspots at Pleasure Island shuttered, what remains is an Irish Pub and the House Of Blues, both offering live music at Downtown Disney. Overt at Disney's Boardwalk there's a dueling piano bar and a dance club. At the Swan Resort, there's Kimonos, a Japanese sushi and tempura restaurant that hosts karaoke after 9 p.m. Rounding out the roster at the Coronado Springs Resort is Rix Lounge, a Vegas-ultra lounge clone that seems to come to life only when there's a big convention at the hotel.

Q. How can you save money on food and dining?

Disney World restaurants are typically expensive so economizing on meals is much easier if you stay and eat outside Walt Disney World. Free coupon books abound outside of Walt Disney World and can save a considerable sum. Whether you lodge in or out of the World it's a good idea, not to mention a time saver, to buy a cheap cooler and breakfast staples so that you can have breakfast in your hotel room.

Q. What's the best way to avoid the long lines?

For starters, try to visit during a slower time of year. Secondly, arrive before the park opens, admission in hand. Third, have a plan. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World offers scientifically derived, field-tested touring plans for each of the theme parks that can save you 4 1/2 hours of standing in line on a day of average to high attendance! The research behind the touring plans has been the subject of features in the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and in numerous academic journals.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Feel cheated

    I was really excited to get the guidebook, but felt cheated that all the charts and helpful pages for touring were formatted wrong making them bigger than the nook page. You could only see the center of the lists and comparison charts. Lots of helpful informaion for a Disney Vacstion, but stick to the paperback until it's fixed or you will just be flustrated.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Not formatted for Nook

    The maps and pictures cannot be formatted. They get cutoff and appear about the words on the page. I have tried to view this in my Nook, Nook for PC and Nook for Android. Please fix the format as this is basically a waste on the Nook.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Just as good as the "real book"

    The "must-have" companion for anyone that visits wdw.

    For anyone that is having a problem with the maps....if you have the nook color or tablet (or any touchscreen device) double-tap the map or chart to zoom in and then use standard pinch-zoom and fingerslide to navigate. Enjoy!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Gotta get it before you hit the "World"!

    Our family (2 adults, 4 children)has been to Disney a few times and on our last visit we took the advice from the book....it was the best trip yet!! We asked for a specific building at our resort, which they suggested for ease of buses, and it worked like a charm!! We also followed the touring plans and I swear we WALKED on to numerous rides, sometimes riding two times without even getting off!! We are going again next summer, so I wanted to start planning & checking for new suggestions. Last time we visited it was a slower time of year, but this time going in the busy season, I would NOT go without a plan & checking the book first! Excellent resource!!! Highly, highly recommend!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Must have & read!!!

    Last year I bought the 2011 version and loved it so much I had to buy the 2012. But this time I bought the E-book, personally I prefer having the good old fashion book so I can make notes and tab pages since it is really a reference book. You really get your monies worth because its like over 700 pages. I have the Ebook but am seriously considering getting the paperback as well. Great info!! love it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Problems

    The books was not formatted to fit the Nook nor iPad especially, when trying to look at graphs or maps. Poor design, they need to fix it first.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Nook version

    Happy with the guide and the info, however the charts and diagrams are cut off. Keep in mind I am using the ipad app, so that could be it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Awesome Info

    Great info on all four Disney parks and on Universal Studios. Great child scare chart. Helps loads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Tons of great info

    I am really glad I read this book while we were still in the planning stages of our Disney vacation. It provided lots of great information to make planning easier. We already have all of our tickets, room and dining reservations and are now looking forward to an awesome disney world vacation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    I was EXTREMELY disappointed in this guide book. This is my fir

    I was EXTREMELY disappointed in this guide book. This is my first trip back to Disney World after 10 years. If I was a first timer I wouldn't go after reading this. There is a reason why it's called "unofficial". To TRASH Disney is unforgivable!!! Keep looking and avoid this guide book.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    don't leave home without this..

    this book is very helpful with hotel and restaraunt reviews. The touring plans work great and you must follow them. I am a true beliver in followin the palns. you can't see disney and universal without a plan.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Content good but don't buy the nook version

    The content is great & the book is filled with useful information. However, I wish I'd spent my money on the hard copy. The book is not formatted properly for the nook & pictures, charts, & graphs are cut off. The content in many would be extremely helpful but they're completely useless in this version since you can't see them. I'm incredibly disappointed over the loss of this content.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Anxiously awaiting the updated version!

    I used the Unofficial Guide to WDW for our 2009 and 2010 trips to WDW, and can honestly say this is the only book that I will be buying for our trip next year. The information is given from an upbiased perspective and is geared towards helping families of all types get the most out of their experiences in and around WDW. Their touring plans have proven themselves to me and help us have stress-free, fabulous days. I love their enthusiasm and sincere approach. I am sure this will be another well-read and studies book in my collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Walt disney

    Awesome should have guide

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Good travel guide

    Very descriptive about everything. Although it is a huge book, it is worth going over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Wish

    I wish itwas free then i would get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    ?

    why isn't it formatted?

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Good

    Good as any other guide book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Lots of good info in this book

    There is a lot of good info contained in this book. Looking forward to putting it to use when I go to Disney World later this year

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    There is tons of up to date info in this book. The Tour Planning Guide is extremely helpful. Learned that there is an app for your iphone on wait times for all the Disney rides! Provides info on other Orlando area parks too.

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