Walt Disney World includes four theme parks and a dozen lesser attractions, two entertainment districts, tens of thousands of hotel rooms, and scores of restaurants. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld add another four theme parks, three resorts, and an entertainment district to the mix. So how do you know where to go? This friendly guide puts you in a Mouse mood and in the know. From Terminator 2 to Shrek or Shamu, wild life to nightlife, Finding Nemo to finding souvenirs, it gives you great info on accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and more, covering:
- Disney’s ticket system and the best options in each major park
- Highlights of Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove, plus two great day-trip options
- The top 11 stomach turners and G-force generators in Orlando, including Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Summit Plummet, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and more
- Tamer rides and shows, including The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Shark Encounter, and more
- Orlando night life, with the scoop on dinner shows, Pleasure Island, CityWalk, and other hot spots
Like every For Dummies travel guide, Walt Disney World & Orlando For Dummies 2008 includes:
- Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
- What you shouldn’t miss—and what you can skip
- The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
- Lots of detailed maps
Whether you’re traveling with kids or want to recapture your own childhoodor whether your style is adventurous and action-packed or laid-back and relaxed, this friendly guide helps you plan a magical vacation.
About the Author
Laura Lea Miller is a freelance writer based in Orchard Park, New York, though she’s spent countless hours scouring Central Florida’s theme parks over the years — both with and without her five kids. A family-travel expert who religiously makes an annual pilgrimage (or two or three or more) to the Land the Mouse Built, she’s the author of Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando 2007 and contributes to Frommer’s Florida and Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando with Kids. She has even created a comprehensive Web site dedicated to family travel throughout central Florida.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing Walt Disney World and Orlando.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Walt Disney World and Orlando.
Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Orlando.
Chapter 3: Deciding When to Go.
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Walt Disney World and Orlando.
Chapter 4: Managing Your Money.
Chapter 5: Getting to Orlando.
Chapter 6: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.
Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
Part III: Settling into Orlando.
Chapter 8: Arriving and Getting Oriented.
Chapter 9: Checking In at Orlando’s Best Hotels.
Chapter 10: Dining and Snacking in Orlando.
Part IV: Exploring Walt Disney World.
Chapter 11: Getting Acquainted with Walt Disney World.
Chapter 12: The Magic Kingdom.
Chapter 13: Epcot.
Chapter 14: Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Chapter 15: Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Chapter 16: Enjoying the Rest of Walt Disney World.
Chapter 17: Shopping in Walt Disney World.
Part V: Exploring the Rest of Orlando.
Chapter 18: Universal Studios Florida.
Chapter 19: Islands of Adventure.
Chapter 20: SeaWorld and Discovery Cove.
Chapter 21: Discovering Orlando’s Other Attractions.
Chapter 22: Shopping in Orlando.
Chapter 23: Going Beyond Orlando: Two Day Trips.
Part VI: Living It Up after Dark: Orlando Nightlife.
Chapter 24: Taking In the Dinner Shows.
Chapter 25: Hitting the Clubs and Bars.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 26: (Not Quite) Ten Cheap Alternatives to the Theme Parks.
Chapter 27: Ten Recreational Activities in Orlando.
Appendix: Quick Concierge.