Whilst I was sat writing my last piece for The Disney Blog I was interrupted. Not by anyone else in my house, but by the mail coming in through the letterbox. It wasn’t like any usual day, this time the mail packed a punch as it hit the doormat, my first Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World had arrived.
Opening the cardboard box I found a glossy cover displaying a picture of Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, underneath it was a huge 850 pages dedicated to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This was my first Unofficial Guide so I was interested to see what it contained, and most importantly how much it differed from the advice I give on this blog.
To sum it up, it’s paperback perfection. The book covers every aspect of Walt Disney World with up-to-date information. The dedicated team behind the book have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to bring together a huge collection of data which will ensure that everyone who buys a copy of the book will enjoy their time at Walt Disney World and do everything the right way.
The main thing I like about the book is it gives options. There’s not just one rating for an attraction, there’s ratings for different demographics in the same way as there’s multiple touring plans for each park to meet the needs of all visitors, rather than just one time saving plan as many other guides offer. Another great feature is that the book doesn’t just cover Walt Disney World. There’s hotel reviews from outside of the resort, as well as attraction guides for other parks in the Orlando area. This isn’t just a Disney World guide, it’s an essential guide to all things Orlando.
It doesn’t take itself too seriously either, when reading you don’t feel like you’re reading a reference book it feels like you’re reading a good novel, not because it’s fictional, but because it’s entertaining as a guide book should be to ensure you read up on all the facts you’ll need. On a similar note it’s also critical of Walt Disney World, it doesn’t paint the overly- fantastic picture that some guides do, it tells you the truth about everything from the quality of an attraction to the quality of the bedding at one of the resort hotels.
There is some downsides to the book, for a start it is huge. As far as the information goes that’s not a bad thing by any means, it covers everything brilliantly. However it does mean that you’ll have to carry it round in the parks with you unless your willing to write down everything you need to remember when on your visit, which can be inconvenient. This problem can be avoided though if your willing to splash that little extra for the pocket-sized condensed guide to ensure you’re never without one of the fantastic touring plans.
As I mentioned before, this is my first Unofficial Guide. Up until now I’ve relied on my own findings at Disney World in order to plan my trips but from now on I won’t be going to Walt Disney World without a copy of the unofficial guide, even a huge Walt Disney World fanatic myself will learn something new from this all-in-one guide, making it well worth the price.