Do you have a Walt Disney World holiday booked? Are you a little overwhelmed with everything Walt Disney World has to offer? Should you plan your holiday? Are you thinking of booking a holiday to Walt Disney World but you don’t know where to start?
When we booked our first holiday to Walt Disney World in 2013 (to go in 2014), I didn’t have a clue what I should or shouldn’t be doing. There is a whole heap of information out there, (including a great resource section right here on my blog).
I relied on friends who had already visited when we booked our first trip, and I found that everyone who has ever been is more than happy to chat about what to do and what not to do when you’re there. Over the years I have discovered some great books to help plan the perfect Disney World holiday.
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The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World
The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World was the first book I was lent by a friend. The book is updated each year with a new edition, but a lot of the information is still very relevant in older editions.
The book is well laid out over twenty different sections and over 800 pages, covering each different park, Universal parks, water parks. It also covers aspects of money, travel, special occasions, travelling with children, where to stay and so much more.
I really enjoyed this book, and have bought almost each edition as they have come out. It’s a great resource for a new traveller, but for a Disney fan like myself the books are also a great read to get a Disney fix when I need it. I remember taking my first edition on holiday with me in 2014, and I gained a lot of useful information from it whilst we were on holiday.
The Independent Guide To Walt Disney World
The Independent Guide To Walt Disney World is a book I was sent to review a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed this book, also updated once a year with a new edition, covering thirty different chapters. You can expect to read about each park in great detail, and what to expect in the parks such as food and drink, character meet and greets, and so much more.
One of my favourite aspects of The Independent Guide To Walt Disney World is that it covers each attraction individually providing information such as opinions on whether you should gain a Fastpass for the attraction, height restrictions, accessibility and so much more. My edition is from 2016, but it’s still a great book to go to when I want to refresh my memory on information, or just when I want a Disney fix.
Sadly there isn’t a recent addition of this book available which is a shame as I really enjoyed reading this one.
The Hidden Magic Of Walt Disney World
Over 600 secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disneys Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom Park is a book I treated myself to last year. We were back from our second trip to Disney and I really wanted to go again. In place of being able to book a holiday, I bought a book instead (and then since booked another holiday).
The book focuses on all the little nuggets of information which is a great read for new and seasoned visitors. You cannot see everything on a trip to Disney, and no matter how many times you go, you will still miss things.
The Hidden Magic Of Walt Disney World is a little different to the other planning books, as this one focuses on the four main parks in the book, but covers them in amazing detail. Walking you through each park in small sections, you will find yourself looking at the parks very differently on your next visit.
There are quotes from the Imagineers pointing out information that you may not already know, I know I certainly didn’t. I’ve learnt so much more about each park and it’s a great book to go back and re read when you need a Disney fix.