When I planned our first Disney
When Independent Guidebooks got in touch and asked if I would like to review their Independent Guide to Walt Disney World 2016 of course I said yes! Planning is a great part of a Disney holiday, and there is so much to learn before you travel and also whilst you are there.
The Independent Guide to Walt Disney World 2016 is available in either paperback format or as an ebook. I chose the paperback as I like to refer to something quickly and don’t always carry the kindle around with me. The paperback version is 258 pages long and isn’t too heavy so popping it in your hand luggage will be fine and it gives you something extra to read on the plane. The guide book is part of a series by Independent Guidebooks which also cover Disneyland Resort, Universal and more.
The book itself is broken down into thirty different chapters, each containing a large amount of information surrounding your planning. I like the ways the book starts at the beginning of your planning journey with information surrounding when to go, how to get there and different ways of travelling.
The book moves through to resort options and ticket options, which are the best for you? I learnt a lot in this section as we have booked packages for both our holidays, but I’m planning on booking a DIY trip for the next next holiday so I will need to learn a lot more about options such as tickets and resorts.
Each park is given a large section in the book and covers everything from meeting the characters, where to eat, how to get there from the area, what happens in the parks etc. Reading these sections for me carry great nostalgia as I love reading about items I may have missed on our previous trip, and it brings back memories of things we saw and places we ate at.
When booking a holiday to Disney, everything links through to My Magic + which essentially points to the My Disney Experience app. This is an additional valuable piece of information for your trip to Disney, and the book explains a lot about how to use it and get the best from it.
When you’re there or indeed before you get there you will no doubt be looking at the rides. I know I spent many hours on youtube looking at different rides and experiences that a Disney trip may offer me. Which rides will be for you? Which rides should you fast pass? The book has great suggestions as well as the categories you can choose from.
Disney isn’t just about the theme parks, there are two water parks on Disney property as well as the newly named Disney Springs, an entertainment centre with shopping and eating facilities. The book goes through each one and tells you all about what to expect. I have picked up many handy hints from reading these chapters that I missed the first time around.
I know you will have lots of questions surrounding your personal lifestyle when planning a holiday to Disney. This could be dining options, disability, planning a holiday on a budget or even wanting to explore outside of the Disney parks. This books has some great sections covering these questions.
The book also covers each ride that is available in the parks, covering information such as minimum height requirements, does it include Memory Maker ride photos or videos, how long the ride is etc. I found this section very interesting because having the ride information can tell me whether I can endure being scared for that amount of time if it’s a ride I want to try but am a little scared of (such as Rock N Rollercoaster).
What I really like about the Independent Guide to Walt Disney World is that the books are updated throughout the year so when you buy it, you are actually getting the most up to date version. This is a great idea and would encourage me to purchase for the years ahead. I was made aware that the photos in the printed book are all black and white which helps keep the printing costs down. I understand the reasons behind it and it doesn’t affect the enjoyment or the information from the book at all that the pictures aren’t in colour.
Disclosure – we received the guide book free of charge but all opinions are our own
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