It's that time of year again.... Summer is ending, most family vacations are over, the kids are back in school, and the 2014 Walt Disney World Guide Books are starting to arrive in stores (real and online).
Listed below are my perennial favorites. The current copy of each sits on my desk within easy reach.
This book has been the bible for many fans, including myself, since it arrived on the scene in the 80s. In fact, many of the editions take up an entire shelf in my book library. (I am missing the first 2 if anyone happens to have a spare :) It is irreverent and as tells it like it is. It is THE unofficial guide.
Just about anything you'd want to know about Walt Disney World is in this book. If you want to do in-depth research prior to your trip, the Unofficial Guide is for you!
Much like the regular guide (#1 above) this book targets kids and families, offering great suggestions on this to do, avoid or do better, quicker, faster.
Another unofficial guide book, the PassPorter series offer a viable alternative (or companion if you must read them all) to the Unofficial Guide. It's a unique travel guide, organizer, planner, and journal all in one. The back section of the guide contains "Pass Pockets" which allow you to jot planning notes, record what you actually did, and even has a pocket for keepsakes and receipts. And say, there are stickers too! Very family friendly and the format makes it easy for everyone to get involved.
#3) Finally, there is the official Disney World Guide Book, Steven Birnbaum's Walt Disney World, The Official Guide. If you are looking for information straight from the mouse himself, then this is the guide book for you. The 2014 guide also has a Birnbaum exclusive: A brand-new Kingdom Keepers Quest from bestselling author Ridley Pearson.
Designed with families in mind, this book makes fun reading for young ones!
There are dozens of other guide books on the market. I wish I had time to read them all, but it's near impossible to keep up with "everything" Walt Disney World these days. You won't go wrong with one or a combination of the above guide books.
What is your favorite WDW guide book and why? Leave a comment below!
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