Unofficial Guide Helps You Plan Disney Vacation | My Family Travels
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Whether it's your first family vacation at Walt Disney World or you’ve been there a dozen times, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 offers advice for everyone. This unofficial guidebook may even steer you to the best rides with the shortest lines faster than anyone else.

Updated annually, it helps readers make the most of their Disney World family vacation with in-depth reviews of all types of facilities and a dose of common sense. Alongside the informational text are short anecdotes from the authors, who learned about Disney the hard way (having been there before you). Also in blue type are comments from kids and other visitors with candid opinions on rides, meals and more. Helpful charts allow you to compare what several hotels offer for their rates, making it easier to pick the best choice for your family.

Most essentially, this lengthy (heavy) paperback offers insider tips for a successful stay at the infamously magical and popular themepark destination. For example, while the authors recommend using strollers, they note that "Rental strollers are too large for many infants and toddlers," and suggest that parents bring pillows or towels to tuck kids in safely.  Helpful tips cover every budget, age group, taste and preference, and advice on avoiding lines, saving money, staying healthy and reducing grouchiness is suitable for adult fans as well as the little kiddies. 

Not only do the authors give valuable insight into the attractions, hotels and restaurants within Disney's five themeparks and water parks, but they also include information on locations outside of the enormous Walt Disney World Resort. Universal’s "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" — the hottest attraction under the blazing Orlando, Florida sun — Discovery Cove and SeaWorld are also well reviewed.

This is definitely a guide written for those who like to plan everything ahead of time. Buy it now, make your notes and a tentative itinerary so you can fit every ride into the time you have, and hope for the best.  Sometimes at Disney — where lines can stretch farther than Tinkerbell can fly — it’s your best bet.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 by Bob Sehlinger & Liliane J. Opsomer with Len Testa ($17.99) is primarily geared to adults with kids in tow.  Kids will enjoy the tear-out Play Sheets packed with trivia while they're suffering in line. In addition to being updated each year as the parks change, the authors regularly post fun facts, tips and news on their UGtoWDWwK Facebook page. We are sure investing in this edition will last you through many happy visits to Orlando.

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