I’m excited to announce that the newest version of the guidebook that I co-write with Dave Shute of yourfirstvisit.net is now available for your consideration. Now in its fifth year, The easy Guide remains Amazon’s highest rated Walt Disney World guidebook series of all time (of all time). Take a look at the product page to “look inside” at everything the book offers and follow along below.
As with the last several editions of the guide, the Kindle version is included for free with a print book purchase for those in the United States through Amazon’s MatchBook program. After completing the paperback purchase, simply return to the product page and click on the Kindle version of the book. It will display a price of $0.00. The Kindle version works on Amazon Kindle devices of all shapes and sizes, in addition to computers and mobile devices via the Kindle app. So you can keep up with things on your Kindle, iPhone, laptop, desktop, Samsung Galaxy, etc.
We also revise the book throughout the year as things change and send regular PDF updates to those that have purchased the book. This year, book readers received access to exclusive Pandora touring plans, an updated Animal Kingdom map, and consolidated advice on the best way to experience everything that Pandora offers. With this edition, the big update will be Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, probably around May 2018. Otherwise, the book is meticulously updated.
Let’s see what’s in store in these 300 jam-packed pages.
As with past editions, Chapter 1 is all about the “what,” offering quick and easy (GET IT?) advice for each planning topic and breaking down the main points. Above is Chapter 1’s introduction to Chapter 4.
We’ve also expanded this chapter to include key changes from the last couple of years:
This should help refresh memories and may also introduce some things that are easily missed with the thousands of little changes Disney makes every year. You may not yet be aware that Disney is charging higher nightly rates on Thursdays this year as compared to a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Chapter Two addresses height restrictions and how much age and maturity levels (guidebook authors’ mental states notwithstanding) matter. Several diagrams and charts help visualize how much of a difference a couple of inches make.
Chapter 3 is all about how long to stay and offers advice based on the ages of the kids, whether you plan on returning, what you want to accomplish, and budget.
Chapter 4 is key and hones in on the best times of year to visit. There’s also a handy month-by-month look at what to expect from the weather, crowds, cost, refurbishments, and special events.
Chapter 5 covers all resorts on property in depth, including room diagrams for each room type. This chapter also breaks down what to expect from each resort category and when it makes sense to pay a little extra for a larger room or additional amenities.
Chapter 6, the book’s longest, is all about theme parks. Every land is introduced:
And every attraction reviewed:
There’s a ton of information here consolidated into a nice little capsule.
Wait times charts offer insight into what you can expect to be able to do and how long it will take.
You’ll also find all sorts of touring plans and advice on how to make just about any itinerary work.
Chapter 7, the second longest chapter, is all about what to eat.
We’ve expanded the Dining Plan section this year to discuss more about what’s offered, how to maximize each credit, and whether it makes sense to purchase it in a variety of different situations.
All of the restaurants see updated pricing and offerings.
Chapter 8 is titled “Which Tickets to Buy and How Much to Budget” and that’s exactly what it covers, including some recently added nuances in ticket season pricing and add-ons.
And finally, Chapter 9 brings it all together, discussing important deadlines and walking you through setting up My Disney Experience accounts, how MagicBands work, when to make dining reservations, etc.
As the co-author of the book, I am slightly biased in favor of its contents, but I don’t think you’ll find a better-written, more consolidated source of information than The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit. It takes hundreds of hours every year to move through all of the changes and make all of the updates, but it’s a project that helps tens of thousands of families create unforgettable vacations each and every year. And for that, I’m very proud.