The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2016 Now Available

As most of you know, I am the co-author of Amazon’s highest rated Walt Disney World guidebook series of all time (of all time), “The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.” Now in its third year, the most robust edition yet is now available for your perusal. I write the book with Dave Shute of, where you’ll find the most comprehensive Disney resort reviews on the Internet (take a look at his recent BoardWalk Inn review, for example), in addition to a weekly look at what to expect and much further guidance into the future than I’m able to offer. For example, he’s already ranked every week in 2016 and 2017  based on expected crowds, weather, seasonal pricing, special events, and more.

When purchased directly from Amazon through this link, we’re again including the digital Kindle version at no additional cost when a print copy is purchased:

For more information on how Kindle MatchBook works, see this post. Basically, once you purchase a print copy, you can immediately download the Kindle version to your computer, Kindle, Kindle Fire, or if you’re one of the eight people that bought an Amazon Fire Phone, you can download it for that device as well.

In an effort to get the book in as many hands as possible and present as much value to the end user as possible, we’ve also included the book in the Kindle Unlimited program. Basically, for $9.99 a month, you receive access to The easy Guide and some number of thousands of other books for one low monthly price. If you go to the easy Guide product page, you can also “borrow” the Kindle version for free if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Amazon offers a  30-day free trial on Amazon Prime and a 30-day free trial on Kindle Unlimited.

So now that you’ve taken into consideration that this website is free of advertisements and you’ve purchased a copy because you owe me at least that much, let’s take a look at what you’re getting:

The good news, first and foremost, is that “The easy Guide” is entirely up to date, to the point where the newest changes were “literally” made this morning.

That means you get the newest menu changes, like Pecos’ move away from hamburgers and towards burritos. Also, the parking fees that were raised on October 4th are accurate; there’s discussion of Narcoosee’s new Sunday brunch; dates are included for Season of the Force and Star Wars Launch Bay, Osborne Lights is confirmed as not returning, etc. are all included. I would wager the website’s all-time revenue that the book is more up to date than any related Walt Disney World website.

“The easy Guide” shows its uniqueness from page one in what is one of my favorite parts of the book:

Chapter One boils down all of our advice into just about ten pages. What follows in the next 300ish pages is a lot more depth and analysis about why we make these recommendations, but if you simply follow the advice as stated and loosely follow the touring plans in chapter six, you’ll be well on your way to having a fantastic vacation with very minimal planning.

Chapter 2 is all about why age and height matter, which is a topic not often discussed on the website:

This chapter discusses how to take advantage of Rider Switch, offers advice on child care services and their locations, discusses height requirements, and includes several charts that focus on which rides kids of varying ages will likely enjoy. The question that the chapter ultimately answers is, “Is it time?”

Speaking of time, Chapter 3 discusses how to spend it:

There’s essential advice here on taking breaks and how to approach arrival and departure days.

Chapter 4, aptly titled “When to Go” discusses….wait for it….when to go:

This is a month by month look at cost, weather, crowds, special events, and the best time each month to visit all updated for 2016. A variety of charts and graphs are included to help illustrate key points.

Chapter 5 is Dave’s forte, offering specific, actionable advice on where to stay:

And unlike the “competition,” you don’t have to roll your eyes every time you see the name Jim.

Selecting a resort is one of the two or three biggest decisions most guests will make, and this chapter is 50+ pages covering a range of topics. This year, we’ve also included reviews of the Swan, Dolphin, and Four Seasons resorts, in addition to expanded coverage of Ft. Wilderness campsites:

Room diagrams for most room types are included, in addition to detailed commentary on the differences between the various resort categories and within each category, what differentiates the various resorts. It’s an excellent look at the resorts that I think is unrivaled.

Chapter 6, “How to Spend Your Time” is my forte and comes in at just under 100 pages:

This chapter covers everything pertaining to FastPass+ – the best attractions to book, the best time slots to book, the best kiosks to visit to book 4th and subsequent FP+, when to book FP+, how to book FP+. Basically if it’s FastPass+ related, this chapter explains and advises about it. You’ll also find detailed introductions to each land at each theme park and a brief review of each attraction, including advice on when to visit and where to sit:

You’ll also find an updated versions of the website’s famous cheat sheets:

For each park, you’ll have access to several different touring plans, in addition to custom park maps, FP+ priority, wait times throughout the day based on crowd level, etc.

Chapter 7 is all about eating:

This includes an in-depth look at the Dining Plans, what they offer, how much they cost, and how to maximize them. There’s also a list of character meals, where they’re located, which characters appear, and which are worth visiting. There’s also discussion about when and how to make dining reservations and tips on saving money, in addition to reviews of all on-property restaurants:

Each review includes a brief overview of quality and service, in addition to a list of discounts and expected pricing. An extensive look at Disney Springs is also included.

New reviews of things like Trader Sam’s, The BOATHOUSE, etc. are included.

Chapter 8 is all about theme park tickets:

This includes a discussion of the various ticket add-ons like park hopper, how much they cost, and how they may or may not benefit you. Budgeting and costs in the grand scheme of things are also covered.

Chapter 9 is the book’s conclusion and covers specifically how to make dining reservations and book FP+ experiences step-by-step:

Overall, and if I do say so myself, “The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit” is essential reading for anybody planning a trip, whether you’ve read every word Dave and I have ever written or not. You can’t beat the organization, layout, and easily-consumable advice found in the book. Spend a few dollars on the book and save a lot of time, money, and frustration on your next Walt Disney World visit.

You…yes you…can purchase your very own copy of “The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2016.” You probably won’t regret it!


  1. Rusty Shackleford says

    Hmmm….$16.16 for a new copy or $82.85 for a used copy. That used one better be dripping in gold.

  2. Cindi says

    Josh, I wish you covered Disneyland. I am going on my first trip and there is so little info available and I have been spoiled with all your awesome WDW coverage. Where are you when I need you?!!! Oh well, congrats on your book being best seller. I do have the first edition, but don’t really need the 3rd. I can’t believe it’s already 3 years strong, wow that time went fast.

    • Jim says

      I’ve got the first two editions, and just ordered the third as well. I don’t need it, of course, but buying the book is *literally* the least any of us can do to support him for all the free work, entertainment, and content we receive through this site.

  3. Vickie says

    Will definitely be getting the new book. All the time & energy josh puts into his site , which we read for Free , it’s the least we can do is purchase his book. I really enjoy his website& humor. Thanks for all you do josh!!!

  4. Claytonia says

    I’m going to buy the book and put it on top of a trash can at Epcot and take a bad pano of it and tilt it so it’s artsy.

    This is the best WDW book there is. I buy it every year even if I’m not planning a trip, because somebody will always ask me for trip planning help as a Disney nerd. I just hand them the book and they’re set, and I can get back to reading this website.

  5. Tara says

    Love your books Josh! I’m no where close to a first timer but feel the need to support my favorite Disney blogger anyway. Just saw the news about Pecos Bills and I’m heartbroken for my kids and husband. They love the cheese fries and fixings bar as much, if not more than the mouse himself. They aren’t stepping foot in that place now for rice and beans!

  6. mike says

    Definieron Buying a book i think i know just about everything already but as a thanx to josh for bringing Disney closer to me when im not There

  7. Gary says

    You guys do great work but one thing has me really confused. You indicate that Feb prior to President’s Day weekend is a good time to visit but at the same time Dave ranks the week before Pres Day as the worst week in all of 2016 to go. That would seem to be contradictory. What am I missing?

    • Dave Shute says

      Gary my “week rankings” are for first time visitors *who may never return.*

      Because of “may never return,” I completely downgrade the weeks from early Jan til the one before Presidents Day due to ride closures being most predictably happening then. Among these, I then sort by crowd level and prices. Crowds the week before President’s day start going up later in the week, and prices in 2106 go up Monday and then again Thursday, so it nets to “worst” among these “ride closure” weeks.

      In contrast, the book’s month by month overview is aimed at everyone, not just those who may never return. For those who could return (and of course returning visitors), the ride closure issue is much less poignant, so in the book’s month-month overviews we simply note that “Most refurbishments will be completed by mid-February” so that people can take the refurb issue into account… Then, later in the chapter, we have a separate section that focuses on dates for those who indeed may not be able to return, and offer there a simplified version of the same calendar that dings that same Feb week.

      • Gary says

        I see. Thanks for the clarification. As you may have guessed that’s the week I’ve got reservations for. Not a 1st trip but 1st time in over 20 years. But so far the only thing that looks to be closed that week will be Buzz Lightyear so maybe we’ll luck out.

        • Dave Shute says

          Sorry for the typos, Gary! And yes, 2016 so far actually looks to be one with minimal refurbs in the period…

          • Gary says


            I did have 1 other question if you happen to know the answer. It’s a bit esoteric and would probably challenge a PhD in statistics given the variables involved, but I know you guys measure lots of things and have lots of data sources.

            Anyway, re: Fast Pass; you’ve got the 1 hour window to use it. Is there any discernible pattern as to whether more people use the 1st 30 minutes of a window versus the 2nd 30 minutes making it more desirable to use 1 versus the other?

  8. ceb104 says

    “I am the co-author of Amazon’s highest rated Walt Disney World guidebook series of all time (of all time)”

    I read this in the voice of Brick Heck from “The Middle” show…..

  9. Jim says

    I wish you would put actual dates instead of American holidays for overseas visitors. Independence Day I know…labour day, thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day etc. Not a clue.

    • siskaren says

      Most American holidays change dates from year to year, but it’s easy to determine if you know when they’re supposed to occur, which sounds contradictory, but it’s not. For instance, Labor Day is the first Monday in September, Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November and Martin Luther King day is the third Monday in January. Google is your friend.

  10. hizouse says

    Looks great, will definitely get this for my next trip (which unfortunately may mean waiting for the 2017 edition).

    Sorry to be that guy, but:
    Donald is the host of the Tusker House meal, or at least my recent breakfast ADR was titled something like “Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House.”
    You may want to do a F&R with “Word” and “World” (see item #1 under Chapter 7)

  11. David Wilkinson says

    Purchased… Might be going at MardiGras again and I haven’t been since the FP+ changes… I’ve been “out of the loop” because we said we wouldn’t be going back anytime soon 😉

    We stay off-site usually since we are a family of 5. The wife also likes to be able to “spread out” a bit.

  12. Micklessor says

    Added 2016 to the collection. I will have as many Easy books as I have MagicBands! Thanks Josh and Dave!

  13. Kimann says

    I have the previous versions and will be buying this one too. It’s a good read and a great way to support Josh. But more importantly this is a great GIFT for any of your friends,co-workers, long lost cousins, basically anyone you know that has heard you are the Disneyworld go to person. A gift of this book is where I start any of those “can you help me” discussions.


    josh / dave I know you don’t do many book signings but I am more than willing to be a shill for you, my fee : my bar tab @ rose & crown .

  15. Stacey says

    Any idea when the print version will be available in other amazon stores ?(Canada specifically) The kindle version is there now but I wanted to buy for my cousin for their first trip. Thanks for putting this together! Looks great!!

  16. Mel says

    Went for the first time last year. Love your blog and am sure there’ll be tips to uncover for my second visit in 2016. Buying a copy at once, thanks!

  17. Matt says

    You guys give the best advice in the business. For example, agree 100% with your recommendation to take afternoon breaks back at your resort. We always do this and it provides a good balance between entertainment (morning in the park) and relaxation (afternoon at the resort).

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