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 yourfirstvisit.net, 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!