Fodor's Walt Disney World 2016

Fodor publish two guide books on Walt Disney World each year, Fodor’s Walt Disney World and Fodor’s Walt Disney World with Kids.

Fodor’s Walt Disney World 2016 : With Universal Orlando and the Best of Orlando[ new title] is written by a number of writers including Jennie Hess, Gary McKechnie, Rona Gindin and Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor.

Format: Paperback
Page: 480 pages
Publisher: Fodor’s
Date: October 13, 2015
ISBN: 110187838X
Size: 8.0 x 5.2 x 1.0 inches

As the title suggests, this book is not just about the Walt Disney World Resort and in fact the Disney theme parks only take up about 50% of the content.

The rest of the book covers other major Orlando attractions like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and Wet ’n Wild as well as some other attractions further afield in the Central region of Florida such as the Kennedy Space Center.

As the title suggests, this book is not just about Walt Disney World and in fact the Disney theme parks only take up about 50% of the content

Fodor’s Walt Disney World follows a similar format to Fodor’s Walt Disney World With Kids with plenty of tips to help you save both money and time plus opinions and reviews from many families who have visited Disney giving you a wealth of information including the times and places to meet characters, the best locations for the parades, best rides and best places to eat. Look out for “Word of Mouth” sidebars for independent TripAdvisor advice from readers along with suggestions on where to take a break or buy unusual souvenirs.

The opening chapter Experience Orlando and the Parks gives plenty of advice including taking young children, how to plan to avoid a meltdown, best times of year to visit, some of the best annual events, enjoying the parks for people with disabilities and the usual information of ticket types and prices, getting around Orlando, driving, money etc. For most people who have been to Orlando before, a lot of this will be common knowledge but for the first timer, it is essential reading.

If you have young children then the section Head’s Up: The Scary Rides is useful background information when deciding on which rides and attractions to take them on.

For each of the four main Disney theme parks, there is an introductory section including directions where to find first aid, ride queue time information, lockers, lost property etc.

The Top Attractions by age groups (young kids, kids and adults) help you plan your visit according to the age and make up of your party.

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Each ride or attraction is rated for entertainment value along with typical crowd levels, audience, duration, best time to visit, any height restrictions and an overall description. All of this is summed up in a handy overall chart, giving a useful synopsis on each attraction and ride.

Touring plans are not up to the standard of those in some other guides but they do give you an overall strategy for tackling each park as well as descriptions of the organised guided tours that are available. Suggestions on where to eat is covered but only briefly.

As well as the main parks, the book also covers Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Disney Cruises and the other Orlando parks mentioned above.

The book finishes off with chapters on where to eat and where to stay, both onsite and offsite, nightlife, sports and outdoor events and shopping.

A selection of the best restaurants are described along with an indication of price, style of cuisine, address and contact details. There is a limit on what can be covered though when compared to the massive Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for instance.

In total there are around 36 clear and easy to read maps of the parks (some double page), as well as restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and golf courses and the book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs.

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Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of Fodor’s Walt Disney World.

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