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Birnbaum's 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide

The 2022 edition of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide was published on September 21, 2021 by Disney Editions and is a companion to Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Vacation Guide.

If you plan on vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort without children then you could consider the companion book, Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Without Kids but it has not been updated in a while and will now be out of date.

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World is updated each year and the 2022 edition contains all the latest tips, tricks and information on everything in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida including details of many of the new attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway as well as the new Disney Skyliner aerial gondola system connecting EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and four resorts.

Disney’s new Riviera Resort is detailed along with the upcoming Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure which has just opened at EPCOT.

There are also details on all the latest shows, rides, attractions and restaurants.

If you like your advice straight from the horse’s mouth, then the official Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World guide book is the book for you

There are eight main chapters running to over 350 pages including colour photographs, illustrations and official Disney park maps.

Though it is not as big as some other Walt Disney World guide books like The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, however it is the only official guide and as such includes the very latest insider’s information on new rides, changes to schedules and pricing from Disney themselves.

Format: Paperback
Page: 352 pages
Publisher: Disney Editions (Birnbaum Travel Guides)
Date: September 21, 2021
ISBN: 1368062458
Size: 12.2 x 8.1 x 1.0 inches

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It makes a good primer for the first time visitor though bear in mind it is published by Disney themselves so it a bit biased and lacks critical reviews.

The first chapter, Getting Ready To Go, covers all those things you need to think about before travelling including when is the best time to go, how to get there, monthly temperatures and rainfall charts, saving money and working within a budget as well as sample schedules and tips for parents, singles and guests with disabilities.

The second chapter, Transportation & Accommodations, deals with all the different modes of transports provided by Disney including the Magical Express service from Orlando International Airport as well as comprehensive reviews of each resort hotel.

Details of each resort are presented in handy chart form including location, theme, amenities and typical guest (for example, suitable for families, honeymooners, convention visitors etc.).

There are then four chapters dedicated to the four main theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom with details of the best strategies for getting around, shopping and information on each ride and attraction including best time of day to go on the ride and average waiting times.

The rest of the Walt Disney World Resort is covered in Everything Else in the World, including the two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island.

Final chapters cover Sports & Recreation, Good Meals, Great Times and Disney Cruise Line.

In the sports chapter, there are details of all golf courses and places where you can play tennis, go boating, fishing, biking, horse riding, swimming, water-skiing and even stock-car racing and parasailing.

The restaurant reviews are organised by area listing specialities, best family fare and Birnbaum’s own favourites. The chapter also covers dinner shows, Disney’s Dining Plan, character meals and where to get a drink.

For anyone who fancies taking a Disney themed cruise to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, this bonus chapter helps you plan your “land and sea” vacation.

Previous editions of the book included some discount coupons but they seem to have been dropped from the 2022 edition.

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World is part of what was a set of seven Birnbaum books about the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in California though quite a few of these books have now been dropped.

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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 Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World.

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