The 2022 edition of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Vacation Guide was published on September 21, 2021 by Disney Press.
It is one of several Disney books written specifically for children visiting Walt Disney World.
Others include Fodor’s Walt Disney World with Kids, Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando with Kids (no longer updated) and The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids.
Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Guide is from the same stable as the other official Walt Disney World books by Birnbaum and has details on the latest developments at Walt Disney World.
For example, in the 2022 edition there are details on flying in the Millennium Falcon starship, drinking blue milk at Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway all at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
It is part written by children with children in mind and the language used will typically appeal to kids in the 8 to 12 age bracket. Younger children may enjoy reading it with their parents.
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Vacation Guide describes Walt Disney World through the eyes of children
Page: 160 pages
Publisher: Disney Editions (Birnbaum Travel Guides)
Date: September 21, 2021
Size: 9.35 x 7.0 x 0.6 inches
It has around 160 pages and is split into a number of chapters. The first chapter, You’re going to Disney World!, sets the scene with ideas for planning and packing in readiness for the great adventure.
For example it describes how to make a Simple Schedule to help kids decide what attractions and rides they want to see and do in each park plus suggested clothes to pack, not forgetting to leave space for all the goodies they will get when they are there!.
There are then four chapters, one for each of the main theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Each chapter includes an official Disney park colour map showing you where all the rides and attractions are located. There are descriptions of the rides, hot tips, clues to find hidden Mickeys as well as child reader reviews and tips.
It gives honest views on the attractions and rides and through the use of “attraction reactions” it tells you whether you might find a ride too dark, too scary, too fast or too wild. Kids are then better prepared for what rides will suit them best.
Like the ‘grown-up’ Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World, 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, Fort Wilderness and Disney Springs.
The final chapter, Magical Memories, gives you space to preserve memories from this trip and plan the next trip.
As well as all the attractions and shows, the book also gives kids views on shopping, best places to eat (from a kids perspective) and where to stay.
There are even a few blank pages for Disney character autographs (to save buying a separate autograph book), some fill-in-the-blanks puzzles to keep them amused when waiting in lines, crossword puzzle games and cartoons. If there is a complaint then it probably could do with more actual photographs and less cartoons.
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Guide is relatively cheap and makes an ideal book for a child to read before visiting Walt Disney World as it gives them great fun planning their trip and marking off all the things they want to see and do. It also means they don’t have to keep borrowing your guide book (or drawing all over it!).
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids 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.
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 For Kids.