Kim Wright Wiley is a veteran writer about Walt Disney World and this is the 26th edition of Fodor’s Walt Disney World with Kids 2016: with Universal Orlando (Travel Guide), the first edition being published way back in 1989.
In that time, she has visited the parks over 50 times as both a journalist and as a parent so she knows her way around. Her daughter, Leigh Wiley Jenkins is also a contributor.
Fodor’s Walt Disney World with Kids is designed for a family vacation with information for all age groups
As well as Walt Disney World, there are also two chapters on Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The book is packed with tips to help you save both money and time plus opinions and reviews from over 500 other 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.
The “don’t miss lists” and favourite attractions by children’s age groups (young kids, pre-teens and teens) help you plan your visit according to the age and make up of your party.
There are charts in each chapter, giving useful statistics on each attraction and ride such as its rating in terms of age group suitability, fun and scare factors, length of ride and any minimum height requirements.
The book also includes clear and easy to read maps of each park.
All the Walt Disney World Resort restaurants and hotels are described and rated with unbiased information on the pros and cons of staying onsite or offsite. It also gives you estimated driving times to the parks from each hotel which can help when planning where to stay.
The new edition has expanded coverage including the newest rides and attractions as well as the latest details on FastPass+ and MagicBands.
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 with Kids. Bear in mind though that this book has not been republished since 2015 and quite a lot in the parks has changed in the intervening years.