Mousejunkies!: Tips, Tales, and Tricks for a Disney World Fix: All You Need to Know for a Perfect Vacation is written by Bill Burke, a veteran journalist living in New Hampshire who has been writing about Walt Disney World for the last ten years.
The first edition was published on June 9, 2009 by Travelers' Tale Guides who specialise in this style of travel guide.
Like an increasing number of travel books today, Mousejunkies is available in both paperback format and as an electronic download for the Amazon Kindle book reader.
If you can only afford one book on Walt Disney World and are looking for a comprehensive guide that reviews and ranks every ride, attraction, restaurant and Disney resort hotel, then Mousejunkies is not the book for you. You’d be better off buying something like the Passporter’s Walt Disney World or the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.
If you can afford more than one book though, then what you get is a series of personal travelogues and anecdotal stories from a group of very humorous and witty Walt Disney World fans, the so called “Mousejunkies”.
It is fun to read and you will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the horror stories. It mixes both the good and the bad.
It is more like a travel journal that you should read from cover to cover rather than something you would dip into to look up a particular ride or restaurant for example
You may not agree with everything that is written, after all this is a very personal view from a group of contributors with different tastes on what makes Disney what it is today. Some contributors for example would not dream of staying anywhere except at a Disney resort.
The title is a little misleading though. Mousejunkies does have insider tips and tricks but if you are a seasoned visitor, you may not discover much that you didn’t already know.
The chapter titles give you a clue as to the sort of content with headings like A Mousejunkie Is Born, Mousejunkies Travel, Mousejunkies Sleep and Mousejunkies Procreate.
The book starts with a tale of how Bill and his family were steered away from staying at Walt Disney World itself by their local travel agent and were directed towards a motel at Main Gate East with supposedly frequent shuttle service to the parks. Needless to say it did not live up to expectations but a quick phone call to one of the Walt Disney Resorts Value resorts turned the holiday around and so Mousejunkies were born.
If you have been to Walt Disney World before then Mousejunkies will bring back memories and if not it will immerse you and get you even more excited in anticipation of your trip.
Despite a lack of photos (apart from images of the contributors) and maps, Mousejunkies still delivers a entertaining and refreshing take on the Walt Disney World travel guide book.
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.