The 1st edition of Take the Kids, Florida & Walt Disney World is written by Melanie Dakin and was published by Cadogan Guides on September 1, 2005.
The “Take the Kids” guide books are written especially for parents, grandparents and carers to give them ideas on how to make the most of a vacation with kids
It is full of ideas of places to take the kids; everything from museums, zoos and parks to historic buildings, sports venues, shops and beaches. Of course no Florida guide book would be complete without a mention of the theme parks and this guide book is no exception with around 40 pages devoted to the Walt Disney World Resort
Melanie Dakin is a seasoned travel writer and has taken her family all around Florida using all forms of transport including Greyhound buses, trains, planes and automobiles though she does not drive herself.
There is a small selection of colour photographs at the front of the book and a series of road maps (touring atlas) at the back; but there are no other illustrations throughout the book.
Like most Florida guide books, there is a chapter on Florida’s history plus a chapter on preparations and travel, getting around, practicalities for non-US citizens who may not be familiar with the USA and family friendly accommodation for different budgets.
The bulk of the book is split into regional chapters with an overview map, highlights of the region and then dates of special events, how to get around the region, things to see and do, entertainment and shopping.
Every entry is well described with its address (plus website), telephone number, details of how to get there, opening times and admission prices.
Each chapter has things for the kids such as ‘Did you Know’ topics, ‘Can you Spot’ ideas and ends with a short quiz (answers are in the back of the book).
The Disney chapters cover ticket options, all of the resort hotels, top tips to get the most from each of the parks followed by details of each theme park with all the rides and attractions, best places to eat for snacks, quick bites and family meals.
Finally there is a reference section with details of language differences between American English and British English including spelling, grammar and terminology.
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.