The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, 2013 Edition is written by Doug Ingersoll and was re-published by Alpha on October 2, 2012.
Doug Ingersoll is a lifelong Disney fan who has been visiting Walt Disney World for the last 30 years and is also the author of Plan Your Walt Disney World Vacation in No Time.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World as its name suggests is particularly aimed at first time visitors but there is enough there to satisfy those who have visited before.
The next two chapters deal with choosing your resort hotel and dining in the parks and resorts with comprehensive descriptions and ratings.
The fourth chapter covers the four main theme parks and the final chapter looks at everything else such as the water parks, Downtown Disney, the Boardwalk and other activities both in Walt Disney World and outside in the surrounding area. There is also an eight page colour insert.
For each ride and attraction, there are notes on which use the FASTPASS system, whether they are air-conditioned, any height restrictions and if the ride is dark which is useful to know particular if you have young ones in the party. Must Do! attractions are highlighted if you are short on time.
As well as the usual information, the book also provides suggested itineraries based upon the type of trip you are planning, for example a family spring break, a romantic honeymoon or as part of an Orlando business convention visit
At the back of the book are separate tear-out touring itinerary cards with detailed maps for each of the parks that you can slip in your pocket.
Scattered throughout the book are little break-out boxes to assist you on your travels.
“Hidden Magic” boxes highlight less known secrets such as indicating which attractions have air conditioning to help you recover during hot spells. These are also noted on the tear-out itinerary cards.
There are also “Disney Don’t” boxes to warn you against things that could ruin your vacation, “Mickey Speak” with snippets of Disney lingo and “Did You Know?” seldom known facts.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World can also be purchased in an electronic edition for use with the Amazon Kindle eBook reader.
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. In the case of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, the previous edition was published in 2009.