The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2020 by Bob Sehlinger, Liliane Opsomer and Len Testa was published by John Wiley & Sons on September 3, 2019.
As its name suggests it is aimed at families visiting the Walt Disney World Resort and follows the same no nonsense approach at its sister publication, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (The Big Book).
Running to three quarters of the size of the Big Book, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids helps you plan and enjoy a family vacation in Central Florida, particularly when the family group might have different ideas of what they enjoy doing.
Bob Sehlinger and his team of editors have reviewed more than 72,000 family surveys over the years to get their views on each of the rides, shows and restaurants. There are tips and comments from families and kids for kids. There is even a tear-out reader survey form included at the back of the book.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids will help you prepare mentality, physically and logistically to get the best from your vacation
Page: 512 pages
Publisher: Unofficial Guides, 2020 edition
Date: September 3, 2019
Size: 8.0 x 5.0 x 1.1 inches
A Walt Disney World vacation can be a daunting experience with young children particularly with the heat, the excitement and the crowds. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids is packed with useful advice on how to cope, how to deal with unruly kids and how to set expectations.
There are a number of updates for the 2020 edition including a review of everything in the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Mickey and Minnies Runaway Railway ride plus the Wonderful World of Animation and the Lightning McQueens Racing shows all at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As well as new Disney resort hotels like Disney’s Riviera Resort, the addition to Disney World Swan & Dolphin complex called The Cove and Gran Destino Tower at Disneys Coronado Springs Resort, it also covers some non-Disney topics like the Margaritaville Resort Orlando and its onsite Island H2O Live! waterpark and the latest news from Universal Orlando.
The first couple of chapters help you with your preparation including advice for all families including single parents and grandparents considering taking children with them. It also covers the implications of taking someone else’s children with you.
There are details on the best times of year to visit which are especially useful for families with children of school age as prices typically rise during school vacation periods.
There are then chapters on accommodation and dining including all the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and restaurants, other nearby hotels plus alternatives such as condominiums and vacation homes. The hotel locations are marked on a series of monochrome maps.
Part of the chapter entitled Basic Considerations gives you the low-down on how to cope with a visit to Walt Disney World with children of different age groups.
One of the biggest concerns for families with children is the suitability of the rides. To help you decide, there is useful information on which rides might scare your children and why. One bad ride experience can ruin an entire vacation so it is important to know your children’s likes and dislikes and plan accordingly.
Each of the four main theme parks are covered in detail with comprehensive field-tested touring plans for each park (over 20 different plans in total) and mini tear-out plans to take with you.
Each ride and attraction is rated by age group with details of ride restrictions, loading times, best times to visit and special advice for children.
There are also details of the other main Orlando parks, SeaWorld and Universal Studios and the water parks with useful comparisons with their Disney equivalents.
As befits its “unofficial” nature, the book casts a critical eye over all that Disney has to offer but the book is also full of humour. For example the rule that the number of adults required to look after a group of children is one more than is actually present and a chart of Disneyspeak; for crowd read audience, for employee read cast member etc.
There is also a companion Touring Plans website which gives you up to the minute details on predicted crowd levels, updates to the book, latest WDW news and a subscription touring guide service.
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 The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids.