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Walt Disney World Guide Book Reviews
Without the aid of research and a decent guide book, you will not get the maximum enjoyment out of a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. There is simply too much to do and not enough time so you need to plan your visits carefully to avoid spending far too long in queues and missing the best attractions and shows.
The Walt Disney World Resort covers over 47 square miles (an area twice the size of Manhattan), so it is no good just turning up at the gate with no idea of what you want to do. Do as much research as you can and buy at least one guide book, it will be money well spent.
As Bob Sehlinger so eloquently puts it in his Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World "when it comes to Walt Disney World you either need a good plan or a frontal lobotomy"
The Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Guide is the official guide but you cannot ignore The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger. It has sold over 4 million copies since it was first published in 1984 and is the world's number one best selling travel guide.
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. You won't get the very latest information but you could save yourself quite a bit of money.
Also look out for special deals on most Internet book sites where you can often buy two related books at a special discounted price.
Read our independent review of The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation, written by Steven M Barrett who is probably better known for his "Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets
Read our independent review of Walt Disney World Resort & Orlando, published by Dorling Kindersley on July 1, 2010 and is part of their Eyewitness Travel Guide series
Read our independent review of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2020 by Bob Sehlinger, Liliane Opsomer and Len Testa, published by John Wiley & Sons on September 3, 2019.
Read our independent review of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2022 by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa, published by John Wiley & Sons on December 7, 2021
Fodor's Walt Disney World: with Universal & the Best of Orlando is now in its 10th edition and was published on November 17, 2020.
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.
The 2022 edition of Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide was published on September 21, 2021 by Disney Editions and is a companion to Birnbaum's 2022 Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Vacation Guide.
The 2022 edition of Birnbaum's Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Vacation Guide was published on September 21, 2021 by Disney Editions.
Read our independent review of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, 2013 Edition, written by Doug Ingersoll and re-published by Alpha on October 2, 2012
Read our independent review of Mousejunkies!: Tips, Tales, and Tricks for a Disney World Fix: All You Need to Know for a Perfect Vacation, written by Bill Burke, a veteran journalist living in New Hampshire who has been writing about Walt Disney World for the last ten years