Everyone who plans trips to Walt Disney World has their opinion as to which travel guide is the best to use for planning their visit. Just as these folks have their opinion, this is my opinion and only my opinion. I actually us three guides and in reverse order of preference they are:
3. Birnbaum’s Official Guide To Walt Disney World As the title says, this is the official guide book, sanctioned and approved by Disney. It is beautifully done and as you might expect, follows the company line. But, with a company like Disney, that doesn’t make it a bad approach. It covers almost everything and is an excellent starting point for “newbies”.
2. Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa’s Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World 2011 This one is definitely in depth. It has lots of information covering every area of Walt Disney World and does have a bit of tongue in cheek humor that makes it a very entertaining read. One of the best features of this book is the numerous comments of people just like you and me who offer their opinions of Walt Disney World. Combined with the newly published Color Companion To Walt Disney World by the same authors it offers everything you might need to know for planning a trip to Walt Disney World. The Color Companion is done with a lively sense of humor and is a lot of fun to read.
1. Passporter’s Walt Disney World authored by Jennifer, Dave, and Allison Marx is my personal favorite. I get a new copy every year whether or not I am visiting Walt Disney World. It’s all done in color and is beautifully produced. It has absolutely everything you need to plan an amazing visit . It covers everything in detail and each attraction and restaurant is rated by Jennifer, Dave, and Walt Disney World Guests. Three features need to be mentioned 1-each Passporter comes with “pass pockets” that allow each portion of your trip to be kept separately from the early planning to each day of the visit, they have places to write down important information and keep receipts etc. 2-most guide books are outdated by the time they arrive from the printer. Passporter has a website that you can access to get the latest updates and print them out, and we all know how Disney is about changes. And 3-The Passporter Forums are an asset you can access to get any question answered by folks just like you.
Once again, these are my opinions and mine only. Have a great time planning and enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World.