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I don’t even remember when I first stumbled upon YourFirstVisit.net. Most likely, I did a Google search for something Disney-related while planning an upcoming trip, and Dave’s blog came up in the search. In any case, despite the fact that I wasn’t planning my first visit, I found lots of valuable information on his site, and have been following it for years. In fact, I even had opportunity to blog with Dave for awhile, as part of The Magical Blogorail. Even though I’ve been to Walt Disney World many times, I still refer back to YourFirstVisit.net every time we’re planning another trip. Why? Because I love, Love, LOVE his charts on when is the best time to visit. If you’re not using them, you should be. Just sayin’ . . .
When I found out that Dave was teaming up with Josh from Easy WDW to write a book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now that I’ve had a chance to read it, I’m anxious to share it with you. So, let’s dive in . . .
About The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit
WALT DISNEY WORLD: THE “easy” WAY
Disney gurus Dave Shute and Josh Humphrey have helped millions plan the Walt Disney World vacations of their dreams with practical advice and unique touring strategies. Now they’ve distilled their best advice into a book for first-time visitors and “any-timers” who want to make their next vacation even more special.
Taking the Difficult Out of Disney
A Disney vacation begins long before you set foot in the Magic Kingdom. To get the most value, and to experience the most fun, you’ll need to make the right decisions about when to go, how long to stay, where to stay, what to eat, how to maximize your time in the parks, and much more. Sound easy to you?
With Dave and Josh’s help, planning your dream vacation to Walt Disney World really is easy. They cover everything you need to know (and no more!), in the order you need to know it, with plenty of maps, charts, images, “cheat sheets”, and solid advice to remove the mystery from the magic.
Beating the Crowds, the Cost, and the Chaos
Despite it being the Happiest Place on Earth, a lot of things about Disney World can make you very unhappy while you’re there: big crowds, bad weather, small budgets, and the general chaos brought on by so much to do and so little time in which to do it.
With The easy Guide, you’ll be able to defeat each of these Disney downers by following no-nonsense, to-the-point advice backed up by the authors’ extensive research, along with graphs and charts that will help you avoid the pitfalls which can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare.
Drawing on their years of research, experience, and plain ol’ common sense, Dave and Josh share:
- The best times to visit Walt Disney World, with month-by-month analyses, and how long to stay once you’re there
- Where to stay, with in-depth reviews of every Walt Disney World hotel, and advice about staying off-property
- The most comprehensive coverage of FastPass+ you’ll find anywhere, with sample itineraries and simple instructions for designing your own
- Capsule reviews of every Disney attraction, show, and table service restaurant, with a full analysis of the Dining Plan
- Budgeting for your trip: getting the most from Walt Disney World while spending the least
- Exclusive “Cheat Sheets” with touring plans for the four parks, and tips for making even short trips memorable
The easy Guide is completely up-to-date, with exclusive sections about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and other late-breaking Disney developments.
If you’re going to Walt Disney World, make it “easy” on yourself with Dave and Josh’s easy Guide!
Heidi Says . . .
I pretty much love this book! I’m very much a Type A Planner-Type, so this book makes me extremely happy on so many levels.
First of all, I love that Chapter 1 is basically a User Guide, walking you through the rest of the book and explaining how best to use it.
Then, as you work your way through the rest of the chapters, the book contains all the great content that I’ve come to know and appreciate on Dave’s blog (and I’m sure Josh’s as well, though I haven’t visited there quite as much). There is lots and lots of information, including the nitty gritty details, and it’s all laid out in a way that makes sense and makes a planner happy.
They’ve also included black and white samples of many of the forms, lists, and itineraries that are available on their websites.
And, if you buy the print book, you get access to the digital version for free, so you’re always kept up to date on the latest changes taking place at Walt Disney World, and how they might affect what’s already written the book.
If I had to pick a favorite part of this book, it would probably be the detailed restaurant reviews. Currently, my daughter Ashley and I are making plans for a Girls’ Only Trip for her 21st birthday and we’re planning to try some new dining experiences, so the reviews in the book were very helpful and cemented our plans a bit more!
Probably the only thing that could make this book better would be some color pictures throughout.
Here’s the thing (I’m just going to come right out and say it) . . . If you’re a planner by nature and you’re planning your first trip to Walt Disney World, you pretty much HAVE to buy this book.
Trust me. I’ll be adding the book to my ever growing shelf of Disney resources and I’ll be recommending it as a go-to resource for first-time visitors (and beyond). Because, while the book might be geared toward first-timers (who may very well be planning a “once in a lifetime” trip), we all know that there’s no such thing as a one-time Disney trip. You’re going to fall in love and want to go back. And, if you didn’t plan properly the first time, you have another chance to redeem yourself!
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