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Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2019


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Table of Contents


  • Why "Unofficial"?
  • Walt Disney World: An Overview
    • What's NEW at Walt Disney World since your last visit?

PART ONE - Planning Before You Leave Home

  • Gathering Information
  • When to Go to Walt Disney World

PART TWO - Making the Most of Your Time and Money

  • Allocating Money
    • What you Get and What you Pay at WDW
  • Allocating Time
  • Understanding Walt Disney World Attractions
  • Central Florida Roller Coasters

PART THREE - Accommodations

  • The Basic Considerations
  • The Disney Resorts
  • Walt Disney World Hotel Profiles
  • How to Evaluate a Walt Disney World Travel Package
    • Disney Lodging for Less
  • Hotels Outside Walt Disney World
  • Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked
    • The Top 20 Deals
    • How the Hotels Compare
    • Hotel Information Chart

PART FOUR - Dining in and around Walt Disney World

  • Dining outside Walt Disney World
    • Where to Eat Outside Walt Disney World
  • Dining in Walt Disney World
  • Disney Dining 101
    • Advance Reservations: The Official Line
    • Advance Reservations: The Unofficial Scoop
    • Walt Disney World Buffets and Family-Style Restaurants
  • Disney Dining Suggestions
  • Counter-Service Restaurant Mini-Profiles
  • Full-Service Restaurant Rated and Ranked
    • Walt Disney World Restaurants by Cuisine

PART FIVE - Walt Disney World with Kids

  • The Ecstasy and the Agony
  • Lost Children
  • Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff
    • Small Child Fright Potential Chart
    • Attraction and Ride Restrictions
  • Waiting-Line Strategies for Adults with Young Children
  • The Disney Characters
  • Character Dining
    • Character Meal Hit Parade
  • Babysitting
  • Special Programs for Children
  • Birthdays and Special Occasions

PART SIX - Special Tips for Special People

  • Walt Disney World for Singles
    • Tips for Going Solo
  • Walt Disney World for Couples
  • Walt Disney World "At Large"
  • Walt Disney World for Expectant Mothers
  • Walt Disney World for Seniors
  • Walt Disney World for Guests with Special Needs

PART SEVEN - Arriving and Getting Around

  • Getting There
  • Getting Oriented
  • How to Travel around the World (or, The Real Mr. Toad's Wild Ride)
    • Door-to-Door Commuting Times to and from the Disney Resorts and Parks

PART EIGHT - Bare Necessities

  • Money, Etc.
  • Problems and Unusual Situations
  • Services

PART NINE - The Magic Kingdom

  • Arriving
  • Getting Oriented
  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Live Entertainment in the Magic Kingdom
  • Mickey's Halloween and Christmas Parties and 23-Hour-Events
  • Parades
  • Traffic Patterns in the Magic Kingdom
  • Magic Kingdom Touring Plans

PART TEN - Epcot

  • Arriving
  • Getting Oriented
  • Future World
  • World Showcase
  • Live Entertainment in Epcot
  • Traffic Patterns in Epcot
  • Epcot Touring Plans

PART ELEVEN - Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Arriving
  • Getting Oriented
  • The Oasis
  • Discovery Island
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Live Entertainment in Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Traffic Patterns in Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Touring Plan

PART TWELVE - Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • DHS: A Brief History
  • The Studios in Perspective
  • DHS at a Glance
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions
  • Live Entertainment at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Touring Plan

PART THIRTEEN - Universal Orlando

  • A Universal Primer
    • Universal on the Web
    • Cost
    • A Word about Crowds
    • How Much Time to Allocate
    • Lodging at Universal Orlando
    • Arriving at Universal Orlando
    • Universal Express
    • Singles Lines
    • UBot
    • Lockers
    • Universal, Kids, and Scary Stuff
    • Blue Man Group
    • Universal Orlando Dining Plan
    • New and Upcoming at Universal Orlando

PART FOURTEEN - Universal's Islands of Adventure

  • Getting Oriented at Universal's Islands of Adventure
  • Universal's Islands of Adventure Attractions
  • Dining at Universal's Islands of Adventure
  • Universal's Islands of Adventure Touring Plan

PART FIFTEEN - Universal Studios Florida

  • Universal Studios Florida Attractions
  • Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Florida
  • Dining at Universal Studios Florida
  • Universal Studios Florida Touring Plan

PART SIXTEEN - SeaWorld Orlando

  • SeaWorld at a Glance
  • Discovery Cove

PART SEVENTEEN - The Water Parks

  • You're Soaking in It!
  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Typhoon Lagoon versus Blizzard Beach
  • When to Go
  • Planning Your Day at Disney Water Parks
  • Water-Park Touring Plans
  • Aquatica by SeaWorld

PART EIGHTEEN - Behind-the-Scenes and VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

  • Multi-park Tours
  • Behind the Scenes at the Magic Kingdom
  • Behind the Scenes at Epcot
  • Behind the Scenes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • VIP Tours

PART NINETEEN - Disney Springs, Universal City Walk, Shopping, and Nightlife

  • Disney Springs
  • Universal CityWalk
    • Dining
  • Shopping in the Theme Parks and Orlando
    • Tips for Avoiding Buyer's Remorse
    • Walt Disney World Shopping at a Glance
    • Shopping at Universal Orlando
    • Shopping Outside the Theme Parks
  • Entertainment and Nightlife
    • Nightlife at Walt Disney World Resorts
    • Nightlife at Disney Springs
    • Nightlife at Universal Orlando Resorts
    • Nightlife at Universal CityWalk
    • Live Music at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando
    • Walt Disney World Dinner Theaters

PART TWENTY - Recreation, Sports, and Spas

  • Walt Disney World Recreation
  • Run, Disney, Run
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Walt Disney World Golf
  • Miniature Golf
  • Serenity Now! A Look at Disney-Area
  • Spas


  • Readers' Questions to the Author
  • Readers' Comments

Accommodations Index Restaurant Index Subject Index Touring Plans

  • Clip-Out Touring Plan Companions

About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series. He's the author of 27 books and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Len Testa, a lifelong Disney theme park fan, is also coauthor ofThe Color Companion to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, and The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. Len leads the team at, the website and research arm of The Unofficial Guides. He lives in Orlando, Florida.


"In the Disney world, there is one source of information revered and trusted above all others: [The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World]."
--Paul Gauder, WDW Family Style "If you're looking for a reliable guidebook, the leader is the Unofficial series."
--The Mail (London) "A Tourist's Best Friend!"
--Chicago Sun-Times "Indispensable"
--The New York Times "The Unofficial Guide is, without question, one of the best Disney travel guides available."

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