Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 10, 2012
    Douglas from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, My wife and I are taking our daughters to WDW on May 6 and I am looking for some advise with respect to guide books. I have seen two that look interesting, The Unofficial Guide to WDW and The Hidden Magic. Which one would you recommend?

    Hello, Douglas, 

    It can certainly be overwhelming when trying to decide which guide book to buy for Walt Disney World, so I buy them all!  But I realize that not everyone may as obsessed as I am.

    The two books you have mentioned are actually quite different.  The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is a comprehensive guide that contains all the information and then some that you need to know about visiting WDW.  In fact, it may sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  I should share with you that this book also has a companion website, which I use all the time for information about touring plans, wait times, and so forth.  It does have a small fee, but one I think worthwhile.  In fact, it even has an app for smart phones called Lines. 

    The Hidden Magic is a lovely complement to the latter book since it tells delightfully, wonderful secrets about the Walt Disney World resort area.  Think of it as the stories about WDW while the Unofficial Guide is the statistics about WDW.  I'll use the Unofficial Guide to know what restaurants are available at Epcot, but I'll read The Hidden Magic to learn about secret of the painting of the World War II B-17 Bomber at the American Adventure.  I truly think you can't go wrong having both books in your personal library. 

    I'm happy to talk about more Disney books if you have any more questions!   
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I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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