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This edition features updated planning features including a comprehensive timeline for planning your vacation and in depth look at what you get for your money.

More new information

  • Expanded Planning Before You Leave Home - with new timeline that takes you step by step from booking to your arrival at Walt Disney World
  • New Time and Money coverage that shows you what you get for $500, $1000, $1500, or $2000 at Walt Disney World
  • The scoop on the latest accommodations news including the Grand Floridian Villas, Polynesian Villas, upcoming construction at the Wilderness Lodge and Villas, the B Resort at Disney Springs, and new budget hotels coming to Flamingo Springs
  • The latest dining reviews
  • All the latest parks news including FastPass+ availability, everything Frozen, and our favorite fireworks and parade viewing spots
  • The latest on what's going on (or not) at Disney's Hollywood Studio (spoiler - you may want to skip it in 2016)
  • Expanded coverage of Universal CityWalk, Disney Springs, and consolidated shopping, nightlife, and recreation coverage

And MUCH more!

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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2016

On sale now!

  • New coverage of Disneyland’s “Diamond” 60th Anniversary celebrations.
  • Reviews of Disneyland’s new Paint the Night nighttime parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks.
  • Review of the all-new World of Color – Celebrate! show at Disney California Adventure.
  • Revised attraction ratings, and updates on refurbished classic attractions including Peter Pan’s Flight, the Haunted Mansion, and Matterhorn Bobsleds.
  • Updated advice on experiencing Fantasmic! using FASTPASS, including new dining package details.
  • Details on the upgraded Soarin’ Over California ride in DCA’s refurbished Grizzly Peak Airfield.
  • Detailed information about FROZEN fun with Anna & Elsa at Disney California Adventure.
  • Information on the upcoming Luigi’s Festival of the Dance ride in DCA.
  • Updated critical comparison between Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions.
  • Additional Internet resources for researching your trip.
  • More advice on Park Hoppers and multi-day tickets.
  • Revised recommendations for which days to visit Disneyland.
  • Updated area hotel review scores.
  • Updated annual pass and ticket discount information.
  • More detailed parking and transportation advice.
  • The latest word on FASTPASS and the future of FastPass+.
  • Additional coverage of guided tours at Disneyland.
  • How to use ApplePay to make purchases with your iPhone at Disneyland Resort.
  • Expanded advice for guests with disabilities, with updated coverage of Disability Access Service (DAS).
  • Expanded information on using “Switching Off” (a.k.a. “Child Swap”) at Disneyland Resort thrill rides.
  • Extensive updates to quick-service and table-service dining in and around Disneyland Resort, including expanded advice on allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Reviews off the new Simpsons restaurants and Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction at
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, plus a detailed preview of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
  • Improved touring plans for all parks, including a new One Day/Two Park Disneyland Resort plan.
  • All-new "Importance of Being Goofy" satirical essay.
  • New quotes & tips from actual readers throughout the book.

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando

Brand new title from the Unofficial Guide!

  • The same level of detail and data-driven content you've come to expect from all the Unofficial Guides
  • Attraction, restaurant, and resort reviews
  • How to find the deals on tickets and hotels
  • Complete coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogshead Village and Diagon Alley
  • Advice on best times of year to visit and how to get around the lines
  • Patented, field-tested touring plans that save you hours in line
  • Additional coverage of CityWalk and Wel 'n Wild

The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2016

With this essential guide, travelers can find out how and where to spend their money wisely for a memorable and affordable trip to Las Vegas. This updated book covers all the new major hotel casinos.

What's New in the Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2016?

  • More than a dozen new shows reviewed
  • Expanded coverage of downtown and off-strip dining
  • Best venues for your bachelor or bachelorette party
  • New coverage sports betting
  • New coverage of clubs, nightlife, and shopping

More Walt Disney World Unofficial Guides

As thorough as we try to make The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World - the "Big Book" - there isn't sufficient space for all the tips and valuable information that may be important and useful to certain readers. Thus, we've developed additional Disney World guides, each designed to work in conjunction with the Big Book. All provide information tailored to specific Disney World visitors.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World Color Companion, 2nd edition

A full color visual feast that proves that a picture is worth 1,000 words. You can read everything you need to know about Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort in the Big Book (even learn the best rooms to request), but in the Color Companion you can see the guest rooms, the pool, and the magnificent lobby.

What is The Color Companion? How is it different from The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World?

1. It Really Is a Companion While there’s some information that’s better communicated in prose, other information is best presented photographically. For example, photos of rooms or the pool at a Disney hotel are better than verbal descriptions. Our 900-plus-page Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is the most comprehensive guidebook in print to Disney’s Orlando empire. However, when it comes to visualizing something, there’s just no substitute for a good photo. So, to cover all the bases, we offer this companion guide. There’s more than enough information here to plan your entire Disney vacation, but if you want to dig deeper, using the Color Companion in conjunction with The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World gives you the whole enchilada.

2. This Guide Has a Sense of Humor There is a plentiful assortment of dry, plodding travel guides for readers who would prefer to know how many rivets there are in a flying elephant than to have a good chuckle. As for us, we’re all about providing excellent information and having some fun. No useful information was sacrificed to make room for humor in the Companion. We nailed down the essential content first and then added artistic and humorous elements to make the Companion a zippier and more enjoyable read. So, if you can tolerate a little irreverence, parody, and general wackiness, the Color Companion will serve you well.

3. Sometimes We’ll Pull Your Leg We might describe a fantasy resort that’s 100 feet underground with rock-chiseled furniture and an occasional mole in the guestrooms, or an octopus sandwich with tentacles everywhere and malevolent eyes peeking from between the buns. We’re pretty good at this, and sometimes we might fool you for a minute, but to make sure you don’t call Disney reservations and attempt to book a room, or try to order the octopus sandwich at the theme park, we’ve included this little icon to signal that we’ve taken a brief break from reality.

4. It’s in the Genes The humor in this guide is totally consistent with the humor in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. In fact, most of the humorous elements in Color Companion originally appeared in the Big Book, though not in photographic form.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2016

by Bob Sehlinger and Liliane J. Opsomer with Len Testa presents planning and touring tips for a family vacation, along with more than 20 special touring plans for families that are not published anywhere else.

What Makes the Kids Guide Different from the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World?

  • We have seven Unofficial Advisors to give you a kids' eye view of everything Walt Disney World, including our newest recruits, Alex and Kieran from the U.K., and Ricky, who lives on a small horse farm in upstate New York. These guys tell it like it is.
  • In-depth coverage of where to meet the characters, with, of course, the latest on the Frozen characters.
  • How to make the most of FastPass+ with your family.
  • Exclusive, family-friendly touring plans (found only in this book) to guide you through the parks.
  • Updates on all the new resorts, attractions, entertainment, and Disney Springs that you will find in 2016.

Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld & The Best of Central Florida

Includes comprehensive coverage on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld remain in the top theme parks to visit in the United States - each with attendance of almost 5 million per year.

There’s Another World Out There

If you think that central Florida consists only of Walt Disney World, you’re wrong. What’s more, you’re passing up some great fun and amazing sights. Admittedly, it’s taken a while, but Walt Disney World now has plenty of competition that measures up toe-to-toe. And though it may sound blasphemous to suggest a whole vacation in central Florida without setting foot on Disney property, it’s not only possible but also in many ways a fresh and appealing idea.

The big four non-Disney theme parks are Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens. Each is unique. Universal Studios Florida, a longtime rival of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, draws its inspiration from movies and television and is every bit the equal of the Disney movie-themed park. Universal Islands of Adventure is arguably the most modern, high-tech theme park in the United States, featuring an all-star lineup of thrill rides that make it the best park in Florida for older kids and young-at-heart adults.

SeaWorld provides an incomparable glimpse into the world of marine mammals and fish, served up in a way that (for the most part) eliminates those never-ending lines. Finally, Busch Gardens, with its shows, zoological exhibits, and knockout coasters, offers the most eclectic entertainment mix of any theme park we know.

All four parks approximate, equal, or exceed the Disney standard without imitating Disney, successfully blending distinctive presentations and personalities into every attraction.

Mini-Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

Mini-Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is the condensed version of the Unofficial team’s comprehensive Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Though its format is slightly larger than true pocket-sized, this is an indispensable take-along guidebook. Straightforward, tightly organized, and well indexed, Mini-Mickey is the perfect resource when you want the most important information fast.

For readers on a short or impromptu trip to Walt Disney World the contents of Mini-Mickey can easily be digested on the flight or drive down, or at the hotel the night before visiting the parks. Scientifically created touring plans for each park will save four or more hours of standing in line.

For those who do not have time to plan their Disney trip in depth, Mini-Mickey takes the guesswork out of visiting the parks and ensure that the reader sees as much as possible with the least amount of stress and effort. This book provides expert authority on how to make the most efficient and most practical use of any family’s time.

Because every minute and every dollar counts, Mini Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World provides the information needed to tour Walt Disney like a pro.

Last updated on October 23, 2015

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