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As you'd expect, the 2021 edition was a challenge to write. Besides describing how Disney's operating during the pandemic, we had to look ahead through the end of 2021, including what currently discontinued programs (such as FastPass+) might return. We had a couple of options here: One was to remove from the book information on things that were not currently being offered, like FastPass+. The problem with that was that if Disney brought FastPass+ back, the book wouldn't give any guidance on it.

We decided to keep as much information as possible in the book, figuring that if anything did return, the book would be ready to help. For some things, such as the touring plans, the 2021 edition's updates went with the current state of the parks: no FastPass+. As always, our free touring plan software can be used if that changes.

More Guides from the Unofficial Team

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2022

  • Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Avengers Campus, including detailed touring plans, descriptions of attractions and restaurants, and strategies for seeing everything the lands have to offer.
  • Expanded and refreshed reviews of the best hotels in the area surrounding Disneyland Resort. Find out where you can get the best bang for your buck while you visit Anaheim.
  • Updated versions of our touring plans.
  • Refreshed Universal Studios Hollywood information, reviews, and touring plans, including Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2021

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  • The same level of detail and data-driven content you've come to expect from all the Unofficial Guides.
  • In-depth critical reviews of every Universal Orlando attraction, including Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
  • Information on all the Universal resort hotels, and how to get the most out of exclusive on-site benefits like Early Park Admission.
  • Ratings and review of more than 80 restaurants in Universal’s theme parks, hotels, and CityWalk.
  • A look at Volcano Bay water park, which opened in 2017.
  • Complete coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogshead Village and Diagon Alley, with updated tips for experiencing the Escape from Gringotts, Forbidden Journey rides, and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
  • Advice on best times of year to visit and how to get around the lines, with details on Universal’s exciting seasonal events like Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras
  • Patented, field-tested touring plans that save you hours in line.

The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2020

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What's New in the Unofficial Guide to DCL 2020?

  • All we know so far about the three ships being added in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
  • In-depth review of the new Frozen show.
  • Pros and cons of combining Disney Cruise Line sailing with an Adventures by Disney trip.
  • The real differences between stateroom categories and prices, valuable information you will want to know.
  • The latest news on the current fleet, including new stores on board the ships.
  • Updated information on improvements to the Disney Navigator app and changes to the daily Navigator newsletter.
  • Practical checklist for both your first and last days on board.

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, 4th edition

Walt Disney World is a destination that must be seen to be appreciated. With that in mind, we give you the Color Companion.

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

1. It Really Is a Companion The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World gives you a deep dive on all aspects of your trip, from pricing, how to get around, the best places to eat, and all the little things that will help you plan the best vacation ever. The Color Companion is the latte you treat yourself with after all the planning to remind yourself that you're going on to Walt Disney World and it's going to be amazing. Settle in with photos of the fantastic hotel you've booked, the great meal you've planned, and the attractions you love.

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.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2020

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?

  • Five new kids have joined our team to give you tips on how to make your Disney trip the best vacation ever
  • All you need to know about the new 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, including ride descriptions and touring plans
  • Details about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride, and a review of the Wonderful World of Animation and Lightning McQueen’s Racing shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Our take on Storybook Dining, the new character dining offered at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The latest on new hotels coming to Orlando, including Disney’s Riviera Resort; The Cove, a new hotel opening as part of the Disney World Swan & Dolphin complex; and Gran Destino Tower, the latest addition to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Review of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando and its on-site Island H2O Live! waterpark
  • Updates on all the Universal Orlando attractions, including news from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and information on the new on-site Endless Summer Resort

Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld & The Best of Central Florida 9th edition

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 December 1, 2021