Walt Disney World Attraction Guide 2019 by Christopher E. Smith

Walt Disney World 2019 Attraction Guide by Christopher E. Smith

Anyone that knows me understands my passion for books, especially Disney-related books. I have over 1200 Disney- and theme park-related books and I’m always on the lookout for something new.

But, what’s new in the world of Disney travel books? I mean, the first travel guide to Walt Disney World was published in 1982 and there have been hundreds published since then. What could be new?

Let me tell you: a super-nerdy travel guide!

What’s a Super-Nerdy Disney Travel Guide?

I’m glad you asked!

Christopher E. Smith sent me a review copy of his 2019 Walt Disney World Attraction Guide. Chris has written a few other Walt Disney World titles that delve pretty deep into the nerdy side of Disney history and trivia. He really knows his stuff.

With his new travel guide to Walt Disney World, Chris takes his deep knowledge and applies it to the theme park attractions at all four parks. You don’t have to be worried about being overwhelmed with the history and trivia; Chris offers a tidbit or two for each attraction, in addition to travel-related tips.

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What’s Inside the Guide?

Chris breaks down the book by park and land. For instance, in the Magic Kingdom section, there are six chapters covering each land and every attraction gets a page or two (or three) devoted to it. Chris offers some basic touring information:

  • Ratings by age group;
  • Type, Rank (A, B, C, D or E Ticket), Length, Height Restrictions’ Accessibility, Opening Date (very cool) and Expected Wait Times;
  • Summary of the attraction;
  • Description of the attraction (future theme park historians are going to love this);
  • Queue description (again, this is awesome);
  • Intensity;
  • Ride Vehicle/Seating (what a great bit of information to provide);
  • Best Seat;
  • Boarding/Wheelchair/ECV;
  • Touring Strategy; and
  • MAGICAL DETAILS (I put it in all caps because this is one area that makes the book standout).

Some of the attractions don’t rate more than a page since there isn’t much of a queue or a backstory. Or there might not be any historical importance to the attraction. Regardless, Chris looks at each and every one spread across the more than 40 square miles of Walt Disney World. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!

I love that Chris offers a description of the attraction and the queue. One of my FAVORITE books of all time is Vinyl Leaves. Even though it is an academic treatise, the author of Vinyl Leaves visited every attraction (circa 1989) and offers a detailed description of the attraction, queue and environs. No one else has done anything like this, except for Chris. Historians and theme park researchers are going to appreciate Chris’s attention to detail.

If you’re looking for a travel guide that focuses solely on the attractions, the Walt Disney World Attraction Guide 2019 by Christopher E. Smith is your guide!

Are You Going to Pick Up a Copy of this Nerdy Travel Guide?


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Wonders of Walt Disney World Book Review

The Wonders of Walt Disney World: Your Guidebook to Uncovering Secrets, Stories & Magic by Aaron H. Goldberg

I’ve always wanted a guidebook to Walt Disney World that went beyond the average travel book. You know, one that also delves into the history and details of the parks and resorts. With The Wonders of Walt Disney World: Your Guidebook to Uncovering Secrets, Stories & Magic by Aaron H. Goldberg, we finally have a book that ties so much together in a simple layout that is chock-full of tips, secrets and advice for everyone.

You can go from zero to nerd in 350 pages.

The Wonders of Walt Disney World Video Review

 

The Wonders of Walt Disney World Review

The book is for first-time travelers to Walt Disney World, seasoned veterans and everyone in-between. Heck, even I learned a few things from Aaron that I haven’t heard before.

The Wonders of Walt Disney World features a sublime cover design by Rob Yeo.

So, Aaron offers a guidebook that covers every attraction, restaurant and shop in all of Walt Disney World. Nothing new, except how he treats the subject. Aaron has a great style that is easy to read and he seasons the text with tidbits like hidden Mickeys and hidden details. It’s obvious that Aaron has a real love for the resort and wants to make sure that you enjoy your visit. The end of each chapter, or park, basically, is a re-print of Trip Advisor reviews and ratings. At first, this through me off, but I realized that this was a pretty great service to provide the readers, because the Trip Advisor reviews offer more depth and commentary. It’s a quick way to look at attractions and restaurants, at-a-glance, and decide on what to do.

There are photos and maps in The Wonders of Walt Disney World that help tell the story. I’m sure that Aaron would be the last person to call himself a professional cartographer, but the simple layouts will help you navigate the parks and environs. And it’s cool to see the details and secrets mentioned before your visit.

There is a separate section for the resorts and restaurants (located outside the parks, as well as a section on Disney Springs. Aaron offers tips on these as well as any backstory or secrets. (You know about John Lennon and the Polynesian, right?) Again, the Trip Advisor ratings are a nice addition.

I ran across a few issues with the typesetting and nomenclature that I spoke to Aaron about. To his chagrin, he used editors that weren’t as familiar with Disney. He mentioned that trying to find and correct when the editors fixed something that wasn’t incorrect was a big task.

So, the coolest thing about the book is the amount of research Aaron has done and he has the citations and bibliography to prove it! I loved running across the little citation numbers and then flipping to the back to see where the information came from. This is so important and adds so much value to the book for future historians. Also, he got Rob Yeo to design the cover and it’s perfect!

With The Wonders of Walt Disney World, Aaron has been able to combine the best of a travel book, a history book and Internet ratings to offer a title that offers something for every one.

I wish I’d written this book. Seriously.

Title: The Wonders of Walt Disney World: Your Guidebook to Uncovering Secrets, Stories & Magic
Author: Aaron H. Goldberg
ISBN: 978-0692968956
Release Date: January 23, 2018

Are you going to buy The Wonders of Walt Disney World?


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Going to Magic Kingdom Guidebook!

Going to Magic Kingdom: A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart by Shannon W. Laskey

Going to Magic Kingdom is the third release in the astounding Going to Guides travel series. And there’s no hyperbole, here; Laskey has created a unique and charming series of guide books that are designed for kids but will be adored by anyone who loves Disney theme parks.

Laskey uses her individual art style to create a visually stunning work that will enchant any reader. Characters and attractions featured on every page that pay tribute to the original work, but in Laskey’s style. I really can’t say enough about how engaging the book is.

Besides the artwork, Going to Magic Kingdom stands apart from every travel guide through the attention to detail that Laskey offers; it’s detail that is going to appeal to kids that are planning their first trip or thinking about their last one. She relates the Magic Kingdom to her intended audience through anecdotes and interesting tidbits about the lands and attractions.

Every attraction in the Magic Kingdom is discussed, including the potential fear factor. Laskey includes a bit of trivia, including the year opened (and sometimes a pretty cool timeline). She also adds information about key imagineers that worked on the ride or were instrumental in theme park history. But seeing Laskey’s artwork representing the attraction and characters are the true stars of the book. Seriously.

My photos of the pages can’t do any justice to the book. You really have to see it in person!

Additionally, there are activities while waiting in queues, like photo finds, word games and coloring sections!

I remember the days when planning a Walt Disney World trip meant buying the dense and unwieldy Unofficial Guide or the semi-charming Official Guide. Now kids can watch endless POV videos YouTube without a lot of history or thought going into the planning. With Laskey’s Going To Magic Kingdom book, kids and parents can plan a vacation that offers interaction and family time; not just while reading the book, but also in the park.

Laskey captures the emotional and nostalgic essence of the Magic Kingdom through her illustrations and layout.

Simply stated, the Going to Guides are the best travel books on the market for Disney theme parks. Laskey captures the soul of what visiting a Disney theme park is and presents it in a style that will relate to kids and adults. I know I gush, but the books, especially the Going to Magic Kingdom book, exemplify how a work can be artistic and provide valuable (and fun) information about traveling.

Title: Going to Magic Kingdom: A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart
Author: Shannon W. Laskey
ISBN: 978-0-9912954-9-4
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Are you going to pick up a copy of Going to Magic Kingdom? Have you read any of the Going to Guides?


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Drinking at Disney, a book review!

Drinking at Disney, a book review!

George: Drinking at Disney? Someone has finally published the book that everyone has been thinking about writing in forever! We’re talking about the recently released Drinking at Disney by Drunky (seriously, that’s his name) and Rhiannon. It’s a guidebook from Bamboo Forest Publishing that covers every single drinking location at Walt Disney World. It includes full bar menus as well as tips and tricks for your visit.

Jeff: The first impression I got when the book arrived was how gorgeous it was. Seriously, for a book about drinking, it has a whimsical design that perfectly suits the style of the book. It’s entire layout is wonderful to look at, and it really stands out as a good looking book…about getting drunk.

Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World’s Bars, Lounges & Glow Cubes by Rhiannon and Drunky

George: Shannon Laskey, who did the amazing Going To Guide for Disneyland handled the artwork and the layout for the book. It truly is incredible. Still, the reason to grab this new book is simply to have an amazing resource for enjoying libations at Walt Disney World. And it’s an astounding reference guide. It’s funny, charming, slightly sadistic and quite sardonic. Drunky and Rhiannon are more hosts than writers and it shows (still, they’re very good writers). By the first few pages of the book, you understand that you’re in for a treat, especially with the running gags. And drinking gags.

Jeff: Their back and forth translates beautifully onto the page, with one sometimes interrupting the other with their comments. It’s extremely well done, and never jarring, but often hilarious. I know we’ve been talking about the layout and the authors, so let’s get into the meat of the book itself: It’s good. Very good. There has never been a more complete guide to drinking around Walt Disney World before, and one done in such a way that it’s not a chore to read, but well worth every page.

George: Drinking at Disney has 11 chapters that include: the bar of the Magic Kingdom (yes, just one bar); EPCOT; Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Animal Kingdom; the water parks; Disney Springs; all the hotels and pool bars; and quite a few Drinking Plans. There are actually 111 bar reviews, which is slightly less than the number of books I’ve reviewed on Communicore Weekly—so, they must know what they’re talking about!

Jeff: The book is also populated with hilarious lists, like “The best bars to have an affair at,” “The best bars for a break up,” and so on. Though they are all played tongue in cheek, they actually ARE quite well researched, and on the money for what you may be looking for…just, don’t blame them if something goes wrong, either way.

George: There are photos for each bar as well as #Drunkies (or selfies of them with a bottle in front of their face). And if I only have one complaint, it’s that I’d rather see more photos of the bars and less of them (nothing against them, just want photos of the bars, instead). It’s not a big complaint, either, since there really isn’t much to complain about with the book. There are so many great aspects of the book, that I’m hard-pressed to pick out a favorite. Except that the sense of humor in the writing is pretty wonderful.

Jeff: Seriously, for people like us, this book has been a long time coming, and I think Drunky and Rhiannon did a masterful job. A lot of research and/or drinking went into the making of this book, and I commend them for taking one for the team, and traveling to EVERY bar across Walt Disney World property in order for us to enjoy it. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.

George: And this book isn’t just for people who want to do nothing but drink on their Disney vacation. This book offers a little something for everyone, especially people that might be looking for a fun night out or just want to try something different while their at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Jeff: But mostly for drinkers.

Title: Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World’s Bars, Lounges & Glow Cubes
Author: Daniel Miller and Rhiannon
ISBN: 978-0991007967
Release Date: August 2, 2016

What do you think about Drinking at Disney? Are you going to check out this guidebook about libations at Walt Disney World? What’s your favorite place to drink at Disney?


 

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