Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Unofficial Guide WDW with Kids 2015 Review


As I've been lucky enough this year to preview the Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I now bring you Walt Disney World with Kids 2015, written by Bob Sehlinger & Liliane J. Opsomer with Len Testa.

First Look:

This book is noticeable smaller than The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, which is nearly 850 pages.   At a mere 480 pages, this book is much less overwhelming!  Yet, knowing that it's an Unofficial Guide, I'm inclined to assume that it's going to be a fantastic wealth of knowledge.

Glance Inside:

The Contents are, of course, scaled down and focused on what kids want to do.  The Chapters look like:
  1. Basic Considerations
  2. Getting Your Act Together
  3. Where to Stay
  4. Dining 
  5. Disney boot Camp: Basic Training for World-Bound Families
  6. Get in the Boat, Men!
  7. The Magic Kingdom
  8. Epcot
  9. Disney's Animal Kingdom
  10. Disney's Hollywood Studios
  11. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld
  12. The Best of the Rest
A scaled down version of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015, you will find a lot of the same information in the larger version.  This edition is special because four new "Unofficial Kids" have joined the team.  This book actually has tips and stories from kids for kids!

Skip Ahead:

The Epcot Chapter goes into great detail - giving fun trivia to get the kids excited about visiting the World Showcase!  For each Pavilion listed is language 101 - how to say hello, goodbye, thank you, and Mickey Mouse - with pronunciation guides!

The interjected kid tips here are also great - one Unofficial Kid, Julia, shares her thoughts on Agent P's World Showcase Adventure:
"You get to be a secret agent and fight an evil guy.  There are lots of special effects and clues to be discovered as you run through seven countries.  This is so much fun for the whole family."

Extras, details, and tidbits!

Just like in The Unofficial Guide for Walt Disney World, Disney gossip insider shares his stories and what may happen, but focused on the attractions that the kids are more likely interested in, such as Frozen possibilities and other ride rehabs.  

At the end of each theme park chapter is a trivia quiz, perfect for the older kids (or parents) to really test their Disney knowledge!

Touring Plans!

In each of the Unofficial Guides are Touring Plans for the Walt Disney World and Universal Theme Parks.  While I personally subscribe and use personalized Touring Plans, there are several clip out plans that you can use to make the most of your touring days!

So...

I think this actually may be the perfect guide for some of my clients - they've got me to help them select their accommodations, but may want a bit more information without going overboard!  I will definitely recommend this book to those traveling with kids, probably school agers on up, as a great guide that won't overwhelm, but get the kids involved!
I received a copy of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2015 free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are completely my own.

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