Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2012 Paperback – Sep 27 2011
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At each park the book gives certain attractions its "birnbaum best" grade-these are must sees. We found them to be very accurate the attractions they reccomended were indeed the things we would have regretted missing.
I initially picked this book because unlike other disney guide books it has plenty of pictures. If you are new to Disney then you will know how this is helpful. Information about disney resorts and places to eat at the park were also inlcuded.
At each park description you are given a color map. This is pretty much the same map that you get at each park when you are at disney. We referred to this each night as made our plan of attack for the next day.
I give it five stars because it gives you everuthing you need for your Disney trip. It is colorful with lots of pictures and reads like a magazine instead of a boring tour book from AAA. Of course once you go to Disney and experience each park you probably wont need it again. But for the price it will save you the headaches of figuring out what to do and where to go first.
This Birnbaum Guide on Walt Disney World reads like an advertising brochure. Just about everything is wonderful, though there is the occasional "tip" about this or that, such as some children being scared by a presentation or ride. But none of the descriptions feel like they were written by someone who had actually visited the attraction. Everything has the feeling of being sourced from other material. In short, the book lacks a personal feel: it is an advertising brochure, not a trustworthy guide.
There are many other guides to Walt Disney World, many written by people who have made a career of becoming experts on the parks. This guide is not in that category. Compared to "The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2012 (Unofficial Guides) ", which I ordered at the same time, the Birnbaum Guide is useless.