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By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2020, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

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Disney World Guide Book Giveaway!



By Dave Shute

Hey! This contest is over, and the winners are here.

On New Year’s Day—the first day of 2017—I will pick five winners of signed copies of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, the latest edition of the best-reviewed Walt Disney World guidebook ever published.

From all the eligible comments on this page, I will pick three winners on the merits, and two randomly.

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Eligible comments need to include two statements:

  • One about how either this site, or The easy Guide itself, has actually helped you plan a Disney World trip
  • And, in the spirit of the season, another statement about how another site (or another guide book) has ALSO helped you. The obvious selections here would be co-author Josh’s easyWDW.com and/or a prior edition of our guide book, lol, but your statement could be about any other Disney World site or any other guidebook!

(Note that live links to other sites are OK, but because I get so much spam, they will get held for my approval, so may not show up right away.)

Want a free, signed copy of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever written? Then page down and add a comment now.

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34 comments

1 Shelly { 12.28.16 at 12:18 pm }

I love this site! I have used your crowd calendar to help plan the timing of all my family trips. I also have enjoyed all of the reviews of attractions and restaurants on the easywdw.com site. Would love this book because I know that even though my family has been to WDW a few times, we have definitely missed some magical moments!

2 Eric { 12.28.16 at 3:16 pm }

Dave, YOU are worth your weight in gold. You’ve answered so many of my questions, connected me with Kelly B (who has been amazing) and your site & book are like bible. For that, I’m not interested in a free copy. I bought the 2017 for my family’s first trip next October, and will likely buy the 2018 for good measure. I’m happy pay full price. It’s priceless info. I just want to say thank you, and wish you and your family a happy & healthy new year. Cheers.

3 Tammy { 12.28.16 at 10:52 pm }

Pick me, pick me, please!! Your website and help with addition questions made our first family trip a HUGE success last year and we are already scoping out a return date to see all we couldn’t the first time and see all that’s new! Your website was KEY and I would love a copy of your book!!!!

4 Tammy { 12.28.16 at 10:56 pm }

I also got much help from Josh’s site easywdw, he had amazing reviews I found extremely helpful. Without you two, I couldn’t have done it! I went from knowing nothing to planning a hugely successful trip!

5 Rob Reynolds { 12.29.16 at 6:25 pm }

It works !!! – I’ve followed Josh’s site ( and now this one!) and did purchase a copy of the first addition of ” First visit/Easy Guide” – lot’s of relatives have used the advice and now I am the the “go-to” guy for planning Disney trips. Know that I always give credit where it is due and direct folks to the sites.
For a more manageable and enjoyable trip to the land of the mouse – not much else to say – but – It Work’s – and I continue to be grateful for all your work.

6 Jeff { 12.29.16 at 10:36 pm }

What sets yourfirstvisit.net apart is what you’re willing to do to give us total WDW geeks information we can’t find anywhere else.
Anybody can tell me how awesome Space Mountain is, or how great California Grill’s sushi tastes, but you’re the only one who’ll do things like spend an entire morning at Port Orleans’ bustops timing the different Park pick up times, and give your analysis on it.
That may go over the head of the average WDW visitor, but for those of us hardcore fans who read multiple blogs & guidebooks and have walked through virtually every inch of the “World”, it’s pure GOLD. Thank you.
I absolutely love the “off the beaten track” things and stories concerning Disney World. Your site is the place for that.

Your Buddy Josh also serves us Disney nerds well with his over-the-top, detailed analysis of attraction wait times on easyWDW.com. He’s changed the way I move around through attractions.
Thank you both.

(PS……I like Bricker’s site as well, great pictures & sense of humor. But he seems to already has a big ego concerning his Disney knowledge, so nevermind)

7 Leanne { 12.30.16 at 3:51 pm }

Friends and family always ask me for help in planning their trips to Disney. The first thing I tell them is: “Get the book: The Easy Guide to Your WDW Visit.” There are a lot of details to plan and know in order to have an enjoyable trip. Your book has when to go, where to stay, what type of tickets to purchase, ride and restaurant suggestions, and so much more. It is organized in a clear, logical way. I have used your book, website http://www.YourFirstVisit.net and Josh’s website, http://www.EasyWDW.com for several years to plan many memorable visits to Walt Disney World and highly recommend them to anyone going to Disney. Thank you, Dave, for all of the up-to-the-minute information you provide on your website! It is not only informative by keeping us up to date, but makes my next trip seem not so far away.

8 Brittany willis { 12.30.16 at 6:31 pm }

Please first time going in May and been wanting to get the book for a long time now.

9 Stephanie F { 12.30.16 at 8:19 pm }

Since we go to Disney annually, I always head to your website for those all-important tips and updates as our trip draws near. Josh’s site was the very first one to introduce me to “crowd calendars” to help me pick days to go to certain parks. Now I recommend both sites to all of my friends before they start planning!! As a side note…I hope you know how much all of your hard work researching these things and passing them along to us is appreciated!!

10 Mara { 12.30.16 at 9:44 pm }

We are going to Disney World in 30 days and your site and easywdw.com have been invaluable in planning our trip. We’re going to celebrate my 40th birthday and it’s hard to know who around here is more excited. My daughter is 7 and it’s her first trip…she can’t stop talking about all the characters we’re about to meet. And you know what? I’m secretly excited to meet all the characters too. 🙂 We’re counting down…and we would love to have your book to help us with the final steps!

11 Carla G. { 12.30.16 at 10:02 pm }

Your site has helped me in so many ways for Disney planning, but where I most notice the superiority of your site is in how comprehensive your resort reviews are. My family is currently planning our third trip to WDW, and each trip we have had different needs from a resort and your detailed reviews helped us choose the perfect place for us each time (3 different places for the 3 trips)…from our family of four to our huge reunion of 15, from babies to elderly, and from budget constrained to ready to splurge. Your resort reviews provided us with details on pools, food, room views, amenities (down to # of charging stations), and even requesting our preferred room. On a side note, I also love that you rank every week in the year to help decide which weeks would be the best to visit! The only other site I use besides yours is easywdw, which is very helpful when deciding which park to visit on which day, and also in tweaking my day plan with the cheat sheets. I sincerely thank both you and Josh for all the work you put in to your comprehensive coverage in order to provide us with magical vacations and happy memories.

12 Mary { 12.30.16 at 10:34 pm }

This is the first site I ever went on and learned so much, I go through it a few times before every trip, best crowd calendar and site, very grateful

13 Chris Brunn { 12.31.16 at 9:37 am }

Not used help before but now see it is needed to help make a trip to wdw a lot more efficient and enjoyable!!

14 Rob { 12.31.16 at 11:04 pm }

Its funny, I was just letting my wife in on my little secret on how a save money at Disney World by telling her that I use this website called ‘yourfirstvisit.net’ and that they have this “tightwad” section. She laughed out loud because she knows that describes me to a T. We, along with our two girls, have been to Disney twice; and I’m willing to bet that I have spent more time on this web page than at the Parks. Its hands-down the best Disney guide out there. We are just beginning to plan our next Disney trip for 2017, which is why I’m on the website now…its the first place I go to begin planning. Now, we always buy a couple of guides being sold at Barnes and Noble (i.e. Sehlinger / Birnbaum), but that’s more for creating some interim excitement by creating some pre-trip anticipation, but otherwise, tend to collect dust. When I need answers, its this website that is the go-to….no question about it. My wife by the way is right along side of me doing her own research on yourfirstvisit.net, she’ll be hooked before the ball drops.

Everything on this site is great but I especially enjoy the Tightwad guide….it works and we saved a bunch of money. Thank you for such a great website!

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