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

Now available in PDF format!—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor


By Dave Shute

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1 Christy { 03.14.11 at 1:55 am }

Thanks for all the great info. Planning a trip for my son’s birthday week this year(which also happens to be the week my father passed away in 2010). Has been a difficult year, and I have enjoyed visiting your site daily to review plans and keep busy mentally. Many thanks for all your hard work!

2 Dave { 03.14.11 at 7:29 am }

Christy, have fun, and I’m sorry about your loss…

3 Valerie { 06.17.12 at 6:20 pm }

Planning a trip in Dec during your suggested week…is there any way to plan for free dining during that time?

4 Dave { 06.18.12 at 6:05 am }

Valerie, best way to do it is to set up a visit that can be converted to free dining if it comes out and your dates/hotel are eligible. I advise people to work with travel agents to do so. Plan B is to wait–last year free dining for then was announced in early August…

5 Jennifer { 05.14.13 at 11:25 am }

don’t do paypal…any other way to donate?

6 Dave { 05.15.13 at 6:41 am }

Well Jennifer, if you must :) …email me at and I can send you my mailing address…

7 Jennifer { 05.28.13 at 8:22 am }

your welcome……you deserve sooooooooooo much more. Still checking everyday for so much helpful info!

8 madeleine { 06.23.15 at 4:11 pm }

We are planing on a vacation at disney wood in june of 2017,you answered one question I had and that was,when to make our hotel reservation, the other question I have is ,I plan on buying our year passes as we live in Fl,but I don’t want them to start until June of 2017 ,can I still get my discounts on my hotel stay…

9 Dave { 06.24.15 at 7:22 am }

Madeline, sorry, I don’t know.

10 Candice { 10.12.15 at 4:28 pm }

So I’ve seen rumors that a ticket price increase may be on the horizon based on the recent Annual Price increase. I’m looking at a June 2016 trip, and know I can easily make reservations online or with a travel agent. My question is, if I reserve a full package (room and tickets) and pay the deposit, will that ticket price be locked in or will they still charge more if tickets go up between now and then or before my payment in full is made?

11 Dave { 10.13.15 at 9:21 am }

Candice, I believe not, but will double check. I think that once you book you face no future price increases unless you change your reservation–but again I will double check.

12 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 10.13.15 at 9:41 am }

Candice – Dave’s absolutely correct. Unless you choose to change something, your price is locked in. But you apply a discount or make changes you are subject to current pricing at the time of change. I’m more than happy to help you with any of your planning needs. When you book with Destinations in Florida all of our planning services are FREE (plus you’ll get the latest copy of Dave’s Easy Guide FREE).

13 Dave { 10.13.15 at 10:12 am }

Thanks Kelly!!!

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