By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.



yourfirstvisit.net—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor



Testimonials and Puffery



By Dave Shute

Since it opened, this site has helped more than 10 million people. Among the reactions:

  • “This site is astonishingly helpful…Highly recommended!” –Lee Cockerell, Former Executive Vice President, Operations, Walt Disney World® Resort, and author of Creating Magic
  • “The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!” –Steve Bell, webmaster, MilitaryDisneyTips.com
  • “The most valuable Disney World site on the web!”—Lee
  • “This website is a staggering achievement!” —Jeff
  • “The best Disney website that I’ve ever found!” – Brie
  • “This site is amazing!!!… there is nothing else like it! Great job!” –Fiona
  • This site ROCKS! Thanks thanks thanks for the great advice!” —Eva
  • “Brilliant website! The most informative website I’ve seen on Disney!” –Chris
  • “If it weren’t for this site, I think we really would have messed this trip up!” —Mary Beth
  • “The bestest blogger ever!” –Sara M
  • ”Your site is brilliant! I’ve used you for the last three years to plan our holiday. You’ve become part of the process, nothing happens until I’ve checked out your site!” —Alicia
  • “I go to WDW about once a year, know the parks like the back of my hand, and have a system for planning our trips. Even so, there’s a LOT of useful info on here, even for me. AWESOME site! Thanks!”—Debra
  • “I’ve been going to WDW with the kids for over 15 years now and still found this site helpful! Great, I repeat great site!” — Carolyn
  • “I’ve been to Disney World every year for almost 20 years and have always done it a certain way. Your suggestions were eye-opening. After a flawless vacation, I will be “doing it your way” from now on! Many thanks!!” –Brandon
  • “I’ve been to Disney World over 40 times and I still find tons of great tips and information from your site! This is a must-stop web site for anyone heading to Mouseville! Nice job and thank you!” –Adam
  • “OMG! LOVE your site. I have been going to Disney since I was 9, and I even did the Disney College Program and thought I knew Disney, but I have learned SO much from your site!” –Kimberley
  • “This site is a miracle!” —Carol
  • Dave, I love, love, love your site! I can’t tell you how much it has helped my family plan our Disney World vacations. You are a God in the blogging world for WDW.” —Alex
  • “You are the Disney Buddha!” –Carol
  • “I swear you are the Disney Angel. Thank you oh so much!” –Sami
  • ”You are the Yoda of Disney!” —Stefanie
  • “Thanks for being a Disney Mastermind!” —Jennifer
  • Thanks! Around our house, you are known as ‘Dave the guru.’” —Wendy
  • “Dave, you have earned a galaxy of stars in your crown in Heaven for helping so many people have a great time at Disney World!” – Ted
  • “I wish I had found this site last January. It would have saved me so much time. You really are the best. Ever think of running for President?” —Patricia
  • “This is an INSANE site! THANK YOU!” –Emily
  • “This is a must-go, must-read site!!” —klmall
  • “Your ideas are genius! Unbelievably helpful!” —Tara
  • This site is TERRIFIC! We’d been to Disney World a few times before, but our latest trip was light years better because of your wonderful advice! Using your recommendations, we had much smoother days, experienced far lower crowds, and had a much more enjoyable time. I’m recommending your site to everyone I know!” –Katie
  • ”I’ve been going to Disney World every year, and thought I had a pretty good plan, but we just re-planned our entire trip thanks to this site. We added 6 people to our usual group, but still we saved $1,600 and found a less crowded time!! Thanks Dave for this great, unbiased site!” –Steve
  • Thank you so much for your fabulous website! We almost completely planned the trip based on your site, and our trip was amazing and everything flowed so well!” –Michelle
  • “This is awesome! Where was this site when I had to figure all this out for myself?” —Cindi R
  • “WOW – I am SO impressed with your fact based approach to Disney – so awesome and refreshing.” – Danielle
  • “As a four-time Disney veteran, this website is awesome! I wish it had been around ten years ago for our first trip!” —Chris P
  • “Having done the trip 6 times, I really wish the site had been around when we started! What a great idea!” —Joan S
  • “I think you should re-name your site ‘(notjustfor) yourfirstvisit.net.’!
    I am a frequent visitor to the “happiest place on earth”, and have become very knowledgeable about planning, visiting, eating, avoiding crowds and lines, how to use EMHs to our advantage, etc, and know the parks like my own neighborhood.
    Nevertheless, I am finding so much information here that is helpful even to a seasoned guest like myself, especially the detailed info regarding best and worst weeks to visit. LOVE your rankings, all the great advice, and the links to extra info.” —Gramma Kaye
  • “Great, right-to-it information, very quick to access. ” —JuneChickie
  • “Dave, what a great site! I love how quickly and easily you can get to the information you need!”—crazycatlady
  • “Dave, your site is so to the point! I love it!” —momma2minnie
  • “Great site! I love the easy-to-follow plans. ” —Kailua’s Belle
  • Short, sweet, and to the point. Love the charts too!” —katepass72
  • This site is a one-click shot! It’s all figured out…a great help!” —Jen
  • “As a Disney Travel Specialist, I have assisted thousands of guests with their Disney trips. First time guests are very often overwhelmed with planning their vacations to Disney. Your site is a great source of straight to the point information which will be helpful to many!” —Kerri G.
  • “Dave you have done a wonderful job…thank you for sharing all this great information! ” —Damien2213
  • “Dave—your site is wonderful, I only wish I found it sooner!” —brooklynbrenden
  • “Wow, Dave! What a great site! Now I have a great site to send to people who ask about what to see and do their first trip!” —momimouse27
  • The information you provided is priceless; a simple thanks does not do any justice; I have to find a new way/ word to thank you. You are really awesome!” —Mahe
  • “I’ve been to WDW 55 times, but still found this site so helpful!” –Kerm
  • “This site is by far the best I have ever run across regarding Disney!!” –Kim
  • “The best Disney site on the web!” –Lisa
  • “By far the most informative and best WDW website for ALL visitors!” —Mark
  • “I’ve been looking at Disney World sites for years, and this is the best I’ve ever seen for planning a Disney vacation!” —Alicia

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