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.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Get The easy Guide Without the Awkwardness

By Dave Shute

As noted here, Josh and I will be signing copies of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit Saturday January 28 from ~1-2p at Mexico in Epcot.

Win a Copy of The easy Guide Signed by Both Me and Josh

However, you don’t need to actually be there to get a signed copy. For the first time in a while, Josh and will each be giving away and mailing copies signed by both of us of this best-reviewed Disney World guidebook, ever, to one lucky winner from each of our sites—this one and

Josh’s giveaway is here. You can enter both.

In the meantime, though, to enter my giveaway, all you need to do is page down and enter a comment about how either this site OR OR one of our guidebooks has helped you with your Disney World visit.

The way it will work is that

I’ll the use the email you entered in the comment form (only I can see your email address) to notify the lucky winner, and get his or her mailing address.

Want your own signed copy without the awkward pauses and lingering regret that comes from meeting us in person? Then add your comment now!!

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1 Kathy H { 01.22.17 at 10:12 am }

I look forward to seeing your post on Facebook. I have asked advice from you a few times and you have always been right on the mark. Thank you for helping us working class families plan a magical experience.

2 Jon { 01.22.17 at 12:17 pm }

What a fantastic resource. We’ve been to WDW before, but never with kids. There is a veritable treasure trove of helpful information on this site. Thank you!

3 Mike { 01.23.17 at 11:00 am }

Dave, I just wanted to say thanks for the website.

The year before last, my family and I went to WDW for the first time in about 10 years.
I used yourfirstvisit as a resource and it really helped me out. From picking which week to go to other planning tools, I found it super helpful.

My parents were especially happy to have all the planning done for them!

My favorite article of yours is the review of tent camping at Fort Wilderness. Doing that would be my dream! Hopefully I can do that one day, but until then I’ll continue to live vicariously though your website :p

Take care.

My parents were especially happy

4 Tammy { 01.23.17 at 11:30 pm }

I’ve always known I would take my kids to Disney World some day, and two years ago I made the decision it was time to seriously start looking into it. I spent the first week or so just googling Disney World, I looked at website after website but the only one I kept going back to was your; I found myself so intrigued I wanted to know everything so I could plan an unforgettable trip for my family. Before I knew it, I was spending every spare moment following Dave’s advice absorbing as much information as I possibly could. Hours upon hours of reading from the website, I read on the site one of the best ways to save money was to go during free dining, I was so excited about this and all that we could experience! With all this new and exciting information, I couldn’t wait… I promised myself if I could get free dining, I was booking a package! I continued to read and absorb all the info Dave’s site has to offer, and in one of his posts he mentioned Josh and his website. Well, I HAD to check this out too! Josh’s website has the most detailed reviews and ‘random’ information possible, even provides a bit of comedy too! I continued to pursue both websites. When free dining was rolled out, I pounced on it and was able to score a package at POP. I booked without hesitation, I knew this was Dave’s favorite. After booking I focussed on Dave’s site primarily on an itinerary but I combined that with Josh’s site for additional reviews. I asked Dave numerous questions via his website and anxiously waited for an astounding quick and knowledgeable reply! We officially went on our trip last November and i STILL get compliments on how amazing it was.. but I honestly can’t take the credit… I owe it all to Dave and Josh…
I am looking at returning in the next few years but continue to visit both sites as there is no doubt in my mind… they’re the best there is, even after the first trip.

5 Renee P { 01.24.17 at 9:28 am }

I like your room layout images the best out of any that I’ve seen. Thanks for posting those.

6 Jo Delange { 01.25.17 at 2:17 pm }

Living in London, my husband and I decided to take our Disney loving 3 year old to Disney Land Paris, a quick train ride and we are there……fast forward a few months and I find myself researching a holiday of a life time for me, my husband, our 3 year old and my parents, to Disney World Florida. I was soon out of my depth…..I needed advice on when to go, where to stay and that’s before I had even heard of fast passes or restaurant reservations!. I was soon dragged from my erratic planning depths by the discovery of, and given the kiss of life by downloading “The Easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit”. I always buy hard copies of books, but my want for this book was just too great. I needed it, and I needed it NOW!

The biggest help I was given from the website and book was the painstaking time you guys had taken to establish the crowd levels for every week of the year. I knew I needed the lowest crowds possible to appease a 3 year old and a 73 year old….and that is the most priceless information you gave me. You gave me 2 weeks at the end of February with a crowd level of 4, sandwiched between high crowd levels for the weeks either side. I knew when we were going, and everything else just fitted into place after taking that first step and reading your book, dipping in and out, and reading it again.

I was petrified when it came to booking the restaurants, and again the fast passes, but everything was made so simple with all the help you gave, and I am now all booked up and counting down the days (31) until we leave cold and rainy London.

My only bugbear, in all this help you have given me in making my Disney loving 3 year olds dream come true is this…..she is English, yet, she is able to switch between her own London accent and a perfect American one. I shake my head in despair, what am I to do? Ban Disney? Never! I am proud to have a bilingual 3 year old ;o)

7 Rachelle { 01.27.17 at 8:02 am }

Your site is one of my go to resources to plan trips. I love it! You just missed getting to meet me by a few days! Maybe someday soon!

8 Eric { 01.27.17 at 11:06 am }

Mickey is Red
Donald is Blue
Your book is my bible
This poem is my “Thank you”

9 Eric { 01.27.17 at 11:07 am }

*Mickey is Red

10 Erin { 01.27.17 at 8:18 pm }

Best. Disney. Site. Ever.

11 Dana { 01.28.17 at 7:40 am }

When we began planning our most recent trip to WDW back in Dec. 2015, I felt lost. It had been more than 15 years since I had been to WDW and I was adding a 3 year old the mix this trip. My sister, who travels to Disney every year, bought me your book and things quickly started to make sense.

I was able to decide on a resort, based on convenience and appeal for my 3 yo, based on your reviews.
I was able to plan what days we would be going to which park, based on predicted crowd schedules, which then easily allowed me to be ready to choose my Advanced Dining Reservations and FastPass+ when the time came.
Your book was also key with sorting through dining options throughout WDW and understanding tiers in FP+.

Having such a vast wealth of information all in one place is priceless, and it helped me get back up to speed on WDW quickly. And it’s a big, ever-changing place.., so I will rely on your book every trip we plan.

Our Nov 2016 trip was absolutely magical! Thank you for all your hard work in helping us plan! ??

12 Janet Glaze { 01.28.17 at 8:55 pm }

I LOVE your first visit!! Such a great resource and so much helpful information in planning our Fall 2017 trip to WDW!

13 Dave { 01.29.17 at 8:16 pm }

I fixed it, Eric!

14 Eric { 01.30.17 at 2:57 pm }

Thanks, Dave!

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