Hey everybody, there’s a new itinerary out for arrivals 8/31 through 10/26/2019. You can find it here.

By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

Available on Amazon here.





Category — The easy Guide

The Latest Update to the 2019 Edition of The Best-Reviewed Disney World Guide Book Is Out!

Josh (of easyWDW.com)  and I have just released (on Amazon, through Theme Park Press) the latest update to the 2019 edition of the best reviewed Walt Disney World guide book, ever, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019.

We did more than 30 pages of changes for this update—but probably the most important change is that our material and advice now fully incorporates Disney World’s new date-based ticket pricing approach. Other changes worth noting: all the recently-opened stuff at Caribbean Beach is covered, and there is a minor change to Day Two of the Character-Centric Two Day Touring Plan for Magic Kingdom.

If your Disney World guidebook does not know about lunch at Centertown or about the exact new model for ticket pricing and what it means for you, then cast that weak stuff aside and get our book!

Chock full of great advice for both returning and first-time visitors, the 2019 edition continues our tradition of offering the best, clearest, shortest, and wisest advice for your Disney World trip, ever.

It also continues our model of offering a free Kindle version to those who buy the paperback edition, and of free updates* (as PDFs) over the course of 2018 and 2019 (until we publish our 2020 edition), because Disney World changes faster than any guidebook on solely an annual publishing calendar can respond to.

I’ve already emailed those who have already signed up for getting the updated version of the book (unless I messed up).  For those who bought the 2019 edition but have not yet signed up for their updates, see the instructions you’ll find on page XII.

Our Disney World guide book series began in 2014, and since then has received hundreds of reviews on Amazon, 90%+ of them five stars. Some of our recent reviews:

More comments from my recent email traffic:

  • Michelle: “I’ve bought every one since the beginning of time 🙂 I appreciate all the hard work that goes into it!”
  • Jason: “Great book. My favorite Disney book. I’m one of the crazies that buy it every year!”
  • Fred: “A very interesting and helpful book!”
  • Andra: “Thank you for a great book!”
  • Cheryl: “Thanks for a fantastic guide that is both extremely helpful AND fun to read!”

No other guide book can claim to be the best-reviewed, ever, because no other guide book is as good as The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019! Click the link to get yours today!

 

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December 4, 2018   2 Comments

The 2019 Edition of The Best-Reviewed Disney World Guide Book, Ever

Josh (of easyWDW.com)  and I have published (on Amazon, through Theme Park Press) the 2019 edition of the best reviewed Walt Disney World guide book, ever, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019.

Chock full of great advice for both returning and first-time visitors, the 2019 edition continues our tradition of offering the best, clearest, shortest, and wisest advice for your Disney World trip, ever.

It also continues our model of offering a free Kindle version to those who buy the paperback edition, and of free updates* (as PDFs) over the course of 2018 and 2019 (until we publish our 2020 edition), because Disney World changes faster than any guidebook on solely an annual publishing calendar can respond to.

With Star Wars opening and new ticket pricing models, 2019 will be an interesting year. But you could be in no better hands than me and Josh. Josh is the best in the world on how to tour the parks and on dining at Disney World; I am the best in the world on the Disney World resorts, and between the two of us, we collectively are the best in the world on when to go.

Our Disney World guide book series began in 2014, and since then has received hundreds of reviews on Amazon, 90%+ of them five stars.

No other guide book can make this claim, because no other guide book is as good as The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019! Click the link to get yours today!

*Our next update will include this correction: for those with 2019 editions shipped before 9/16, replace the FastPass+ in the middle of page 207 with “Use FastPass+ at Spaceship Earth (10:15am – 11:15am), Mission: SPACE (11:15am – 12:15pm), Frozen Ever After (Whenever available, ideally around 1pm).”

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September 16, 2018   6 Comments

Meet Me and Josh Saturday 4/28 at Epcot in Mexico at 1p

Josh of easyWDW and I, co-authors of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit, will be meeting and greeting and signing copies of our books (or someone else’s book, or your T-shirt, we’re easy) on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

We’ll be at Epcot, on and outside of the Mexico pyramid to the right, from roughly 1p to 2p.

Our book combines…

  • the un-matched insights of Josh into the parks and dining (he’s in the parks several days a week) with
  • my un-matched insights into the Disney hotels (I’ve stayed in more than 150 Disney World-owned hotel rooms, suites, studios, villas, cabins and campsites)
  • other stuff we are both just wizards about

…into the best-rated Disney World guidebook series ever published (our Disney World guidebooks have had almost 300 reviews on Amazon, of which 91% have been 5 stars).

There’s not a better way to spend an afternoon hour on Saturday than reading our book. But if you are at Epcot instead, come on by–we’d love to meet you and thank you!

 

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April 19, 2018   2 Comments

easy Guide March Update

UPDATED EDITION OF THE EASY GUIDE

Amazon has released the updated version of my and Josh’s The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, the latest edition of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook in history.

We first published the 2018 edition in late August 2017, updated it in November, and updated it again with almost 50 pages of changes in early March 2018.

If you bought the 2018 edition you get this update (as a PDF) for free! If you’ve already sent in your email, we’ll start sending instructions on how to get the updated PDF this week.

If you bought the 2018 edition but have not yet forwarded your Amazon confirmation, then quit fooling around and get it to us! Here’s the instructions:

And if you haven’t bought it yet, what are you waiting for?

We’ve had almost 300 reviews of this Disney World guidebook series on Amazon, and more than 90% are five stars. You won’t find more informed, more thoughtful, more experienced, more judicious or more silly companions to the Disney World parks, resorts, or dining venues than me and co-author Josh. Ours is the most accurate and most up-to-date Disney World guidebook you can find.

“Even though I live in Florida and used to work in Guest Services at Disney, I truly enjoyed the read! As a Disney Cast Member, I would follow their blogs, and the very thorough overviews and photos that they provide of events, resort properties, new dining, etc., were hugely helpful to me in my role interacting with Guests and answering their questions. Dave and Josh are pros at finding ways to maximize the efficiency (and therefore the fun and stress-free enjoyment) of a Disney vacation. The book is serves as a great resource for anyone who will be visiting the parks and resorts. They provide fantastic overviews of all the resorts and restaurants, and their suggestions about when to visit and what to do are spot-on.” –Jean

Here’s the key changes in the March update:

Chapter 1: How to Use This Book

Chapter 1 has three purposes: introduce the rest of the book, summarize our recommendations for first-timers, and indicate what’s new for returning visitors.

Pursuing the third purpose, the big news of the rest of the update to the book is also noted here:

  • The opening date of June 30 for Toy Story Land
  • Seasonal pricing for multi-day tickets to come “later in 2018,” and
  • The addition of FastPass+ at 60 days for Shades of Green, Extra Magic Hours for the Four Seasons, and both for the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels

Chapter 2: Why Age and Height Matter

The only material change here was the upcoming closure of the Children’s Activity Centers. We went to press before the Pixar thingy at the Contemporary was announced.

Chapter 3: How Long to Stay

The prices in this chapter are updated to reflect the ticket prices that came out in February. In some cases, the cost of adding a day actually went down.

Chapter 4: When to Go

Little changed in this chapter—we went to press after the start date for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (August 30) was announced.

Chapter 5: Where to Stay

  • We updated the hotel advice and reviews of this chapter based on the additions of FastPass+ at 60 days and Extra Magic Hours to the various hotels noted above
  • We also updated the refurb status of various hotels–e.g. the Dolphin, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter
  • The announcement that the Disney resorts would charge for overnight parking for trips booked March 21 or later came out after we went to press

Chapter 6: How to Spend Your Time

We made dozens of changes to this chapter, our most important. Most were minor—but not all. A few worth noting

  • A new entry on UP! A Great Bird Adventure, to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22
  • Multiple revisions to the Hollywood Studios material related to challenges you’ll find seeing Toy Story Mania between now and when Toy Story Land opens on June 30, including a recommended touring plan for dates when FastPass+ for it can’t be booked
  • Changes to FastPass+ priority at Magic Kingdom

Chapter 7: Where to Eat

“Where to Eat” always sees a ton of changes when we update because of Disney World’s constant pricing and menu changes. In addition

  • We note that Dining Plan users can now use the plan to pay for Mobile Orders
  • We introduce the dining options to come in Toy Story Land
  • We note the coming two-credit prix fixe dinner menu coming July 27 to Be Our Guest
  • We revise the entry on The Edison, and add new entries for Ale & Compass, Enzo’s Hideaway and Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante

Chapter 8: Which Tickets to Buy and What to Budget

We’ve revised all the material in this chapter to reflect

  • The new ticket prices announced in February
  • The move of Disney later this year to seasonal pricing for multi-day tickets

Chapter 9: How to Set Everything Up and Get Everything Done

We revised the To-Do lists in this chapter to reflect the addition of more hotels to 60 day FastPass+ eligibility.

Chapter 10: Where to Go Next

We made no significant changes to this chapter, as the places to go next remain easyWDW.com and yourfirstvisit.net!

We pride ourselves on having the most accurate and up-to-date guidebook available, and updates like this are what make that come to life! Already have yours?  Then write us a five star review on Amazon!

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March 14, 2018   1 Comment

Meet Me and Josh Saturday 1/27 at Epcot in Mexico at 4p

Josh of easyWDW and I, co-authors of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit and sometimes stars of Hoop-Dee-Doo, will be meeting and greeting and signing copies of our books (or someone else’s book, or your back, we’re easy) Saturday January 27.

We’ll be at Epcot, on and outside of the Mexico pyramid to the right, Saturday 1/27/2018 from roughly 4p to 5p.

Our book combines…

  • the un-matched insights of Josh into the parks and dining (he’s in the parks several days a week) with
  • my un-matched insights into the Disney hotels (by the time of our meet-up, I’ll have stayed in 154 different Disney World-owned rooms, suites, studios, villas, cabins and campsites)

…into the best-rated Disney World guidebook series ever published (our Disney World guidebooks have had almost 300 reviews on Amazon, of which 91% have been 5 stars).

There’s not a better way to spend an afternoon hour on Saturday than reading our book. But if you are at Epcot instead, come on by–we’d love to meet you and thank you!

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January 15, 2018   4 Comments

Specifics on the November Update of The easy Guide 2018

As noted yesterday, Josh and I just published an update to our The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, the best-reviewed Disney World guide book in the known universe.

Those already on our update list will get instructions on how to get their 2018 update shortly. If you purchased the 2018 edition but are not yet on our 2018 update list, here’s how to get on it:

This was, by our standards, a minor update, as not a lot has changed since our August 2017 publication date. Here’s what’s different or updated:

  • We’ve added the new dog-friendly pilot to the four resorts it affects.
  • Although we don’t usually do rumors, the potential impact of the rumored expansion of access to 60 day FastPass+ is so strong that we noted it at several points
  • We’ve added the dates for the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival, and changed the name of the old Holidays Around the World to The Festival of the Holidays
  • We updated the construction and/or refurb status of the moderate resorts and of Pop Century and the Yacht Club, and added the new Yacht Club floor plan.
  • Thanks to reader feedback, we fixed a few errors or omissions that had crept in—the height minimum in Rock ‘n” Roller, a place where we had left out tiering at the Animal Kingdom, and a point about crowd calendars.
  • We made a change in the FastPass+ priority order at Epcot
  • At the Studios, we’ve updated the names of one attraction (Walt Disney Presents) and of one of the lands (Grand Avenue), added BaseLine Tap House, updated the FastPass+ priority order, and added Jingle Bell Jingle BAM!
  • At Magic Kingdom, we revised the time of the Afternoon Parade and update the touring plans to reflect it.

We pride ourselves on having the most accurate and up-to-date guidebook available, and updates like this are what make that come to life!

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November 24, 2017   No Comments