If there is only one tip that I can give to families who are planning to visit Walt Disney World, it’s this: Do Your Research!
Sure, you could hop on a plane and just see where the magic takes you, but if you’re spending your hard-earned money on a family vacation, don’t you want to make the most of it? Yeah, me too.
The Fodor’s Walt Disney World With Kids 2012 is the guidebook that helped us through our first two “official” family trips. (Full disclosure: I do work for the publisher, but I have my Mickey ears on right now – not my marketing hat.)
I particularly liked this guide because it breaks down the rides and attractions by age range, so you can focus on the features that make sense for your family.
There are charts with height restrictions, scare factors, and ride time that are so helpful. Take it all in bearing your kids in mind though — you might have a four year old who’s tall enough to ride Star Tours, but will it freak them out? (By the way, we skipped Star Tours because we heard that the ride can get pretty intense and jostle you around, so we told our 3.5 year old that we’d tackle that one next time.)
I would recommend this guide for people who are still in the “thinking about it” phase, and haven’t actually made reservations yet. There are great descriptions of the value, moderate, and deluxe resorts that will help you narrow down your choices.
When planning your dining, you’ll find tips and charts about table service, quick service, and character meals.
There are also tips throughout the book from “real world” parents that were very interesting to read.
The only thing missing in this guide book are colour photos. I know, not a big deal right? But photos would help visualize attractions, and give the reader a little more of that magical excitement as they prepare for the trip of a lifetime. (Okay, was that a bit much? Yeah, I think so too.)