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For A "Color Companion," It's Got Plenty Of Great Info

  • May 19, 2010
When I received The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion To Walt Disney World, I expected it to be chock full of pictures (which it is), and just a few tidbits of information for each feature of the park. Wow, was I wrong!

While first time visitors to the park might find it necessary to pick up The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World and/or Birnbaum's Official Guide To Disney World, this color companion sums up every aspect of Walt's big park very well. It's broken down into eleven parts that range from general travel information that's handy for any trip to individual chapters on each kingdom at Walt Disney World. Maps of the parks and surrounding areas are also provided.

A simple star-rating system (much like the one on Amazon) is utilized to rate each hotel, restaurant, show, and ride. What's even more useful is that the book rates every attraction in general and then breaks it down even further by giving it an aged-based rating for specific age groups. For example, the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square is given a general rating of three stars. It's given a preschool rating of one and a half stars and seniors get a four star nod.

The dining plan is also broken down and explained very well. An entire section is devoted to eating in the park, and it's one of the highlights of the book for first timers.

The pictures are very good. They showcase each attraction and also give views of the interior and exterior of every resort.

Tips are scattered throughout the book. Many of them are very useful, whereas others are humorous little breaks in an information-heavy book.

If you've been to Disney World before and don't feel like picking up the latest Unofficial or Birnbaum's Official guide, I highly recommend this color companion. Not only is it very informative, it's also very fun to read. I've personally been to the park twice and am planning a third trip with my family next year. I purchased a Birnbaum's guide for both of my previous trips and plan to do so for next year as well. I do this for two reasons: 1) It's extremely informative and helpful and 2) It's a wonderful keepsake for the family. If you're planning your first trip to Disney World, I highly recommend picking up Birnbaum's or the Unofficial Guide to give you a head start on planning your trip. The Color Companion will be helpful for newcomers, but it does leave out some information that first timers might need.

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The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World

560 full-color images prove that a picture is worth 1,000 words!

The Color Companion is perfect for pairing with The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World ("the big book") or it can stand alone to provide you with what you need to know in a flash when you're visiting the park. While the Unofficial Guide gives you more than 800 pages of highly detailed information on planning, staying and surviving your visit to Walt Disney World, The Color Companion also takes the "Unofficial" approach, but SHOWS you where you'll be staying and what you'll be doing -- in a trim 360-page book, perfect for tucking into a backpack or totebag.

This unique visual guide that lets you see how wet you'll get on Splash Mountain® (p. 166), what the crowd conditions are at different times of day in Fantasyland® (p. 34), and how the parks are decked out for various holidays (p. 280). Hundreds of fun full-color photos make this book a perfect keepsake, as well as an incredibly useful on-the-ground resource. The Color Companion provides reviews of all the Walt Disney World® resorts, including pictures of the guest rooms, swimming pools, and resort themes. As with the Unofficial "big book", attractions and resorts are rated based on surveys of thousands of Walt Disney World® guests and the proven, firsthand advice will teach you how to plan and save ...

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Books, Nonfiction, Disney World, Walt Disney World, Travel Books, Disney Books, Disney Guidebooks


ISBN-10: 0470497742
ISBN-13: 978-0470497746
Author: Bob Sehlinger
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Wiley
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