Book review: Disney guide helps with latest adventures, technology _lowres


“The Unofficial Guide: Walt Disney World with Kids 2016” by Bob Sehlinger and Liliane J. Opsomer with Len Testa, Keen Communications, 480 pages, $17.99, paperback

What’s the craziest thing I’ve done so far this spring? Agree to help chaperone 192 teenagers on a trip to Orlando, Florida. What’s the smartest thing I did to prepare? Grab a copy of “The Unofficial Guide: Walt Disney World with Kids 2016.”

Since a decade had passed since my last trip to Orlando, I knew a quick refresher course was needed.

“The Unofficial Guide” not only brought me up to speed on all the latest adventures waiting around the Disney and Universal parks, but explained new technologies that have been incorporated into the theme park experience.

From phone apps to finger scanners to electronic ride reservation systems, “The Unofficial Guide” provides practical advice on how to make the most of your limited time in the parks.

The book’s details and rating systems covered area hotels, in-park eating establishments and all attractions. Every restaurant was rated by food quality and bang for your buck. Every ride was given age-specific star ratings and was described in much-appreciated detail. (Five inversions? No, thank you!)

The book wraps up with a variety of clippable touring plans for each park at Disney and Universal.

Various step-by-step plans based on the length of your stay and the age of the children in tow were a big help in planning how to hit the highlights without finding yourself trapped in a two-hour line.

The only drawback was with the promise of customizable touring plans available on a companion website. Great in theory, but not so great upon discovering the $12.95 subscription fee to join.