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Birnbaum's 2023 Walt Disney World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-09-20
  • Publisher: Disney Editions

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Walt Disney World honors its fiftieth anniversary with "The World's Most Magical Celebration," an incredible 18-month event that lasts until March 2023. As the resort celebrates and continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum as your 2022-2023 guide for:
  • insider tips on how to see and do it all--and according to enhanced health and safety measures
  • detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries
  • money-saving strategies
  • a fold-out property map on the inside back cover
  • the return of coupons inside
Get the scoop on what's new at Walt Disney World:
  • The latest additions to your "must-do" lists: t he groundbreaking attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance the, the exciting Slinky Dog Dash, the zany Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, and the Disney Skyliner--the aerial gondola system connecting EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and four resorts.
  • Epic new resorts: the now-open Disney's Riviera Resort and the forthcoming Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience.
  • The insider's updates on Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, the upcoming expansion at EPCOT, and more!
Inside we'll also tell you how to:
  • Plan a Walt Disney World vacation that's right for you, including deciding when to go
  • Stretch your dollar with money-saving tips and great value resorts like the Art of Animation and Pop Century
  • Utilize the latest options for Extra Magic Hours, the MagicBand, and Disney's FastPass+
  • Choose (and book) a Disney dining experience with our extensive restaurant coverage
  • Understand the Disney Dining Plan program
  • Reserve a breakfast with Mickey Mouse and his Disney pals
  • Enjoy Disney Springs, a vibrant dining, shopping, and entertainment district
  • Sign up for behind-the-scenes tours
  • Detect dozens of Hidden Mickeys throughout the theme parks
  • Plan the ultimate "land and sea" vacation with our Disney Cruise Line bonus chapter
Planning a trip to the Walt Disney World? Be sure to have all the official guides from Disney Editions:
  • Birnbaum's 2023 Walt Disney World for Kids
  • The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World

Author Biography

When Steve Birnbaum launched this guide in 1981, he made it clear what was expected of anyone who worked on it: The book would be meticulously revised each year, leaving no attraction untested, no snack or meal untasted, no hotel untried. First-hand experiences like these, accumulated over the years, make this book the most authoritative guide to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

Our expertise, however, is not achieved by being escorted through back doors of attractions (although we would enjoy that). Instead, we wait in lines with everyone else, always hoping to have a Disney experience like that of any other guest.

While Walt Disney World has vastly expanded, and so has our knowledge of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet. On some occasions we've encountered sweltering weather and swelling crowds, times when even the happiest of travelers can turn into Grumpy for a moment or two. Had we known then what we know now, we could have spared ourselves some trying experiences.

In one case, a staffer waited more than an hour to get on an attraction. Standing in line with a notebook, she was asked by another guest if there was a quiz at the end. When she explained what she was doing, he expressed surprise to learn that she was waiting with the masses. But that's always been our strategy.
We believe the best way to gather useful advice for a Disney park guest is to be one. Over and over again!

Jill Safro, editor

Table of Contents

Here is all the practical information you need to organize a Walt Disney World visit down to the smallest detail: when to go, how to get there, how to save money and work within a budget, how to secure theme park tickets and reservations, and how to customize a Walt Disney World MagicBand. Plus sample schedules and hints for parents, international travelers, travelers with disabilities, singles, couples, and older visitors.

Two big questions about Walt Disney World are where to stay and how to get around. The accommodations range from concierge suites to modest campsites, with thousands of rooms and villas in between. Our guide describes every Disney resort, with details presented in a handy chart. And we explain the World’s vast transportation system, to boot.

The enchantment of Walt Disney World is most apparent in the wealth of attractions and amusements that fill this, its original theme park. Our land-by-land guide describes all there is to see and do in this classic play zone, plus plenty of other insider tips and the scoop on new additions for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration.

A gleaming silver geosphere introduces Disney’s wonderland of discovery—an ambitious exploration of the world of the future as well as the present. The park’s four neighborhoods offer every visitor the opportunity to be a global and cerebral voyager, without setting foot outside Florida. Here’s how to make the most of this uniquely fascinating destination.

Now’s your chance to be part of Disney’s Hollywood adventure! Everything from controlling the Millennium Falcon to a Frozen sing-along to a trip to The Twilight Zone™ and the excitement of daring stunts and special effects is waiting to be enjoyed. There are also opportunities to bond with Disney characters and experience a thrill ride or two. We have developed strategies for seeing this Tinseltown, ensuring the most fun possible.

The most sprawling member of WDW’s theme park lineup celebrates the circle of life and the wonders of Earth’s animal kingdom. Amid nature’s majesty, guests experience a stirring safari, dodge dastardly dinosaurs, and ride raging rapids. Our coverage, which includes the beloved land, Pandora—The World of Avatar, guarantees a fun-filled trip to a place where humans are humbly reminded of their role in the natural world.

Beyond the theme park boundaries lie countless acres full of just the sort of wonders for which Disney is famous: state-of-the-art water parks and the dynamic Disney Springs entertainment, shopping, and dining district among them. So if you want to ride down watery slides, dance the night away, shop at elegant boutiques, pamper yourself at a spa, or experience behind-the-scenes tours, this chapter will help you find your way.

Walt Disney World has more tennis courts and golf greens than most posh resorts, plus plenty of places for boating, biking, horseback riding, swimming, and fishing. Here’s how to combine these options with the rest of the WDW fun.

Restaurants around Disney World property run the gamut from simple snack shops to bastions of haute cuisine. Choices are nearly endless, so we’ve organized them in an area-by-area directory that lets you know where each restaurant is located and what specialties it offers. We also tell you about the Disney Dining Plan, WDW’s reservations system, dinner shows, where to dine with Disney characters, and where to enjoy an after-dinner drink.

Many guests choose to make a Walt Disney World visit even more magical by pairing it with a cruise to the Caribbean or the Bahamas—the ultimate Land and Sea vacation, Disney style. This “bonus” chapter tells you how to plan it.

Walt Disney World is marking 50 years of memory-making magic with an 18-month-long, pixie-dusted party. We offer you a peek at The World’s Most Magical Celebration!

To spotlight attractions, shows, restaurants, and events that are making (or have recently made) their debut, listings are marked with the icon shown at right. Look for it throughout the
book. Here are some of the highlights:

Club Cool: PAGE 148

Disney Enchantment (fireworks): PAGE 137

Disney KiteTails: PAGE 208

Disney’s Riviera Resort: PAGE 86

Harmonious (nighttime spectacular): PAGE 171

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana: PAGE 150

La Crêperie de Paris: PAGE 270

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: PAGE 188

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: PAGE 161

Roundup Rodeo BBQ: PAGE 274

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser: PAGE 112

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: PAGE 189

Space 220: PAGE 263

The Swan Reserve: PAGE 91

TRON Lightcycle/Run: PAGE 131

The World’s Most Magical Celebration: PAGE 349

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