Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2012

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Your Ticket to a Magical Family Vacation! Inside this new edition is all the information you need to have the family vacation of a lifetime at the Orlando theme parks. Up-to-date and written with the help of more than 500 families, this guide is packed with details on all the attractions at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Seaworld. It's user-friendly, fun, and designed for at-a-glance reference. And it will help you and your family plan the vacation each of you wants. Inside you'll find: " Time- and money-saving tips, insider's secrets, and scare factors for every ride and venue " Clear, easy-to-read maps " Full restaurant and hotel descriptions, with star ratings " Quick Guides, Don't Miss Lists, and favorite attractions by age group " Updates on Disney's Fastpass system and Universal's Express system " Know-how for Disney cruises

Author Biography

Kim Wright Wiley, mother of two, wrote the first edition of Walt Disney World with Kids in 1989, and 22 editions later she's exceeded 50 visits to the parks, a statistic that stuns even her. Her Disney favorites? I'm addicted to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, my favorite character is Eeyore, and if I have anything big to celebrate, I do it at the California Grill. When not at the theme parks she lives in Charlotte, NC.

Table of Contents

Helpful Phone Numbersp. ix
Helpful Web Sitesp. xi
List of Mapsp. xi
List of Quick-Guide Reference Tablesp. xi
Abbreviations, Terms, and Iconsp. xiii
Prefacep. xiv
Before You Leave Homep. 1
Map of Walt Disney Worldp. 2
What Time of Year Should We Visit?p. 4
How Long Should We Stay?p. 8
Should We Take the Kids out of School?p. 8
Should We Buy a Package?p. 12
What Kind of Tickets Do We Need?p. 18
Theme-Park Ticket-Price Chartp. 20
Transportationp. 23
Countdown to Disney Worldp. 27
Things to Discuss with Your Kids Before You Leave Homep. 30
Don't Leave Home Withoutp. 34
The Frantic Factorp. 36
Choosing a Hotelp. 39
Map of On Site & Off-Site Hotelsp. 41
General Information About the On-Site Disney Hotelsp. 42
Is It Worth the Expense to Stay On-Site?p. 43
The Advantages of Staying On-Sitep. 46
Rating the On-Site Disney Hotelsp. 50
Quick Guide to On-Site Hotelsp. 55
Off-Site Hotels: Which Location Is Best?p. 81
Quick Guide to Off-Site Hotelsp. 83
Great Off-Site Hotels for Familiesp. 87
Once You Get Therep. 99
Bare Necessities: Strollers, Babies, and First Aidp. 100
More Things You Don't Want to Think Aboutp. 105
Saving Moneyp. 110
Meeting the Disney Charactersp. 112
Touring Tips and Plansp. 117
General Disney World Touring Tipsp. 118
Money-Saving Tipsp. 126
Touring Tips for Visitors Staying On-Sitep. 127
Touring Tips for Visitors Staying Off-Sitep. 128
Tips to Save Your Sanityp. 129
Tips for Big Familiesp. 132
Tips for Guests with Disabilitiesp. 135
Tips for Pregnant Guestsp. 138
Tips for Grandparentsp. 139
Birthdays and Special Occasionsp. 140
How to Customize a Touring Planp. 141
The Magic Kingdomp. 149
Map of The Magic Kingdomp. 151
Getting to the Magic Kingdomp. 152
Getting Around the Magic Kingdomp. 153
Tips for Your First Hour in the Magic Kingdomp. 154
Quick Guide to Magic Kingdom Attractionsp. 159
Main Streetp. 160
Fantasylandp. 163
Tomorrowlandp. 168
Adventurelandp. 174
Frontierlandp. 178
Liberty Squarep. 182
Food Choices in the Magic Kingdomp. 184
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 186
Best Vantage Points for Watching the Paradep. 186
Tips for Your Last Hour in the Magic Kingdomp. 187
Tips for Leaving the Magic Kingdomp. 189
Epcotp. 191
Map of Epcotp. 192
Getting to Epcotp. 193
Getting Around Epcotp. 194
Tips for Your First Hour at Epcotp. 194
Epcot Touring Tipsp. 195
Future Worldp. 197
Quick Guide to Epcot Attractionsp. 201
World Showcasep. 208
Food Choices at Epcotp. 211
Epcot Extrasp. 213
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 218
Tips for Your Last Hour at Epcotp. 218
Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 221
Map of Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 222
Getting to Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 223
Getting Around Hollywoodp. 223
Tips for Your First Hour at Hollywoodp. 224
Hollywood Touring Tipsp. 224
Hollywood Attractionsp. 226
Quick Guide to Hollywood Attractionsp. 229
American Idolp. 236
Meeting the Characters at Hollywoodp. 241
Food Choices at Hollywoodp. 242
Tips for Your Last Hour at Hollywoodp. 243
The Animal Kingdomp. 245
Map of Disney s Animal Kingdomp. 246
Getting to the Animal Kingdomp. 247
Getting Around the Animal Kingdomp. 247
Tips for Your First Hour in the Animal Kingdomp. 248
Animal Kingdom Touring Tipsp. 249
Quick Guide to Animal Kingdom Attractionsp. 250
Animal Kingdom Attractionsp. 253
Food Choices in the Animal Kingdomp. 262
Tips for Your Last Hour in the Animal Kingdomp. 264
The Disney World Water Parksp. 265
Map of Typhoon Lagoonp. 266
Getting to the Water Parksp. 267
Water Parks Touring Tipsp. 268
Typhoon Lagoonp. 270
Blizzard Beachp. 275
Map of Blizzard Beachp. 276
The Rest of the Worldp. 281
Map of Downtown Disneyp. 282
Getting to the Rest of the Worldp. 284
Downtown Disneyp. 285
Downtown Disney Marketplacep. 286
Downtown Disney West Sidep. 288
DisneyQuestp. 289
Cirque du Soleilp. 291
BoardWalk and the ESPN Clubp. 292
Disney Extrasp. 293
That Sportin' Life: On Waterp. 303
That Sportin1 Life: On Landp. 305
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexp. 308
Dining at Disneyp. 309
Full-Service Restaurants at Disneyp. 310
Making Reservationsp. 313
Finding Healthy Foodp. 315
Rating the Disney Restaurantsp. 316
Definition of Quick-Guide Ratingsp. 318
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Magic Kingdomp. 319
Magic Kingdom Restaurantsp. 317
Epcot Restaurantsp. 320
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Epcotp. 323
Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 326
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 327
Animal Kingdom Restaurantsp. 329
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Animal Kingdomp. 331
Restaurants in the WDW Hotelsp. 330
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the WDW Hotelsp. 337
Restaurants in the Rest of the Worldp. 343
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Rest of the Worldp. 345
Disney After Darkp. 349
Disney World After Dark with the Kidsp. 350
Disney World After Dark Without the Kids: Finding a Sitterp. 352
Dining Without the Kidsp. 356
The Disney Cruise Linep. 359
The Cruise Vacation Optionsp. 360
Approximate Costsp. 362
Lodgingp. 366
Diningp. 366
Kids' Programs Onboardp. 372
Onboard Entertainmentp. 374
Universal Orlandop. 377
Map of Universal Studiosp. 379
Should We Stay On-Site?p. 381
What Kind of Tickets Do We Need?p. 385
Tips for Your First Hour at Universal Studiosp. 386
Universal Studios Touring Tipsp. 388
The Scare Factor at Universal Studiosp. 389
Universal Studios Attractionsp. 390
Quick Guide to Universal Studios Attractionsp. 393
Tips for Your Last Hour at Universal Studiosp. 406
Islands of Adventurep. 407
Map of Islands of Adventurep. 408
Getting Around Islands of Adventurep. 410
How Scary Is ˘Scary÷? As Dr. Seuss Would Say, ˘Very!÷p. 410
Tips for Your First Hour at Islands of Adventurep. 413
Quick Guide to Islands of Adventure Attractionsp. 415
Port of Entryp. 417
Marvel Super Hero Islandp. 418
Toon Lagoonp. 423
Jurassic Parkp. 426
The Lost Continentp. 429
The Wizarding World of Harry Potterp. 432
Seuss Landingp. 436
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 439
Meeting the Charactersp. 439
City Walkp. 440
SeaWorld and Discovery Covep. 445
Sea Worldp. 446
Discovery Covep. 454
Aquaticap. 455
Indexp. 461
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