Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2013

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-25
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While an unforgettable experience at Walt Disney World is virtually guaranteed, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the expense, lines, and reservation system. This updated guide relies on the knowledge of five Disney travel experts to make a family vacation in Florida a breeze.

Author Biography

Kim Wright Wiley Wrote the first edition of Walt Disney World with Kids in 1989, and 23 editions later she's exceeded 60 visits to the parks, a statistic that stuns even her. But her daughter and co-writer Leigh C.W. Jenkins, who first visited the park at the age of nine months, can surpass even that number of visits. Leigh's longest visit lasted for two and a half years while she worked at both the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

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. xii
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. 40
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. 52
Off-Site Hotels: Which Location is Best?p. 81
Quick Guide to Off-Site Hotelsp. 82
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
Birthdays and Special Occasionsp. 139
How to Customize a Touring Planp. 141
The Magic Kingdomp. 147
Map of the Magic Kingdomp. 148
Getting to the Magic Kingdomp. 150
Getting Around the Magic Kingdomp. 151
Tips for your First Hour in the Magic Kingdomp. 152
Quick Guide to Magic Kingdom Attractionsp. 154
Main Streetp. 158
Fantasylandp. 161
Tomorrowlandp. 166
Adventurelandp. 172
Frontierlandp. 176
Liberty Squarep. 180
Food Choices in the Magic Kingdomp. 182
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 184
Best Vantage Points for Watching the Paradep. 185
Tips for your Last Hour in the Magic Kingdomp. 185
Tips for Leaving the Magic Kingdomp. 188
Epcotp. 189
Map of Epcotp. 190
Getting to Epcotp. 191
Getting Around Epcotp. 192
Tips for your First Hour at Epcotp. 192
Epcot Touring Tipsp. 193
Future Worldp. 195
Quick Guide to Epcot Attractionsp. 198
World Showcasep. 206
Food Choices at Epcotp. 209
Epcot Extrasp. 211
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 216
Tips for your Last Hour at Epcotp. 216
Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 219
Map of Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 220
Getting to Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 221
Getting Around Hollywoodp. 221
Tips for your First Hour at Hollywoodp. 222
Hollywood Touring Tipsp. 222
Hollywood Attractionsp. 224
Quick Guide to Hollywood Attractionsp. 226
Meeting the Characters at Hollywoodp. 239
Food Choices at Hollywoodp. 240
Tips for your Last Hour at Hollywoodp. 241
The Animal Kingdomp. 243
Map of Disney's Animal Kingdomp. 244
Getting to the Animal Kingdomp. 245
Getting Around the Animal Kingdomp. 245
Tips for your First Hour in the Animal Kingdomp. 246
Animal Kingdom Touring Tipsp. 247
Quick Guide to Animal Kingdom Attractionsp. 248
Animal Kingdom Attractionsp. 250
Food Choices in the Animal Kingdomp. 261
Tips for your Last Hour in the Animal Kingdomp. 262
The Disney World Water Parksp. 263
Map of Typhoon Lagoonp. 264
Getting to the Water Parksp. 265
Water Parks Touring Tipsp. 266
Typhoon Lagoonp. 268
Blizzard Beachp. 273
Map of Blizzard Beachp. 274
The Rest of the Worldp. 279
Map of Downtown Disneyp. 280
Getting to the Rest of the Worldp. 282
Downtown Disneyp. 283
Downtown Disney Marketplacep. 284
Downtown Disney West Sidep. 286
DisneyQuestp. 287
Cirque du Soleilp. 289
Board Walk and the ESPN Clubp. 290
Disney Extrasp. 291
Water Sportsp. 301
Sports on Landp. 304
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexp. 307
Dining at Disneyp. 309
Full-Service Restaurants at Disneyp. 310
Making Reservationsp. 313
Finding Healthy Foodp. 315
Rating the Disney Restaurantsp. 317
Definition of Quick-Guide Ratingsp. 317
Magic Kingdom Restaurantsp. 318
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Magic Kingdomp. 320
Epcot Restaurantsp. 320
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Epcotp. 324
Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 327
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studiosp. 328
Animal Kingdom Restaurantsp. 330
Restaurants in the WDW Hotelsp. 331
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Animal Kingdomp. 332
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the WDW Hotelsp. 334
Restaurants in the Rest of the Worldp. 345
Quick Guide to Full-Service Restaurants in the Rest of the Worldp. 346
Disney After Darkp. 351
Disney World After Dark with the Kidsp. 352
Disney World After Dark without the Kids: Finding a Sitterp. 354
Dining without the Kidsp. 358
The Disney Cruise Linep. 361
The Cruise Vacation Optionsp. 362
Approximate Costsp. 365
Cabinsp. 367
Diningp. 368
Ports of Callp. 372
Kids' Programs Onboardp. 374
Onboard Entertainmentp. 375
Universal Orlandop. 379
Map of Universal Studiosp. 380
Should we Stay On-Site?p. 383
What Kind of Tickets do we Need?p. 386
Tips for your First Hour at Universal Studiosp. 388
Universal Studios Touring Tipsp. 390
The Scare Factor at Universal Studiosp. 392
Universal Studios Attractionsp. 393
Quick Guide to Universal Studios Attractionsp. 394
Tips for your Last Hour at Universal Studiosp. 408
Islands of Adventurep. 409
Map of Islands of Adventurep. 410
Getting Around Islands of Adventurep. 412
How Scary is "Scary"? As Dr. Seuss Would Say, "Very!"p. 412
Tips for your First Hour at Islands of Adventurep. 415
Quick Guide to Islands of Adventure Attractionsp. 416
Port of Entryp. 419
Marvel Super Hero Islandp. 420
Toon Lagoonp. 425
Jurassic Parkp. 428
The Lost Continentp. 431
The Wizarding World of Harry Potterp. 434
Seuss Landingp. 438
Afternoon Resting Placesp. 441
Meeting the Charactersp. 441
City Walkp. 442
SeaWorld and Discovery Covep. 447
Sea Worldp. 448
Discovery Covep. 456
Aquaticap. 458
Indexp. 463
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