The easy Guide to Your
Walt Disney World Visit 2020

by Dave Shute & Josh Humphrey | Release Date: November 27, 2019 | Availability: Print, Kindle

Now in Its 7th Edition

THE most up-to-date source of travel information about Walt Disney World. You don’t need an 800-page gorilla of a guide to plan your Walt Disney World vacation. Beat the crowds, the cost, and the chaos with current, comprehensive, step-by-step advice for the perfect Disney World vacation.

It doesn't get any easier than this:

  • Pick the Best Time: Learn the ideal time to visit Disney World by using our exclusive month-by-month calendars of cost, weather, crowds, and special events.
  • Stay at the Best Hotel: Rest easy with our analyses and comparisons of all Disney World resorts, for any budget, plus fl oor plans and recommendations.
  • Eat the Best Food: Learn how to take advantage of Disney’s dining plan, then plan your meals with our succinct reviews of every Disney World restaurant.
  • Conquer the Lines: Experience all the attractions you want, with short waits and no hassles, with our detailed touring plans and the ultimate FastPass+ guide
  • Save Money: Save thousands of dollars on everything from theme park tickets to Disney World hotels by following our proven, time-tested advice

If planning your Disney vacation has put the pain into your pixie dust, this is your magic wand to make it go away. Whether it's your first trip to Walt Disney World or your fortieth, The easy Guide will make it your best. Don't go see Mickey without it.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: How to Use This Book

Chapter 2: Why Age and Height Matter

Chapter 3: How Long to Stay

Chapter 4: When to Go

Chapter 5: Where to Stay

Chapter 6: How to Spend Your Time

Chapter 7: Where to Eat

Chapter 8: Which Tickets to Buy and How Much to Budget

Chapter 9: How to Set Everything Up and Get Everything Done

Chapter 10: Where to Go Next

Congratulations. You are about to embark on a trip filled with magic and memories to one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. But with a Walt Disney World trip comes hundreds of decisions, from when to go to where to stay to what to eat to which attractions to experience. Walt Disney World spans more than 39 square miles and includes four major theme parks, two water parks, an expansive shopping and dining district, a 24-screen movie theater, more than 20 Disney-operated resorts, dozens of restaurants, hundreds of attractions, and a whole lot more.

That’s where we come in. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth visit, this book will prepare you and your family to make the best choices, eat at the restaurants that provide the most value, make sure you experience the best Disney has to offer, eliminate as much time waiting in line as possible, and guarantee that your experience at Walt Disney World is magical and stress-free.

This guide is written to help all visitors plan better vacations, whether you’re a first-timer still unsure of how Space Mountain and Dumbo the Flying Elephant are different, or if you’re an experienced returning visitor trying to decide whether you want to pick Na’vi River Journey or Flight of Passage as your Pandora FastPass+ choice at Animal Kingdom. We’ll introduce each topic and then expand on it with tips and tricks so first-time visitors are quickly brought up to speed and returning visitors will learn new strategies to maximize their time and money.

Why this book in particular, you ask? Dave and Josh share thousands of theme park visits, hundreds of hotel room stays, and far more theme park meals than either of them would probably like to remember. Their experience culminates in this carefully crafted guidebook designed to be the framework for every step of your vacation planning. Both are firm believers that a little planning goes a long way. By spending time mulling the many options now, you’ll set yourself up for the best vacation possible.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the planning!

Dave Shute

Dave by day co-leads Hopewell, a farm-based residential treatment program for adults with severe mental illness. At night and on weekends he writes, and, lately, Disney World guidebooks. All the time he’s a husband, dad, son, and brother. He has a BA from the University of Chicago, and both an MA in English Literature and MBA from the University of Virginia, where he also completed the majority of work for a PhD in English Literature. He spent almost a decade as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co., Inc., and since then has largely operated as an independent strategy consultant. He founded in 2009—the first Disney World site aimed squarely at first-time visitors who may never return. He visits Disney World six to ten times a year, and in 2019 he stayed in his 160th different Disney World-owned hotel room.

Josh Humphrey

Josh grew up in Seattle, Washington, the only known city to adequately prepare a person for Orlando’s wet summers. He was fascinated by Disney theme parks long before his first visit to Disneyland at age eight. He started in the spring of 2010 as an outlet to help visitors maximize their theme park experience with practical, hands-on advice. He lives just 15 minutes from Magic Kingdom’s gates and records more than a hundred theme park visits every year, each with the express intent of uncovering ways to better enjoy everything the parks offer. In his spare time, he enjoys dressing his Duffy the Disney Bear in fabulous outfits, taking his dog to the park, and the occasional single malt scotch.

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