10 Best Disney Travel Books to Help Prepare for your Trip


Are you thinking about planning a trip to Walt Disney World? The daunting task of timelines and reservations can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out, so my goal on this post is to provide you with our 10 Best Disney Travel Books that will help you prepare for your trip.

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

Your guide to Disney’s hidden treasures–including Fantasyland and Storybook Circus secrets!

Whether this is your first or fiftieth visit, you’d be surprised at how much you miss during your trip to Walt Disney World. From where to find hidden Imagineer signatures to the secrets behind the carriage numbers in the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak play area, learn all about the hidden magic that permeates these fabulous resorts in this tell-all handbook. You will also get the insider’s take on:

  • The Disney family coat of arms standing guard at the entrance to Cinderella Castle
  • The surprise song that plays in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue area
  • The mysterious concentric circles in the Temple of Heaven in Epcot’s China pavilion
  • The lipstick stain on the champagne glass sitting on the table in the Tower of Terror

Complete with a whole new section about the Fantasyland and Storybook Circus expansion, The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World, 2nd Edition will inspire you to relive the magic year after year!

Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World

As Walt Disney World continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum to guide you through it all. This on is an official guide so keep that in mind when reading through, their opinion may be bias.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018

Compiled and written by a team of experienced researchers whose work has been cited by diverse sources as USA Today and so many other spots! They dig deeper and offer more than any other guide. (800 pages+ each year!)

The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World with Kids 2018

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids

is JAM-PACKED with useful tips, great advice, excellent discussion, and practical travel knowledge gleaned from years of specifically addressing the needs of kids, with—in some cases—research and input from kids.

Len Testa leads an experienced team of researchers whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum,The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids digs deeper and offers more specific information than any other guidebook. This is the only guide that explains how to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count.

With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of your family vacation. Step-by-step detailed plans allow you to visit Walt Disney World with your children with absolute confidence and peace of mind.

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets

“Hidden Mickey Guy” Steve Barrett updates his bestselling guide to the hundreds of camouflaged images of Mickey Mouse concealed all around Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s Imagineers have hidden them in WDW’s theme parks, resorts, shops, and restaurants to give guests the joy of discovering them. Barrett adds to the fun by turning the search into six scavenger hunts, complete with clues, hints, and points to be scored. Find over 1,250 hidden Mickeys! Compete with family and friends. Or simply look for them wherever you find yourself in his magical kingdom. New in this edition: the hidden Mickeys of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

PassPorter’s Walt Disney World 2018

With four major theme parks and 22 hotels, Disney World can be daunting — this indispensable travel planner simplifies the process. Each of the four major parks gets in-depth coverage, complete with full-color fold-out maps and a description of every ride and attraction. Exhaustive profiles of Disney-owned resort hotels feature detailed maps, color photos, and room layouts. The guide also covers all of the park’s 300+ dining options.

102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World

Do you dream of taking your family to Walt Disney World but don’t know where to begin to make it a reality?

Don’t look any further!

102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World

is the Bestselling and #1 guide everyone is talking about.

Walt Disney World is one of the most popular destinations in America and families all over the country visit this beloved resort time and again. These are regular people, with regular incomes, and yet they vacation there year after year. How?

We have news for you: Disney doesn’t have to take years of saving and budgeting!

In this comprehensive and detailed guide, Disney historian and the host of, Lou Mongello, details 102 ways you can have the most magical Disney vacation without breaking the bank! Lou is an author, host, and producer of an award-winning podcast, and recognized Walt Disney World expert. He has spent a lifetime traveling to, studying, and reporting on Walt Disney World. His first-hand expertise guarantees you can have the Disney vacation you envision for your family at a rate more affordable than you expect. Generously supported with links to relevant websites, enriched with insider anecdotes, trivia, and beautiful images, this is a must-have guide for anyone planning a Disney vacation.

Included in this User-Friendly Book:

  • Saving money for your Walt Disney World vacation
  • When to go to Walt Disney World
  • Staying in Walt Disney World resort hotels
  • Purchasing Walt Disney World park tickets
  • Booking Disney World packages
  • Tips for navigating Disney restaurants and the Disney Dining Plan
  • Buying Disney souvenirs
  • Maximizing your time and money

In addition to money-saving tips, this book includes information on 40 FREE THINGS you can get and do. Yes, you read it right, free!

102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World is the perfect investment for those who dream of giving their family the experience of a Walt Disney World vacation. Pick up this bestselling guide today and turn your dreams of Disney into beloved memories your family will cherish a lifetime!

The Vault of Walt (5 Book Series)

No one knows Disney history, or tells it better, than Jim Korkis, who presents an inaugural set of 28 stories from his Vault of Walt. Whether it’s Disney films, Disney theme parks, or Walt himself, Jim’s stories will charm and delight Disney fans of all ages.

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World

Imagine a magical vacation where fun and fitness are melded together for the whole family to enjoy. This is the hallmark of a runDisney event! These events are growing by leaps and bounds, and selling out faster each year.

It takes expert planning to incorporate a runDisney event into an already jam-packed family vacation. Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World will guide you through all runDisney events, outlining the answers to difficult questions, including:

– Which race is right for me and my family? – How should I navigate events? – Which restaurants offer the best celebration meal? – What entertainment will I see along the race course? – How should I pack for a runDisney event? – What resources are available for training?

From a diaper dash for the smallest of athletes to a multi-day 48.6-mile running event known as the Dopey Challenge, there truly is something for everyone. Even friends and family can spectate and get in on the fun! Best of all the Disney magic is experienced throughout the weekend as every runner is celebrated, from the first finisher to the last, along with every runner in between.

Inside these books, you will find advice on resorts, restaurants, race registration, packing tips, spectator information, training, race day information and much more. So these guidebooks give participants peace of mind before heading into their first or fiftieth runDisney event. Having experienced runDisney events first hand, along with in-depth research about runDisney events and logistics, the authors of Runner’s Guide to WDW have every aspect of your vacation and race covered.

So those are our top picks for the best Disney Travel book! Is there anything that we should add to the list?

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