Book Review: The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner

Okay, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I received a copy of this book to review.  I mean, how many books can possibly be written about the Mouse’s Kingdom?  A quick search on shows 989 results-that’s a lot.  But right away I could see that this book was a little different.  First, it’s not just a book telling you where to see, what to eat and what to do.  It’s got several organizer pockets and a journal section so you can chronicle your trip and keep it as a keepsake.

The book does have all of the “usual” information about how to plan your Disney vacation, when to avoid the crowds and what to expect while in the Magical Kingdom.  It also gives a fairly comprehensive overview on each resort so you will have a good idea which one will fit your family’s needs and budget, including options outside of the park.

Every restaurant, retail store, ride and attraction are also detailed and is meant to be used as a reference for while you are in the park.  So if you find yourself in Frontierland and need a bite to eat, you’ll know that there are three choices, what the price range is for each and if the Disney Dining Plan option is available.

The book also covers Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney and several of the Disney Water Parks.

So bottom line is that if you’re a first-time visitor to Walt Disney World (or an infrequent visitor) and want to make the most out of your trip then this planner and book could prove to be an invaluable resource.

Information on the book:

Based on the popular family travel guide The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World, F+W Media brings you The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner: A Complete Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for Your Unforgettable Vacation (April 2012) By Susan Veness and Simon Veness (ORLANDO). This guide is more than just a place to keep your important phone numbers and schedules. This all-the-fun-in-one journal is a celebration of the happiest place on earth—and a peek inside its magic!

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Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson’s love of travel came at a young age. Her family would load up the car on the weekend, pick a destination and set off to explore. She has traversed thru jungles, snorkeled the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and wandered the streets of Paris, always searching for her next adventure. Her articles have been featured in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Blue Ridge Country, Foothills Spotlight Magazine, Jetsetter, Bootsnall, Gadling, Yahoo, CityRoom, The Simpsonville Sentinel and countless other print and online publications. She owns and maintains four websites ( ,, and Sherry is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Her work can be viewed at

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