Walt Disney World honors its fiftieth anniversary with "The World's Most Magical Celebration," an incredible 18-month event that begins October 1, 2021. As the resort celebrates and continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum as your 2021-2022 guide for:
insider tips on how to see and do it all--and according to enhanced health and safety measures
detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries
a fold-out property map on the inside back cover
Get the scoop on what's new at Walt Disney World:
The latest additions to your "must-do" lists: t he groundbreaking attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance the, the exciting Slinky Dog Dash, the zany Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, and the Disney Skyliner--the aerial gondola system connecting EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and four resorts.
Epic new resorts: the now-open Disney's Riviera Resort and the forthcoming Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience.
The insider's updates on Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, the upcoming expansion at EPCOT, and more!
Inside we'll also tell you how to:
Plan a Walt Disney World vacation that's right for you, including deciding when to go
Stretch your dollar with money-saving tips and great value resorts like the Art of Animation and Pop Century
Choose (and book) a Disney dining experience with our extensive restaurant coverage
Understand the Disney Dining Plan program
Reserve a breakfast with Mickey Mouse and his Disney pals
Enjoy Disney Springs, a vibrant dining, shopping, and entertainment district
Sign up for behind-the-scenes tours
Detect dozens of Hidden Mickeys throughout the theme parks
Plan the ultimate "land and sea" vacation with our Disney Cruise Line bonus chapter
Planning a trip to the Walt Disney World? Be sure to have all the official guides from Disney Editions:
Birnbaum's 2022 Walt Disney World for Kids
The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World
About the Author
When Steve Birnbaum launched this guide in 1981, he made it clear what was expected of anyone who worked on it: The book would be meticulously revised each year, leaving no attraction untested, no snack or meal untasted, no hotel untried. First-hand experiences like these, accumulated over the years, make this book the most authoritative guide to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
Our expertise, however, is not achieved by being escorted through back doors of attractions (although we would enjoy that). Instead, we wait in lines with everyone else, always hoping to have a Disney experience like that of any other guest.
While Walt Disney World has vastly expanded, and so has our knowledge of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet. On some occasions we've encountered sweltering weather and swelling crowds, times when even the happiest of travelers can turn into Grumpy for a moment or two. Had we known then what we know now, we could have spared ourselves some trying experiences.
In one case, a staffer waited more than an hour to get on an attraction. Standing in line with a notebook, she was asked by another guest if there was a quiz at the end. When she explained what she was doing, he expressed surprise to learn that she was waiting with the masses. But that's always been our strategy. We believe the best way to gather useful advice for a Disney park guest is to be one. Over and over again!
—Jill Safro, editor
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