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Blog Giveway – Enter to Win Guides to Help Plan Your Disney Vacation

January 10, 2011

If you’re attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in March, or just planning your own family visit to the Mouse, you’re probably looking for information on how to get the most out of your trip.  As a long-time Disney trip veteran, I can say that no guide has helped me as much as the books that comprise the “Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World.”

I’ll get the disclosure out of the way first…yes, I work for the company that publishes these books.  But, yes, I would sing the praises of the Unofficial Guides just as loudly if I had to buy them for myself.  At full price.  With no free gift wrapping.

If you’re a knowledge junkie, someone who needs to be in the know, you know how important a good guidebook is.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in a line at Disney and have observed other guests with the tear-out “touring plans” from the back of the book guiding their way through the parks.  The authors run the Touring Plans web site – you may be familiar with them as online gurus more so than book authors, but either way, they know their stuff.   In fact, my 11 year old has been reading the book cover to cover and keeps pointing out nuggets of information she’s getting to make the most of our trip.

Because I want everyone going to Disney to have the advantage of these amazing books, I’m giving away 8 sets of the books to readers of this blog.  All you have to do to enter is answer the “question of the week” – I’ll randomly select (using Random Number generator) 2 winners for each week.

The book set will include a copy of the “mothership” book, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and the new Color Companion to Walt Disney World.

This week, the question is “what’s your best tip for a newbie visiting the Magic Kingdom” – post your answer in the comments section below and make sure I have your email address in the comment form so I can contact you.  If I can’t contact you, I will have to give your books to someone else.

I’ll start with my favorite tip, one I learned from the UOG – rather than spending the time and money to get a princess hairdo at one of the “boutiques”, the barber shop on Main Street will do a “glitter updo” for less than $10 including tip.  They don’t take reservations, but walk over and see if they can take you.  My daughter got a great hairdo there and got tons of comments from other guests wanting to know where she had her hair done.

So, here’s a summary:

1. Visit my blog every week for another chance to win.

2. Answer the question of the week in the comments section.

3. Two randomly drawn winners every week.


Here’s a look at the new color companion – at first, I thought I only needed one of the books, but this one was a keeper!

Our first two winners will be drawn on Friday, January 14 at 5pm EST.

Edited to say, one entry per person per week…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2011 4:40 pm

    My tip is to the Magic Kingdom when it first opens. That way you are able to get the most out of your morning before the crowds get there and the fastpasses run out.

  2. January 10, 2011 6:12 pm

    Great giveaway, I have been wanting to buy one!

    My tip is grab a Fast pass for Space Mountain right away and then get in line. That way you can ride it twice in a row pretty much!

  3. January 10, 2011 9:23 pm

    Wow, that’s a great tip! I will definitely use it. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the BBB price for my twins. Since this is my first time as an adult I don’t have a tip of my own but the best newbie tip I have received so far is that lunch reservations between 1 and 3 at Tusker House gives you priority seating to the Finding Nemo show.

  4. January 10, 2011 10:59 pm

    Whoop! Would love the new one before the trip in March!

    My tip is to know where the Baby Care Center is in each park if you have smaller people. These were an oasis of calm when we had a little one. They have provided us with a comfortable place to change a diaper, give a bottle, and feed a snack as well as a place to go when mom’s backpack didn’t have any children’s tums. They are an awesome resource to mommies (and daddies) in the parks.

  5. January 11, 2011 12:56 am

    Oh wow, I would love to grab these books! Disney Social Media Moms will be my FIRST trip ever to Walt Disney World, so unfortunately I don’t have any advice to offer, but would love to know any tips anyone else might have! We did take our 2 1/2 year old to Disneyland last month, and I’ll say the Peter Pan and Pinocchio rides terrified her, so just be careful about dark, indoor rides with toddlers. She even hated Winnie the Pooh’s ride!

  6. January 11, 2011 1:03 pm

    I’m so excited for DisneySMMoms, which will be my 5th trip to Disney. Last year was the first we went with my son, who is 2. My tip for doing Magic Kingdom with a toddler is to know where the baby center is (an invaluable resource for clean, quiet diaper changes and first aid, which we used in Animal Kingdom). Also scoping out where the playgrounds/ play spaces are for toddlers, like in Mickey’s Toontown Fair (so sad it’s closed now). My son was most drawn to physical entertainment, rather than having the patience to wait in long lines for rides that he didn’t really “get”.

  7. Jenn permalink
    January 14, 2011 1:36 pm

    my answer is I have no idea since I would be a newbie visitor. I haven’t been to Disney World since I was 9 years old, and Epcot was the “big new” attraction. This guide would be a blessing for me as I hope to take my 2 little ones soon!

  8. Mary Ann permalink
    January 14, 2011 1:45 pm

    My tip would be to relax and enjoy your time! Don’t try to cram too many things in or you’ll be unhappy and rushed.


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