Best Disney World Guidebooks

There's a plethora of information out there about planning your trip to Disney World. Oftentimes, people come to me, not knowing where to start with planning.

I steer them to some of my favorite Disney websites (like, of course) and tell them to go pick up a good guide book or two.

Here's our list of some of the best and most well-reviewed Disney World guide books on the market.

Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2011: Very highly rated, this all-encompassing guide carries the weight of the Birnbaum's name. This is a great book for less frequent or first-time Disney World visitors.

The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2011: This guide is probably the most coveted among frequent Disney visitors. It includes touring plans for the parks -- they're so popular that the Unofficial Guide team put together and the Lines app for the digital sphere.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2011: If you've got kids in your crew, buy this version of The Unofficial Guide, from the same authors of the previous plus a couple more. Parents have given this rave reviews.

Disney Food Blog Guide to Disney World Dining e-Book: Foodies, unite! Meal planning at Disney World deserves a guide book of its own. That's where AJ of the Disney Food Blog steps in with her new e-book -- it's more than 250 pages of pure Disney dining bliss. Lots of advice, tips, and worksheets to get your meals just right!

PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2011: If you're a scrapbooker/Type-A planner, then this is the book for you. It's spiral-bound and includes fold-out color maps and fourteen pockets to hold all your little paper bits of memories from your trip.

Fodor's Walt Disney World 2011: With Universal, SeaWorld, and the Best of Central Florida: If you're looking for a guidebook that includes not just Disney World, but also Universal, Sea World and the rest of Orlando, this is the guidebook for you. This weighty volume is great for first-time and veteran visitors alike, with great info on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well.

What's your favorite Disney World guidebook? Share your review below!

Sarah wrote on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:50:

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All good choices! I also recommend The Complete Walt Disney World to first time visitors as it has some interesting info. I didn't find in the other books as well as being filled with color pictures. For basics, I prefer it over Birnbaum's. :D

Mase wrote on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 16:30:

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My dad and I have been using Birnbaum's for decades. It's great and how we found out to go the weeks before or after thanksgiving.

Kristen H wrote on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 04:04:

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Sarah -- Cool! Here's a link to the Complete Walt Disney World on Amazon -- yet another great guidebook!

Mase - Glad you like Birmbaum's! I will have to get a copy for myself.

BruceWDW wrote on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 20:59:

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The new Disney Food Guide to Walt Disney World is just a wonderful new resource that will set the standard for future guidebooks. It's all on line, but you can download to other devices so it's very portable. I swear by the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney Work, but the DFG serves as a great compliment as part of a comprehensive (and cost-effective) information library.

Beth wrote on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 21:55:

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The color companion to the Unofficial Guide is also very good. Great pictures, and lots of what makes UG such a good resource.

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