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Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland


Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip


Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Critiques of Published Guide Books

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coverBirnbaum's Disneyland Resort (2001)

I really like the Birnbaum books on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Birnbaum gives tidbits of Disney "trivia" and anecdotes that add to the fun. A particular restaurant or attraction, a parade or detail is all the more interesting and fun when you feel like "you're in the know". Also, Birnbaum's book concentrates on describing attractions and restaurants, while other guides focus on giving opinions and reviews. I'd rather make up my own mind, since I don't always agree with the opinions of others....I'd just as soon not go into an attraction or restaurant with a pre-conceived notion as to it's worth or quality. If you're buying just one book, this should be it.

Review Summary:

Trip Planning Helps: excellent, especially the reservations information

Resorts Descriptions: the best

Off Site Hotel Descriptions: much more complete than the WDW version of the book

Attractions Descriptions: excellent descriptions, but never a critical comment (you decide if that's good or bad)

Restaurant Reviews: again, excellent descriptions, but certainly not critical reviews

Non-Disney Information: several other Southern California attractions are described, but not in detail

Overall: if you're going to Disneyland, buy this book

Founding Editor, Stephen Birnbaum

Editor, Jill Safro

Hyperion and Hearst Business Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 078685314

Copyright, 1999

$12.95 US

coverThe Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2001

The Unofficial Guide features a series of "touring plans" that promise you'll see more attractions if you "follow the plan". Anyway, during the busier times of the year the touring plans can really be worthwhile. The feature of the Unofficial Guide that I particularly enjoy is that the text is sprinkled with comments from previous year's readers. Unfortunately, the book lacks the good restaurant reviews and detail that the WDW version has nailed.

Review Summary:

Trip Planning Helps: excellent, for on-site guests or off-site visitors alike

Resorts Descriptions: very short, but to the point

Off Site Hotel Descriptions: includes a very complete list of decent area hotels

Attractions Descriptions: brief descriptions, rated by age group

Restaurant Reviews: very short descriptions, nothing even as detailed as Sehlinger's WDW Unofficial Guide

Non-Disney Information: Sea World is briefly mentioned, Universal Studios is covered in detail

Overall: second only to Birnbaum, in my opinion

By: Bob Sehlinger

Macmillon Travel, A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company

ISBN 0028637267

Copyright, 1999

$13.99 US


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