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Making Memories at Walt Disney World

Updated on September 26, 2014

My Love for Disney World

Who doesn't love Disney World?

I still remember the first time I went to Walt Disney World in Florida. I was overwhelmed at the size and scope of this mega-resort and with very little planning, we missed out on a lot that there was to see. Now I'm not saying that we didn't enjoy the trip because we had a blast! It's just that there were so many things we could have done differently to save a lot of time.

Walt Disney World is huge and unlike the other Disney resorts around the world, it's one big city! So when I started planning for my next trip to this magical place, I decided to pick up a copy of Birnbaum's Guide to Walt Disney World and do some research.

I've now been to the resort over a dozen times and that's quite a feat considering it takes approximately 17 hours total to get there from Tokyo (this includes transfer time at a North American hub like Chicago for instance).

I love the Disney resort for the sheer number of things to do there. Whether you're looking for a vacation with non-stop activity or wanting something more relaxing, the resort pretty much offers this and much more.

Don't miss Reflections of the Earth at Epcot
Don't miss Reflections of the Earth at Epcot | Source

A Reunion at WDW

A Reunion to Remember

It all happened sort of by accident. I had friends who lived in Osaka ( 1 hour plane ride from Tokyo) who I haven't seen since the 80's and a good friend who I had just recently reconnected with after we lost touch. So we made lunch plans to catch up.

During the lunch, I casually mentioned to my friend about wanting to take a vacation in the next few months and he decided that he'd like to go as well. I had originally planned to go just with my cousin and another friend of mine so this was perfect. That same evening, I got a message from my friend in Osaka telling me she was planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.

I thought that it would be cool to meet up with her in Florida since I haven't seen her for so long so after checking ticket prices and other details, the trip was decided. We would all be going to Walt Disney World for holiday!

Now I probably don't have to tell you that most people in Japan don't take long vacations simply because they can't. We had exactly 8 days and that meant only 5 full days at the Disney Resort. With four theme parks, two water parks and other attractions too many to mention, planning was crucial.

After researching the web for a good book, I finally decided on the official guide book as I heard good things about it. I also wanted it for the amount of details that are included in the guidebook.

Find places to relax during your visit.
Find places to relax during your visit. | Source

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Dining Guide 2014 (Birnbaum Guides)
Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Dining Guide 2014 (Birnbaum Guides)

This is a great companion to the official guide as it focuses on the wide variety of dining options inside the world.

 

The Official Book

The Official Guide Book is Simply The Best

We had five full days in Orlando so with the help of Birnbaum's Guide to Walt Disney World, I started to create a detailed itinerary so that we could make the best use of the limited amount of time we had.

You see, I'm the type of person that needs to have everything planned out to make sure everything goes perfectly.

Of course I don't expect everything to go smoothly and it's not that we have do everything according to plan but I just need to have some kind of master plan that I can work with. I'm kind of anal about it, but I can't help it. I really enjoy the planning process and it's part of the fun.

Of course the main reason was that I wanted to make sure that everyone would have the best time possible including me.

Dining at the France Pavilion at Epcot
Dining at the France Pavilion at Epcot | Source

The Bottom Line

All the careful research and planning really saved us a lot of time, money and headaches. By familiarizing ourselves with the help of Birnbaum's guidebook, we felt so much more confident about tackling this huge resort.

The guide includes virtually everything one needs for a near-perfect vacation at Disney World. From dining options to the myriad of vacation plans available, everything we needed to know was included plus more!

As a bonus, coupons you can use at the resort are included at the back of the book, saving you even more money in the process.

Whether this is for your first time or your twentieth time, Birnbaum's Guide will help you make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation.

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World in Florida? Do you own the official guidebook to Walt Disney World? Please feel free to leave your comments.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Probably on my top 5 places to visit again!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love this place.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CodeNameRJ: It still makes me feel like a kid. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @cpa13: Wow, If I lived near there, I would probably be a regular visitor to the parks. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DebW07: If you like Disneyland, you'll love Disney World. You should definitely pick up a good guide book like this one as it truly is a huge place.

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      CodeNameRJ 3 years ago

      Magic Kingdom will always be one of my favorite places lol. I'll never forget how much of a kid it made me feel...

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      cpa13 3 years ago

      I've been there many times since I lived in Florida for many years. Every time a relative came to visit we'd have to go there. I wish I had known about these guides when I first moved down there.

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      I've never been to Walt Disney World but I've been to Disneyland several times. Our family has talked about going to WDW so I just may pick-up that official guidebook one day. Thanks for the info!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: It really is Papier. It really is

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Yes yes yes

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Let me know how you like it. Make sure to plan before you go!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @esmonaco: Aww thank you! I'd like to think I'm a pro at Disney World but with all the new stuff out there now, I'm at best, an amateur again.

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      We are planning to go with the kid next spring, thanks for the lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Max Globe: That's so great to hear! I hope you guys have a great time there!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ayannavenus: Thanks so much for reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Awww thanks Renaissancewoman. Definitely going back for a laid back holiday would let yo u experience it in a different way.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: It truly is a magical place. I also enjoy the original Disneyland California. Thank you Nancy for your reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CampingmanNW: Thank you for your comments campingman. Seriously I've been many times to Disney World but still have not done everything!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: I guess different strokes for different folks right? ;) I have a few friends who aren't interested in attractions so they end up just drinking beer at one of the restaurants at the park. Still fun can be had.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kim Milai: First of all it's hard to believe you are 55! What is your secret! Second, thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: Thanks so much Grace. I always enjoy your visits to my lenses. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: It's a must-visit destination for sure.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @bovic21: They are both good in their own way I think. Thanks for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Joebeducci: Thanks so much Joe

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SusanDeppner: Traveling is my passion so I would travel far to visit a place. :)

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Yes and Yes! I thought it was a bit ridiculous since a lot of information can be found online but a friend loaned me her copy and I couldn't believe how helpful it was. I bought my own copy right away!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Wow, you sure do get around in the world This sounds like fun for every sort of person.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Yes ! I wish to go again someday...

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Well, I have never been to Walt Disney World in Florida...but...maybe...next year...

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Great planning is always a good idea and you did a good job of that. A dozen times? In my book that makes you an allstar. I've only been there once and can't wait to go back. Thanks

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Some great pics, you are right you have to have a plan!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I agree with you that planning a trip like this is more than half the fun. I've only been to Disney World once, and it was mostly a business trip. I would love to return and take the approach you have laid out here (so I could make the most of every minute). I do think Disney World can be pretty overwhelming to those who don't plan ahead. Great photos of you and your friends!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've only been to Disneyland in California, because it's close to my state. But I know people who have been there and they say it's fabulous, but you need lots of time to do the entire place. I guess that's why you keep going back...getting a little different view each time. Glad you enjoy it!

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      No, I do not have Birnbaum's official guide, but I am married to a retired Disney Employee. I enjoyed your lens and your surmise that 'Disney World' is a huge place is correct. One cannot hope to possibly take in all of the sites and features offered in Disney World, in just a two or three day or even a week long visit. There is just too much to see. Planning is indeed the essence of any visit, dividing up what is most important to see on each visit.Thanks for a fun lens and I do believe you have hit upon the highlights of what to do to enjoy a Disney World vacation.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I have to say that these sort of so-called attractions have never held any appeal for me. Give me a horseback ride through the Grand Canyon any time, but not this sort of thing!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      What a wonderful memoir. I've been to Disney World several times during my 55 years. The last one was when my daughters were in grade school. There's a special place in my heart for these trips.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I have to admit I'm not a big fan of crowds and glitz, but I did make lasting memories at Disneyland the times I visited, and it was extra special with people I love dearly.

      I so enjoyed reading about your trip and how you planned it so well that everyone had a fabulous time. I always enjoy your writing, whatever the topic. Congratulations on your "Memorable Lenses" feature today. Exemplary!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Wow, it looks like so much fun! I'd love to go there too one day.

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      bovic21 3 years ago

      I have never been to Disney World.

      I've been to Disneyland a couple of times and loved it. And I hear Disney World is even better.

      Great lens, thank you.

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      To be honest, I'm not such a fan of Disney World, but I can imagine other people are and I believe you can have great fun at it. Great story! Greets, Joebeducci

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My children were deprived - we never went to Disney World! It's amazing to me that you travel that far - wow! Guess that's a testimony as to what an amazing park Disney World is. Cool that you were able to meet up with friends there.