Mini Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
The Mini Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is effectively a condensed version of its bigger brother, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.
Mini Mickey is edited by Bob Sehlinger and Richey Halphen and the 10th edition was published on October 15, 2013.
Page: 312 pages
Publisher: Wiley, 10th edition
Date: October 15, 2013
Size: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.0 inches
It is slightly bigger than a true pocket-sized guide book at nearly one inch thick and 312 pages long but it is a lot smaller than the massive 880 page Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.
In the introduction it specially states that it is designed to help the short stay or last minute visitor decide how to spend their limited amount of time so less emphasis is placed on planning and more on what to do once you are there.
It follows the same approach as the big guide but by its very nature, it has been cut down so whilst nearly all the same topics are covered, there is a lot less detail in some chapters which are probably of less importance to the target audience.
For example, in Mini Mickey only 38 pages are devoted to hotels whereas in the main guide, the same topic covers 177 pages. Likewise dining covers about 10 pages in Mini Mickey compared to 52 in the main guide. The chapter on Disney Cruises has been omitted all together.
The opening chapters cover all the basics with details of the various ticket options and prices.
Importantly, the level of detail of the four main theme parks has been maintained with full details of each ride, attraction and show with descriptions, wait times, ratings, scare factors, height restrictions and FastPass details.
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As well as the four main parks, there are also details of the two water parks, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Walt Disney World Speedway plus golf and the various nightlife entertainment options.
The book is packed with useful information and tips to help you get the most out of your visit such as the best time of the year to go, best days of the week to visit particular parks, how to avoid the queues for rides, shows and meals and how to save money.
An important part of the Unofficial Guides are the touring plans and Mini Mickey includes eleven different touring plans spread across the four parks with both one day and two day touring plans for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. As a purchaser of the book, you also have access to over 100 custom touring plans on their website.
At less than $15 (often available at a discount) it is a cheap book to buy and carry around with you when you are visiting the parks. As an alternative pocket guide you could consider Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Pocket Parks Guide or the Eyewitness Travel Guide Walt Disney World Resort & Orlando.
Like all the other preceding Unofficial Guides, Mini Mickey dispenses with colour photos and maps and limits itself to a few greyscale maps. Note that the new Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World which was first published on March 22, 2010 makes up for this.