The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World 2012
The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World is written by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa, co-authors of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and the second edition was published on April 17, 2012.
Page: 384 pages
Publisher: Wiley, 2nd edition
Date: April 17, 2012. ISBN: 1118143167
Size: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
Unlike their other Unofficial Guides, The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World is packed with over 600 full colour photographs, a departure from the normal monochrome world of The Unofficial Guides.
It follows the straight talking “tell it like it is” approach of all the other Unofficial guides and is packed with useful tips and tricks to help you get the most out of a trip to Walt Disney World plus a lot of fun along the way.
There are photographs of virtually every ride, show and attractions with a new style of attraction summary including appeal by age group and ratings based on surveys from thousands of visitors.
As it’s name suggests, The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World makes a great companion guide to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
At 384 pages, The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World is half the size of the main Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and hence much easier to carry around with you when you visit the parks; either in your pocket or bag.
It starts off with a bit of Disney history, the resort hotels, dining and Disney with kids. The bulk of the book covers the four main Disney parks plus the two water parks, Downtown Disney and other entertainment.
It makes full use of photographs to actually show you for example, how long the crowd lines can get, what the resort hotel rooms look like, how big the swimming pools are, what the parks look like during the holiday season and how wet you can get on Splash Mountain!
It maintains the independence and humour of its larger cousin though a significant number of the photographs have no real relevance to Walt Disney World and simply replace the idea of the line-drawn cartoons in the bigger book to illustrate a point.
However, you may also find the humour a little too “over the top” with references to imaginary hotels and make believe restaurant menu items.
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The coverage seems a bit skewed for example with two pages devoted to turkey legs and only four pages devoted to Blizzard Beach. Most hotels only get one page.
If you want a beautifully illustrated guide to Walt Disney World without so much humour, then you might also want to consider The Complete Walt Disney World by Julie and Mike Neal.
In summary, The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World makes a great supplement to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with plenty of humour and lots of full colour photographs to bring Walt Disney World to life.
There is also a companion website (www.touringplans.com) which gives you up to the minute details on predicted crowd levels, updates to the book, latest WDW news and a subscription touring guide service.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World.