Great Disney Books!

Many people, if at all like me, love to plan their Disney vacations and learn all they can about the parks, hotels, etc. I read any Disney book I can get my hands on, and I thought it would be a great idea to share the books with you and let you know MY thoughts on the book! There are some wonderful guide books and just some plain great reading on Disney available. There are also some great and entertaining Disney books out there, too! Below are some of the books that I have found. I will continue to update this as I find new wonderful books.

Please e-mail me at with any new books that you may have that you would like to see on here!

Mousejunkies by Bill Burke:  This laugh-out loud book is a must-read for all Disney fans! I was hooked 2 pages into Mousejunkies, and it quicly became one of my favorites. Bill tells the tale on how he and several othersmousejunkieshave become “mousejunkies”- true lovers of the World! The book offers great tips and tales based on many, many Disney trips. The information runs the gamut- from resorts all the way through park restrooms to how a Disney Cruise can go oh-so-wrong! This book shows you how surprises on your trip can turn into magical memories. It’s a humorous collection of anecdotes, travelogues and insider how-to secrets gathered on the more than 20 trips taken to the Orlando area as a professional travel writer in recent years. The book shows you the right and the wrong way for doing things. The wrong way, learned on their own the hard way! While Mousejunkies is not a true “guide book”, as it does not go into detail on EVERYTHING Disney, it does offer great insight into the parks, resorts, among many other things at the World! Mousejunkies can be found at bookstores nationwide or on several on-line bookstores. (288 pages, Publisher: Traveler’s Tales, 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches) 

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets, 4th edition by Steve Barrett:   What is a “Hidden Hidden mickeysMickey”?  According to author, Steve Barrett, is a “partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been designed to blend into the surroundings in such a way that its presence is not immediately obvious”. No one is exactly sure how Hidden Mickeys started, but what is known is that searching for Hidden Mickeys has become a Disney favorite pasttime! Steve’s interest in writing a Hidden Mickey guide was piques when he noticed groups of people carrying loose sheets of paper passed from fan to fan, arguing over whether a particular Hidden Mickey was actually there. Hidden Mickeys filled the void for those hunters who were wishing for a book to make the hunting easier! Each Hidden Mickey in the book is personally verified by Steve Barrett. He has degined his book into a series of 6 scavenger hunts, complete with clues, hints and points to be scored. This book is great for families and adds to a fun-filled day at Walt Disney World! You can find Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World theme parks, online bookstores and at bookstores everywhere. Who knows? You may even be able to add to the next edition! Barrett has a website where you can report sightings of new or suspected Hidden Mickeys! (253 pages, 4″ x 9″, 5 maps, Index to Mickey’s Hiding Places, USA: $12.95, ISBN: 978-1-887140-84-3, Publication Date: August 2009, Published by The Intrepid Traveler)

Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney Worldby Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa:   This is one of the most comprehensive Walt Disney World460269 cover.inddguides out there. It is comprised of the authors’ extensive knowledge of Walt Disney World as well as thoughts and opinions from readers, one of the most unique aspects to this particular book. It is entertaining, informative and owning this book is a must for a 1st time Disney visitor or even an experienced Disney visitor. 

The Unofficial Guide is the best selling independent guide to Walt Disney World, and contains the most comprehensive coverage of Disney and Orlando-area attractions. The Unofficial Guide contains many features not found in any other book, including:

  1. Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
  2. Every attraction rated and ranked for each age group
  3. In-depth profiles of all the Disney resorts, including the best rooms to request
  4. Almost 250 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non-Disney hotels for families
  5. A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the World
  6. Tips, advice, and opinions from hundreds of Walt Disney World guests in their own words
  7. The most complete and detailed insider coverage of shopping in and out of Walt Disney World
  8. Timed comparisons of getting around by the Disney Transportation System or using your own car
  9. Extensive, objective, head-to-head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World by Birnbaum’s Travel Guides: Birnbaum’s is a wonderfully put together smaller travel guide. This is one that Birnbaums WDWI wholeheartedly recommend for anyone thinking of a trip to Walt Disney World (they also make them for Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line as well as a pocket guide for WDW and a Kid’s Guide for WDW). Birnbaum’s is the only guidebook that’s official and put out in conjuction with Disney. This book includesinformation on prices, changes, and new attractions for 2010. You will find snippets of information on resorts, theme parks, activities outside the theme parks, sports and recreation at WDW, dining with a nice section on Character Dining. Birnbaum’s guide is a full-color 272-page book with wonderful  pictures that give you a great sense of what to expect when you arrived. There are descriptions of the resorts, rides, shows, and more. While there are guides out there with more in-depth information, Birnbaum’s Guide to Walt Disney World will give you the basic information that you will need when planning a Walt Disney World vacation. For more in-depth information, see some of the other travel guides and use this one as a side-piece! The guide can be found in major bookstores as well as online retailers.

Hidden Mickey by Nancy Temple Rodrigue and David W. Smith:  This is one amazing book! It’s not a guide book, but if you love Disney, this book will satisfy a Disney need! It’s fast-paced and keeps your attention! In fact, I had a hard time putting it down. It brings the reader to many of their favorite Disney places while teaching you about the legend of Walt Disney, the man. While running aHMCover_smallspirited Mouse Adventure road rally through Disneyland, best friends Adam & Lance stumble across a long-lost diary of Walt Disney’s.  The diary hints of hidden treasure and leads them on a wild cross-country search filled with discoveries – about the famous man, his life, and about themselves. Beth, Adam’s former girlfriend, was fired from her beloved job at Disneyland thanks to Adam.  Now he needs her help in untangling a web of clues that Walt left behind. Can she put their past aside and work with him again? Can the three friends decipher the eccentric clues that Disney himself may have ingeniously devised? Is someone else sniffing the same trail of clues and seeking the Disney cache for themselves? As the clues lead them closer to their goal – and deeper in the legacy of Walt Disney himself – will they find some long-lost treasure?  Or is this one final illusion by the World’s Greatest Storyteller? Anyone who loves all-things Disney will be swept up in the intrigue of the sometimes subtle, sometimes obscure, and always amazing facts surrounding one of the most recognized, beloved and ingenious men of all time.  Walk in the shoes of our intrepid treasure hunters as they scavenge historical records and discover amazing connections, while they seek out what Walt may have left behind. Each page indulges the reader’s imagination and immerses them into the world of magic Walt Disney created everywhere he went. To order Hidden Mickey, go to (482 pages, $12.99 + shipping)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World by Doug Ingersoll:idiots guide This book is an extremely comprehensive guide to the Most Magical Place on Earth. It features cut-out touring itineraries with detailed maps for each park  and includes an eight-page color insert that captures the magic of Disney World. It also gives up-to-date prices and hotel, park and dining information. One of my favorite parts of the book, and one that is especially vital for first-time visitors is the Must See icon that Doug includes by the attractions that truly capture what Disney is all about! They may not all be the most exciting attractions, but they are all the eptiome of Walt Disney World. This guide also rates the attractions from tiny tots through mature adults, allowing all families to get a feel for what might be the right (and wrong) things for them to do at Walt Disney World. Doug is a long-time Disney fan and has been to the theme parks countless numbers of times. His love for Disney is evident in his writing and with the thorough description of the parks, resorts, attractions and more. A great guide for a first-timer as well as for the more experienced Disney traveler! (432 pages, published by Alpha, 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches).

The Passporter’s Guide to Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx and Allison Cerel Marx:  The size and scope of Waltpassporter Disney World in Orlando, Florida is enough to make the most seasoned traveler shudder. This guide covers each of the four major parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — as well as all of the Disney-owned hotels and over 300 dining options. Every map, photo, chart, illustration, and worksheet is in full color, with additional use of color to highlight important points, such as items that are new or have changed since the publication of the previous edition. This guide can also serve as a planner and  keepsake from your Walt Disney World vacation! It leaves you room to write in the details of your trip, including all of your reservation details, favorite part, and more. Passporter also includes pockets so you can keep tickets, napkins and other Disney momentos. This book is extremely informational and compiles years and years of Disney experience from the authors. They give their ratings of attractions and gear the ratings towards those of all ages. There are great photos included, and the thing I like, is they are their photos, not Disney stock. It allows you to get a view of the “real” Disney that guests see, which of course is still great! I would without a doubt say GET THIS BOOK!! Use it to document your trip and keep all of your information in one place.

The Complete Walt Disney World by Julie and Mike Neal: This book is a stunning book on Walt Disney World. Julie and Mike Neal have been to WDW countless numbers of times, and they have managed to put together a beautiful full-color publication (printed on glossy pages) that is worthy of every person going to Walt Disney World. The book is a wealth of information! New At a Glance summariesComplete WDW guidemake it easy to find what you need in each theme park chapter, while attraction articles now include hour-by-hour wait times as well as lists of Fun Finds, Fun Facts and Hidden Mickeys. Insider tips appear at the bottom of nearly every page. In the past year alone the book has been honored with four national awards. It won the coveted Nonfiction Book of the Year award at the 2008 Writer’s Digest ISPBA and was named Travel Guide of the Year at the 2008 NIEA. It won Best Southeast Nonfiction (Silver Medal) at the 2008 IPBA and was named one of three finalists for Best Travel Guide at the USA Book News 2008 NBBA. The Walt Disney World Moms Panel praises the book for its “fabulous behind-the-scenes info about the parks.” I can not endorse this book enough! I love that the book gives an estimated wait time per time of day per attraction. It makes planning much easier. There is a great deal of basic information on each attraction as well as more in-depth information for those Disney trivia buffs! It can be found at major retailers nationwide as well as major online retailers. (336 pages, published by Coconut Press, 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches)

Guide to the Magic for Kids by Tim Foster:  This is one of my kids’ all-time favorite Disney books! I got my daughter’s 1st one for our WDW trip last year, when she was 6. She loved keeping her “Disney journal”, and every day, when we would return to our resort from the guidetothemagicforkidsNEparks, she would sit down to record her memories. So what is the Guide to the Magic for Kids? It’s a guide book, journal, autograph book, sticker book and activity book all rolled into one! There are LOTS of colorful photos of every attraction in every park at Walt Disney World, as well as scavenger hunts, park maps, Hidden Mickeys, mystery photos, little known facts, secrets, and lots lots more! Kids can even record their special memories of their magical vacation and rate all of the attractions. There’s also a complete set of stickers—one for every attraction in the parks. Kids can use them to keep track of all the places they’ve visited! There’s even a special World Showcase section where kids can collect passport stamps and autographs from every country. This can be used as a great learning tool for school-aged children. My daughter will be missing school this year for her WDW trip, and we are using this guide as her journal to tell about what she has learned and about her day- there are spots for them to record the weather, give attractions thumbs up/down and tell about what they liked! I can not say enough about this book! Just simply buy it! You can get this book through online retailers or at ($25.50 on the website (15% savings) + shipping). (200 pages, 10.7 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches)

Walt Disney World Trivia Volume 1 and 2by Lou Mongello:  What can I say about any book written by Lou Mongello? Lou is my Disney idol, and there is no one else that can tell you more about Disney! These books WDW Trivia 1are wonderful additions to any Disney collection! The chapters that correspond with the resort’s sprawling geography, encompassing the theme parks, resort hotels and more! And there were so many little trivia facts in the 1st one that he had to write a 2nd book! While these books are not guide books, they can be great to read before your next Walt Disney World trip. Impress those you are with by reciting bits of trivia on the Disney theme parks, resorts, and more! The trivia questions range from simple to expert level, but they are all FUN to read. IWDW Trivia 2 consider myself somewhat of an expert on Walt Disney World,and I was forced to sit back and say, “I never knew that!”. It’s wonderful to learn new things from one of the true experts of Walt Disney World. Louis Mongello has been fascinated by Walt Disney World throughout his more than 130 visits, and in the process learned everything he could about the history, secrets and inner workings of the resort. You can purchase Lou’s books at major bookstores and online retailers. You can also purchase at ($9.99 + shipping on PLUS  these are hand-signed and personalized by the author).

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness:  In this book, you will find over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, the hidden magic of wdwEpcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Did you want to know where the smell of chocolate chip cookies on Main Street comes from? Did you know that The Fountain of World Friendship in Epcot that contains water from rivers and oceans around the globe? This book is a great in-park companion for everyone and even includes tips from Disney Imagineers. It’s a fun book filled with all sorts of entertaining facts. This is another one that is not necessarily a guide book, but it’s a nice addition to add to a Disney library and can be fun to read before a trip to Walt Disney World. The book is broken down by theme park, making it easy to locate a certain attraction. This book won’t reveal anything Disney doesn’t want you to find out, but it’s a great for any Disney novice up to expert! I learned a lot, even as a Disney veteran. This book can be found at major retailers as well as major online retailers (256 pages, Adams Media, 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches).

Celebrations Magazine  OK, OK, I said BOOKS in the title of this page BUT I would not be giving you the best information if I did not Celebrations picturerecommend Celebrations. This full-color magazine has become my all-time favorite magazine. It contains well-written articles on Disney hotels, attractions, events, restaurants, and more. Contributors include Lou Mongello, Tim Foster, Allison Jones, Beci Mahnken, John Rick, Steve Barrett and Cara Goldsbury, all Disney experts. Editors Tim Foster and Lou Mongello have done an excellent job bringing the magic of Walt Disney World to the pages of the magazine. The photographs are beautiful, and there is even a section in each magazine written by Tim Devine on photography and photography tips for Walt Disney World. This is without a doubt must-get magazine for Disney fans! For subscription orders go to Celebrations is published every other month with over 84 pages of magic, surprises and fun inside. The cover price is $5.99, but you can take advantage of special subscription rate of only $29.99 for 6 issues and save over 15%!




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  1. Hey Lea!

    Thanks so much for mentioning and reviewing our book–The Unofficial Guide–on this fine blog (and pointing us to it on twitter). Hopefully through much back and forth twittering we can get you to recommend our book to friends! 🙂


    • You’re welcome, Henry! This is one of my favorites! Will be glad to recommend to others. I also have your book on an Amazon carousel on my webpage,, so I can point people in your direction there as well!
      – Lea

  2. Hi Lea: Are you interested in reviewing the latest edition of Hassle-Free WDW?

    Now Available: New edition of Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation

    The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation by Steven M. Barrett, updated for 2011, is sure to make your WDW vacation even more hassle free. This newest edition includes an eight-page color photo quiz and updated information about the park and its attractions. Hassle-Free WDW is known for its customized flexible touring plans and Barrett is firm about not waiting more than 20 minutes to get on any ride.

    The Intrepid Traveler, publisher of Hassle-Free WDW, would be happy to send you a review copy. Just send us your mailing address and we’ll send out the book immediately. Please send us a link to your review once it is published. And don’t forget to tell your readers about our special advance offer: It’s available at just $9.95, including shipping.

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