Savvy vacationers heading to Central Florida will want to pay attention to a new book by Susan Veness called Walt Disney World Hacks. Susan is a Florida resident who has been visiting Disney’s vacation kingdom since it opened in 1971. She knows the entirety of Disney property like the back of her hand and has broken this into over 350 tips for Guests who are Disney bound. Whether it’s your 1st visit or your 100th, you’re bound to learn something new from this book that you hadn’t thought of before.
As a former Florida resident myself, I was skeptical that Walt Disney World Hacks would have anything new for me. It’s a humbling experience to say that I was wrong. Some of her areas of expertise include tips for how to snag the most coveted of Fast Pass+ selections, how to book the most popular restaurants, and even suggestions on how to navigate the parks on crowded days.
The book is nicely divided into nine chapters for quick and easy access. The meat of each tip is also highlighted with bold font with turquoise text, making it easy to skim for a tip that may be relevant to you. The nine sections are:
1. “You’re Going to Walt Disney World!” – Helpful tips for planning your vacation, including creative ways to make it a surprise for your family.
2. “Disney for Less” – Ways to save money, including how to look for Disney discounts and things you can buy in advance to avoid inflated in-park prices.
3. “Planes, Trams, and Automobiles” – Travel tips, including recommendations for getting to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” and tips for navigating the 43-square miles of fun.
4. “Practical Matters” – Ways to avoid some rookie mistakes, including tips about tickets, how to save yourself from a lost phone catastrophe, and how to use inclement weather as an opportunity.
5. “Theme Parks Like a Pro” – A collection of pro-tips with more helpful information about Fast Pass+, the best times to hit the rides, best times to take a break, and how to get stuff for “Free,” or as Disney would call it, “At no additional charge” because nothing at Disney is “Free.”
6. “Attractions to the Max” – Suggestions for best places to sit on certain rides, or how to be chosen to be a live participant in some of the theme park shows.
7. “Home Away From Home” – Tips for getting the most out of your on-property resort reservation and hacks to make your accommodations feel more like home.
8. “Eating Around the World” – Helpful tips about restaurants on property, including ways to get the most out of your Disney Dining Plan.
9. “Disney With Kids” – Tips for helping younglings have a magical vacation, including tips on where to go for playtime, stroller suggestions and storage hacks, and how to avoid souvenir meltdowns.
There’s a lot of content in Walt Disney World Hacks and a little something for everybody. Whether you are going alone or with a large group, Susan Vaness has some helpful tips to make the most out of your next Disney adventure. You’ll have a magical time no matter what, but with help from Walt Disney World Hacks, you can travel the “World” like a pro on your next visit.
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.