Month by Month with the Mouse Every month for a year Amy Bashor drove, flew, or took the train from Savannah, Georgia, to Walt Disney World, sometimes solo and sometimes with her family, and she kept a journal of what she did, why she did it, and what she learned about getting the absolute max out of any Disney vacation.The most important decision you can make when planni Month by Month with the Mouse Every month for a year Amy Bashor drove, flew, or took the train from Savannah, Georgia, to Walt Disney World, sometimes solo and sometimes with her family, and she kept a journal of what she did, why she did it, and what she learned about getting the absolute max out of any Disney vacation.The most important decision you can make when planning a trip to Disney is when you'll go. Each month has its advantages and disadvantages. Pick the wrong month and your pixie dust won't be as potent. No matter what month you choose, Amy provides advice and insights for enjoying your time at Disney World, with plenty of anecdotes drawn from her own trips.A Year of Disney is no ordinary guidebook. It's a diary, a tips compendium, and a planning guide, all rolled into one:How to survive the high cost, high crowds, and high humidity of a summer trip. How to plan "mission-based" trips, such as meeting every princess or attending every live show. How to avoid the most common mistakes that first-time visitors to Disney World always make. How to use the little-known "Purple Box" to avoid having to pack the same items over and over for subsequent trips.Enjoy Amy's many adventures in Disney World and follow her advice to make your own adventures just as magical....
|Title||:||A Year of Disney: Walt Disney World Travel Advice for Spending Every Month with Mickey|
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A Year of Disney: Walt Disney World Travel Advice for Spending Every Month with Mickey Reviews
Great Advice Delivered with Charm A Year of Disney: Walt Disney World Travel Advice for Spending Every Month with Mickey by Amy Bashor manages to serve simultaneously as a tour book, a travelogue, and a tale of parenting. With so many layers carefully built into the narrative, Bashor has given the reader a work that is entertaining even while it is filled with practical advice. Upon purchasing an annual pass, Bashor presents her monthly peregrinations to Disney World in a deeply personal way, carrying with her friends and family, especially her four-year-old daughter Samantha. Even though the author is a self-proclaimed fanatic, what is most impressive about A Year of Disney is how it exudes a calm unhurriedness to a place that often inspires touring akin to complex military operations. That doesn’t mean Bashor avoids throwing herself into crazy challenges (like the weekend she chased down a cadre of Disney princesses to record a video birthday message for Samantha), but she regularly slows down enough to enjoy herself. As she said of the Polynesian resort: “Seriously, if you don’t relax just walking the grounds and smelling whatever addicting scent they add to the flowers, there’s no hope for you.” Then there is the wealth of valuable tips, from the ins and outs of the Disney Vacation Club and discount websites to the multiple uses of a blanket. Her attention to costs and money-saving opportunities is particularly appreciated (hey, there’s a high price for magic). Since she made an effort to visit as many restaurants and hotels – on and off site – as possible, Bashor offers a broad range of comparisons and is excellent at getting to the gritty details of any encounter. From her trip camping at Fort Wilderness, she advises, “The Fort can get very windy. . . . Failure to properly secure your tent can result in a kite for other visitors to enjoy.” Plus, the list of items to bring to Fort Wilderness is awfully handy and transferable to any camp experience.Then there is the practical advice drawn from Bashor’s own experiences as a mother in Disney on how to handle situations from shyness to meltdowns, always measured by a good dose of empathy and perspective. Simply put, Bashor has a charming, self-deprecating approach: “… there might be some mornings when the benefits of a virtually empty Magic Kingdom are just not worth leaving a nice warm room that early in the morning. However, I feel sure I will forget this by our next trip.” What is similarly easy to forget is that so many of Bashor’s best experiences come from the cast members and costume characters who generally inhabit their roles so fully that they embody a surprisingly level of spontaneity and improvisation. Her anecdotes on how essential the human interactions are to enhancing the attractions are revelatory. A Year in Disney is a rich book of advice and insights from a writer indefatigably searching and roaming. I like that at the end of the book Bashor is still looking ahead – she plans to allocate more time on future trips for Epcot’s Holidays around the World – since this book is a great example of how good planning and a great outlook can enrich vacation experiences to Disney and beyond.
Great informative read.I enjoyed reading this book very much. The premise of visiting once a month kept me interested in where the author was going and what the were doing on their next visit. As I am a Disney addict and a DVC member as well I was very interested in learning about some of the adventures our family has yet to partake in, since my next visit is scheduled for December and we will be doing a party night that was of particular interest to me. I very much enjoyed learning more about Fort Wilderness Campground as that is something I think we would like to try at some point
Quick, Fun and InformativeAs a Disney Addict and Disney Vacation Member myself, I have read many guide books about Disney. I loved how this book went beyond those “how to's” and provided personal stories that illustrate the “why to's.” For example, the author doesn’t lecture you to take a mid-day break but allows you to read about the natural consequences of dealing with a hot, tired toddler (or husband) that didn’t get one. Monthly trips fill this book with tons of tips/information; I was surprised that I learned so many new things. And even if you are a frequent Disney traveler, this book can provide you with a much needed “Disney Fix” in between trips.