I wanted to review the book objectively and as a whole. I looked at the content and the advise to see how it matched up with other advise I’ve heard over the years. I looked at the layout of the book. I looked at the photos, which were beautiful. Etc… And I gave it two thumbs up, virtually speaking.
But the other day, I picked up the book again, but this time, with a different perspective. Instead of looking at it as a review of a book, I looked at it as someone who is planning a trip to Disney World and wants to save money and, interestingly, I came away from the book differently than I did the first time.
I still give it two virtual thumbs and would recommend it to anyone planning a trip, but there are aspects of the book this time around that weren’t relevant to me some of which took me off guard.
My parents have a timeshare in Orlando and we’re staying there, so our lodging is free. Therefore, I can skip the chapter on where to stay. However, something I didn’t notice the first time I read it is that the chapter on how to save money on eating at WDW is also not relevant to me because every piece of advise is contingent on me either staying on property or having an annual pass. While I hope to make those things true at some point in my life, right now, it’s not.
To be fair, the stuff about saving money on eating that was relevant to me was in a different chapter, but it is an interesting observation.
If I have a criticism of the book it is this: Lou focuses primarily (though, not entirely) on saving money by taking advantage of all Disney has to offer. Go to the parks for more days so your per day ticket is cheaper. Stay on property and use all of the amenities there in. Become an annual pass holder.
I don’t dislike or disagree with these pieces of advice (in fact, I want to do them some day) but there’s no where that talks about just wanting to go down to the Parks for a couple of days even though you can’t afford a full blown vacation.
If you want to grab a copy of the book (which, again, I highly recommend) you can check out Disney102.com