A Brit’s Guide to Orlando, Florida and Walt Disney World 2000 is no “fish and chips and a decent bacon sandwich” approach to Orlando. It’s a well-written, informative and concise guide that deserves a wider audience than “Brits” alone.
The level of detail, the genuinely helpful tips and the money-saving recommendations the author has included, make this a critical addition to your holiday planning. Nor is it only useful to those travelling in family groups (though this is certainly the author’s primary focus, and his approach to this audience can’t be faulted), for there is still enough additional information on eating out, nightlife and entertainment to make the guide very attractive to other holiday-makers.
While the book is written from the fair assumption that a couple of days in the famous theme parks will form the backbone of a holiday in Florida, there is a wealth of detail on shopping and destinations more “off the beaten track”. Maps are good and plentiful (although it may be best to have an additional one handy for really detailed information) and there is an honest account of issues that can face tourists (from car crime to tipping). The Holiday Planner at the back of the book (two example itineraries for a fortnight’s stay, complete with notes, plus a blank example for you to make your own plans) is an inspired touch. In short, this reviewer can’t imagine a better guide to this eternally popular holiday destination. —Richard Kelly