Monday, May 7, 2012

111. Guide2WDW.com

There are many good unofficial Walt Disney World websites that have emerged over the past decade. Some of them are directed at specific topics while many contain general information. As a writer of a blog that features Disney related websites, I am constantly combing the web for the best ones to recommend. Guide2WDW.com definitely falls into the "all-inclusive" category, and it is a great place to find anything and everything related to Walt Disney World.
Guide2WDW.com is similar to many informational Disney sites in that it gives us all of the basics that we'd expect. There are general overviews of each attraction. In addition, there are also opening dates, height requirements, trivia and tips. You will find restaurant information including menus, prices, and even some pictures of the food itself. To round out the general info category, you will see excellent descriptions of each resort as well as reviews written by guests. You really do find more than you expect when you look at the "Parks," "Dining," and "Resorts" sections of this website.

Although the general information on Guide2WDW.com is thorough and complete, it is the additional categories that really make this website stand out from the rest.  First, there is an entire tab dedicated to "Tips." This is a great area to browse right before going on your next vacation. The next tab, labeled "Info," contains current news, as well as park hours, and ticket prices. This website does a great job at keeping up with announcements related to Walt Disney World, and you can find all of the current events under the "Info" category.

The next section of Guide2WDW.com is one of my favorites, as it is the most unique. This tab contains a complete "Pocket Guide" with small descriptions and ratings of each attraction and restaurant located in the parks. It can be printed out to take with you on your next trip. Better yet, it is in PDF form so it can be saved to your mobile electronic device. As the creator of "Digital Disney World," I love this integration of technology. Since most of us have our smartphones on us at all times, it is so easy to use the pocket guide as a quick reference. The best part about this guide is that it is completely free.

Last, but certainly not least, you will find a section dedicated to "Disney World Top Ten Lists." It contains 15 lists, including the best rides, resorts, and even desserts at the Vacation Kingdom.  I like the "Top Ten Affordable Activities" as well as the "Top Ten Hidden Gems."  For Walt Disney World veterans, it is fun to compare the lists to our own "Top Tens." Obviously these are the opinions of the website's writers, but I find myself agreeing with a lot of what is on their lists.

Guide2WDW.com is so much more than an unofficial guide to Walt Disney World. It contains all of the necessary information, but it is the "extras" that make it special. If I made a list of "Top Ten All-Inclusive Unofficial Disney Sites," Guide2WDW.com would certainly be near the top. Even if you aren't planning a vacation in the near future, I recommend visiting this site just for the fun of it!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!

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