I’m all for doing my online research ahead of time. I search Google for everything far and wide so I can get the most information when planning a Disney trip. But there’s just something about having all the tips in one place – A book! To have a book in hand is invaluable; to be able to flip the page, see photos, tab and highlight favorite sections – That’s one of my favorite parts of Disney vacation research! See my recommendations for the best books for planning a Disney trip.
Books For Planning a Disney Trip!
Whether you’re just in the research stages, getting the kids familiar with Disney or looking for some background and history there is a Disney book for everyone in your family! You can even take some of these books along with you for the trip. There are some very helpful books for planning a Disney trip – or even just some good reading to put you in the Disney vacation mood!
For more Disney book suggestions, check out 7 Books for Kids to Read Before a Disney Vacation.
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1. Research Books to Help You Plan & Stay Organized
If you read this blog at all you’ll know that doing your pre-vacation research is an important way to save money and time on your trip! These Disney vacation research books will help you properly plan and be prepared. The Unofficial Guide was my go-to research book when planning my first vacation to Walt Disney World.
- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018
- Birnbaum’s 2018 Disneyland Resort: The Official Guide
- The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner: A Complete Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for Your Unforgettable Vacation
- 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World: Bonus! 40 Free Things to Enjoy, Eat, Do and Collect!
- Frommer’s EasyGuide to DisneyWorld, Universal and Orlando 2019
2. Books for Kids to Get them in a Disney Mood
Get the kids on board by supplying them with a few Disney themed titles. They can help with vacation planning or just get in the Disney mood with a few storybooks. My son owns several of these Disney Storybook Collections and they are a bedtime favorite leading up to our vacation day whenever we’re planning a Disney trip. My older kids have read and loved the Kingdom Keepers series.
- Going To Disneyland – A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart
- Disney*Pixar Storybook Collection
- Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Guide
- Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set: Featuring Kingdom Keepers I, II, and III
- The Mystery at Walt Disney World (Real Kids, Real Places)
- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2018
3. Books for Little Ones
If this is baby’s first Disney trip you’ll want to make them familiar with characters. These sweet books are ideal. The encyclopedia is great for acquainting kids with the characters and you can take it with you on the trip to have each character sign inside!
- Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters
- Disney® Mickey Mouse “My First Books” (Set of 4 Shaped Board Books)
- Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library (Disney Classic)
- Disney Baby My First Colors
4. Books with a History and Background
Ready to dig a little deeper into Disney lore? You want a book with a bit of history or that gives you some background into the Disney experience?
I’m wanting The Disney Book for myself, it looks like an amazing read!
- Disney A to Z (Fifth Edition): The Official Encyclopedia
- Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real
- The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom
- Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
- Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service (Disney Institute Book, A)
5. Books to Use When on a Disney Trip
Once you’re on vacation, there are a few books that you can bring with you to maximize your Park experience. They also help alleviate boredom when standing in line or waiting in restaurants! I think my preschooler would get a kick out of finding Hidden Mickeys on our next visit!
- Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland® Resort’s Best Kept Secrets
- The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World
- The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic (Volume 1)
- The Disney World Queue Line Scavenger Hunt: The Game You Play While Waiting In Line
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