What is Guide to the Magic all about?
Guide to the Magic
was created to provide people with a source to get
the most out of what Walt Disney World
has to offer—namely, magic! Many other guide
books and websites focus on the nuts and bolts of planning
your Disney trip (how to make travel plans, how to
save money, and so on). While this information is very
useful (and we provide a lot of it in our Planning
Your Trip section), we felt that there was very little
information out there that would help you enhance your
Disney experience once you’ve arrived. Most guide
books provide you with a cursory overview of the attractions
and the parks themselves, often with no more than a
few sentences. Worse yet, many of these guide books
focus on the personal opinions of the authors, often
giving readers a biased opinion that may not agree
with the reader’s personal tastes. Because of
this, a reader may bypass an attraction entirely, possibly
missing out on something that they would enjoy immensely.
(For example, a well known guide book included a particularly
scathing and cynical description of the now-closed
Alien Encounter, yet it was on of our favorite attractions.
Good thing we didn’t read that book before our
At Guide to the Magic, our goal is to provide
lots of information, fun facts and tips on all of the
Disney World Resort attractions. We do this so that
you the reader will be able to get the most out of
every attraction; from little things to look for to
the stories behind the attraction. We also try to provide
you with enough information so that you can decide
whether the attraction is right for you—for example,
whether you like high speed thrills or slow, gentle
rides. And we’ll give you lots of tips so that
you can enjoy the attractions in the best possible
way, everything from where to sit and what to look
for to ways to beat the crowds.
Our philosophy is that
when all is said and done, Walt Disney World is all
about magic, not about racing
through the parks on a breakneck schedule in an effort
to see as much stuff as you can (and thereby missing
all the little things along the way). So we do our
very best to provide you with tips, information and
tools (like our journals and trip books), to let you
get the most out of the very best that Disney has to
What are the books and journals all
about? Is it just the same content as the web site?
guide books and journals are designed to help you create
a special one-of-a-kind keepsake of your trip.
Unlike other guide books or journals that you may find,
the Guide to the Magic books are designed to help you
get the most magic out of your trip by combining lot
of fun information and interactivity. In addition to
the tips and information that you’ll find in
the books, you’ll find lots of pages to fill
out, things to check off and places to record your
What do all those icons mean?
Throughout the website
and our books, you’ll
see lots of icons to help you navigate through all
Here you’ll find tips that will help
you get the maximum enjoyment out of an attraction,
including when to tour, things to be wary of and
the best places to sit.
These are little things to look
for as you experience the attraction—the
special moments that you’ll always remember
(and a few you may not ordinarily notice!).
Points of interest and trivia.
Hidden Mickeys that you’ll
find throughout the attraction. (What’s a
Hidden Mickey? See the next question!)
Other little hidden jokes or curiosities.
These will give you a
heads up of things to be mindful of (whether the
attraction is dark, fast, wild, wet and so on).
Indicates whether the attraction makes
use of FastPass.
||Is It Scary?
This indicates whether the attraction
is easy-going (green), moderately scary (yellow)
or highly intense (red).
Indicates information pertaining to height
restrictions and health warnings.
What are these Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys, in their simplest form, are three
circles arranged to look like Mickey Mouse (one large
for the face and two more circles for the ears). Imagineers
often integrate them into the attractions either deliberately
or as an inside joke. The exact number of Hidden Mickeys
is unknown and new ones are found all the time. We’ll
tell you about the ones we know of, but we look to
our readers to send in any that they find!
What’s an Imagineer?
An Imagineer is someone who
conceptualizes and/or creates the attractions, shops,
you find throughout Walt Disney World! The word,
coined by Walt Disney, is a combination of the words ‘imagination’ and ‘engineer’.
you work for Walt Disney World?
just very big fans…!
I’m ready to go,
how do I make reservations?
You can always
visit the official Disney web site for hotel reservations.
Park tickets can also be purchased
in advance at most Disney Stores. For tips on planning
your vacation be sure to visit our Trip
There are also many websites that provide lots of information
on setting up your Disney vacation. Some of our favorites
A wonderful site by Deb Wills filled with all sorts
of information about the parks, how to get there, special
and answers to just about any travel question you can
On a budget? This is the place to go to look for money
The Luxury Guide to Disney World
For those looking to travel to Walt Disney World in
style, Cara Goldsbury provides lots of information
about making the most of your Disney vacation.
I have a tip I’d like to share, can I
send it to you?
Absolutely! If you have a tip
to share you can visit our Contact page or send it
We regularly publish readers’ tips and comments
on our site, and we welcome your submission!
in a tip but I don’t see it, what happened?
that will mean that the tip is a duplication of one
already on the site. We’ll also not
include a tip if it’s merely an opinion (negative
or positive) that otherwise doesn’t include
any usable information for our readers (however,
we will be publishing polls and questionnaires that
will give you a forum to express your opinions!).
Also, Guide to the Magic will not publish comments
that violate or Appropriate Content policy.
exchange links with you or advertise on your site?
We welcome and exchange of links with others in the
Disney community (we’re one big happy
family after all!), and we do accept advertising that
would be of interest to our readers. You can learn
more about advertising and link exchanges on our Advertising
Is there a way I can send you a suggestion for
improving the site or send you a correction?
always welcome feedback from our readers on how to
improve. And on that rare occasion
where we make a mistake, we appreciate being alerted
to it so that we can correct it. Please send any comments
or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.