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Peter Pauper Press Review & Giveaway (April Spotlight Sponsor)

***Part of our Disney Trip Feature***

You may be thinking, "Wait, is this a Spotlight Sponsor or a Disney Trip review?" Let me tell you, it is both of them! How exciting that we can work with great companies that can provide us with a variety of products to cover different Features we offer at MBP.

One of our spectacular MBP Spotlight Sponsors is Peter Pauper Press.
Peter Pauper Press was founded in 1928 and is one of America's leading publishers, publishing approximately 100 new books and products each year. They specialize in a variety of books and other fine gifts. Click here to read more about Peter Pauper Press.

I contacted Rasheen, with Peter Pauper Press, about doing our review & giveaway and she quickly responded. She recommended that we choose something that would be of interest to both myself, and our MBP community. As I browsed through the website, where there are an abundance of cool things, I came across the Travel Guide section. I knew we had a special trip coming up that we had been researching and planning for months, and one Travel Guide book really caught my eye--The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World.

Now I don't know how many of you have planned a Disney trip, but it can be confusing, overwhelming, and even frustrating, especially to first timers. We, luckily, have been once before, so planning was a little less work this time around. Rasheen sent The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World out and it arrived in just a few days, giving us almost 3 weeks to read and finalize all our plans.

--Our Little Black Book has arrived--
This is the 2012 Edition, with 7 fold-out maps and 254 pages of all things Disney.

The first section of the book is filled with basic helpful information, such as "Getting to Walt Disney World", "Getting Around Walt Disney World", a brief overview on "Restaurants/Dining Plans", "Hotels", "Tickets", "When to Visit", "Special Information", "Seasonal Events", and "Top Picks". This section is great for first time Disney travelers, you get a bit of insider information and helpful tips on how to start planning. I even learned a few things I did not know, like "parking is free at the parks to those staying at Disney-owned resorts".

The next few chapters are a breakdown of each separate park within Disney World. Each chapter starts with a small fold-out map of the park, clearly labeled with the numbers of all rides, exhibits, restaurants, and shopping, and a key to identify each number.
We placed an arrow next to each number we planned to visit and a few notes about the park.

Here is another look at the page:
Following the maps and keys are many pages filled with information about each park. From size (Magic Kingdom, at 107 acres, is Disney's smallest park), what to do and see in each part of the park (Top Pick at Hollywood Studios-Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular), where to eat and shop (Biergarten Restaurant-Germany in Epcot and Mombasa Marketplace-Animal Kingdom). We give a big thumbs up to both the Indiana Jones show and Biergarten Restaurant!

All 4 chapters are detailed, helpful, and full of information specific to each park. It is very truthful, for example, in Epcot's World Showcase, Canada, while a nice looking pavilion, offers little to do. The book is right on, as we discovered many of the countries in Epcot, while interesting to see the architecture or exhibits, don't always offer much more than that.

The next few sections go in to detail about other things to do around the Disney World area. Downtown Disney offers places to shop, eat, and have a good time. We were fans of Wolfgang Puck Express and ate there on 2 separate occasions, the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World said it would have excellent sandwiches and pizza--they were right! Recreation options available include water parks, golf, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, water sports, fishing, tennis, and much more. We did not do anything other than Downtown Disney, so I can't judge the correctness of the other recreation information.

The next section is dedicated to "where to stay". From Deluxe, Moderate, and Value resorts, cabins and campgrounds, villas, and nearby lodging, this chapter is full of amenities, restaurants, and perks offered by each location.

We already knew that we were staying in a Disney Value Resort, so we just read up on more information about what our hotel would be like.
The Little Black Book described the hotel just about perfectly.

At the end of the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World, you can find an index (helpful if you want to brush up on something specific or need to find info quickly) and a notes section. We had already planned out our restaurant/meal plans, but needed a place to keep our very important confirmation numbers. The "Notes" section made a great place to keep it all in one convenient spot. This was very helpful when we had to call and change a few reservations and needed our numbers.

The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World was a huge help to us. It was small enough to throw in our carryon to read while on the plane, and we also carried it with us everyday to look up quick facts or information about what we were doing each day. While you can find websites and other planning books about Disney, the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World by Peter Pauper Press is easy to use, compact, and full of truthful, helpful information, I would highly recommend it.

The Little Black Book is also available in travel guides for a variety of other places, including Las Vegas, London, Rome, and Washington DC.

Want It? Buy It!
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Thanks to Rasheen, from Peter Pauper Press for the helpful addition to our Disney trip. We thank you for sharing it with us and offering one to our readers too!
Thanks and Good Luck!
Disclosure: Other than the Little Black Book that I was sent to review directly from this representative, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

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