While each guide book below has its own twist on the best way to wring the most of your time at Disneyland, you'll do just fine no matter which you choose. I recommend Disney's Official Guide plus any one of the other guides below to make sure you cover all your bases. Have a great time at Disney!
by Birnbaum Travel Guides
The granddaddy of all Disneyland guidebooks, the Official Guide is a colorful, exciting look at Disneyland with information about everything (including Disney's California Adventure, the second Disney theme park in Anaheim). Packed with information, this is a great planning guide.
by Bob Sehlinger
The Unofficial Guide is brutally honest, compared to the Official Guide — it's not afraid to say "skip this ride" or "lousy restaurant." An excellent companion to the Official Guide, to get that second opinion.
by Michael and Trisa Knight
The best of the books for families with children, this guide book rates each attraction with details about its "scare factor" and age and height requirements. A must-have if your visit includes anyone age 15 or under.
by Betsy Malloy
While this book's coverage of Disneyland isn't as in-depth as the others, it does include useful information about the other major Southern California theme parks (Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld San Diego, Six Flag Magic Mountain, and even the San Diego Zoo).
by Steven M. Barrett
Here's something fun to throw in your backpack for a day at Disneyland — go hunting for hidden Mickeys! It's a fun little game for kids and grownups alike. As Amazon explains, "Camouflaged images of Mickey Mouse are hidden around Disneyland, just waiting to delight the visitors who spot them. Searching for them adds extra fun to any visit and has become something of a mission for many Disney fans."
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About Eric Mueller
I live in Los Angeles, where it's not really about reading, it's about movies -- yet given the choice, I usually prefer to curl up with a good book. Most of my reading gets done on airplanes or laying in bed in that quiet hour right before lights-out. I'm also known to collect pretty much every book having anything to do with Disney's theme parks.
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