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Hollywood Studios Blog


Review: The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012

If there's been a trend that I've noticed at Walt Disney World over the years, it's been the greater and greater attention to the food offered at the resort.  For many people, eating at Walt Disney World is just as important as which attractions they ride or what resort they stay at.  Enter The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012, by super blogger (and awesome pal) AJ Wolfe.

What is the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012?  It's an encyclopedia of dining information provided in ebook format that summarizes a wealth of Walt Disney World dining information.  This 321 page ebook is as impressive as it is thorough.  I purchased this same ebook last year and the 2012 edition is even more impressive simply because of all the information presented here.  I'm an information junky. I'm not content with a one or two paragraph summary of something and the DFB Guide feeds right into what I'm looking for.  It's informative, easy to read and beautiful. 

Like all reviews I do for this site, I focus on the content related to Disney's Hollywood Studios and let me tell you that AJ did not skimp on coverage of the world's greatest theme park (my title, not hers).

For Hollywood Studios lovers, you can find a number of topics focusing just on our park such as

  • Drinking guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Reviews of Disney's Hollywood Studios table service restaurants
  • Reviews of Disney's Hollywood Studios counter service restaurants
  • Recommendations for snacks at Disney's Hollywood Stuios
  • 1-Day Dining Strategy for Disney's Hollywood Studios

I've read enough of AJ's blog to know we tend to agree on most restaurant reviews and I feel her reviews are pretty much spot on.  I like the option for each restaurant of what to try there.  All too often when I try a new restaurant I'm lost as to what I ought to get to really get a sense of the place.  The counter service restaurants, are not as in-depth as I would have liked.  A few of the smaller quick service locations were ommitted from the book such as Peevy's Polar Pipeline, Oasis Canteen and others.  For a book that focuses just on food, I'd like to see future editions include even the minor snack locations.

The one feature of this book that really caught my eye was the 1-day dining strategy section.  It's basically a strategy for how and where to eat inside the Studios while you're also visiting the park.  AJ provides options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and compares and constrasts counter service vs table service options for each meal and also considers price.  It's something I've never seen before and I think it's just plain neat.  

After reading this book, I really came away loving the thoroughness of it.  Typically when I come across ebooks I find them cheap and lacking the sort of detail you'd find in a traditional book. The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 is not like that at all and the amount of detail here astounds and impresses me.  Topics I had never even considered were covered (how to avoid meltdowns in WDW restaurants, scavenger hunts, etc).  If you love Walt Disney World and enjoy dining there, then to me there's no question that you ought to pick up a copy of this book for your collection.  

Disclosure: A complimentry copy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 was provided to me for purposes of review.  In addition, I think AJ Wolfe is the coolest blogger ever to roam the planet.

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is the founder of Studios Central and has been preaching for a greater appreciation for Disney's Hollywood Studios since 2002.