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Pack your ears: 6 books to help you get ready for a trip to Disney

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Nov 22, 2023

I have a confession to make: I'm a Disney adult. What's a Disney adult, you might ask? We're grown-ups who love all things Disney, from the movies to the parks to merch and more. At any given moment, you might see me walking around with a Minnie Mouse t-shirt on, drinking out of my water bottle covered in stickers from my favorite movies or cooking in my kitchen with a toque-wearing Remy watching over me (stuffed, not a real rat!).

I also recently returned from Disneyland (!!!), and being the planner that I am, I found myself in need of lots of good information, from Disney travel guides to cookbooks, all in pursuit of the magic. The Libby app is a one-stop shop for all of these!

“To All Who Come to this Happy Place, Welcome”

the_unofficial_guide_to_disneyland_2024.jfifThe Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Seth Kubersky

If you don’t think that this book was sitting on my end table in my living room for MONTHS as I was getting ready to go then you don’t know me very well (which makes sense, as over 99% of you reading this have never, and probably never will meet me!).

This guide has all that you need to plan your trip, from hotel reviews to step-by-step guides to maximize your day at the park, depending on what you're looking to get out of your trip. For me, traveling to Disneyland for the first time with my 4-year-old, the advice in there about taking young kids was truly invaluable. And, since I was able to also check this out on Libby, I didn’t have to take the book with me to carry around the park, just my Libby app on my phone!


“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”

walt_disney_world_hacks.jfifWalt Disney World Hacks by Susan Veness

For anyone who's been to a Disney park in the last few years, you know that it can be intimidating. With things like Genie+ and the assorted apps and timing for reservations, it can feel daunting even to seasoned Disney travelers, let alone those who haven't been for a long time - or ever.

Don’t let your fear of all of the options overwhelm you and let others do all of the hard work for you! In this great, updated guide on all things Walt Disney World, you'll learn everything from when to believe the wait times on the apps to how to best use your Photo Pass. A Disney trip is an investment, so save money up front by getting these tips directly from your library!


“A long time ago in a galaxy far away”

star_wars.jfifStar Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A Traveler’s Guide to Batuu by Eloc Throno aka Cole Horton

The amount of care and craft that went into the creation of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at both Disney World and Disneyland cannot be overstated. It's truly an immersive experience that must be seen to truly know, and even my Star Wars-apathetic husband was floored the first time we walked into the bazaar in Batuu. Also, the blue milk is better than the green, and both are plant-based!

In this traveler's guide to Batuu, you'll learn more about the land, along with detailed history about how it was built. This blends a history of a place that isn’t quite real with an actual look at the park in a way that can appeal to both those about to visit the park and those who have yet to make their galactic journeys. Be sure to hop into warp speed to grab this book!


“When you wish upon a star”

where_is_walt_disney_world.jpgWhere is Walt Disney World? by Joan Holub

So, you’ve decided that you’re taking the kiddos to Disney, and you’re spending your free time pouring over travel guides and following a bunch of influencers on your preferred social media platform. What do you do to get those kiddos excited (other than tell them that you’re going to Disney and then prepare to tell them every day prior to your actual travel date that it isn’t time to go yet)? You can introduce them to the park with this great peek behind-the-scenes!

We're given a brief look into the beginning of Walt Disney’s life, then taken to 1964 when Walt and Roy Disney decided to expand on Disneyland with an east coast theme park. Written for kids, but certainly of interest to all, you'll find out interesting things about each park that makes up Walt Disney World, while learning more about the cast members who operate the park and special park lingo and more. A true insider’s view!


“The 8th Wonder of the World: The backside of water!”

jungle_cruise.jpgThe Jungle Cruise by Brooke Vitale and Paul Conrad

Going to a theme park can be overwhelming for kids. There are a lot of people, things to look at, lots of sounds and the rides themselves can be a bit daunting or scary. For all kids, whether or not you think that they'll need it, exposure to the park prior through ride POV videos, talking about what to expect and what to do if you get separated and trying to have them be as much a part of the planning is key. One way that I’ve found to make ride exposure fun both before and after your trip is through the Little Golden Books Disney ride series!

Join our friends as they cruise through the jungle with their skipper and see all the sights and sounds from this opening day ride. Laugh (and sometime groan) at all of the puns that our trusty skipper tells us as you glide down the river. Pay extra attention when you pass Schweitzer Falls! This series has books about many classic Disney rides, such as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and more, and they are all favorites in our house!


“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great”

delicious_disney.jfifDelicious Disney by Pam Brandon

So you’ve returned from your amazing Disney vacation, and you find yourself missing so many things, including that one big thing that Disney is known for...food! Yes, you know the Mickey-shaped pretzels, Mickey-shaped waffles and (hopefully) non-Mickey-shaped turkey legs, but Disney is also a place where you can get an amazing meal, sometimes with a visit from some of your favorite Disney characters. This book can help you recreate some of that magic in your home kitchen.

As a Disney adult and cookbook fanatic, this book really checks all of my boxes. In addition to dozens of great recipes with beautiful photography, it also delves into the history of food, restaurants and hospitality at Disney. The recipes span the first 50 years of Walt Disney World, and highlight favorites of yesteryear, along with food that's still popular today. Yes, this cookbook is on my shelf right now, and I think my household’s favorite dish from it so far is the cilantro coconut curry. Yum!


What can I say? Disney's been magical to me my whole life, and I'm not ashamed to admit it! If you’re planning a trip to a Disney park, want to learn more about Disney animation or want stories of some of your favorite Disney characters, be sure to check out even more titles you can borrow on Libby in this great Disney collection:

*Title availability may vary by region.

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About the Author

Meghan Volchko is a writer for Libby Life and a collection development librarian. Her English degree set her up perfectly for grad school, where she received her MLIS and has been immersed in the world of books ever since. You can find her reading with her cat, traveling with her friends and family or chasing after her toddler. HEAs are life.

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