The Not So Evil Stepmother in the Most Magical Place on Earth | Book Review

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Author: Trisha Dabb

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publication Date: February 18, 2017

Publisher: Theme Park Press


Sensible Touring Plans

What do those Walt Disney World guidebook authors know? Well, they know a lot, and sometimes that’s the problem: they forget what it’s like to visit Disney World with a family, not as ruthless ride maximizers. This guidebook shelves the statistics and preaches the practical.

You know people like Trisha Daab. They’re the ones who get all the Disney trip planning questions, because their trips always turn out so well. But when Trisha became a (not-so-evil) stepmother, she needed all her pixie dust to help plan Disney vacations for a larger, more diverse brood, ranging from infants to elders.

No matter the size of your family, Trisha has you covered. Her many trips to Disney World over the past ten years have spanned romantic getaways for couples (including her wedding!) and excursions for crowds (11 relatives sure can seem like a crowd).

She dispenses practical, doable advice, battle tested in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and everywhere else at the most magical place on earth, plus perspectives from her many family members who offer their own tips.

If you’re looking for sensible touring plans, not lockstep logistics that keep you on the clock as you race from ride to ride, this is the guidebook for you.

As they often say (well, no one really says this): a not-so-evil stepmother shall lead them!


Thank you to the author herself for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

When I first saw this book, it was actually on another bookstagrammers account, but I knew that I just had to review it. Having been to Disney World close to 10 times, I love reading other people’s encounters and experiences, both positive and negative.

This book is super helpful, even for a yearly park member. Included in the book are topics such as:

-Disney Weddings

-Restaurant Suggestions

-Park Breakdowns

-FastPass Tips

And Much Much More!

Taking place over a numerous amount of trips with a lot of people, Dabb breaks down how to make it through the parks, even with having to deal with 11 people. Everyone likes different things, so it is often hard to please all of them, but Dabb breaks down what is worth it, and what can be skipped.

Dabb breaks down everything in all four parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios (with was called MGM Studios the last time I went to it). By doing this, readers can read about the various meals and rides that are present at each park. Although I have never been to the Animal Kingdom, it sounds amazing! And I also haven’t been to Hollywood Studios since I was about 10 or 11 (8-9 years ago), so many of the things that Dabb speaks about, I don’t really remember. By favourite parks are the Magic Kingdom and Epcot without a doubt. After reading this book, I found that there are many more attractions than meets the eye, and even though I have been through the parks on multiple occasions, I have never seen some of the attractions.

I highly recommend this book if you are planning on going to Disney World, because Trisha Dabb planned for a large family, and like my mom says, if you plan for a large family, you can plan for anything (we have 6 people in my family, so she knows what she is talking about).

If you are interested in this book, it is available on Amazon. You can use the following links to find it!





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