12 Disney and Travel Books We're Reading This Year

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In case you haven't noticed, we're both travel lovers and Disney lovers. To that end, we wanted to find 12 books (one for each month) to suggest our readers check out this year. Some of these we've read before, some we don't visit the parks without, some have just been on our lists for a while. If you've got any suggestions, let us know in the comments!

Six Disney Books To Read This Year

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom by Susan Veness

From the Description: "Whether this is your first or fiftieth visit, you'd be surprised at how much you miss during your trip to Walt Disney World."


Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World's Bars, Lounges & Glow Cubes by Professor of Anthropology Daniel Miller

From the Description: Join Drunky, your tipsy tour guide, and Rhiannon, his begrudging editor, as they bring you on a magical journey to every themed bar and lounge on Walt Disney World property.


Birnbaum's 2018 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide (Birnbaum Guides)

From the Description: As Walt Disney World continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum as your guide! The 2018 edition delves into detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries; offers money-saving coupons and strategies to maximize your vacation budget; and includes a peek into what's new...

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

From the Description:  In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. 


Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

From the Description: Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”


Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell

From the Description: No one knows more about this kind of leadership than Lee Cockerell, the man who ran Walt Disney World® Resort operations for over a decade. And in Creating Magic, he shares the leadership principles that not only guided his own journey from a poor farm boy in Oklahoma to the head of operations for a multibillion dollar enterprise, but that also soon came to form the cultural bedrock of the world’s number one vacation destination. 


Six Travel Books to Read This Year

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton

From the Description: It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes

From the Description: If you've ever dreamed of traveling the world, flying off to Europe, a honeymoon the Seychelles, or just taking your family to Disney or a trip to London, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day will give you the practical, step-by-step instructions to get your there - from start to finish on $50 a day (or less). 


Fly For Free: How To Earn Free Flights Across The US And Around The World by Pascal Wagner

From the Description: This book combines practical wisdom with real world action steps to help you avoid paying thousands for airfare and get you closer to traveling the world. If you want to know how thousands of travelers earn free flights every year, this book is for you.

Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections by Patrick Smith

From the Description: For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...


Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker

From the Description: In this mesmerizing reflection on flying, Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flying, helps us to reimagine what we—as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery.


Decoding Air Travel: A Guide to Saving on Airfare and Flying in Luxury by Nicholas Kralev

From the Description: Decoding Air Travel is the most comprehensive and insightful work to date on the intricacies of the modern air travel system from a customer perspective, and the most effective tool for making travel more affordable, convenient, comfortable and fun. 

All Your Other Disney World Planning Questions Answered

Don't be overwhelmed by Disney World planning! Take a second to check out our most important content and you'll not only be an expert, but you'll save big $$$ along the way. If you're still picking dates, we've got everything you need to know about Disney crowd calendars. For picking your hotel, check out our Walt Disney World hotels guide.

When it comes time to book, we've got you covered with posts on how to book cheap flights, how to get the best deal on your Disney hotel, and where to find discount Disney World tickets.

Don't forget to master your Disney World Fastpass+ strategy a few months in advance. We'll keep you out of long lines so you can maximize the magical time in the parks!

Finally, before you head out, be sure to check out our to-the-point packing list, 10 essentials you forget to pack for every Disney trip. And if you're interested in saving, there's no better list than our 53 Ways to Save on your Disney trip from start to finish.

 Take some time to learn about two of the best things in life - travel and Disney! We've got one book a month for you to check out!

Take some time to learn about two of the best things in life - travel and Disney! We've got one book a month for you to check out!