To help celebrate 25 years of 'the Brit Guide to Orlando & Walt Disney World' we have 2 Signed copies of the 2020 (25th Edition) Guidebook to give away, courtesy of the authors, Simon and Susan Veness.


How To Enter:
To be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic guidebooks all you need to do is reply to this post with your favourite or what you think will be your favourite Orlando attraction, this can be either within or outside the theme parks.
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This is a Free Draw and the winners will be drawn randomly by computer. No alternative prize will be offered.

The Competition ends 10am Friday 20th December 2019 and the winner will be posted on the DIBB Forums. Strictly one entry per person, duplicate entries will be cancelled.


25 Years of Orlando Guidebook Magic!


Back in 1993, a British holidaymaker discovered a rapidly-expanding new destination in Florida and became obsessed with writing about it. That obsession translated into a best-selling travel guide, and the Brit Guide to Orlando & Walt Disney World is now celebrating its 25th edition, as well as an enduring love affair with Orlando.

With the backing of publisher Foulsham, Simon Veness’ Brit Guide quickly established itself as the trusted, independent source for UK visitors to what is now Britain’s favourite long-haul destination, and, with total sales approaching half a million, the guidebook has become a travel phenomenon in its own right.

The 2020 edition of the book this month marks its quarter-century in grand style, with a retrospective of 25 years of genuine Orlando magic. It is all a far cry, though, from the inaugural issue in December 1995, when the likes of Cosmos and Airtours were still major tour operators, the exchange rate was almost $2 to the pound, and Universal – Disney’s main rival – was barely five years old.

Foulsham managing director Barry Belasco had just returned from a family trip to Orlando in 1994, which he found bewildering as much as exciting, hence the proposal for a new guidebook – which set things out in clear, user-friendly terms for international visitors – immediately struck him as a winning idea. "It was a highly serendipitous moment for me as a publisher," Belasco recalls. "It was exactly the kind of book I had tried to buy for my family visit. It was what everybody really needed to make the most of this exhilarating place. I could immediately see the application – and the great market – for it."

The first edition consisted of 10 chapters and 188 pages; the 2020 issue boasts 14 chapters and 354 pages, highlighting the destination’s growth, from five theme parks to eight and a dozen smaller attractions to almost 50. Simon continues to write the book, along with wife Susan, and they actually moved to Florida in 2004 to ensure they stay on top of all the latest developments.

He says: "We have definitely struck a chord with Orlando's UK visitors. They refer to us as their 'Bible' for any visit here and buy the book each year, whether they're going or not, just to ensure their Disney 'fix'. We’ve struck up lifelong friendships with many readers as a result, and that level of constant, personal feedback helps us stay in touch with what Orlando-goers want from their visit, and what they need from their guidebook."

In keeping with that tradition, the 2020 edition includes all the up-to-date information on Disney's new Star Wars land, Universal's latest budget hotels, SeaWorld’s forthcoming mega-coaster, and offbeat natural places like Wekiva Island and Wild Florida, plus fab new restaurants and bars. The Brit Guide also includes its trademark 'Brit Tips' and money-saving Brit Bonus features, as well as first-hand insight into the full range of car hire, hotels, villas, sports and nightlife throughout central Florida.

But that is really just the start of an Orlando holiday. "Ultimately, this is all about the incredible lure of the place itself," insists Veness. "Orlando is a unique destination, with an endless ability
to enchant and excite.

"It always has something new or reinvented, and it simply doesn't slow down. It maintains incredibly high quality in everything it does, and the attractions know they have to live up to that standard. Walt Disney set that bar with his theme parks, and now the destination continues in that ethos of captivating year-round entertainment and enjoyment."

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Park Hours - Sunday 15/12/2019

WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
8:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
~to~
9:30pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
7:00am
~to~Extra Evening Hours
9:00pm
Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach
Closed
~to~
Closed
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
8:00pm
Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
5:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
10:00am
~to~
10:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Legoland
Legoland
10:00am
~to~
7:00pm
Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park
Closed
~to~
Closed
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
Extra Evening Hours Extra Late Hours for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Resort Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
8:00am
~to~
11:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosCalifornia Adventure 8:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
10:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
Full Schedule of West Coast Park Hours

Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosDisney Studios 9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
8:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.3102
Covent Garden FX  $1.3138
FAIRFX  $1.3100
John Lewis  $1.3111
M&S  $1.2834
Post Office  $1.2842
Sainsburys  $1.3042
TESCO  $1.3072
Travelex  $1.3016
Updated: 16:30 15/12/2019

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Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.1740
Covent Garden FX  €1.1803
FAIRFX  €1.1750
John Lewis  €1.1787
M&S  €1.1545
Post Office  €1.1527
Sainsburys  €1.1698
TESCO  €1.1725
Travelex  €1.1652
Updated: 16:30 15/12/2019