Since I am new to the board, I am unaware of the book you are talking about, but my sister is a bit of an expert on Disney World. When we went with her, she knew just which rides would have the longest times at various parts of the day, where and when to get situated if you want to see the parades, etc.
Important things to find out about (if you do not know already) - 1) "Fast Pass" allows you to use your tickets to "reserve" a time on the most popular rides. You put your tickets into some machine and it gives you a time period of an hour. If you come back to the ride within that hour you get to bypass the long line. You can only get one fast pass at a time, and they only have them for the rides that typically have the longest lines. 2) "Child swap" - accounts for the fact that sometimes both adults want to go on a ride (and maybe older children), but they cannot simply leave the children unattended. For example: Dad + older child go on ride while mom stays with younger child, then when ride is over they can switch and mom can ride with older child (without waiting in line again) while Dad stays with younger child. Of course, this example is hypothetical, but isn't older child lucky to get to ride twice?
Anyway - I'm not sure if this helps you or not, but it helped me. No child (or adult for that matter) wants to stand in line for over an hour, especially if it is very hot!
One more thing my sister just made me aware of. It may be common knowledge on this board, but in case it's not - Disney World will issue "Guest Assistance Cards" (GAC) to people with special physical needs. For example, some people cannot be in the sun long, or stand in line long. If someone has visual impairment, they may get front row seating for shows, etc. Also, if a child cannot handle all the walking (there is a lot of walking at WDW!) due to physical reasons, the GAC will allow you to treat a stroller like a wheelchair (and bring it into wheelchair entrances). Otherwise you are required to leave your strollers outside of rides and attractions. Apparently, you can visit guest relations inside a park to get this card, good for the duration of your visit. See this website for more info: www.diz-abled.com/Disney-Resources/Articles/Disney-Guest-Assistance-Cards.htm
Thanks...has anyone used the Passport to Disney World? I am thinking of giving it to my grandaughter for her 10th bday. She loves organizing and I see that it has pockets to keep info in. But I remember once long ago someone posting about some book they found that had pretty much nothing but insider tips in it. I will copy all these and send them to Katie who I am making our designated tour director. The trip is not until next year so there is time to gather much info I am sure.
As to Disney and special needs. When the NDSC had their last meeting in Calif near Disneyland we had heard that you could get some sort of pass that would make it shorter line waits if your child tended to sort of wilt in the sun. So a friend of mine and I trotted Emily and Chris (both adults with DS) into the office and were refused any special accomodation. We were told they could rent us wheelchairs which totally dismayed these two. However, the Chris I refer to is a large imposing man...and he took Emily by the hand and often just went in the exit or somehow got to the front of the line. Not sure I approved of all this but it musta been 110 in the shade so the quicker we made it thru the park...the happier I was. His mom just took it all in stride as this is sort of his persona. The only problem was on whatever that Mountain ride is. Emily didn't want to ride so Chris went on it alone. We waited almost an hour for him to come out and as there was really no line at 5 pm...we finally got concerned. His mom went to inquire and they said...Ma'm he has ridded it maybe 5 times and refuses to get off. As I said Chris is large and imposing...LOL. So we extracted him finally and decided enough was enough.
This is also the same Chris who was featured several yrs ago in that Hallmark ad as a guy with DS getting his own apartment and getting a card from his sister.
I can't believe they refused you the passes-I have heard parents talk about that and how nice it is!!! I pity the person who tells my husband we can't have it for Kaelyn when we take her to disneyworld when she gets older!!!