So...who are your experts?
A Brit originally from the Sunshine State of Sussex and a native of the genuine state of Michigan forming a travel-writing partnership based on all things Disney.
Well, for my part, it all began with a trip to the original Disneyland in 1987 and a theme park fixation that refused to go away. To assuage the withdrawal symptoms after a subsequent holiday to Orlando, I began writing what eventually turned into A Brit’s Guide to Orlando and, to my great surprise, it transformed into an alternative career (national newspaper sports journalism being forced to take a back seat).
Now, some 20 years later, I find myself domiciled in the real Sunshine State, with an American wife and a theme park fixation that still, happily, refuses to go away.
Susan’s story is slightly different, having been among the first few people to visit the Magic Kingdom when it opened in 1971 (at a very tender age, of course). Her visits to the wonderful world of Disney have therefore been going on since the World began!
From the insights that come only with being a genuine paying customer, Susan forged a reputation as an Orlando specialist on a major Disney World discussion board and began sending in tips and ideas for the Brit’s Guide (via the website, which I also contributed to).
The usefulness of her tips and insider info quickly translated into an offer to become a regular researcher for the Brit’s Guide, subsequently Susan became an integral part of the small but highly motivated team. Now we can safely say we are a two-person team in every sense of the word, with our own full-time base in Orlando.
The Brit's Guide to Orlando
The Brit’s Guide is now in its 17th edition, with total sales in excess of 300,000. We are immensely proud of our reputation as real Disney ‘professionals,’ the inside knowledge combo who know the place at least as well as the people who work there (or better in some cases, as we are often told!). And we have expanded our Orlando offerings as Susan’s first solo work, The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World, hit shelves in June 2009 and remains #1 and #2 on several Amazon best seller lists. It is available on Amazon.co.uk and at book stores everywhere (including the Borders store in Orlando International Airport).
But, although it has been a fairly long and complicated road, our motivation remains simple – to help ensure people have the best possible time they can, at the best price and with the least hassle in our favourite place on earth.
Orlando really is a fiendishly complicated holiday destination, and it often requires a degree in advanced physics to negotiate all the many permutations of attractions it offers. And we just hate to think of people paying out huge amounts to be here and not get full value for their hard-earned money.
However, with our help, we feel sure you will be better prepared for all that’s in store – and truly ready to have the holiday of a lifetime……