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Back in the Fall, while we were still in the planning stages for our December Disney trip, I was asked to take a look at Lisa Battista’s book – Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (the new 2014 edition). You, my readers, know full well that I will NEVER pass up an opportunity to review a Disney-related book – it’s like two of my passions rolled into one! So, I gladly accepted and now I’d like to share the book with you.
About Beyond the Attractions:
Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers has all the information parents need to plan an unforgettable Walt Disney World vacation with kids, ages 2-5. Written by a mom of young children and Disney veteran, this Walt Disney World travel guide is packed with child-focused information, tips, and insights from a parent’s perspective. Its focus on the unique needs of preschoolers and their parents sets Beyond the Attractions apart from other guides.
From the first chapter, which considers whether your preschooler is ready for a Walt Disney World vacation, how to prepare for the trip and add to your child’s anticipation; the advantages of using a travel agent; and the best times of year to visit, Beyond the Attractions offers a winning combination of practical advice and recommendations presented in a casual, friendly, and accessible format.
Walt Disney World with Preschoolers
Planning your trip to Walt Disney World with preschoolers has never been easier.
Attractions. Find everything you need to know about Walt Disney World attractions in this comprehensive guidebook including must-do attractions for toddlers and preschoolers; attraction elements that may scare small kids; the best attractions for the little daredevils in your family; attractions the whole family can enjoy together; and ideas to keep the kids entertained while waiting in line. There are even recommendations on a variety of alternatives for when the kids need breaks such as wet play areas, air-conditioned theaters, pin trading, and relaxing riverboat or train rides.
Dining at Disney. From character dining to fun preschooler-friendly restaurants, quick-service dining picks, dinner shows, teas, and healthier dining choices for kids, Beyond the Attractions covers it all. The Disney Dining Plan features are clearly explained and analyzed.
Recreation and Hidden Activities. Child-focused recreation options such as pirate adventure cruises, princess and pirate makeovers, and old-fashioned dockside fishing are included as well as descriptions of hidden activities when your kids need a change of pace.
Logistics. Learn about family-friendly services at Walt Disney World such as stroller rentals, Baby Care Centers, and child-care options that will enhance your visit and ease the logistical challenges of traveling with small kids.
Resorts and More. The author discusses each Walt Disney World resort, describes ticket options with the needs of preschoolers in mind, explains how to get around the “World,” includes vacation safety tips and products, and provides tips for successful multigenerational travel.
Maps and Expanded Resources. The expanded resources include a preschooler packing list and vacation planning timeline; maps showing the locations of preschooler-friendly attractions in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom; special events; baby gear rentals; grocery and baby supply delivery services; and medical care facilities and pharmacies.
Save hours of research planning a Walt Disney World vacation that is perfect for your family with this easy-to-read, concise, yet complete Disney World travel guide.
First of all, I’ve said for several years now that NO CHILD IS TOO YOUNG to go to Walt Disney World. (I used to think that you had to wait to take your child until he/she was old enough to remember. But, after taking my son when he was just 2 1/2, I’ve changed my tune!)
That being said, I wish I had this book 5 years ago, when we were planning that trip with a toddler.
And, I’ll go so far as to say that every parent of a preschooler who wants to visit Walt Disney World should have this book!
Lisa has put a TON of time into researching and planning – and then actually enjoying – magical trips to Walt Disney World with preschoolers in tow. She shares how it’s not only possible – but probable – to have a hassle-free, fun trip!
The book starts out by offering a section on planning tips. From there, it moves into lodging options and how to choose what’s best for your family, the various modes of transportation to Disney, touring tips and tricks with preschoolers (including how to entertain the little ones while waiting in line and where the Baby Care Centers are located in the parks), and an in-depth look at the attractions that have the most kid-appeal.
Then, it moves into hidden activities (extra options you might not know about), dining (there’s a world of Disney Dining options – which are best for little ones?), recreation (including playgrounds, pools, etc.), and parades and character greetings (many young children want to meet the characters more than anything else at Disney! So, where can you find them?)
There’s a chapter devoted to child care and safety (what do you do if you lose your child at Disney?). Then Lisa describes the seasonal activities that are available at the World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and more).
The book concludes with tips on paying for your trip (saving idea both before and on your trip), bringing home the magic, and a list of resources (that you’ll definitely want to keep handy!) Then there’s a must-do list for both toddlers and preschoolers, a table of price ranges for dining and recreation options, a planning checklist, and a great packing list for families traveling with preschoolers.
It’s all right here – together in one place! So, if you’re planning an upcoming Disney trip with little ones, this book is all you need! Seriously!