One of the things you look forward to when you have kids is going to Walt Disney World! In speaking with my husband and other parents, we’ve all come to the consensus that we should wait a while, until our kids are five years old.
That’s what Lisa M. Battista, author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2010), thought too, until she started doing research for her own trip to Disney World with her family. Her book dispels the myth that you have to wait until your kids are older. Beyond the Attractions is different from other guide books, because it focuses solely on going to Disney World with preschoolers i.e. kids aged two to five. It will help you plan a magical vacation perfect for your family!
Beyond the Attractions does all the research for you. It covers everything you need to know and things you didn’t know you need to know! Here’s just a short list of what’s included:
- Preparing for the Trip: What to pack, planning ahead, sending things in advance and even how to get your little one excited!
- Where to Stay: What are the unique amenities at the different hotels on-site and which place might be the best for your family?
- How to Get Around and Summaries of the Different Attractions: Considering your child’s temperament, what might be too scary? Do you need to rent a stroller or bring your own? How can you reduce your time waiting in line?
- What to Eat: Great tips on how to save on meals, where to have a picnic, fun stuff like a Princess Tea (I took notice of that one!) and dinner shows, and what to do if you need to consider special dietary needs.
- Childcare: Yes, you can have date-night with your hubby!
The appendices at the back of the book provide quick references to packing lists, dining and recreation costs for different restaurants and attractions, local shopping and medical care, locations of all the playgrounds and pools, must-do lists broken down by age group, where Mickey and his friends will be located to greet your little ones, and phone numbers and websites for other planning resources.
- What I really liked, as a busy mom, is that the book is written in a clear and concise manner. This makes it a quick read, saving you even more time!
So, will we brave Walt Disney World during our preschool years? I think so! After reading Beyond the Attractions, my husband and I are thinking of maybe Christmas 2010, as in a year from now, as in when our twins are somewhere between three and a half and four year old. With this book in hand, I’m sure we will be more than fine! I can’t wait to see the wonder and excitement in my girls’ faces as they experience the Magic of Disney for the first time!
Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2010) by Lisa M. Battista is available for purchase on Amazon.com, but if you purchase directly from the Beyond the Attractions website, you’ll get 30% off! Just enter the code 3DZZTNVL to get your discount (look on the left-hand side or scroll to the bottom of the page for the order link).
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