Friday, April 6, 2012

Beyond the Attractions Review and Giveaway (Giveaway Now Closed)

Traveling to Walt Disney World with little ones is absolutely one of the most magical experiences I have had.  Seeing Disney and the magic it holds through their eyes makes every moment of planning and every penny spent worth it.  But the key is planning!  Before having children, I wouldn't say I was an expert on Disney, but I could certainly get around to our favorite attractions, restaurants and shows without a problem, even traveling during some of the busiest seasons.  But I realized in 2008, when I traveled with three little ones (ages 10 months, 2 years and 3.5 years), that vacationing in Disney with kids is an entirely different vacation.  I won't say I wasn't prepared, but I will say bringing three kids in diapers, two strollers and one diaper bag made for a very busy week.

If you are planning to take your little ones to Walt Disney World, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Lisa Battista's "Beyond the Attraction"  Disney guidebook.  This book will help you plan your trip to Disney, starting with a discussion on whether or not your child is ready for a Disney trip.  She then shares steps to planning your magical vacation with your preschooler from the perspective of a mom who has been through it herself.  This leads into preparing your child for this type of a vacation and other valuable tips for advanced planning.


Once through the planning and preparing for your trip, Lisa discusses the attractions, dining and recreational activities appropriate for preschoolers.  This is a great resource because the attractions section details what you can expect, but also shares some attractions that may be unexpectedly scary for your child.  Even better, Lisa includes the height restrictions for the attractions found throughout Walt Disney World.  This is great information to know ahead of time to be sure you don't talk up a ride to your child and then find out when you arrive, they are not tall enough to experience it.  The dining is very thorough with an overview of the dining plan,  advanced dining reservations and family friendly restaurants throughout the parks and resorts.

The Child Care and Safety section includes invaluable information for any parent traveling to Walt Disney World, from the Baby Care Centers to your child's safety in the parks to child proofing your resort room.

Being that this book is geared toward traveling to Walt Disney World with preschoolers, it is an amazing resource for parents looking to plan their trip, whether they are Disney Rookies or Disney Veterans.  The information Lisa provides will make sure you are prepared before arriving, as well as how to enjoy every minute of the magic while in Disney.

Starting today, I am giving away a copy of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers, along with one our favorite books here at home - the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters.  I've added in the character encyclopedia because Lisa shares a very valuable piece of advice when it comes to preparing your children for a trip to Disney. . . have your children be familiar with the characters.  I could not agree with her more! This encyclopedia is a great way to familiarize your child with many of Disney's characters.  Even better, one of my readers and my friend, Beth, over at A Disney Mom's Thoughts has used the encyclopedia as an autograph book, which sparked conversation from the characters.

To win a copy of Beyond the Attractions and the Disney Encyclopedia of Animated Characters, you can enter below - good luck!  Thank you so much to Lisa for letting me giveaway one of her books!


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18 comments:

Susan Vojtik said...

Thank you for the giveaway.  Looks like an awesome book!

Susan Vojtik said...

I think any age is a great age for kids.  My daughter loves watching our home dvds from when she was just 18 months old!

Distherapy said...

Lisa's book looks amazing!!  As a mom of a teen and young adult, who visited WDW every year since they were babies, I'd say ANY age is the perfect age to visit!

Melissa_FillingOurBucket said...

I think any age is great. I used to think anything under the age of 5 wasn't worth it...until I took my son at 11 months. He of course won't remember it, but he definitely loved it!! Next time we go he will be almost 3, so this book would be perfect for us!!

Lynn Green Brooks said...

Any age is great for kids.  I have 3 kids and each of their first trip was when they were 1 yr old and one went before he was even born LOL.  Even though they were only 1 when they went for the first time, they always talked about it. 

Amyandjuniorbyrd said...

We waited until my son was 5 years old. But when he was 7 he really got to enjoy it as he could ride more of the rides.

Tigger2 said...

We have taken our son 3 times to Disneyland. When he was 14 months old, 3 years and 5.
We have enjoyed it each time and he remembers something new each time.
We love Disney and are planning on going again soon.

dawnie626 said...

just came back from WDW with our 4 year old son.  it was an amazing time and we want to go back asap!!

Kate said...

Any age! Our son went at 2 and 2 1/2. And we'll be back when hes almost 4 and our daughter will be 1 1/2. I'm so excited!

Paula Dycus Hudson said...

my 2 were 7 & 10 and it was a blast we hope to return this fall with my 5yr old niece!

Amy Christiansen said...

We've taken my niece nearly every year since she turned 1. Every year has been a different experience, but once she was finally able to ride all of the rides, around age 6, we had the most fun.

Dppage said...

I would love to win the books.  I am a true Disney fanatic and bringing my family up the same way.  I went for the first time in 1972.  I have an 11 year old son but lots of nieces I would love to share the books with. 

Dppage said...

I brought my son for hte first time when he was 4 and he loved it and remembers a lot of it.

Cathleen King said...

I don't think there's a best age.  I would any age is the best time.

Beth Green said...

:) Thanks for the shout out!!  Great review and 2 great books!!

Sean said...

We took our son when he was almost three, loved every minute of it and he loves to look back at the pictures and videos.   Thanks for a great giveaway and good luck to all who enter!   

guest said...

I think any age is great for kids.  I've brought all three of my kids at various ages starting before each one was one and they have certainly enjoyed the magic every time!

Nicole D said...

I started bringing my kids when they were 2.  We make photo books when we get home and those books get a lot of use!