Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to WDW with Preschoolers" Giveaway

My friend, Lisa M. Battista, is the author of the web site Beyond the Attractions and the fantastic book Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers.  Lisa is a contributor to The Disney Moms and Chip & Company along with me.  She has graciously given me a copy of her book and asked me to write a review for my readers!  In return, we will have a giveaway where one of my readers will also receive a copy of her book!

Beyond the Attractions, is the perfect book if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World with a preschooler.  While there are many awesome planning books for a WDW trip, this is the only one I've seen that deals specifically with preschool age children.  As a mom of a 3 year old and another on the way, this is the perfect book for our family!

I took 2 trips to Walt Disney World when my son was almost 23 months and again at  2 3/4 years.  The one thing I learned on both of these trips is to PLAN!  Both of these trips would have been so much easier had I had Lisa's book to help.  While I wouldn't trade these memories for anything, knowing what I know now after reading her book these trips could have been a lot easier.

The introduction provides some very helpful tips for traveling with preschoolers.  In Chapter 1, she helps you answer the most important question, "Is your child ready for a Disney World vacation?"  Too many parents don't think this through before starting the planning part of a Disney vacation!

Throughout the book she covers the details of a Disney vacation: preparing for a trip, planning the trip, where to stay, how to get there, touring the parks, attractions, activities, dining, recreation, parades, characters, safety and paying for the fun!  The chapter on attractions is my favorite.  It gives height restrictions for attractions along with descriptions of the rides, specifically those that may be too intense or scary for little ones, for all 4 theme parks.

Another plus for me is the resources in the back!  I love lists and this book gives great lists of things you may need while planning your vacation: WDW phone numbers, web site resources, other planning books, and Orlando area medical care and shopping places.  You will also find a list of "Must Do" things for toddlers and preschoolers at WDW, a list of character greeting areas and dining rates.  There is a planning checklist starting 6 months before your vacation and a suggested packing list for your preschooler.

If you are interested in wining this book, you can follow the Rafflecopter instructions below!  Thanks to Lisa for allowing me to review the book and providing the giveaway.  Good Luck!


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23 comments:

  1. I want to win this book because I am taking my niece to WDW in OCtober and she'll be turning 4 during the trip!

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  2. I love DW and can't wait to take my 3yo and my 1yo!

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  3. I have a friend with a one year old who wants to plan a trip to Disney World soon. I would share the book with her.

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  4. I have 3 kids, 11, 3 and 2.  This would be a big help for our trips to WDW

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  5. This book looks like it has a lot of great tips and I'm always looking for more

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  6. I would love this book for myself and for my sister who just had a baby. I have two kids with Down Syndrome and they have a much younger mentality..

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  7. This book would be perfect for my family trip to Disney. My brother has a 3 yr and one on the way. I have a one yr old. This would be a great planning tool.

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  8. This book would be great for the upcoming family Disney trip I'll be taking with my son, nephew and niece. All three kids will be 5 and under on the trip. 

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  9. I can give it to someone who has kids.

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  10. I am bringing a 20 mth old, a 5 yr old and a 11 yr old, I am a grandmother, bringing all 3 by my self, could use some help in using a guide to help with kids.

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  11. Jacqueline PhelanApril 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I would love to win this book because I am taking my 5 year old daughter, 4 year old nephew, 2 year old daughter and 1 year old niece to WDW in Dec and I totally need this book in my life. ;)

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  12. I have been to DisneyWorld almost every year since I was two, so.now with my first child, I would love for him to fall in love with the magical experiences like I do. I love learning new tips about visiting so this book would definitely be put to good use in our family! ;-)

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  13. We are going to Disney in September with a 5 year old, this would be a great addition to our planning.

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  14. Love books on Disney, will be great to have one that applies to activities for my 3 (soon to be 4) kids

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  15. My boys are 3 and 1 - we just moved to Georgia and have been talking about making the drive to Orlando to see all that Disney has to offer.  My husband and I have never been to the park, so this book would be perfect for us!  We want to make sure that our preschoolers have a great time and also make sure that we don't miss anything!

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  16. would love to win this book....2 of my 4 children are perfect age to get useful info for our wdw trips!!!  :D

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  17. I would love to win this book for our upcoming trip in August. 3 little boys, 3 and under :)

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  18. this would be perfect to add to my collection of disney knowledge/needs!

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  19. I would love to win this book to help plan our Oct 2012 trip with our DD2 : )

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  20.  It would make a great gift for a friend who is planning a trip next year. My kids are older and we go every year but I still love reading all kinds if Disney travel books to get different perspectives on WDW that I may miss.

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  21. with 2 kids under 4 it would sure help with planning

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  22. Melissa_FillingOurBucketApril 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    This would be perfect for when we are going to go next! Fall of 2013, the little man will be almost 3!

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  23. what a great book to help plan our upcoming trip with our little miss! thanks for the chance to win it!

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