Beyond the Attractions Review and Giveaway!

My friend Lisa Battista has released her next edition of her popular “Beyond the Attractions” series, and she has graciously agreed to let me review it and also have a giveaway contest on the blog!  Thanks Lisa!

In this writers opinion, “Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers” is the book to read if you have young preschool aged children that you are considering taking to Walt Disney World.  Lisa is a parent, just like I am and a lot of you are, so she has been through the trenches, so to speak, and gathered up all of the information you need to make great planning decisions on how to approach your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation — or even if you should go at all right now.

So many people approach a Disney World vacation with the mindset of “Why should I take my young child to Disney World before they reach the age of five?  They won’t remember anything about it!”  However, while there may be some things that they don’t remember about the trip later on, it is my belief that they will still have a wonderful time, and you, as a parent, will really make some memories that will last a lifetime (and perhaps get a great picture of your child with a character that you can save for their graduation or rehearsal dinner before they get married!)

The key to any Walt Disney World vacation, or really, to any vacation at all, is planning.  That is what really sets Beyond the Attractions apart.  There are a ton of books available about Walt Disney World, but there are really only a few that are geared specifically towards taking small, preschool aged children to Walt Disney World.  And Lisa’s book is the best of the bunch in my opinion!

Beyond the Attractions has a ton of information in it, including the following sections:

  • Lisa’s Top Six Tips for Travel with Preschoolers
    • These six tips are essential to remember when taking your preschoolers to Disney World.  Follow these and you will have a vacation to remember!
  • Planning your trip
    • Best times of the year to visit
    • Should you get a travel agent or not?
    • Preparing your child for your Disney trip
    • Taking multiple generations of family or friends to Disney World
  • Disney Lodging
    • Benefits of staying on property
    • What class of hotel should you look at getting (Value, Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa)
  • Transportation
    • How are you getting to Disney World?
    • How are you going to get around at Disney World?
  • Touring
    • Great advice on how to plan your days at Walt Disney World
    • Reducing wait times, and entertaining the kids while in line
    • Where are the Baby Care Centers?
    • Yuck!  It’s raining!  What to do now?
  • Attractions
    • Lisa includes all sorts of categories of attractions, including Preschooler-friendly, Lil’ Daredevils, Fun for the Whole Family, Heed the Warnings, Attraction Height Requirements, and Taking a Break.
  • Dining (Everything you want to know)
  • Recreation
  • Parades and Character Greetings
  • Child Care and Safety
  • And much more

At 183 pages, plus an index to find things quickly, this book is chock-full of great information to help you get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation.  At only $15.99 for the paperback version, or $7.99 for the Kindle edition, this book is very reasonably priced in my opinion.  You can purchase the book at Amazon.

In addition, Lisa has generously agreed to allow us to have a contest!  If you are interested in winning a copy of the print edition of the book, go ahead and leave me a comment on this post.  Only comments left on this post will count as an entry, just one comment per person please.  The winning entry will be selected using the website based off all the comments received by 11:59PM on Friday, October 21st, 2011.  The winner will be selected on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 and announced on the blog, the My Dreams of Disney Facebook page, and via Twitter on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.  If the winner doesn’t email us within 24 hours after notification, a second winner will be chosen on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011.

Thank you for reading, and good luck everyone! registered & protected