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Top Walt Disney World Tips for Traveling with Kids
1. Be Flexible

The single most important thing you can do to have a successful Walt Disney World trip with preschoolers is to have a plan and then be willing to deviate from it. When the kids get hot, tired, or over-stimulated, slow down the pace of your touring, have a snack, or take a break in your hotel room.

2. FASTPASS+

Walt Disney World ticket holders may take advantage of FASTPASS+, a means of bypassing the standby line for a much shorter FASTPASS+ queue. Using FASTPASS+ can dramatically decrease the time you spend in line and increase the number of attractions your family will enjoy.

3. Start Early

It’s important to know that crowds are lighter when the parks first open, and during the warmer times of the year the weather is more hospitable early in the day. Get an early start to minimize the amount of time you spend on lines. When the crowds become heavier and the weather warmer, take a break and return to your hotel for a swim and a nap.

4. Use a Stroller

Visiting Disney World is not like a typical day at your park or local zoo. Chances are you’ll be out of your hotel room for hours at a time and your family will put in mile after mile at the theme park and at your resort. Even the most energetic four- or five-year old who would never consider sitting in a stroller at home will likely be asking for one by mid-day.

5. Make Advance Dining Reservations (ADR)

With the many table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World, it’s difficult to imagine not getting a seat at the restaurant of your choice. However, this routinely happens with the large crowds visiting the resort. It is best to make your ADRs, guaranteeing a table, well in advance of your trip by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

6. Don't Force the Issue

Preschoolers are a funny bunch. They sometimes have difficulty communicating a fear or just plain discomfort with a ride or situation. If they resist a particular attraction, don’t force the issue; it’s easier to find a ride they do enjoy than having to coax them on future rides if they have a “bad” experience.


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Reviews for Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers

"Written from a parent’s perspective, Beyond the Attractions focuses on making a WDW trip an enjoyable experience for toddlers and preschoolers, less stressful for parents and other caregivers, and fun for the whole family. The book does so by providing concise, straightforward information that parents with preschoolers need to know about visiting the WDW theme parks and its resort areas.

Parents will dog-ear entire chapters in Beyond the Attractions, as Battista fills the book with useful suggestions. She devotes well-organized chapters to the nuts-and-bolts of baby strollers and baby care centers, identifying appropriate theme-park attractions at each of the four major theme parks, preschooler-friendly Disney recreation and entertainment, and child care and safety.

To some extent, I evaluate a Disney travel guide not only by the accuracy and clarity of information, or by its organization, but by whether I learned something I didn’t know before. Given my own, high-developed, some might say obsessive, interest in Disney, teaching me something new is by no means a guarantee. Battista pulls it off several times, particularly with her tips and “Hidden Activities” chapter.

Parents who pick up Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers(2011) will welcome Lisa Battista’s insights and tips for touring with toddlers and preschoolers. She knows Walt Disney World and her readers’ needs and how they differ from other family and group touring needs. I highly recommend the book for parents who are planning – or planning to plan – a Disney trip with young children." Read More
Debra Peterson, National Disney Travel Examiner


"Taking preschoolers to Disney World is magical because they believe everything is real, and their enthusiasm is contagious. You do have to plan ahead, though, to make sure you have the necessary supplies and appropriate mindset. Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers by Lisa M. Battista can help with your preparations.

The 2011 edition addresses the usual topics of where to stay, dining, attractions and character meet-and-greets, but where the book really shines is in the additional tips Battista offers. She covers everything from what to do if your child is afraid of an automatic potty to which type of theme park tickets to purchase.

The “resources” list at the back of the book also is quite helpful. Battista has compiled information about the closest grocery and discount stores, medical care and places that deliver baby supplies. It exactly what out-of-town visitors with young kids need to navigate their vacations." Read More
Kristin Ford, Orlando Sentinel, The Daily Disney


"I read the book last weekend and I learned stuff I did not know about Disney, and that’s really saying something! I also have a toddler and I found the book to be extremely informative for both parents making their first trip with a toddler as well as for parents making a return trip. I really enjoyed it!" Read More
Kristin, couponingtodisney.com


Thankfully, Lisa M. Battista (author of Beyond the Attractions) has created a great guide with the youngest little travelers in mind!

So, we’d absolutely LOVE to do Disney World one day (and unless we wait a really long time), we’ll likely have at least one preschooler. This book will be a FABULOUS reference. And, even though the book is specifically about Disney World, I actually found NUMEROUS tips & suggestions perfect for Disneyland too!

If you’re planning a Disney vacation with little ones, I definitely recommend snagging a copy of “Beyond the Attrac­tions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers”. Read More
Sara, momendeavors.com

"I’ve just read a top-notch Walt Disney World Guide Book. I cannot tell you how much I adore this book. It’s called “Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers.”

I wish I had known about this book when we took our first trip in 2010. I spent countless hours researching the parks, and this book breaks everything down for you in such an easy-to-read manner. The information in it is priceless. " Read More
Leigh, hinessightblog.com


"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.

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." Read More
Beth, pursuingthemagic.com


"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!" Read More
Beth, adisneymomsthoughts.com


"I was honored to be able to review the 2011 edition of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers. While there are a number of great Disney World guidebooks on the market, most are “general” types of books, providing valuable information, but not necessarily the kind of things that a mom (or dad) specifically needs to know when traveling to Disney with little ones. Such as which attractions your preschooler will probably love…and which ones could very likely scare the dickens out of them. Or how the Baby Care Centers can be a lifesaver... Beyond the Attractions provides this information and a great deal more, making it indispensable in my opinion, for anyone who will be visiting Disney World with preschoolers or toddlers. Even Disney veterans who may have been many times before, will benefit from Lisa’s practical “mom” perspective, especially if this is a first trip with young children.

Traveling to Disney with little ones has its own challenges that Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers will definitely prepare you for. Will you find this to be a helpful book as you plan your Disney vacation with your preschoolers? I am sure of it. In fact, I am sure that you will find this to be a helpful book even if you are a family of adults." Read More
Nancy, theaffordablemouse.com


"I loved reading the book to prepare for this review. Lisa provides lots of great tips, and while there are some excellent general WDW guide books out there, it's nice to have one so well geared to a specific audience. Throughout the book, she maintains the focus of travel with preschoolers and we all know if we keep the little ones happy, the rest of the group has a much better time.

Beyond the Attractions is well-organized to make it an easy quick reference guide. There are chapters covering topics ranging from preparing for your trip to bringing home the magic and just about everything in between. The chapter on child care and safety won't be found in any general WDW guide and has some valuable information for keeping your kiddos safe while away from home.

Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011) will be a valuable resource to anyone planning a trip to WDW with small children. Even if you've braved it before, I'm sure you'll learn something new from this excellent book." Read More
Amy, growingupdisney.com


"Even though I feel like I know a fair amount about vacationing at Disney World, I still love reading about trip planning and ideas. It's exciting to revisit your favorite places and memories, and you never know when you'll pick up a few good tips for your family's next visit.

[But] I also enjoyed some of the extra, unique topics covered - like a whole chapter dedicated to Hidden Activities. I found this chapter highly enjoyable, as it's filled with numerous details on "extra" amusements and opportunities that are available ... some of which I had little to no previous awareness of.

This isn't a huge guide, but that's part of what I found refreshing, and it's the conciseness and relative brevity that makes it so effectual. There are so many different types of vacations you can have at Disney World. In a minimal amount of time, this really helps you to focus on the most pragmatic tips for taking your preschoolers to see Mickey - and making sure it is a magical, memorable vacation of a lifetime for the whole family! Read More
Tami, coloradomountainmom.com


"Obviously most of you know I live in Central Florida and get quite a dose of Walt Disney World. I’ve lived here most of my life and after 20 years you kind of assume you know everything. The book Beyond The Attractions: A Guide To Walt Disney World With Preschoolers has taught me that I’m wrong. But I have never been happier!

The books is just filled with smart tips for your entire stay. I can say I learned a few things which was unexpected since I thought I “knew it all”." Read More
Lee, mysentimentexactlee.com


"So if somebody asked me if they should take their preschooler to Walt Disney World, my reply would be a quick no. However, after reading this book, I would modify that answer by suggesting they buy a copy and use Lisa Battista’s experience and insight to find a way to make the trip wonderful for the entire family.

The reality is for many families they have to balance the needs of their preschoolers with older siblings and they just cannot leave the toddler at home with a relative. So if you have to bring that little bundle of joy with you, I highly recommend you follow the author’s Top Six tips.

Some of the best information in the book is the look at the parks through the needs and desires of preschoolers. How scary is that ride? Where should you stay? What special activities would be meaningful and otherwise overlooked if you followed the stuff in other guidebooks? The book outlines attractions that are preschooler-friendly, those that would appeal to “Lil’ Daredevils”, places to take a rest, and fun attractions for the whole family.

Beyond the Attractions is an excellent resource for those with preschoolers (ages 2-5) and it will save you a lot of grief if you heed its advice. For that limited audience, I strongly recommend this book." Read More
Sam, samlanddisney.blogspot.com


"Updated annually, this guide book written by mother and Disney veteran, Lisa M. Battista, offers tips for travelers at any level of experience. I was happily surprised when I kept seeing tips and tricks that I had never known!

This book includes the necessary chapters on lodging, transportation, dining, attractions (including the height requirements - I unfortunately received this the day after I finished looking them all up individually for Jenny!), but also includes so many extras that go above and beyond the standard guide books. Beyond the average book are chapters on recreation, child care and safety, and even Lisa's very own must-do lists for children of different ages.

I can gladly say that you will not be disappointed by Lisa's Beyond the Attractions." Read More
Jenn, disneybabiesblog.blogspot.com


"I loved this book because author Lisa M. Battista does a wonderful job covering all aspects of planning a Disney World trip with preschoolers.

Not only is the book packed with helpful information, but the Beyond the Attractions website also offers updates as well so you can be prepared for any major changes.

I loved reading Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers and learned so much that I highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Disney World with preschoolers in tow. Armed with author, Lisa M. Battista’s, exciting, sensible, and age-appropriate tips, families will have more fun, fewer melt-downs, and lots of memories!" Read More
Tesa, 2wired2tired.com


"Beyond the Attractions provides useful advice to touring parents from a seasoned WDW veteran who has toured the parks with preschoolers many times. The traps are exposed and then navigated around. But the book does not simply provide advice on how to prevent meltdowns, it shows that with some foresight, preschoolers can enjoy WDW as much as their parents or older siblings.

Battista’s method, the overarching theme of her approach, is preparedness. That theme is introduced early in the book and reinforced throughout. Very early on Battista sets out her “Top Six Tips,” the first of which, not surprisingly, is “Have a Plan.” But what sets Beyond the Attractions apart is that Battista tells us in great detail HOW to plan and then provides the tools to ensure that the plan is workable.

Beyond the Attractions provides all of the information and tools necessary to plan a memorable WDW vacation with preschoolers. Armed with this information and prodded by Battista’s constant reminder to plan, odds are that your vacation will be a dream." Read More
John, thedisneydrivenlife.com


"Where do I begin? First off, I’d like to say, that this is an AMAZING book!

I’m not normally a book reader, but for anything Disney related I am. And since I’m such a planner – this is very, very helpful in planning for your vacation with your young children. But even so, you don’t need young children to use this guide. It’s a great guide for even adults that want to dive deep for Disney magic or just help with getting the most out of Walt Disney World.

With receiving this book, it was almost like a challenge to me – because I thought I knew everything about Disney…or the Magic Kingdom. Boy was I wrong. I had never stayed in the park, always outside the park. I haven’t been to many of the other parks besides the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Whether you are a first timer, a Disney veteran or in the middle of the two – this is an amazing book. Amazing!" Read More
Nicolle, babeelove.com


"Why am I reading and reviewing a book that is written towards a family with children between the ages of two and five, when I have a child that is now nine, and will turn 10 during our next trip to Disney? To be honest, I wasn't sure why at first. I thought about it a long time before asking Lisa about the review, and the conclusion I came to was that regardless of the age of Sophie, there are still some things that apply to our family. In addition, next year we will be taking a vacation with Sophie's godmother and her family, and their children fall into that age category, so I'll be able to help them also by having read the book. For those reasons, plus the fact that I love to explore all aspects of Disney, I decided to do the book review.

Throughout the book I have found example after example of things that I didn't realize about Walt Disney World. For example, did you know that there is a small hedge maze over in the United Kingdom that you and your family can use as a relaxation point during your trip to Epcot? Or that you can get a pony ride over at Fort Wilderness, or watch the blacksmith work? I have been to Walt Disney World eleven times, and I never knew either of those facts!

There are so many interesting things scattered throughout the book, if you have small children and are considering a trip to Disney World, I cannot encourage you enough to take a look at this book. For more information on how to purchase the book, visit the Beyond the Attractions website today!" Read More
Mickey, mydreamsofdisney.com


"This book was perfect for our family! Hayden is 2 but he will be 3 when we go in March! This book helps you plan an amazing vacation to Disney World and is aimed toward Children Ages 2-5!

I wish I would have had this book when we took Hayden earlier this year for his 2nd birthday! Before w went I scoured the Internet for advice on Disney World with toddlers and this book would have been PERFECT!

Even though I was pretty familiar with Disney World, especially since we had just been there with our toddler, it was a great read and I learned some new things!" Read More
Melissa, www.sippycupmom.com


"Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschools is such a big hit on Twitter and Amazon that I had to get my own copy!

I wish Beyond the Attractions focuses on the things that I definitely had missed and would have been so grateful to have known!

While these are the basic topics, what I found was that Lisa added so many tips I decided to begin turning down the corners of my carefully highlighted book so I could quickly refer to the tips, additional planning information shared and the research I needed to do as a result of information given. Looking at my book now, I have nearly 30 pages with the pages downturned!

The book is great for yourself, but also makes for a great gift for those that will be vacationing with a preschooler to Walt Disney World. Really, I honestly would have been so grateful to have had this book before vacationing with my little one there at Disney World!" Read More
Natalie, meetthemagic.com


"I had an English teacher who taught me to always read a book with a highlighter in hand. So I sat down with my copy of "Beyond The Attractions; A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers" by Lisa M. Battista and drown my copy of the book in green highlighter. There is so much good information about visiting DisneyWorld with toddlers and preschoolers in this book that my green highlighter didn't get much of a break. In fact, I needed that green highlighter just the other day, I grabbed it and it was out of ink from my highlight-fest with "Beyond The Attractions; A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers".

I love, love, LOVE the Planning Checklist at the end of the book (page 169) - it starts with a check list at 6 months before the vacation, then another checklist at 3 months, 2 months, 1 months, down to weeks then down to days ahead. It also has a Packing List for preschoolers. The book is worth getting just for those lists!

Beyond The Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers is a must have for a Disney World vacation with toddlers and preschoolers." Read More
Ashlie, dottydotdotdesign1.blogspot.com


"I seriously love to plan our Disney trips, and I read every book I can get my hands on. I recently had the opportunity to check out Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers by Lisa M. Battista.

This book is a little different than your average Disney guide book, because it focuses on giving you ideas on how to enjoy the parks with preschoolers in mind. The beginning of the book focuses on preparing for your trip, and I really thought she had some great ideas that I wouldn’t have even thought of, like preparing your children for the characters they will meet.

This book is filled with lots of great ideas to help you makes the most of the Disney Parks with your children, from the very beginning planning stages all the way to coming home. If you plan on heading to Disney World with preschoolers, I recommend you pick this book up to help you make the most of your trip." Read More
Christy, thriftyandthriving.com


"Lisa M. Battista has written a book designed to take the hassle out of a Walt Disney World vacation, especially for parents of preschoolers. It’s designed to help you prepare for your big trip, and it’s called Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers. This book is such a wealth of information and is definitely a resource I’ll be keeping on hand for when the time comes. Just to give you an idea of the contents of this book, the following is a brief synopsis:

This book is so comprehensive, covering details parents might not ordinarily have thought of. It really helps so much with planning and prepping, so that you can fully relax and enjoy the trip. I definitely recommend this guide for any family’s trip to Walt Disney World." Read More
Mel, mamabzz.com


"First I love the planning part. There is even a section where you can figure out if your child is even ready for a Disney World trip. I know that was my biggest question, especially with the characters walking around and their short attention spans.

I also love that they had sections dedicated to places to eat and what attractions are must sees for kids in preschool.

My final favorite part of this book is the fact that you don't HAVE to read it in order. It is split up into sections where you can read what you want and skip the rest. So I would suggest if you have preschool aged kids that you want to take to Disney World that you check this book out!" Read More
Emmi, mommys-freetime.blogspot.com


"Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers is an amazing book that will talk you through everything you need to know and do while on your trip. From meal and hotels, to attractions and hidden activities that are a must for young children!

Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World has helped me with many of my concerns. Lisa M. Battista breaks down everything you will need to know and categorized it into easy to read and find locations throughout her book. I not only know where the must take your child to spots are, but also the places to avoid with young children." Read More
Krista, heavenlysavings.blogspot.com


"You know when you pick up a book and open it to the middle and learn something on that very page, it's probably going to be a good one. This was my experience with Lisa Battista's Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers. Lisa's book, filled with tons of information specifically for younger children, gave me a lot of great ideas.

Beyond the Attractions includes the type of things you'd expect from a Disney travel guide, like descriptions of age-appropriate rides, but it's more than that. Lisa's perspective is different from many travel writers. She's on the ground, in the trenches, with her kids, so she knows what it's like to discover that you've run out of diapers in the middle of the Magic Kingdom or how difficult it can be to drag toddlers around a rainy park. At under 200 pages, Beyond the Attractions is small enough to throw in your carry-on luggage. It's a keeper; I'll be taking it on my next trip to the World." Read More
Chris, everythingwdw.blogspot.com

 
 
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