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. Like most Disney nerds, I think I know a lot about Disney World, but I also know that I can something new. And while I’ve visited Disney World for years as an adult, I’ve only been taking small children to Disney World for the last few years. 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. Sure, she’ll tell you about It’s a Small World or describe a resort, but she’ll also tell you where to take your little one off site when he’s sick and provide you with a mom-certified packing list of things you just might not know you needed. 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.
Most travel guides focus on taking older kids to Disney World. Beyond the Attractions recognizes that the needs of younger children are different and that your touring style will have to reflect that. At the end of the book, you’ll find useful appendices full of information that you might not have time to compile yourself or maybe didn’t even think of. 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.
You can purchase Lisa’s book here and listen to Lisa discuss her book on the WDW Today podcast here. If you’d like a free copy of Lisa’s book, I put up a duplicate post at Chip and Co. Be the first to comment and I’ll send you one!