We are getting SO excited for our Disney trip in just 10 days!! While I’m at some media events, Mr. Mom Endeavors will be own his own with our two little guys in the park, so I’ve been making lists and doing some planning for him. Plus, I’m not entirely sure why–maybe because we’re spending 3 full days there (the most I’ve ever spent in a single Disneyland trip) or maybe because we’re going as our own little nuclear family for the first time ever– but I’ve found myself doing more research/planning for this trip than any other time we’ve gone! Thankfully, I’ve been getting some help from a great Disney planning resource– “Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers”.
When you live on this (west) side of the country, people talking about Disney vacations most often means Disneyland. However, for many of you, a Disney vacation only means one thing–Walt Disney World in Florida! But, no matter which Disney Park is your go-to destination, like us, many visitors are traveling to a Disney park with at least one preschooler in tow. I personally believe the Disney experience is super fun & magical at any age, but obviously, what you can experience & how it’s experienced can vary greatly depending on age! Thankfully, Lisa M. Battista (author of Beyond the Attractions) has created a great guide with the youngest little travelers in mind!
Here’s a brief synopsis of what the book covers to give you a rough idea:
The first few chapters cover all kinds of planning & prep information–perfect for getting all those logistical things taken care of (tickets, travel, transportation, gear, packing, touring the parks, etc).
Next up is all the fun stuff– attractions (especially those geared toward preschoolers/family), hidden activities (things average Disney travelers might not know about), dining, recreation, parades & character greetings!
The last few chapters cover some important topics (like child safety) and special resources, including seasonal events, FASTPASS information, and some comprehensive lists. You’ll find lists covering Must-DO activities, character greeting locations, dining & recreation rates, a planning checklist, and a packing list. As a list-lover, I found this section especially awesome!!
This will actually be my 3rd time traveling to a Disneyland with preschoolers. Our first time with a kiddo in tow was when Big Brother was about 27 months. Experiencing the park through the eyes of such a little guy was, dare I say…magical. I know he won’t remember it, but his daddy & I certainly do.
The second time was last August and we had an even littler guy in tow. Big Brother was a few months over 4, while Little Brother was just 16 months! There were some challenges with Little Brother being so young, but he still did great for the most part. And, seeing those little barely-toddler legs dancing to the parade was one of the cutest things ever!
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! The child safety section certainly applies either place, as do many of the tips on strollers, FASTPASSES (& rider swap), entertaining the kids while waiting in line, and the packing lists! Even though I consider myself an experienced Disneyland traveler, I’m thrilled with some of the tips & ideas I’ve picked up by reading the book. Plus, it’s given me lots of things to look into at Disneyland that I hadn’t thought to do before!
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”. You can head over to the Beyond the Attractions website & order a copy for 30% off the regular price. The guide is available in paperback, plus on Kindle & Nook! Or…you can WIN IT!
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One lucky Mom Endeavors’ reader will win a copy of “Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers”!!
Congrats to lucky comment #6!! Katie, hope your husband (or you) get some great tips from the book! 🙂 Enjoy!
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Disclosure: I was received a complimentary copy of the book for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.