Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers is written by Lisa M. Battista and was first published by CreateSpace on October 1, 2010. The latest edition was re-published on November 22, 2014.
It is written by a Disney “mom” with small children for anyone who is planning on visiting Walt Disney World with preschool aged children.
Unlike most of the Walt Disney World guide books for families with children this one is aimed squarely at preschoolers, children between the ages of 2 and 5.
It focuses on the four main theme parks (it deliberately ignores the water parks) and is not so much a general guide to Walt Disney World as a guide to how to plan and more importantly how to relax and enjoy a trip to Walt Disney World with young children.
Unlike most of the Walt Disney World guide books for families with children this one is aimed squarely at preschoolers, children between the ages of 2 and 5
Taking young children to somewhere like Walt Disney World can be a daunting prospect and this is where Beyond the Attractions can help by taking away some of the stress. It is packed with practical advice and child-focussed tips such as deciding whether your children are even up to a trip to Disney, the logistics of travelling, coping with sleeping away from home, safety, comprehensive packing lists for preschool children and a planning timeline checklist from 6 months out and counting down to the final day.
There are reviews of all the Walt Disney World Resort hotels with details of their “child-friendliness” including restaurants, play facilities, activities and pools.
Once at the parks, the book can help you identify rides and attractions that are suitable for preschoolers as well as highlighting those rides that are potentially unsuitable and those that are suitable for the whole family. If your children are more adventurous then there are suggestions on what rides and shows to try as well as details on height restrictions.
There are “Must Do” lists for toddlers (aged 2–3) and preschoolers (aged 4–5). For each park, there is a simple map highlighting the appropriate rides and attractions.
When they start to flag, help is at hand with advice on waiting in line, strollers, where to take a break, hidden activities, locations of the Baby Care Centers, where they can play and coping with rainy days. There is also information on the parades, nighttime firework shows and character greetings.
At the back of the book there is useful information on local grocery and discount stores and where you can get baby supplies delivered to your resort.
For up to date information, the book is backed up by a dedicated website where you can pick up all the latest updates.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition.