Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kid Tips for Walt Disney World by Tracie A. Cook

This week’s Disney review is for the kids - - -

Blog-Cover-copy-195x300 Now kids can help plan their family’s Walt Disney World vacation!

This informative and charming book is filled with useful tips written by experienced kid-travelers. With a kid’s-eye view on everything from the best rides to the restaurants with the tastiest foods, you’ll get ideas on how to make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation. Included is an interactive opportunity for children to share their tips and experiences with the author.

Well written and easy to read, this helpful book will provide enjoyment for the whole family.

full-240x300 Tracie Cook is a teacher and travel writer. She has been visiting Walt Disney World since her childhood. She lives in Michigan with her family.

Tracie says “When I decided to write “Kid Tips for Walt Disney World” . . .I combined my two passions–Disney & education–and dared to write.  I still can’t believe how successful the books have been.”

If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, and you have kids (I’ll say ages 7-13), then I’d highly recommend this book!  This book is basically “by kids, for kids”.  Here’s a snippet from the “Meet the Kid Tipsters” page in the book:

Kid Tipsters from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico shared their tips about visiting Walt Disney World.  So, what is a tip? A tip is really just a piece of advice.

So, there you have the jist of this book.  Author/compiler, Tracie Cook has divided the book into various chapters/sections:

  • A Magical Vacation – basically the introductory materials and a “Disney Speak” dictionary
  • Know Before You Go – Tips on planning your  trip.  What can you do ahead to prepare? 
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Water Parks
  • Downtown Disney
  • Disney Resorts
  • Character Meals
  • Holiday and Special Events
  • Kid Tipster Resources – information on becoming a Kid Tipster, and printable resources kids can use during their trip
  • Final Thoughts

The park chapters are divided up further into sections, relating to the various sections of the park.  The contain a Kids’ Vote page (top attraction in that park, park rating, etc.), an Attraction Rating page (what kids voted as OK, Good, and Awesome!), and various black and white pictures. They also contain a Best Places to Eat section. 

I love that all the tips in this book are by kids.  Gracie very much enjoyed reading through this ENTIRE book.  Various times, during her reading, she would stop and say “hey, Mom, guess what?” or “hey, Mom, did you know . . .” or “Mom, we need to remember to do (or see) . . .”

Each Kid Tipster is listed by first name and age, as well as the town and state where they reside.  This makes the book more personal.  Several times, Gracie would ask if I knew where a town was in PA (our home state) and tell me that so-and-so lived there. 

This book, used along a more traditional Disney planning guide for kids, would make for some great before-travel reading.  Get your kids involved in the planning!

Stay tuned --- in a few weeks, I’ll be reviewing another of Tracie’s books – Walt Disney Word ADVENTURE – A Field Guide & Activity Book for Explorers.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Tracie and her resources by visiting her website – just click on this button ===>

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Kid Tips for Walt Disney World can be purchased from Amazon for only $8.05.  This  book is also available for the Kindle.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not obligated to write a positive review.  All books recommended on my blog and on my Suggested Disney Resources page are ones that I have read and/or used in my home and have enjoyed!

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