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Planet Explorers Walt Disney World: A Travel Guide for Kids [Kindle Edition]

Laura Schaefer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description


This fun and informative ebook includes everything an 8-12 year-old needs to know about Walt Disney World, including information about attractions in all four of the parks, food options near your family's favorite rides, live entertainment, and Disney resorts.

Children are what Walt Disney World is all about. Why not buy an affordable guidebook written just for them? Let older children plan out your days in the park and give them a useful tool to do it. They'll love the interactive hyperlinks and interesting trivia about Walt Disney throughout. These links fire up learning and make a Walt Disney World vacation even richer for the whole family.

Every area and attraction of Walt Disney World is covered and given a notation of S (Scary), A (Awesome), T (Thrilling), D (Dark), or W (Wet) when necessary. There is a section devoted to each of the theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Another large section describes the rest of Walt Disney World, including Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney, each Walt Disney Resort and several food spots. Finally, the book wraps up with a short quiz, "Disneyisms," and interactive links about several Disney Imagineers.

The book contains tween-friendly descriptions of what's what at Walt Disney World and includes useful tips at the end of each park section to help time-crunched families get more excitement out of each day. Now kids can help plan the family vacation.

From fun facts to history, attraction highlights to quizzes, Planet Explorers guidebooks have it all. Don't miss our other titles, including Planet Explorers Disneyland, Planet Explorers Disney Cruise Line, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: A Planet Explorers Travel Guide for Kids, Planet Explorers New York City, Planet Explorers London, Planet Explorers Chicago, and our Walt Disney World Character Finder. Have fun!

Editorial Reviews


"Tips and history was well written. Laura Schaefer did an awesome job, and everything is current and accurate." ~Amazon reviewer

"Planet Explorers has latched onto a truly novel concept: why not create a series of ebooks designed specifically to meet the needs of these future world explorers?" ~Edward Lee, Trekscribbler

"Laura Schaefer's Planet Explorers books for kids are outstanding. They are the future of guidebooks, and while they were written for kids, I absolutely love them. I hope Schaefer writes books for every city in the world, because she's really onto something..." ~Robin Landry, Amazon Vine Voice

From the Author

Author Laura Schaefer explains the concept behind the Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids series:

"I wanted to give young readers an easy way to become vacation experts. The whole philosophy behind the series is empowering kids. E-book technology allows you to jump from information about Space Mountain to a linked page about the 1964 New York World's Fair. The format is perfect for short attention spans. It's all there, linked and ready to go. Writing Planet Explorers Walt Disney World was wonderful. I love history, and I've been a middle school curriculum writer for over a decade, so my guidebooks definitely have a 'social studies' feel to them.
"Planet Explorers guidebooks cut out all the stuff children would find boring if they looked through a regular travel guide and focus on attractions and fun facts. The guides have a lot of pictures and even include a quiz at the end. Parents have told me they're excited about the easy way the guidebooks incorporate learning about geography, history, art and science into real-life experiences.
"I loved traveling as a kid. I want to empower my readers to be part of planning vacations with their parents. That way, the trip is more fun and fulfilling for the whole family."

Product Details

  • File Size: 8717 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057ZYBYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! February 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this to see a kids points of view of WDW, to see what I have been missing as an adult.Although written and geared towards kids, I think this book is great for everyone. Tips and history was well written. Laura Schaefer did an awesome job, and everything is current and accurate. She introduces Walt, and goes through the history of WDW. Touches on every park, tips on what to see first and some resorts. I love that she includes links to get more information. She includes symbols to let the reader know if a ride is scary, dark, awesome, thrilling and if you will get wet. This is one of my favorite Disney guides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good review for kids August 1, 2012
By lori
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book especially for children headed to Walt Disney World. It had great tidbits of information...lay out was very easy to understand. I also liked the Facts portion at the beginning of each chapter. Definitely recommend it for those headed to the parks the first time and for a quick complete overview of the sheer immensity of this amazing playground! I would recommend it especially appropriate for 7 to 12 year olds or families with such!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat, Play, Love October 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent resource for families who are brave enough to tackle the parks of Walt Disney World (twice the size of Manhattan). Geared towards 10-14 year olds, but suitable for all ages, this guide makes it possible to have a family planning session months before you buy the (very expensive) park tickets, so that everyone gets to see all that they can see in your given time frame and budget. Tickets get cheaper the longer you stay, so plan on staying a while - you can't do it in a day anyway.

It contains guides to all the cool stuff at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, plus descriptions of the rides, shows and attractions - (S (Scary), A (Awesome), T (Thrilling), D (Dark), or W (Wet); plus important information on the tricky FastPass system, and tips on hotels, restaurants and fast food places. (There's TONS of information on eating places). Like the others in the series, there are also historical facts, maps and a test your knowledge quiz at the end.

This guide even contains a suggested timetable for booking rides with the FastPass system (book now, ride later) giving tips on attractions close by to visit while you're waiting your turn. A must-read if you're thinking of doing Disney with kids, or you may find yourself wasting time and money waiting for rides and attractions you may not be interested in, or that may not be suitable for some family members.

(Note: The Universal Theme Parks' Priority Pass system is way better than the FastPass system, with MUCH shorter waiting times - Disney, please take note)

Amanda Richards, October 11, 2011
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of guidebooks October 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of guidebooks for knowing how to get around a foreign city, and while paperback guidebooks are good, Laura Schaefer's Planet Explore books for kids are outstanding. They are the future of guidebooks, at least for me, and while they were written for kids, I absolutely love them. I hope Schaefer writes books for every city in the world, because she's really onto something good. So what's so special about these books?

I'm reviewing the Disney World book, so here's why it's so different from any paper back guidebook there is: These guidebooks are made for today's ipads, Kindle Fires, smart phones, or just about any device with the internet. With the internet, you can click the hyperlinks to be connected with any part of the book, or Wikipedia for more fun facts about Disney World.

Included in these books, are special codes, initials to give you a clue as what exactly you'll be getting yourself into on certain rides.
S is for scary
D is for dark
T is for thrilling
W is for wet
A is for awesome.

Combined with a list of places to eat nearby each ride, with such great details, that as a parent, I'd buy one of these guides for myself.

At the end of each book, there's a quiz for kids to take, and map of the railway system so you know how to get around. A list of Disney-sims such as:
"Audio-Animatronics: a form of robotics created by Imagineers for Disney attractions
Backstage: areas of a park or hotel that are off-limits to guests
Cast member: a person who works at Walt Disney World", and lots more so you can feel like you're an insider in the Disney World.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves it February 20, 2013
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she is constantly sharing all kinds of trivia that she is learning about WDW by perusing this volume. She is an aspie, and I got this for her to help prepare for our upcoming WDW vacation in November 2013. She is really enjoying it, and it is fun for her to be able to contribute to our knowledge and planning. It's great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! January 29, 2013
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I liked this book because it's helping me plan my family's trip. It got me really excited to go and explore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Guide January 17, 2013
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This is an outstanding guide to Walt Disney World. Very comprehensive, easy to read, and simple to navigate. If you are even thinking about a visit to Florida I suggest you read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great helpful book planet explorers Walt Disney World
This book is great it gives you tips on where to eat, and if it's quick service or sit down.It also gives you a plan of the day and fun facts about the park. Read more
Published 6 months ago by polar19918
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info
Nice to know the best order for riding the attractions in all the parks. I'm ready to get my Disney fix, been too long!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars DELVE INTO DISNEY
This book is billed as a travel guide for kids, but is just as useful for adults planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. The author has really done a thorough job. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Barbara Ann Mojica
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
I read this book because we're about to go to DisneyWorld and I wanted to familiarize myself with what is available. It seems to be pretty accurate. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Angie Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
My daughter loved the information in this book and really enjoyed planning things to do and see during our trip to WDW.
Published 17 months ago by kasper
3.0 out of 5 stars Information is useful, but not unique to this book
I liked it OK - I found similar information available online before this purchase, so I was a bit underwhelmed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nearlydawn
2.0 out of 5 stars can't share
picked this book because family going to Disney and I wanted to see the new areas. I was not able to share with my family, so only I can read and tell them about it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh...
I used to devour Disney World books meant for children back when I was a kid. But now that they are digital and on the Kindle, I cannot say that. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BJ Wanlund
5.0 out of 5 stars wish I could do a higher rank
Best flippen book I've read for Disney. I could read this book more than a million times. I love Disney World
Published 18 months ago by E. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2013: A Travel Guide for Kids
Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2013 is the perfect travel companion. It has a treasure mine of information not only for kids but for adults as well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by angelpeaches
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More About the Author

Laura Schaefer is co-founder of and the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011) and The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008). She is also the founder and publisher of Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids. The series includes titles covering Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando, LEGOland Florida, SeaWorld, New York City, Philadelphia, London, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Chicago and The Smithsonian.

Under the pen name Avery Sawyer, Laura is the author of Notes to Self, a young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury.

Visit Laura online at, or You can follow her on Twitter (@teashopgirl) or look for her frequent articles at,, MoneyMix Magazine online and several other sites.


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