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Planet Explorers Walt Disney World: A Travel Guide for Kids by [Schaefer, Laura]
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"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

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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: 10827 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057ZYBYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Klimowicz on February 15, 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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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. She provides everything from the origination of the idea with Walt Disney and the history of the site to updates of most current information. There are maps and photos of street scenes, rides, restaurants, hotels and venues. The author advises the best way to negotiate the theme park as well as Epcot Center and how to find the fastest lines. Information on regulations, safety, and transportation is provided.

Readers will learn about things like where to find the characters throughout the parks, lots of plans that were never carried out, and where to go to find the best entertainment, restaurants and hotels. Advantages and disadvantages of the resorts are laid out to compare and contrast. There is even an informal tour of the Disneyland Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom. Schaefer teases us with lots of fun facts of which I was completely unaware. For example, did you know that the whole park is built over structures called utilidores? The actors and personnel can walk around freely underneath the park! The science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury, helped design and write the script for Spaceship Earth. No one visits the park without jumping on some of the famous rides so the author even provides a key to classifying them with the following code letters: S D T W or A. These letters stand for Scary, Dark Thrilling, Wet, and Awesome.

The book is organized by the sections such as Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Movie Studio, Animal Kingdom. Entertainment, Special Tours, and Resorts. I can’t think of anything that has been left out.
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