• On Jan 14, 2013
    Kara Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi - We are taking our first Disney World vacation with our children, ages 9 and 6. We have not told them we are going. It will be a surprise at the airport. Can you recommend a book for them to read on the plane to help them learn about the parks?

    Hi Kara,

    What fun to surprise your children with their first trip to Walt Disney World!

    I checked with some of my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists about book recommendations for your children.  Many of them recommend "Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids 2013".  This book is available on

    We also thought that it might be fun for your children if you make and order the free customized maps from Disney ahead of time.  You can order them to be delivered to your house before you leave for your trip.  These maps can be customized by marking attractions that you think each child might enjoy.  Then you can present them to your children at the airport.

    I hope these recommendations are helpful for you.  Be sure to take a video or photo of your children's reaction at the airport when you tell them where they are going - it's sure to be priceless.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!   
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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