Lisa Battista

Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers and the co-creator of WDW Fan Zone. When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.

Web Site: http://www.beyondtheattractions.com


I am Thankful for Walt Disney World

November 26, 2014
I am Thankful for Walt Disney World

Given the season, I’ve given a lot of thought to what I am thankful for. After the truly important things in my life, I am grateful for the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World and all it offers to its guests. Vision. I’m thankful Walt Disney saw what could be and grew the idea...
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Half Day At Disney and No Tickets – No Problem!

October 28, 2014
Half Day At Disney and No Tickets – No Problem!

Problem Statement: You have a half-day at Walt Disney World and no extra days on your tickets. This most often happens on arrival and departure days. No problem. Disney’s resort services for onsite guests and the huge array of offerings on property makes it tough to decide just what to do! First up is...
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Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour

September 24, 2014
Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour

This past summer, Disney unveiled a new VIP tour, The Ultimate Day for Young Families. When I first read the overview, two thoughts came to mind. First, this sounds like an ultimate FastPass and secondly, “Wow that’s expensive!” The Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour lasts from seven- to eight-hours and costs $299...
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Debating a Disney Cruise

August 24, 2014
Debating a Disney Cruise

We’ve been tossing around the idea of a Disney Cruise to Alaska for a while now. I imagine majestic views, unspoiled nature, and wildlife which seem like the perfect combination for our maiden voyage. The sticking point from moving from daydreaming to reality has been perceived value. On the face of it, the Alaska...
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FastPass+ Wish List

July 23, 2014
FastPass+ Wish List

Use of FastPass+ at the Walt Disney World is in full swing. Disney has demonstrated in word and deed that it is an evolving system and that the implementation is open to tweaks, both small and larger, to address guest feedback. My family has used the system on a couple of different trips and...
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Surviving and Thriving on a Walt Disney World Road Trip

June 27, 2014
Surviving and Thriving on a Walt Disney World Road Trip

I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda girl. I have planning our Disney World trips pretty much down to a science complete with five categorized packing lists – kids, carry-ons, documents… You get the idea. This trip was no different. Bed at 8pm; alarm set for 2:15 am for a 6am flight to Orlando. Yet, by...
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FastPass+ Lessons Learned

May 30, 2014
FastPass+ Lessons Learned

    Whether you love or hate Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ or fall somewhere in between, it’s here to stay. I’ve had the opportunity to plan two trips using this enhanced FastPass service which allows guests to “reserve” their space in line for rides, attractions, character greetings, fireworks, and parades. Here are some things...
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My Go-To, Kid-Friendly Disney World Table Service Restaurants

April 3, 2014
My Go-To, Kid-Friendly Disney World Table Service Restaurants

Last month I talked about my family’s go-to, kid-friendly counter service locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. My personal Walt Disney World cheat sheet also has my family’s tried and true table-service locations that we return to time and again. Our Disney dining formula consists of new restaurants or ones we haven’t returned...
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My Go-To List of Quick and Kid-Friendly Walt Disney World Dining

March 3, 2014
My Go-To List of Quick and Kid-Friendly Walt Disney World Dining

It’s hard to say whether I enjoy cooking or eating good food more. Disney World has delicious food aplenty and with many different cuisines represented across the Walt Disney World property, planning where and what I’m going to eat is as almost much fun as the dining itself. But, I don’t travel alone and...
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My Perfect Disney Souvenir

February 4, 2014
My Perfect Disney Souvenir

My favorite gifts are the personal ones. Anything related to my boys or Disney rank very near the top of the list these days. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect Christmas morning when my mom whisked the boys away in Magic Kingdom one day in early December and said they...
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