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


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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Review of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

January 3, 2014
Review of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

There are some Disney experiences that have been elevated to near legendary status among Disney fans. Visitors can feel like they are missing out if they can’t say, “I’ve done that,” whatever “that” may be. Dole Whips, Turkey Legs, California Grill during Wishes, and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue come to mind as some beloved Disney...
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Holiday Shopping: Disney Style!

December 3, 2013
Holiday Shopping: Disney Style!

Thanksgiving has come and gone which can only mean one thing – it’s time for holiday shopping! I love to support small businesses and I thought this would be the perfect time of year to share some ideas for the Disney fan on your list. runDisney. We all know runDisney runners. These runDisney decals...
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The Christmas Season at Walt Disney World

November 6, 2013
The Christmas Season at Walt Disney World

My house is currently filled with the aromas of baking cookies; the pumpkin cheesecake is setting up in the fridge; and gingerbread cookie dough is in the freezer, ready to be rolled out. Holiday baking has started in my home, in large part because we’ll be visiting Walt Disney World in December. It is...
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Ten Low-Cost or Free Things for Little Ones at Walt Disney World

October 3, 2013
Ten Low-Cost or Free Things for Little Ones at Walt Disney World

If you visit any Disney blogs, “Like” Disney sites, or even talk to neighbors you’re sure to hear about must-do experiences to make your Disney vacation spectacular for kids. Dining with the Princesses, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and The Pirates League are high up on the list of popular experiences for kids. These special extras...
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Review: Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table

September 4, 2013
Review: Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the most coveted dining experiences in all of Walt Disney World. They say real estate is all about location. I say the same is true of Cinderella’s Royal Table. Eating in the iconic Cinderella Castle has an air of exclusivity about it; it’s something many guests want to...
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My Best Disney Surprise.EVER!

July 9, 2013
My Best Disney Surprise.EVER!

Every summer, I spend a long weekend at Walt Disney World fact-checking for my book, “Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers.” This year my young-adult stepson was my research assistant instead of my husband. It was Friday afternoon and we returned to our room for a short break after...
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Managing Disney World Ticket Price Increases

June 6, 2013
Managing Disney World Ticket Price Increases

Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” I’d like to add another unfortunate certainty in recent years – annual increases to Disney ticket prices. It happened again this week. Disney announced that as of June 2, 2013, ticket prices would be increasing. In an interesting twist, tickets to...
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