Review: Journey to the Magic
Journey to the Magic is a really sweet introduction to the Walt Disney World Resort for children. It’s written in rhyming verse that young children or children with developmental delays including autism will appreciate. The verse is well-written, so Mom and Dad won’t mind reading it over…and over…and over!
The first section of the book guides kids through the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort, highlighting some of the attractions they will see in each park. It is filled with photographs to help kids visualize each area.
The second section of the book gets the kids involved with dreaming and planning for their dream vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. There are write-in pages for them to make notes about particular attractions or shows they most want to see, and other things that are important to them.
Next, the author has included a variety of travel games for the kids to play while they travel to Walt Disney World. There’s a Disney parks themed crossword puzzle, as well as space for them to draw their favorite characters and attractions.
Finally, the book concludes with pages for the kids to use during their vacation. There are autograph pages for character meetings, a section to collect stamps and greetings around the World Showcase at Epcot, and pages to store all those stickers the Cast Members hand out! The book concludes with pages for the kids to tape in their own vacation photos and to write down the stories of their trip.
This book is aimed at a younger audience, probably ages 0-6. However, I can definitely see it being used as a social story for kids on the autism spectrum as well. The light verse makes the words easy to remember, and the photographs connect the words to the place very well.
I liked that the book had plenty of space for the kids to write and draw and put in stickers, making it a personal souvenir of their experience.
Journey to the Magic will really carry your child through from the planning stage, through traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort, and back home to reflect on their journey. You may have trouble keeping them from doing the road trip games the day they receive the book though – but that’s ok, it’s all part of the excitement and the magic.
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About the author:
Natalie Henley enjoys spending their time with her family and friends in the Disney parks. Wanting to help others experience the parks has become a passion. She currently owns two Disney-themed website, TheDisneyMoms.com and MeetTheMagic.com, which help people plan for their vacation to Disney. Natalie has also authors Strategies for Paying for Disney, a book which helps people plan for, save for and experience their most magical vacation to Disney World or Disneyland.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of Journey to the Magic in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.