Tween Author Laura Schaefer (The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient) Releases Children’s E-Book Guide to Walt Disney World

Laura Schaefer, author of The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2009) and The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011) has a new series of e-books for kids called Planet Explorers. Her first title, Planet Explorers Walt Disney World, is a guidebook to WDW for readers aged 8-12. With fun facts, tips, and active hyperlinks for kids who want to dig a little deeper into everything Disney, the book is designed to be read on smart phones, Kindles, Nooks, or iPads. It is on sale now at

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“I wanted to give kids an easy way to become Walt Disney World experts without having to carrying around an actual book,” explains Schaefer. “The Planet Explorers guides live right on a phone, which most ‘tweens would have with them during a day at the parks anyway.” More exciting, explains Schaefer, is the fact that e-book technology allows readers to jump from information about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction to a website about notorious real-life pirates such as Blackbeard. “The e-book format is perfect for young readers,” she says. “A kid can quickly check out the height requirement for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and then read a little bit about classic Twilight Zone episodes while they wait in line. It’s all there, linked and ready to go. Writing Planet Explorers Walt Disney World was a blast.”

Schaefer’s family has been visiting WDW for decades. “I think my first trip to Magic Kingdom was in utero,” she explains. “We’re DVC members, and I visit Disney at least twice a year. My brother and sister-in-law, who live in Celebration, Florida, were also a big help as I was writing. They’re natural fact-checkers.”

Planet Explorers Walt Disney World is the first in a series of travel guidebooks for kids. Planet Explorers Chicago and Planet Explorers Disneyland are also available online. Next up? Planet Explorers New York City. “I loved traveling as a kid,” says Schaefer. “I want to empower my readers to be part of planning vacations with their parents. That way, it’s more fun for the whole family.”

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