Our family hasn’t been to Walt Disney World yet (since we’re on the West Coast), but when we do, we’ll be taking a copy of my friend Kate Reilly’s book with us. It’s Walt Disney World Resort Extreme Vacation Guide for Kids. Read about it here. The cool thing is that it’s a travel guide for kids, not just for parents. Kate’s sons coauthored and helped illustrate the book.

Kate and her crew offer all sorts of ideas on how to have fun and save money with Mickey. For instance, I wish we had thought of their idea to make our own spiffy autograph book (rather than buying them at the park) when we went to Disneyland. The Disney books were spendy and just meh, nothing all that special. Another idea: Having kids make no-sew water bottle carriers, then filling, freezing and taking in your own water. Simple, smart.

Kate even offers an entire chapter on how kids can earn their own money for WDW Souvenirs. Ah, a mom after my own heart.

By the way, Kate’s blog, Polka Dot Suitcase, is really fun, too–lots of crafty activities and ideas for families. Kate is a homeschooling mom and those home-schoolers just seem to come up with the best ideas. Trek on over there sometime!