Around With Allie: Doing Disney with a Pint-Sized Author
by Jennifer Marx, Author of PassPorter
Follow Allison Cerel Marx on a Typical
Day of Research in the Magic Kingdom
Background: This is an article about Allie's contribution to PassPorter. It appeared in magazines around the country, and based on the
incredible feedback we've been getting from you on Allie's KidTips in PassPorter, we
thought you'd enjoy reading it here, too!
Allison Cerel Marx is a pixie-like 9-year-old (at the time of the article's debut), with a quick smile and
bright blue eyes. She loves dogs, cats, computer games, and Harry Potter. But she's not
your typical kid. 2002 marked her debut as a published author. Allie (as she's known
to her friends) is a co-author of the bestselling PassPorter Walt Disney World guidebook,
which her dad (Dave Marx) and her step-mom (Jennifer Marx) began publishing in 1999.
Allie's contributions to PassPorter began in 1997, when her Dad took her
to Walt Disney World for the first time. She made her first contribution in 2000 with
special "A-OK!" (Allie-OK!) ratings for the attractions. In 2001, Allie went on
her first official research trip. What's it like to research at Disney World? Follow Allie
on a typical day:
5:00 am - Wake up call! Allie gets up early to eat a good breakfast and
get to the parks early.
6:00 am - She gathers her research materials: a notebook, Little Mermaid
pen, writing credentials, hat, sunscreen, and a waist pack.
7:00 am - Allie arrives at the Magic Kingdom and makes her way into the
park with her Dad and Jennifer. Getting out her research notebook, she notes whether she
wants to visit this park (yes!), if she thinks other kids would like this park (of
course!), and who she thinks will like this park the best (everyone!).
7:30 am - As she rides the Walt Disney World Railroad, Allie pays close
attention, watches other kids, but mostly just has a lot of fun. After the ride, she makes
notes about whether she would want to go on the ride again (yes!), if other kids would
want to go (you bet!), and who would like it most (big kids). She also notes that the
train "doesn't go fast" in case anyone is afraid.
7:45 am - Allie continues touring the Magic Kingdom. For each attraction
she visits, Allie earns Disney Dollars. She takes breaks to buy souvenirs such as a spray
11:00 am - Allie stops for lunch at "The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon
Revue," where she also watches the show. She writes, "Let kids pick out where we
want to sit. The tables in the corner rooms are cool."
12:00 pm - After lunch, Allie keeps visiting attractions, stopping
occasionally to watch a show, parade, or have a snack.
Allie can't visit every Magic Kingdom attraction, but by the end of the
day she's visited 31 attractions! And by the time the trip is over, she's filled in ten
notebooks, visited every park, and becomes one of the youngest experts on Walt Disney
Allie's ratings and tips (which we call "KidTips") are
published in PassPorter's Walt Disney World. Allie will continue to contribute to future PassPorters, and we believe we
can expect great (and fun!) things from her in the future. To see Allie's contributions,
pick up a copy of PassPorter, available in bookstores, over the phone (1-877-WAYFARER),
and on the Internet at http://www.passporter.com.
> Things To Do: You can send Allie an e-mail at allie (at) passporter.com.
Just be sure to give her a few days to respond!
Related Articles:Read additional articles from PassPorter.com
A Kid's Perspective: Allie's Picks and Pans
A Teen's Take: Allie's Picks and Pans
Surviving the Parks as First Time Parents
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