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03-19-2001, 01:29 PM
I've been trying to locate the Passporter (is the correct name??) in the local bookstores in the past couple of days but can't find it!! Is this the best book on WDW??
03-19-2001, 08:42 PM
I've been planning our WDW trip for several months and find that Passporter (I have the deluxe 2001 edition) is really neat. Not only does it have maps and all the information you need to tour the parks, but also has pockets to store the various maps, brochures, reservation and confirmation notices, etc.-all in one place. Also on the pockets you can note PS numbers and times, plans for the day, etc. It also has reviews on restaurants, rides and details on all the resorts. Go to www.passporter.com (http://www.passporter.com) for more information.
I also have the Unofficial Guide to WDW which is different than the passporter, but has its own reviews on everything plus many tips on touring plans which I like. At the back of the book, it has mini guides for touring the parks you can remove and use as a guide.
Every guide book seems to have its own "schtick" so to speak and if you get the chance, stop in your local Borders or Barnes and Noble to review them firsthand. Good luck!
03-20-2001, 05:42 AM
I love the Unofficial Guide to WDW. Haven't used Passport though
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03-20-2001, 07:27 AM
we use braughms disney book it is great :cool:
03-20-2001, 09:37 AM
Love the passporter - best book out there.
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03-20-2001, 09:58 AM
Just bought the Passporter for the first time. I have all the other books and while they're all helpful, the Passporter seems user friendly. The pockets are great and I think I'll be really organized for my next trip. I have 5 months before my trip and I've already started writing things in my book.
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03-20-2001, 11:17 AM
We use Birnbaum's book and also our kids both have a copy of his WDW for children. Gives the kidsviews of the different attractions. Also, has a location in the back for character autographs.
I can't remember the exact names of the books. We bought the kids books in the local Disney Store.
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03-20-2001, 04:24 PM
ALSO LIKE THE PASSPORTER. WENT TO BARNES & NOBLE AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT BUT THEY ORDERED IT AND IT CAME IN ONLY A FEW DAYS.
03-20-2001, 05:03 PM
Passporter!!!! also available at amazon
Passporter at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1587710013/raynorpoolsincA/)
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03-20-2001, 09:16 PM
I didn't find mine at a bookstore. I ordered it online at www.passporter.com. (http://www.passporter.com.) They are still having a discount sale on them I believe. It came in about 3 days.
03-21-2001, 10:59 AM
I visited the travel section of our local library and have found 4 different travel books for Disney. Each book has its different tips for different age groups. One book gives a better description of character meals than the others. The best reason for reading each of them is that they have turned each night's reading time with my 9 year old (his 1st WDW trip) into a special planning time. This has been an extra special surprise. As my trip grows closer I may go out and purchase the current edition of the book that best suits the needs of my family.
03-21-2001, 05:02 PM
I ordered the passporter online at barnes&noble almost 3 weeks ago. :mad: I keep checking the status and it says processing. Luckily my trip is 6 monthes away. :rolleyes:
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03-21-2001, 07:38 PM
I love the Birnbaum's Guides. I buy a new one every trip. =0)
03-21-2001, 07:44 PM
I love Ritq Aero's Walt Disney World for Adults and families. I think I read that she had a new one coming out in April or May, a third edition. It's wonderful. It also has a site that goes along with the book. The people are friendly and post very helpful information on the board.
03-21-2001, 08:21 PM
i ordered the passporter from amazon .com everyone likes it so i thought i had to have one
03-22-2001, 04:27 PM
My vote is for
WALT DISNEY WORLD, UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ECONOGUIDE 2001 by Corey Sandler.
This book is great because it talks about other central Florida attractions. I agree with the others in just to go to a Barnes and Noble or other similar book store and just plant yourself down and decide for yourself. I also own the Official and Unofficial guides and I will probably also buy the Passporter before my next trip.
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03-23-2001, 04:24 PM
Now that I am on guide #9 ( my trip is in November, I have to get my Disney fix somehow! ;) ) I have to say I like the Passporter best with the Econoguide coming in a close second. The Passporter is more user friendly and concise. I got all 9 of my guides at
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03-24-2001, 09:08 AM
I used Passporter on our last trip in Feb. It worked out great because DH was there on business, so tracking our expenses was more mandatory than usual. The Passporter was soooo useful in keeping things organized. And even though we've already been to the World umpteen times, I would remove the pages for the Park-of-the-day, put them in my backpack and refer to them here and there for anything special I had highlighted. Also, I ordered through their own web site (www.Passporter.com), and they really went the extra mile to make sure I'd have it in time for my departure date. Can't recommend the book or the authors enough!!
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03-24-2001, 01:29 PM
I generally collect quite a few books (Hint: if you're willing to buy ones that are a year old and supplement the new information with sites like this, you can get "old" guidebooks really inexpensively. I buy a "new" one each year, then buy the others "old". That way I get the variety at a fraction of the cost.)
I like the Unofficial Guide for its tongue-in-cheek attitude and for it's touring plans. It really helps send home the message that planning is everything.
Rita Aero's Guidebook has friendlier color-coding and maps than the others, I think. Also a good website with great fans (like other places, hmmm.)
The Passporter is nice, the authors are really fans and know how to organize a good journal, but....Well, I'm a journal person myself so I tend to create my own journal with pockets for mementos and such and use that. I decorate it with stickers and have my own printouts for ressies, etc. I then incorporate another guidebook for the information because I like other guidebooks' information (see above). Still, if you don't want to create your own, and you like the idea of a guidebook serving as a journal/beginnings to a scrapbook, try this one.
Hope this helps
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03-24-2001, 01:53 PM
We used the Unofficial Guide to WDW. It was full of information. Some of it quite candid. I found it quite useful in explaining the attractions at each park and for what attractions to go to first to try to beat the crowd. It did contrdict itself in a few areas. That is when I asked questions here to get another viewpoint.
03-25-2001, 09:39 AM
We love the passporter! :D We have also used the official,unofficial and econoguide before. We like them all but love the passporter.
03-25-2001, 09:54 AM
We like the WDW & Orlando for Dummies, Birnbaum's Guide and the Unofficial Guide.....fun reading :D
03-26-2001, 10:52 AM
I pretty much like to read over any book about WDW. With the Birbaum's I find my 7 yr old son likes me to read little bits of info. and he likes the colored park maps. He's always looking at what rides we've been on and where we need to go on our next trip.
03-26-2001, 11:45 AM
I have Birnbaums and recently purchased Walt Dinsey World With Kids (good if you have them) by Kim Wright Wiley. Both are great sources of info.
But..I must say this-the best resource that I have found is Mapeasy's map of Orlando. It is like a guidebook and detailed map in one. It tells you where EVERYTHING is. Wonderful!!! I found it at my local bookstore but, they also have a website @ mapeasy.com!
Hope this helps you out!
03-27-2001, 09:49 AM
Planning 7th trip to wdw this summer & I still read everything I can(local library is part of a large group & we can request material from over 20 libraries)I buy 1-2 @ trip. 1st time for the deluxe passporter & I love it. Won't carry the whole thing every day, just take needed parts w me which is why I purchased the deluxe(direct on-line)took the lists of hidden mickeys, pressed pennies, etc reduced copied them & they fit perfectly in passporter envelopes. Hidden wdw & Orlando had great list of games to play traveling & waiting in line; Permuletters(sp?) book for couples has the most detailed resort descriptions. Read Unoffical guide several yrs ago, don't like the overly critical tone of the book. Like Rita Aero's, Kim Wiley for kids was great when my kids were younger(her daughter's age is between my 2 kids), used Dummies & Birnbaum
too. Its just fun to read everything.
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03-28-2001, 02:21 AM
We also liked The Unofficial Guide To Disney World (the one with the oranges in the shape of Mickey's head on the cover).
03-28-2001, 07:19 AM
Hands down, I would have to say the Passporter. I got the deluxe edition so I could take out just the pages I need to bring to the parks. You can get the best price by buying direct from their website. This book is not as cynical as the Unofficial Guide to WDW and a little more realistic than Birnbaums guide. It gives pros & cons, is set up very well & is reader friendly! Haven't even really picked up my other guides since my Passporter came. But if you have kids, definitely get Birnbaums WDW for kids guide too. My younger ones love to read & plan for their trip. Hopefully, Passporter will eventually come out with a Passporter for kids, although Dave's daughter does give her reviews in the Passporter. Hope this helps.
03-28-2001, 08:16 AM
WHEN WE FIRST STARTED PLANNING OUR TRIP TO DISNEY WE BOUGHT BIRNBAUMS ISSUE. WELL I HAD A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR AMAZON .COM. SO WE ENDED UP GETTING THE KIDS VERSION AND THE PASSPORTER, I BELIEVEW IT WAS CHEAPER THAN THE BOOK STORE. WE LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!!!
I love Rita Aero's book, and mostly her great website. Also, the Unofficial Guide has good touring plans, although I create my own now; it also has a great section of time estimations to travel between areas comparing Disney transportation and your own car. It's great for obsessive planners like me!
03-30-2001, 04:34 AM
We use Birnbaums since 1983. We even purchase it the years (8-() we didn't go. We have found it a great way to keep up with everything. Now that the kids are grown up, they use it too.
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03-30-2001, 06:32 PM
the perlmutters guide to disney 2000-2001
ive been there a million times birnbaum is too too baised
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03-31-2001, 08:40 PM
Checked this one out today at Borders and liked its lay-out very much, especially the large print which is easy on the eyes and the easy to see and read maps. (Only reason I didn't buy was because I already have Passporter and the large version of the Unofficial Guide-I've gotta stop buying and save some money for the trip!)
04-02-2001, 08:43 AM
I've bought or looked at almost all the guidebooks over the last 6 years. (Even though I don't really need them, they just serve to help me get excited over my trips.) I would have to say that my very favorite is Rita Aero's "Walt Disney World for adults and children too". This is a great book. It was even better in the earlier additions where it had $50 gift certificates to the Dolphin's restaurants. Very unbiased(as much as a disney fan can be), and easy to read and follow.
04-02-2001, 02:20 PM
I love the Econoguide, very helpful guide with all the essential info. Best book I've read yet and I've read A LOT! Just got my passporter today,
just might change my mind. :D
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