View Full Version : guide books??????????does anyone buy these?

11-08-2005, 09:22 PM
ok. so now i am wondering if others buy guide books like me and did you buy one for disneyworld?

11-08-2005, 09:41 PM
I like the unofficial guide personally. :cool1:

11-08-2005, 11:02 PM
I borrow them from the Library...if I need to look at something...I think they are great for 1st time or infrequent visitors...there is new information in them every year.

11-08-2005, 11:25 PM
I like the unofficial guide and also the Passporter the best. I look for anything up-to-date I can get from the library because I usually fine something I haven't seen anywhere else. I was just there in Jan/Feb for two weeks after planning for a year, so I'm not so much into the guidebooks for my December trip, but normally I love the books!

11-09-2005, 12:02 AM
I bought Passporter's Disney Cruise Line book for our upcoming cruise in January. No matter where I'm vacationing, I always buy at least one guide book on the location. I can't seem to ever get enough information about where we are going!

11-09-2005, 05:21 AM
I'm plannning on getting the unofficial guide and the passporter, even if i just use them to read on the 14hr flight from sydney to la on the way to WDW :rotfl2:

Adrienne :wizard:

11-09-2005, 07:57 AM
The unoffical guide is awesome. I have gone to Disney many times thorough out my life (Floridian), but for this past trip I bought the UG after reading about it on this board. It has great tips and is just a great book to get you in the mood for your DW trip. I would recommend you buy it!!!!

P.S. I had originally went to my library and borrowed the 2001 UG (the most recent copy they had) and then I happend to see the 2006 UG at Borders and noticed how much better it was, so I bought it. I am sure the difference between the 2005 and 2006 UG would not be as dramatic, but I heard the 2006 is layed out better. Plus it's great to be able to take on your trip, in case something comes up you had not thought about.

11-09-2005, 08:01 AM
Oh definately. I have worn mine out actually trying to plan this trip. :blush:

11-09-2005, 08:08 AM
We usually get copies from the library as they seem to keep current issues at ours. This year I bought the Unofficial Guide after reading about it on Mousesavers and it seems to be ok. I just feel after going a few times the guides more or less just give you something else to read to get more and more excited about going.

1000th happy haunt
11-09-2005, 08:08 AM
We have a guide book from 2003 that we still refer to (and have loaned to others), and I recently purchased the Imagineers Field Guide, which we took with us on our last trip.

11-09-2005, 08:19 AM
I purchased the Unofficial Guide for our upcoming trip next fall (2006). I worked at Disney through the college program, so I already knew a lot about it, but this book is still fun and interesting to read. It also does give you great tips about getting discounted hotel rates, etc.

My only suggestion is do not try to read this thing cover to cover. Major overkill. Just read the sections that relate to you and the parts that you are interested in. Even though I worked in the World I have learned a lot off these boards and the UG. :teacher:

11-09-2005, 08:31 AM
:teeth: We used The Brits Guide (borrowed from a friend but I miss it now we've returned it :sad: )

I only read about Passporter much later, but if I had another trip in the offing I would get one of those with one of their $1 out-of-date ones for DS(6) to use

I found the guidebook a great help to planning used in conjunction with these boards, Allears and mousesavers :teeth:

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11-09-2005, 08:34 AM
The Unofficial Guide all the way. And I refer to www.touringplans.com (the associated website) frequently for updates to my 2005 Guide. We're going to WDW for the first time next month and I found the info in the Guide to be absolutely invaluable!

11-09-2005, 08:57 AM
The Unofficial Guide and Passporter for me as well. Helped tremendously for my overplanning tendancies :sunny:

11-09-2005, 10:11 AM
:bounce: I buy them for myself and my children. We read a little together everynight to get them excited for our next Disney trip :Pinkbounc . I also find that even though I've been to Disney quite a few time, I learn something new everytime! :earsboy:

11-09-2005, 10:37 AM
I have about 6 that I look at daily! My goal is to learn one new thing per day about WDW that I did not know. I have gathered a wealth of info from them and this board! I'm asking for some more updated (2006) versions for Christmas! Yes, I'm obsessed...

11-09-2005, 11:21 AM
We use Birnbaum's. We have the 2006 WDW book, the one for the restaurant, and I will be picking the one up for the kids. We just love them and read a little bit each day. Also, DS andDD-11, both LIVE on VMK. :rolleyes: We just LOVE all things Disney!
:Pinkbounc :earseek: :Pinkbounc

11-09-2005, 11:34 AM
Birnbaums and Passporter are great. I was not crazy about the unofficial guide. The DIS and All Ears are great sources of online info. So is mousesavers.com. I go there just to get rental car codes, some of which I have used to rent cars at other places (for example, I went to San Francisco last fall and got an awesome rate via mousesavers' codes!)

11-09-2005, 11:46 AM
Thought I'd add my 2 cents worth since one was not mentioned:

I use Fodor's WDW w/kids 2006
Birnbaums 2005
The Unofficial Guide 2006

Since planning my upcoming trip in May, I've been looking at the UOG most often, with Fodor's a not too distant second. Haven't found Birnbaum's as helpful as the other too, but I like their color pictures!

11-09-2005, 11:54 AM
i love birnbaums..its organized really well and you can easily find what you're looking to read about and it has some great tips/information :) its very useful

11-09-2005, 12:04 PM
I also use the Passporter, Birnbaum's, Fodor's for kids 2006, etc. But my personal fave (although it needs some updating) is Fodor's Walt Disney World for Couples by Rick & Gayle Permutter. It's a couple years old now but I still see it at the local book store and on Amazon.com. Our very first trip we went without kids and it was a Godsend. It rates the resorts & restaurants on their romance factor! So neat and different.

11-09-2005, 12:11 PM
:bounce: :bounce:

11-09-2005, 02:17 PM
Thanks for the tip about using mousesavers codes for elsewhere - I'll check those out before I book for Canada for next August :goodvibes

11-09-2005, 02:21 PM
I have the 2003 version of the Passporter used it this year for visiting WDW. It worked very well, giving me lots of tips that I otherwise would not have noticed. Of course, things changed during the two years but I used newsletters like All Ears to keep me in the know. I believe that these books are also terrific time savers which is essential in WDW. :sunny:

11-09-2005, 02:23 PM
ok. so now i am wondering if others buy guide books like me and did you buy one for disneyworld?

I have the Unoffial Guide 2006 (which everyone raved about and it is TOO much for me IMO). I also have the passporter (Luv it) and have preorded 2006 version. I have Birnbaums FOR kids BY kids and they love it--so do I and they feel like they are helping with planning.

Edited because I also have used www.touringplans.com (THe UG website) and it is "Ok". There is something much more "Disney" about the DIS, and Mousesavers etc--gets me more in the mood--while I think the UG has too many "Quotes" from people that I don't get to reply to! LOL

I mainly use this board, Tour Guide Mike, etc and just go from there...The books are great--but I think word of mouth and other's experiences really hits it home for me when I can see reactions and conversation. :sunny: :flower: :sunny: :flower:

11-09-2005, 03:29 PM
For our 2004 trip I bought 2 Fodor's books, WDW With Kids and also WDW For Kids By Kids. My then 6 yo loved the one for kids, had lots of cool pics. This year I got the Unofficial Guide (very comprehensive!) and the Passporter for Special Needs (we have a child with autism and also traveling with MIL who has mobility issues). Both of these are good. I also got the Birnbaums, which I didn't find to have a lot of detailed information, but it does have some neat WDW facts and lots of colorful pictures too, which the others lack. I've never had any luck finding current ones at our library, but I prefer to buy them anyway because I'm constantly referring to them. If you were only going to buy ONE, I'd go with the Unofficial Guide, just due to the wealth of information.

11-09-2005, 04:39 PM
I like the unofficial guide personally. :cool1:


The Unofficial Guide rocks!

11-10-2005, 01:56 AM
I also got my DD (then almost 13) the Birnbaums for kids by kids before our last trip and she seemed to enjoy it. I try to consult her alot in the planning- it's just the 2 of us, but she has this strange NO BREAKFAST RESSIE rule! :confused3

11-10-2005, 01:50 PM
When I was planning for our first family trip in 2004, my brother-in-law gave me what he had which was a Birnbaum's and one for Kids. Even though they were 2000 editions I read them front to back. Then I learned of The Unofficial and Passporter so I got the 2004 editions. Learned so much and I think it is why our trip went so well. Even though we were there in June. So I couldn't wait to get the 2006 of the Unofficial Guide. Which I have as well as a Frommer's. I personally like the UG the best and my copies are worn. It's like my Bible.

11-10-2005, 03:01 PM
I've bought both myself the UG and the Passporter. I like to keep the passporter and all my notes in it as a little scrapbook next to my photo ablum of the trip. They have both been loaned out a few times! :flower:

11-10-2005, 03:04 PM
We have a couple of guides from the mid nineties on our bookshelf, back when we were relative newbies. Now we just have the PassPorter to keep my monster itineraries in. Every now and then I'll blank on where something is or need a phone number, and the Passporter's great for that.

I can sell ya the rest of the books cheap! :))

11-11-2005, 03:09 PM
I bought the Unofficial Guide and Birnbaums the night before we left last year (my first trip). It would have been great to have them when planning, but there were still useful even late in the game.

We drove, so I had a lot of time to read. The Unoffical Guide is a little jaded at times (but funny!) and Birnbaums is the offical guide, so you get the offical Disney slant. It was good to have them both. They kind of balance each other out.

I don't remember for sure, but I think (at least a round-about way) I found the DIS Board when I visited a site listed in the Unoffical Guide. So, obviously that was a good investment!

11-11-2005, 08:01 PM
I believe that both the Unofficial Guide and Birnbaum's are wonderful! My DS11 and I went with friends in April who were Disney experts and so I relied on them and didn't do a lot of planning. About a month before we left, I borrowed their books and learned so much. Time saving tips, $ saving tips, etc. I know that our vacation was enhanced by having read these guides. I don't know that I could choose one over the other as they are totally different --both overwhelmingly full of great stuff.

In fact, I just purchased both of the 2006 editions earlier today. Can't wait to get them to plan our next trip!

11-11-2005, 08:42 PM
We really liked the Birnbaum's guide. It gives lots of info, plus color pictures that my kids liked to look at! LOL

11-11-2005, 08:50 PM
They help. :banana: :Pinkbounc :banana:

11-11-2005, 09:54 PM
I ordered the 2006 Unoffical Guide yesterday. Overstock has a good price on several of the guidebooks.

11-11-2005, 10:14 PM
I always get the Unofficial Guide, and this year added the PassPorter. We only get to go about once every 4-5 years on average, so the books are very useful to us. So much changes every year!

Also, gives you something to read when worn out on the DIS!

11-12-2005, 01:44 AM
We bought the Unofficial Guide for this year's trip along with the Passporter. I don't think I'd do a trip anymore without them...especially the Passporter since you can put all your important trip documents in the back pockets for plane & hotel ressies.


11-12-2005, 05:18 AM
I Love the Passporter In fact I just got the updated one for 2006 Deluxe . Would not be without it . Very up to date and you can download updated pages as they come out after the book is pulished.

11-12-2005, 06:02 AM
In fact, I just purchased both of the 2006 editions earlier today. Can't wait to get them to plan our next trip!
I have the '05 books as well and have been wondering if it is worth to buy the '06 editions. They seem to me to be mostly the same info with a few things updated. Any opinions?

11-12-2005, 09:06 AM
I have the '05 books as well and have been wondering if it is worth to buy the '06 editions. They seem to me to be mostly the same info with a few things updated. Any opinions?

Well I can tell you this, my friend who I travled with in April '05 had the 2004 editions and bought the 2005 edition when we planned our trip in December 2004. He let me borrow the '04's, and eventually let me look at the 2005. But really, they are the bible of Disney. So much valuable information. Very easy to use. Someone mentioned that they wouldn't read it cover to cover and that's true. Because it covers soooo much information, some of it will not apply to you, (for instance all the helpful hints for traveling with younger children, I traveled with 4 teenage boys!) but the way they are designed you can grab it quick when you have a question and find the answers in just a minute or two.

11-12-2005, 01:54 PM
We're hoping to go in March. I've seen the Unofficial Guide and the Birnbaum books. But what is a Passporter and Tour Guide Mike's and where do you buy them? I've not seen these at Barne's & Nobel or Books-A-Million.

11-12-2005, 02:34 PM
I bought my Passporter at Amazon.com, but now I get them from their own website Passporter.com. Check it out- they're awesome! They'll give you 30% coupons on future orders and they ship fast. I have been very pleased.
Sorry can't answer for the other book. I've never heard of that one.

11-12-2005, 03:14 PM
Thanks. I just went to their site and it looks awsome. I'm gonna show my husband when he gets home with the boys to see if he likes it. I may be ordering one tonight. I'm so excited.

11-12-2005, 08:13 PM
I just picked up my copies of Birnbaum's and the Unofficial Guide (2006) editions. Wow...I'll be up all night!

Just by a quick glance, the Unofficial Guide looks a lot different. They've added a lot of features - color being one of them!

Birnbaum's looks updated - several of the charts seem to be more user friendly and visually attractive.

ok...gotta go read! :wave2:

11-14-2005, 07:05 PM
I love the Unofficial Guide and it always has new tips I can use. Disney changes all the time and I don't find their website all that helpful. I got the Passporter Deluxe for my most recent trip and I didn't find the information all that helpful, but the organization pockets are amazing, I would have lost my confirmation numbers, tickets, etc. without it.