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Old 06-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #16
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I like the Unofficial Guide.
I like the fact that you can get this on your IOS device from the iBook Store
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #17
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I still use guidebooks. I love the Ultimate Guide to Disney. Lots of information and photos.
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The Ultimate Guide is still really good IMO. I did not like the Kids/Families version one though.
Can one of you (or someone else) link to this? I'm looking at getting a guidebook, but am not seeing this one on Amazon. I think I'm probably not searching the full name of it correctly.

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #18
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I always get the new Unofficial Guide. It helps me decide what new restaurants, areas, etc. to check out. Also, I greatly enjoy the Disney Dish behind the scenes info every year in the attractions section. Even though it does not always have complete info for upcoming events, etc., it puts together enough info to give a basic idea of what to expect.
Having said that, I have never actually used a touring plan!
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:03 PM   #19
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I use Passporters. I have a couple different editions and some of the supplements.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #20
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I also enjoy the Unofficial Guide, though it's mostly just to get me excited for the trip more than providing the latest tips. They rarely update their ride descriptions, and even some of the other strategies remain the same. Even so, it's a good read and has some helpful information all in one place.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #21
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I check out the most recent Unofficial Guide from the library and copy the touring plans I want/need out of it. I reference the most recent Passporter for everything else--it's great for planners like me, especially since the pockets in the back of the book are great for park maps, unused Fastpasses, receipts and other small things that you might want to reference in the future.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:15 PM   #22
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I like the Unofficial Guide, as well, and can get it on my Kindle Fire. Also, Passporters. Passporters is nice for a trip compilation with the folders, etc, kind of like a keepsake. I like the maps in Passporters.

Incidentally, this is the only thing I could find on Amazon about Ultimate Guide:

http://www.amazon.com/Discover-Magic...ef=pd_sim_b_29
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:23 PM   #23
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I liked having a guidebook for our last trip. There was a decent-sized group of us going, and having the book when we got together before the trip was nice. We could just pass the book around to show other people what rides/attractions/restaurants, etc we were interested in and try to decide things from there. If someone didn't look at those things ahead of time, it was easy to show them what I was referring to.

I also liked looking at it and getting excited for my trip.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:57 PM   #24
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I like the Unofficial Guide, as well, and can get it on my Kindle Fire. Also, Passporters. Passporters is nice for a trip compilation with the folders, etc, kind of like a keepsake. I like the maps in Passporters.

Incidentally, this is the only thing I could find on Amazon about Ultimate Guide:

http://www.amazon.com/Discover-Magic...ef=pd_sim_b_29
These 2 are my vital planning tools, but I found the variety of guide books dropping since so much information can be found on the Internet. Hummmm DIS board come to mind for some odd reason.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #25
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Yes, I had a guidebook once, years ago. But now with the internet, I don't think there is any info in a book that I can't find easier/faster here.

But I can see where it would be fun to read them to get excited. But I like the Disboards, Disney Food Blog and Josh's website for that. I like seeing Josh's pictures the most. And reading about the new food on the food blog.

So no, guidebooks are pretty much useless for us.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:50 PM   #26
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I've read and used Birnbaum's, the Unofficial Guide, Passporter and even a few lesser known ones. I prefer the Passporter for keeping everything together in one place. Birnbaum's for the ride descriptions and pictures to fire up the kids. Unofficial for the sheer amour of information. So... what do you want from your guidebook?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #27
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I purchased the leather notebook version of the Passporter and I just refill on the inserts every few years...they also update online...some is for info but most is to get excited and have fun planning
This is what I do every year. I read the other guidebooks, but I like the Passporter series.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:13 PM   #28
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The first year I went I bought every single guide book in print. I read them cover to cover more than once.

My go to guide was Unofficial Guide. The first time I bought the Unofficial Guide with kids. Then I bought the regular Unofficial Guide.

I don't buy them anymore.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #29
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Nope, don't ever get the guide books. I love exploring and learning things first hand, although as many years as we've been going we know all the parks now, and tour totally relaxed without any planning.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:37 AM   #30
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I don't bother with any kind of guide book anymore, though I have used Unofficial Guide in the past and liked it. I think things can change quick and the books only get printed once a year. I come here to get the most up to do date info.

I would recommend a first timer to get a book and coming here too.
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