PassPorter Walt Disney World 2016 Deluxe
The PassPorter Walt Disney World 2016 Deluxe: The Unique Travel Guide, Planner, Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake! book is not like other books. It combines a planner where you can plan out your itinerary, an organiser to keep everything together when you visit Walt Disney World, a journal to record your activities and impressions and a keepsake to show your family on your return.
Format: Loose Leaf
Page: 362 pages
Publisher: PassPorter Travel Press, 18th edition
Date: February 2, 2016 ISBN: 1587711559
Size: 10.0 x 8.0 x 2.0 inches
PassPorter Walt Disney World comes in two versions, the deluxe loose leaf edition (reviewed here) and the cheaper but slightly less versatile standard spiral bound edition. Now in its 18th edition, both were re-published in early 2016. They are written by husband and wife team Jennifer Marx and Dave Marx and their son Alexander Marx.
The Deluxe edition of the PassPorter Walt Disney World is much like a Filofax in that it comes in a padded 6-ring embossed, brown leather-look vinyl binder which means you can add, rearrange and remove pages at will.
You can also download additional content and updates from the PassPorter website and add extra PassPockets. The binder itself also has 14 interior slots for storing maps, ID cards, tickets etc, a pen (included) and a place to personalise the binder.
As it says on the back cover “You have only one vacation - make it a trip of a lifetime with PassPorter WDW! Planning is the key to a relaxing, magical, affordable vacation at WDW and this unique guide is your passport to it all !”
The Standard edition costs around half the price of the Deluxe edition and folds flat with an elastic band to keep the whole thing securely closed. It is not quite as flexible but like the deluxe edition, it has a number of organiser PassPockets into which you can insert various things such as tickets, maps, receipts, to do lists etc. It also has a place to record character autographs to save buying a separate autograph book.
You can also buy the PassPorter Walt Disney World as a Deluxe Refill Kit (pre-drilled looseleaf text) to insert into your existing Deluxe ring binder. This means if you are a keen Disney fan who visits Walt Disney World on a regular basis, then you can just buy new inserts each year rather than buying the book and the binder.
Buy This BookAs well as Amazon.com, PassPorter Walt Disney World 2016 Deluxe: The Unique Travel Guide, Planner, Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake! can also be bought at other book stores like Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca.
The 2016 edition is the 18th anniversary edition and has been fully updated with over 500 larger colour photographs, all the recent changes to ticket prices and room rates plus magical memories from fellow Disney readers with pages of readers colour photographs in a special Disney Dreaming section.
It runs to over 360 pages, printed in full colour on glossy paper with detailed appendices and an index. The opening chapters cover planning the trip including budgeting tips, getting there and back, best times to travel and what to pack.
Over 80 pages are dedicated to the 22 onsite Walt Disney World Resort hotels and other nearby hotels with between 4 and 6 pages on each hotel including photos, room layouts and a detailed resort map showing the location of the main amenities including swimming pools, restaurants and transportation points. Ideal when trying to select a room.
A further 80+ pages are devoted to reviews of all the theme parks with fold out colour maps of the four main parks, information about tickets and short descriptions/reviews of every attraction.
The Marx’s son has grown up with Walt Disney World and provides a child’s perspective with “KidTips,” “TweenTips,” and “TeenTips” and there is also age-appropriateness ratings to give the parents an idea of suitability.
The rest of the book covers reviews of all the 300 plus restaurants with information on priority seating, menus, average meal costs, character meals and dinner shows plus details on backstage passes, treasure hunts for the hidden Mickeys, childcare, special occasions, events and holidays.
The PassPorter series have won numerous literary awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book by a New Publisher and is published in full colour throughout.
All the PassPorter guide books are backed up by a dedicated website where you can review and download corrections and updates.
PassPorter also publish a series of companion books about the:
- Disney Cruise Line, PassPorter’s Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line
- people with special needs or particular medical conditions, PassPorter’s Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line and
- For UK visitors, PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for British Holidaymakers
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of PassPorter Walt Disney World Deluxe.