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PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line

Passporter’s Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line: Easy Access Vacations for Travelers with Extra Challenges was originally published as Passporter’s Walt Disney World for your Special Needs and this expanded 2nd edition was published on September 28, 2007.

It is co-written by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma and features over 100 photographs.

There are many books about Walt Disney World but few to help people with extra challenges. Coincidentally, a second book, Walt Disney World with Disabilities by Stephen Ashley was also published in 2007.

Passporter also publish ‘regular’ guides to both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disney Cruise Line but Passporter’s Open Mouse has a special emphasis on helping people with all manner of dietary or religious needs, health issues, allergies and physical, mental or emotional disablilities.

The book addresses 24 different special challenge categories, everything from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) to hearing, mobility, motion sensitivity, pregnancy, size and vision issues.

Unlike the other Passporter guides which come as either spiral bound or loose-leaf to fit into the deluxe binders, Passporter’s Open Mouse is only available as a normal paperback because of its size (it is over 400 pages)

The first two chapters cover Planning Your Special Adventure and Your Special Travel Challenge with details on how you can get hold of a copy of Disney’s “Guidebook for Guests With Disabilities” and their Guest Assistance Card.

Format: Paperback
Page: 436 pages
Publisher: PassPorter Travel Press, 2nd edition
Date: September 28, 2007
ISBN: 158771048X
Size: 9.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches

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Each of the 24 challenge categories is given a letter/symbol which is then used throughout the book to draw your attention to information specific to the special challenge; for example where specific rides or shows may be a problem.

The third chapter Getting There (and Back!) gives suggestions and tips on travelling to Walt Disney World and covers topics around prescriptions, medication, ID cards and ideas for keeping children occupied.

The fourth chapter is Staying and Cruising in Style and it covers each of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and the state rooms on the Disney Cruise Line ships with detailed maps, guest room layouts and comparison charts. The challenge category symbols are used to flag up any special considerations.

The main chapter, Touring the “World”, takes up over 1/4 of the book and covers the four main theme parks, plus both water parks, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest and Pleasure Island.

There are maps of each park and the book even describes the different types of seating and restraints with seating charts so you know exactly what sort of seating is available at each attraction or show.

Any restrictions in terms of height or ride intensity is noted and again the challenge category symbols are used to warn of potential problems such as noise and darkness.

The last main chapter is Dining Your Way and as you would expect is covers each of the eateries throughout Walt Disney World. Each restaurant is presented with a description (including challenge symbols) plus types of meals served, an idea of typical cost and ratings for type of restaurant, food, noise, seating average wait time and opening hours and whether the eatery offers healthy eating choices.

The final chapter, entitled Pixie Dust and Resources includes a list of useful organisations with their website addresses.

PassPorter’s Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line is part of a set of four main PassPorter books (plus several eBooks) about the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in California.

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.

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