|A stack of some my old PassPorters: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010!|
|My very first PassPorter from 2003. Poor plastic band broke on it from so much use!|
So what exactly is a PassPorter, you might be asking? Other than a guidebook? Well, PassPorters are “unique travel books and Disney guides that offer expert advice, comprehensive information, vacationer tips, and original photos. Many of the travel guides include innovative planning systems with built-in worksheets and organizer ‘PassPockets.’ The ‘PassPockets’ help you organize your vacation by building trip itineraries on the front before you go, storing maps, passes, and receips inside while you’re there, recording memories and expenses on the back to enjoy when you return.” (this is from the PassPorter page) As I said above, I love the organization. The ‘PassPockets’ are amazing. I have added reservations for hotel rooms, town cars, ADRs, crowd predictor information, and so much more. It’s fun to look back and see where we ate on a trip on what day.
|This is a pocket from my birthday on 2010! Cool to see I still have stuff in the pockets!|
The other fantastic part is that on the back of each pocket, you can write your thoughts about the day, which I often did in the evening when we returned to our hotel. Here’s a fun example from 2004 on a trip I made with my mom and brother. We stayed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at the Club Level (formerly Concierge Level) and participated in a special Sunrise Safari.
|Fun stuff! Food sick was just overindulgence! No food poisoning at Disney!|
So, you can imagine how excited I was to see the new 2013 PassPorter edition. Every year, Jennifer and Dave out-do themselves but making these guidebooks even more magical. The first thing that I noticed was that everything has gotten glossier and more colorful. The meal worksheets have been nicely color coded, so that’s very easy to mark out breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The other great feature is the use of the Disney Dining Plan symbols, including symbols for those locations that are considered 2 credits on the plan. That’s really helpful when you’re trying to figure out your ADRs and maximize your dining plan if you purchase it (or get it through free dining).
|I love the look of the guides–and the consistencies between years! It’s so recognizable!|
Another great feature is the “Staying in Style” section which contains information about the various Disney Resorts. Not only does it provide information like amenities and contact info but also info about travel times from the resort to parks (the types of transport), food, reader ratings, even layouts of the rooms and resort!
|Examples of resort info pages|
The other really amazing section that I have used countless times is the “Feasting” section. It has a detailed section on the Disney Dining Plan along with reviews and reader ratings on the various restaurants. They are very nicely organized by parks and resorts. As you can imagine, as a Disney food lover this is my favorite section of the PassPorter (and yes, I will read the whole section front to back!) In this new edition, they have bright and tempting color photos from authors Jennifer & Dave Marx and even folks from the PassPorter community. Awesome!
|Good to know Jennifer and I both like Restaurant Marrakesh–She gave it a 9!|
One of the newer features in the book is a “Disney Dreaming” section, which celebrates the magic of Disney through photographs by PassPorter authors and readers. This is such a wonderful section. It makes me want to visit Disney right now!
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about the PassPorter guidebooks. They just get better each year and are a wonderful tool for planning any Disney vacation. And as someone who has used them for years, you know I’m a fan!