My whole family is crazy about Walt Disney World. It is truly our magical place to vacation. My wife and I made our first trip when with her family while we were still dating and with the whirl wind that was we both discovered how much the other liked the Magic Kingdom. A few years into out marriage we had the opportunity to go back for another trip. This time at least we got to set our schedule and see all of the three parks at that time. What we did not do was plan.
So fast forward a few years and now we are a family of four and were preparing for our first trip to Walt Disney World in Florida with our own children. As soon as we picked a date and got a hotel reservations at Shades of Green (one of the Armed Forces Reserve Centers) (www.shadesofgreen.org) I headed out to get a guide book . It was good. It told us all of the basics, tickets, restaurant descriptions, how to use the FastPass and which rides were most likely to scare the kids. However this one seemed very cookie cutter. I started looking for a better option almost as soon as we got home from the trip.
I must have spent hours standing in the bookstore looking through all of the various different books. I looked at several resources online. The one book that caught my attention is the PassPorter Guide. This is not only a guide book, but it is also a whole system to help you plan your travel.
The PassPorter comes is several versions and loose leaf version, that you can easily update, a spiral bound addition that is my preference, because it is slightly lighter. The author publishes a new updated version each year and has several “additional pages that can be downloaded from there web site. (www.passporter.com) The system includes pages you can use to organize all of the events you want to do on your trip.
The Passpoter books range in price from $25.95 to $49.95 depending on the binding you get. They produce yearly additions that are published each year around November.
Another great aspect of the PassPorter is their Yahoo Group. The group describes itself this way.
“The PassPorter WDW list is for everyone planning a vacation to Walt Disney World®, with or without the help of the award-winning bestseller, PassPorter Walt Disney World travel guide. Join us to discuss planning your Disney adventure, getting to Florida (and back!), staying in style at the resorts and hotels, touring the “World” at the theme parks, feasting and snacking, making more magic, and sharing Disneyworld fun! Authors of “PassPorter® Walt Disney World®: The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal, and keepsake” contribute to the mailing list. You do not have to have a copy of PassPorter to join the “happiest mailing list on earth” — everyone is welcome!”