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A trip to Walt Disney World is more than just a walk in the park. Too many well-meaning people vacationing there have the misguided view that they need to "do it all" in order to get their money's worth, but in doing so they create unneeded stress and push themselves to the breaking point -- certainly not a fun way to enjoy your long-awaited family vacation.
The Walt Disney World Resort's incredible size and all the exciting things it has to see and do can be a bit overwhelming, even to those who return to it for more magical adventures year after year. It takes planning ahead to make the most of your time, money, and stamina. That's where PassPorter Walt Disney World Resort 2003 comes in.
Jennifer Watson and Dave Marx have made PassPorter the best guide for planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Every WDW show, attraction, resort and restaurant is described fairly and accurately -- not with the sometimes too-cynical views found in Sehlinger's "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" nor with the overly-optimistic line in "Birnbaum's Walt Disney World" official guide, but written in a way that strikes just the right balance between information and magical wonder. Beginning with the 2001 edition, PassPorter was the first unofficial guide to include Walt Disney World photos. Besides being updated for 2003 in its fifth edition, descriptions in PassPorter also point you to information on the World Wide Web, whether it is late-breaking news online at PassPorter's own website or -- another first -- home pages created by experts in the Disney fan community. In addition to the large, accurately-drawn park maps, you'll find complete details, such as how much time it actually takes to walk from one point to another! Downtown Disney is mapped so completely that you'll even see inside DisneyQuest and Cirque du Soleil. You'll find helpful maps to use en route and after you've arrived: road maps show the best roads to take to get to Disney World and how to get from one place to another once you're inside the "World" whether you're driving or using Disney's transportation system -- and the sprawling Orlando airport gets a detailed map of its own, too. Plus, PassPorter not only provides maps of all the resorts at Walt Disney World, but detailed room layouts for each Disney resort as well. Even though PassPorter is this complete, it is compact enough to take along with you in the parks, unlike some of the other WDW guidebooks. The sturdy cover folds around the book to protect its pages and famous PassPockets.
The PassPorter Walt Disney World Resort 2003 Deluxe Edition goes the extra mile with a six-ring binder design to make updating easy, ten extra storage pockets, a pen, and a snap to keep it all closed.
PassPorter's travel tips are written with humor and insider knowledge that even seasoned Walt Disney World veterans will enjoy and learn from. For example: I knew that it was possible to have Mickey give you a cheery wake-up call in the morning at your Walt Disney World Resort -- but I was delighted to learn from PassPorter that you can also hear a special birthday message on the phone, too. And even after reading all the other Disney World guidebooks I didn't know that kids can play for free in the Polynesian Resort's Never Land Club with their parents each day from noon to 4 pm -- until I read it in PassPorter. That tip will sure make a fun midday break from the crowds on our next trip to the Magic Kingdom! Besides, even though Peter Pan would say that long ago I grew up in age (and size!, this Dad is still young-at-heart enough to want to play with his son there, but I never knew I could before. Thank you, PassPorter!
PassPorter and its convenient PassPockets make it easy and fun to organize the details of your trip and your budget as you're deciding what to do and where to stay before you leave on your magical Walt Disney World vacation. And then while at the Vacation Kingdom it's handy to keep PassPorter with you to refer to the information in the PassPockets as well as to keep everything you need close at hand: park admission tickets, FastPass tickets, resort card keys, maps, and receipts. There's even places to make notes about the things you buy, things you've done or don't want to miss out on doing, and pictures you've taken. You'll want to refer to your PassPockets after your vacation, too, because that's when PassPorter turns into a scrapbook, making it easy to revisit your Disney memories and write a journal about them before you forget. The trip report PassPorter helps you create can be shared with your family and friends, used as a school project for kids, as well as to keep for yourself so that you'll always have a record of the magical memories that can last a lifetime.
I agree with Jennifer and Dave, authors of PassPorter, that it is wise to also read Sehlinger's "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" for its irreverance, and "Birnbaum's Walt Disney World" for its official line. In fact, there's no one book that can tell you all there is to know about the wealth of activities and adventures at the Walt Disney World Resort. But PassPorter is the one to get even if you already have all those others. PassPorter is the perfect companion to the other WDW guidebooks and the perfect companion to take on your Walt Disney World trip as well.
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