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Friday 24 March 2017
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Book Review: PassPorter’s Walt Disney World 2013

When I was asked to review the 2013 edition of PassPorter’s Walt Disney World, by Jennifer and Dave Marx (and their children Allison and Alexander), I was psyched! I have a few older copies and have met the authors at previous Disney-related events (MagicMeets/DisMeets anyone?) I knew what their  awesome book was all about and was ready to dive in.

After reading the book, I asked myself, Why didn’t I pick this up before my last trip earlier this year? Even though I like to think of myself as an “in-the-know” Disney World traveler, this book offers even veteran travelers, like myself, much more than a guidebook. Right on the cover it says it all – “The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal, and keepsake!” This book would have kept me even more organized on my trip, and I didn’t think that was possible.
The book is probably the most unique Disney vacation guide out there because it doesn’t just offer a guide to visiting the World but it has so much more. It offers worksheets for budgeting, travel, touring, and dining reservations. It has a souvenir shopping chart, maps and most importantly, “PassPockets.” PassPockets, located at the back of the book are sturdy paper envelopes that let you store tickets, maps, receipts and anything else you might need. They also list spots for you to record your travel info and itinerary for each day of your trip, including things to do, places to go, and attractions to visit. You can keep the book together or take out and travel with just the PassPockets. Again, I wish I had picked up a copy and used it on my last trip. Lesson learned.
In addition, the book offers very descript information on the resorts, parks, attractions and restaurants, with the authors’ and readers’ ratings. I read the book cover to cover and was surprised to learn a few new tips. One of the nice touches I really like is a check box in the restaurant section. This is helpful if you’re a Disney foodie and want to keep track of everywhere you eat if your goal is to eventually eat your way around the world. 🙂 The meal worksheet is also very helpful to keep track of dining reservations.
Overall, I love Love LOVE this book. PassPorter’s WDW 2013 is great if you are a first timer or a seasoned traveler who likes to stay organized. I highly recommend picking up a copy for your next trip BEFORE  you start planning. Trust me, this will keep you organized. (You and your family will adore the reader pictures section. You can even submit your own photos to be considered for a future edition!)

-Danielle

Editors Note: During the week of June 16 – 22nd (2013), we’re giving away 5, yes FIVE, copies of the PassPorter’s Walt Disney World 2013 guide book. Enter the contest here!

Disclaimer: We received a free copies of “PassPorter’s Walt Disney World 2013” from the authors to review and giveaway. Our reviews are not influenced by receiving a free copy, nor are we compensated any other way for reviewing books. We may provide affiliate links where books can be purchased, but do this of our own volition. Links used within this post are affiliate links. Affiliate links do not raise the price of the product for you, but do allow WDW Hints to receive a few cents per order which helps us continue bringing great hints to you!