Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Passporter's Walt Disney World Guidebook Review

Do you remember Blues Clues?  I know it isn't on the air anymore (except in reruns), but Steve always had his Handy Dandy Notebook.

When I start planning for Walt Disney World, my handy dandy notebook is the Passporter's Walt Disney World guidebook.  I wish I had heard of it before we went for the first time with Cora back in 2012.  It would have saved us a lot of just wandering around the parks.

At the time, I'd have said that I knew plenty to get by at Walt Disney World from going pretty often during childhood and adolescence.  1.  I didn't know jack - you see they've change things in the 10 years since I'd been there.  2.  Priorities are different when you're going with a toddler and husband vs. when you're a surly teen with your family.

That's what's so great about this book.  Regardless of your experience level with WDW, there's plenty to learn.  Jennifer and Dave Marx and the (hold on let me count) nine other people that make up the team that wrote this guide know their stuff.  And stuff changes every year, therefore the book does too.

Pro Tip:  You don't *have* to buy the souveniers, just get a cute picture.

Want to find out which resort has the pool that your kids would enjoy the most?  Well, that's on pages 27-103.  The resort section also includes resort maps and illustrations of room layouts.  And a million other things, but those are some of the biggies.

Want to know which rides at the Magic Kingdom aren't going to scare your toddler?  Well, start on page 129.  The attractions are color coded by who would best enjoy them.  (COLOR CODED?  Jennifer is a girl after my own nerdy heart)

Speaking of nerdy, when you purchase a book in hard copy, you also get an eReader copy available for immediate download.

If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World soon, I'd recommend getting a good guidebook first.  It's a $20 investment for a few thousand dollar trip.  It will help you allocate your time and money to get the best bang for your buck.  Oh, and if you listen to the Passporter Mom's Podcast (also on iTunes), Jennifer gives a discount code each week that can be applied to the purchase of your guidebook.  

I received a copy of 2014 Passporter's Walt Disney World from Passporter Travel Press.  The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.  

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