Passporter’s Walt Disney World guidebook and giveaway

*note: The giveaway is over and the winners have been notified*

So…you’re going to Walt Disney World! A trip of a lifetime, right? An expensive trip of a lifetime! You want to get the most out of this vacation, spending your money wisely while enjoying all that Disney has to offer.

You do a search for Disney planning and you are instantly overwhelmed by the choices. What the heck is an ADR? What is a touring plan? Are these paid planning sites worth it? Who has the time to cull all of the tips out there into one cohesive document?

You slowly step away from the computer and wonder if this whole Disney vacation is going to be entirely too stressful even just to plan.

I get that. PassPorterCoverIt can be stressful. Disney is expensive. And crowded. And hot. But there is help. (Well, not so much for the heat.) Let me introduce to you Passporter. Passporter is the Ultimate Disney Planning Guide. If you’re like me and prefer to sit down with a book, highlighter and sticky-note flags, you will love Passporter. Passporter has planning guides for Walt Disney World, the Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland. This week I am focusing on their WDW guide.

Passporter’s Walt Disney World guide takes you through everything you need to know to plan this trip of a lifetime. They review all of the on-site hotels and resorts, all the rides, all the restaurants. They walk you through all the dining reservations you may need. They include touring plans of all the parks and explain why you even need them. If you are still in the pre-planning stages of your trip, they have a crowd chart to help you decide when you might want to go. (And you know what, I take it back about the heat.  There is a chart of average temps in Orlando by month.)PassPorterResort

We are Disney People, but we go mostly to Disneyland. So when we were started planning our first trip to WDW in 2007, I was pretty clueless. I turned to Passporter’s Walt Disney World to plan our whole trip. We went with my cousin and his family – four adults and 5 children who ranged in age from 2 to 9. Using the advice in the Passporter guide, we were able to plan an enjoyable vacation for everyone.  Even after we had arrived, we decided to try a character meal and out came my Passporter to help us decide which one.

What else can you possibly need? Full color pages? Got ’em. Worksheets for your notes and travel details? Yep. Fold-out maps of each park? Oh yeah! Tips for teens? Tips for tweens? Tips for kids and toddlers? But of course! Not only that, these tips are for kids, by kids!

It really can’t get any better, can it? How about built-in folders (called PassPockets) for you to store tickets, receipts and other paper souvenirs! And each folder has space for you to log your day, confirmation numbers, money spent and thoughts for your next trip.

Can you see why I love Passporter guides?

I have 3, count them THREE, WDW Passporter guides (spiral bound) to give away. These guides are the 2013 version, which have been expanded for use all through 2014.  There will be 3 winners, each will receive one book.

You can find the easy to use entry form at the bottom of this post.

Contest will run from June 20, 2013 until June 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM, MDT.  Winners will be notified by email and have until June 30 to provide me with a mailing address or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Oh, and Passporter provided me three free copies of their Walt Disney World guide book in return for this review.

You can visit the site where you will find a whole community of  friendly people who can answer your questions as you plan your trip.  You can also check out all the other books that PassPorter publishes, most of which are also available as e-books.

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  • They sound awesome. I don’t think we’ll be going to WDW anytime soon. Would be nice though.

  • My favorite Disney tip is to leave in the early afternoon and regroup before coming back for the evening. I’d love to win a PassPorter to figure out the details for our upcoming trip!

  • As a military family, we found a great deal ($300 for one week) on a vacation condo through Armed Forces Vacation Club. The 2 bedroom condo had a full kitchen with enough dishes for our family of 8, and it also had a washer and dryer. Disney was only a 4 hour car ride, so I made some meals at home and transported them in a cooler. Other food, I bought locally.

    Also, we decided in advance how much we would give our children for spending money and put it in envelops marked with their names. I was amazed at how frugal they were with that money, and how very little whining and begging we heard.
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  • With all of my Disney trips, believe it or not I have NEVER looked through one of these books — but I would sure love to! :)

  • We are Disney fanatics. Have been a number of times. I think my favorite trip was 2 years ago, when both of my siblings, and their kids, and my parents were all there. 13 in all. Our trips overlapped so we weren’t all there at the same time but we had 1 day with all 13 of the family together and it was great. Not sure that Crystal Palace knew what to do with us, but we loved it. They are also pretty great to deal with for my youngest with diabetes and celiac – we can always find her something to eat and they are also great about making alternative in the back or bringing out GF items for her!!

  • When my 8 year old was 2, she absolutely LOVED Snow White. She called her “my Snow White.” All she wanted to do when we went to Disney was see her. She was also very afraid of any of the large costumed characters, so she freaked out when she saw Dopey with Snow White and wouldn’t go anywhere near them. Snow White was wonderful, stepping away from Dopey so C would go to her. She even gave C a kiss on the cheek. C wouldn’t let us wash the lipstick off of her face for the next couple of days.
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  • My family and I are planning a trip for November of this year, this is a great giveaway! I would love to win it and make my planning easier!

    Thank you.

  • I commented before seeing the criteria!
    My tip would be to buy stuff before you go to Disney World. I bought autograph books online at and their my 2 daughters ears with their names on the back.
    Then take a backpack and have water and snacks! I try to save money however I can.

  • I have only been to Disney World once, and it was a spur of the moment trip because we were in Florida. I look forward to planning my first big Disney vacation for next year!

  • My husband & I are planning a trip to Disney in November 2015 for my daughters 5th birthday. This guide would be a huge help! It will be the first Disney trip for all of us. Our favorite Disney movie is Tangled :)

  • I love Disney and I am counting down the days until I can take my little ones there! Hopefully sometime next year!

  • Just learned I am terminal. Have a Bucket List with things to do before I pass over . I want to take my two granddaughters and son-in -law to Disneyland , take them to an Indian a reservation , to Canada and so much more. grandchildren 6 & 12 and son-in-law have never been. I want to see the lights in their eyes at each new attraction. What a memory it will make. Especially, want to take girls to Bibbidy Bobitty Boo,

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