What are the real differences in the different verions of PassPorter? (PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2013 Spiral Guide, PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2013 Deluxe Starter Kit, PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2013 Collector's Edition) The Deluxe starter kit implies one needs to keep adding to it - why?
Thanks for help figuring out which one to buy!
Last edited by Belle*; 01-22-2013 at 08:06 AM..
With the deluxe edition, it comes in a binder, with a leather cover, which I love. Once you have it, then you order the deluxe refill every year, which is what I do. I've found it to be a great investment and I much prefer it to the spiral guide.
At the amazing beach at Acadia National Park, Maine as part of our Bagman Days trip, which starts with north eastern America and eastern Canada. The trip report continues for our Baltic cruise.
The fundamental difference between the Spiral Edition and Deluxe Edition is the binding style. The contents - the paper covers (which have maps and other info printed on the inside), guidebook text, plus 14 organizer pockets - are identical in both. The Spiral Edition has a plastic coil binding. The Deluxe Edition adds the benefits of a looseleaf binder.
The vast majority of our readers buy the Spiral Edition. I recommend it for first-time PassPorter readers. If you use the Spiral and start wishing, "If only I could customize this, like my File O Fax/Franklin Planner..." you're a candidate for the Deluxe.
The Deluxe Edition has all the advantages of a ring binder - you can add/remove pages, customize the way pages are organized, re-use the binder for subsequent editions, etc. The Deluxe binder is part of a system - you can buy additional sets of organizer pockets, guidebook cover and text.
The Spiral Edition is lighter and more compact than the Deluxe Edition
*The Spiral Edition has the complete guidebook text, covers, and 14 organizer pockets
*The Deluxe Starter Kit has the complete guidebook text, covers, and 14 organizer pockets, plus the 6-ring binder
*The Deluxe Refill Kit has the complete guidebook text, covers, and 14 organizer pockets in looseleaf format, with holes that fit in the 6-ring binder (assumes you already have the binder)
*Deluxe Looseleaf Text has the complete guidebook text and covers, but no organizer pockets, designed to fit the deluxe ring binder.
*14-pocket set is the same organizer pockets you get with the Deluxe Starter Kit and Deluxe Refill Kit, designed to fit the deluxe ring binder.
*5-pocket set is 5 generic organizer pockets for folks who take longer vacations or need a few special-purpose pockets.
*Collector's Edition combines a Deluxe Starter Kit, an additional 14 organizer pockets, a drawstring bag (the type some folks use as day packs), the special discount coupon, and personalized autograph.
Co-Author, PassPorter's Walt Disney World, PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line, and PassPorter's Disneyland and Southern California Attractions
Another vote for the Deluxe! Some of my favorite things:
--You have all the normal content while you're planning, but then you can easily take out the pages you don't need once you are ready to go on your trip. For example, I typically remove the pages for any resorts other than the one we're staying at and any we plan to visit (for character meals, etc). I can always put them back in once we get home, but it's nice not to have all the extra content to drag around and flip past on the trip.
--I love the pockets inside the binder! Very handy for all sorts of stuff!
--I like to be able to add extra things, such as the custom worksheets you can get if you're a Passporter's Club member, but I don't want loose sheets that will get lost. The Deluxe binder lets me keep everything together and safe in its spot.
--The binder provides a little extra protection against sprinkles and splashes, versus the cardboard cover on the spiral book.
--Sometimes, I just want to pull out a few pages and/or an envelope and take them with me. For example, if I'm headed to a waterpark or mini-golf, I need my daily schedule and my envelope (for receipts, maps, etc.), but I really don't want to take the whole book. With the Deluxe, it's easy to pull out just what I need, then put those pages back later.
DD and DS, May 2008
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