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I just got my first deluxe with the 2006 edition and I already like it so much better. I like being able to easily add pages and additional inserts. I am hoping it will make it easier to carry the cool maps with us as we tour this summer.
All I have owned is the deluxe and I love it! You can download inserts from this website for journaling. It holds extra stuff in the front and back and a pen! Plus, when the new edition comes out all you have to order are refills.
Deluxe - My Deluxe binder is still in excellent shape and I've had it since Feb. 2004. Benji's standard PP lasted a week before it lost it's front cover, another week before it lost it's back, and now we don't know where it's at.
I love my deluxe PassPorter for SOOO many reasons! The leather binder is perfect for holding all my travel related cards, coupons, and printouts. I keep all my hotel and rental car program cards in there, old tickets with extra days, my AP's when we had them
I'm also a biggie on taking out the envelope for each day, and putting it in my bag for the day, if I'm using one. I also love the flexibility of adding/removing pages easily whenever I need to. I was able to remove the maps - and laminated them at work - repunching the holes. Now I can bring my maps with me -- without chancing ruining them during a sudden rain shower -- or on Kali River Rapids!
I like the Deluxe Passporter a little better because i can move things around if i need to and take out the maps and the pockets. I also like how organized it makes me but i like the spiral bound as its the first that i had and its a nostalgia thing.
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I bought the deluxe in 2005 and loved it and ordered a new refill without the passpockets for 2006 since I'm not going to wdw this year just planning next years trip. I will preorder the 2007 with the passpockets so I have it for our April 2007 trip.
I just LOVE the Deluxe Binder. In fact, I love it so much, I ordered a second one today. I bought the second one because we often have 2 trips in the works (even if they are many months or more apart) and this year we had a Disney World trip AND later in the year we're going on the Cruise so I guess one will be for "Land" and one will be for "Sea".
When we go on the cruise I plan to thin out the info pages, especially leaving out the Ports of Call we won't be visiting (although we're going during hurricane season so I may need to rethink that -- could end up anywhere!!) as well as the planning/booking etc. pages since we'll have already done that stuff. That will leave more room for PassPockets which I tend to pack pretty full. The flexibility of the ring binder makes it easy to customize to your own needs.
I found out about Passporter just this year. I bought it right away and found it to be perfect as I planned my trip. The trip is now all planned, and I recently got to thinking about how it would be nice to pull the maps, etc., while visiting a park. I was bummed about having to tear them out of my spiral Passporter. So much so that I have now purchased the deluxe as well! I just received it in the mail and am blown away at how cool it is!
Now, I'm thinking of another problem. With the deluxe version, how do you save the whole thing as a memento of the trip (like you would with the spiral version) when you must pull the looseleaf pages out in order to "refill" it with a new year at a later date? Ha...maybe I'll have to buy a spiral version and a refill kit every year now.
I prefer the Deluxe! My first PassPorter was a spiral bound, and while it did the job getting my trip planned, I found I needed a bit more "storage" and wanted to take some pages out and what-not, so the next one I got was the Deluxe.