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Old 08-18-2012, 07:56 PM   #196 (permalink)
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I bought it from an Indigo book store in Toronto. And you're right - the content will still be great even if it takes me a while to get used to the different format.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #197 (permalink)
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My first Passporter was the spiral bound 2007 edition. I bought the deluxe 2008 edition shortly before our first trip in Dec 2007. Since then I have just bought refills for the deluxe. I love the binder and being able to take things out to take to the park rather than taking the whole binder, or adding things that I don't want to forget to bring.

But even if I have to buy the spiral, I won't complain, as the content is the same and it's the BEST guidebook I've found. I keep recommending it to family and friends when they mention possible Disney vacations.

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #198 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chillepepa View Post
I like the concept of the Deluxe because I can add pages of notes in the middle of the book. Plus I can add the addition pocket pages for out longer trips or when we take more than one trip in a year. I just think the binder it comes in is UGLY! so I either spend hours retro fitting the deluxe pages to fit in a PRETTY binder or I just buy the spiral bound book and deal with all my loose pages and pockets.
I wouldn't call the binders ugly, but black would be a nice option.

What I would REALLY like to see *hint hint* is a smaller (not as thick) binder cover so that I can put only the essentials in it for park days and not worry about retro-fitting or loose pages in our hotel room.

Pretty please?

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #199 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by wydivers View Post
I wouldn't call the binders ugly, but black would be a nice option.

What I would REALLY like to see *hint hint* is a smaller (not as thick) binder cover so that I can put only the essentials in it for park days and not worry about retro-fitting or loose pages in our hotel room.

Pretty please?
I think the blue color of the spiral would be a great color of the deluxe binder......and I would love a thinner "pop-out" binder to take with you to the parks (I hate when my pages get rumpled and bent).....It could be like an addition in the deluxe that could be used by itself for that vacation week....all the at-a-glance pages, maps, etc. Then put back into the deluxe as part of it. I love the entire deluxe but to have a slimmer book with just my selections for the vacation week would be great. I would love to be able to customize what my personal vacation week PassPorter would be.......and any additional cost of the deluxe would be worth it.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #200 (permalink)
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We have looked into thinner/slimmer and cheaper binders (both for in-park use, and for archiving previous editions), but it's really hard to get the kind of quantity we'd need (significantly fewer than the number of deluxe editions sold), at a price any better than the one we get on the regular version, which we get in much larger quantities. The same can be said for the choice of colors. I sure wouldn't mind if the deluxe editions were so popular we could (affordably) offer a choice of colors and styles, but as things stand, one style has to fit all, and the feedback we've had over the years has been overwhelmingly (though not unanimously) in favor of what we do have.

We had (and still have) certain key considerations for the deluxe binder. Among them, it has to appear worthy of the term, "deluxe," yet still seem casual enough to carry around on vacation. Most folks think black is too formal and business-like. A leather-textured cover in a shade of brown similar to that of a Coach handbag seems to convey both "deluxe" and a certain amount of informality. Interestingly, we could have leather rather than vinyl at a similar price (manufacturing costs more than materials), but whenever we think of what happens to leather in a Florida thundershower....

For lightweight travel in the parks, I feel some sort of folio would be a better idea than a ring binder - room to hold a couple of PassPockets, slots for passes and ID, a pen, without the thickness and extra width required for rings. Something bigger than a PassHolder Pouch, and smaller than a breadbox. One of these day...

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #201 (permalink)
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I bought my 1st Passporter spiral book in 2010 but decided to go deluxe this year because I could put in additional pockets and it would be easier to take out the pages I don't need.

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:53 PM   #202 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dave Marx View Post
A leather-textured cover in a shade of brown similar to that of a Coach handbag seems to convey both "deluxe" and a certain amount of informality.
I wouldn't describe the Deluxe's color that way, but I'd better not say what terms I'd use for that color, this being a kid-friendly site.

I understand the considerations involved in limiting the Deluxe to a one-color-for-all, Dave, and certainly would prefer that the price be reasonable above all other concerns. I'm sure price is a bigger consideration than color for most who buy the Deluxe.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:57 PM   #203 (permalink)
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Just got my first deluxe this past month and I am very happy with it! Used a spiral for our previous trip but I do look forward to using this one on our next trip. One thought on the leather vs vinyl is that there are some oddballs like me who live a vegan lifestyle and would much prefer products that are not made of animal products if possible so the vinyl cover works fine for me.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #204 (permalink)
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I've been delaying the purchase of the passporter. I have borrowed a friends copy for visit in 2006 & 2010. Now, I am definitely going to purchase the deluxe copy. The coupon for passport club members made it a no brainer.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #205 (permalink)
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I recently received my 2013 Deluxe. I absolutely love, love, love it. I organize every thing. This gives me all the pockets, dividers and labels I need. The option to only take the section I need is perfect. I'm confused on one point. Where does everyone put the binder when they are on a ride? Most parks I've been to forbid backpacks and loose articles on the ride. Are there lockers at each ride to stow it like at Universal?
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:59 AM   #206 (permalink)
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I love my deluxe!! I also love that when it is closed the kids can't see what it is so helps keep the surprise trip a secret

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Old 07-14-2013, 07:12 PM   #207 (permalink)
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when will the 2014 come out and can I refill my Deluxe binder with the 2014 stuff? So I don't have to buy the binder.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #208 (permalink)
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I invested in the deluxe passporter for my first trip, in 2011, and was glad I did. Got the refill for my trip in 2012, with extra pockets to fit the duration of my trip. Travelled with another person and kept all receipts in each day's pocket. It made splitting expenses later a snap. I have no problem with the size in a small backpack, I can always pull out sections I don't need for a particular day, and can put small reminders of each day in that days pocket for later recollection. Great product. - Thanks
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:20 AM   #209 (permalink)
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My hubby and I are anxiously awaiting the release of the 2014 book... December, according to the B&N website! We plan to get the Deluxe version for sure! I like that I can customize it and organize everything in a way that fits our travel needs!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:07 AM   #210 (permalink)
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I love my deluxe and Have since modified it with a few large rubber bands. So if I need to remove a section I can without fighting or losing pages before removal.
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