Deluxe vs. Spiral Bound PassPorter
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I love the Deluxe version. Being able to move the pages around is a HUGE plus. And now with the e-worksheets and e-books, it is really easy to print things out and add them to the books. I'm not sure how I'd keep it all straight with a spiral edition without my PassPockets exploding!
Just received my Deluxe PP to the Disney Cruise Line and already love it. So much information! I do have a question. We make alot of trips to WDW too - would you suggest another Deluxe for WDW or just the refill and swap out. With the 35% discount now might be the time to purchase that other deluxe. I'm just thinking down the road when we do a cruise and WDW stay - which will probably be next year - ha! Hmmmmm.......
I first found PP on amazon.com, and after reading the great reviews had to buy one, got the spirial bound, as soon as it came, I joined the boards, and then kept seeing the deluxe. Had to upgrade!! I love my deluxe. I've taken out the pages for the other resorts, but I wanted to bring them so that I have them for reference so I got the rings from staples and packed the extra pages as well. I've used word to create extra pages (printing 2 per page and folding it in half to hole punch in the middle, fits perfect!) and now I have my ABC list for my scrapbook I want to make, plus I ordered the sidekick ebook, and was able to print that out on cardstock, with my own additions and add that to my book. In the front of my PP I have planned to put all my Id's and other necessary items like that. I also "added" a strap by taking one off of and old wallet I had that has a clasp on the end and clipping it to the rings. I've put all of our reservations and paperwork in the pass pockets for the days we will need them...and I feel so organized! I've even started to use the packing lists from the ebook, and will be able to tell right where everything is by opening my passporter! This is the best book I have ever owned!! Glad I found it before our first trip! Not to mention how much help the boards have been. I've even printed out a few of the helpful threads and put them in my passporter! Only 12 days to go!!!!!!!!!!!
I HAVE THE PASSPORTER DELUXE AND LOVE IT. JUST ORDERED ANOTHER ONE BECAUSE MINE IS 6 YEARS OLD BUT I USE THE OLD ONE FOR THE PAGES I DOWN LOADED FROM THE WEBSITE: DISNEY 500, DISNEY SPEED PLANNER, FREE-BOOK, ETC. I CUT THE PAGES TO FIT AND PUNCHED HOLES IN THEM, ITS GREAT.
We discovered the Passporter this year in the bookstore and purchased the spiral version. I tend to be practical, so once I found out about the Deluxe, I ordered it for the upcoming trip, so I can remove all the pages I don't need, and add others, including my own custom made ones, as needed. My teenage daughter has 'inherited' the spiral one for her own use. It will also serve as a backup for pages I thought I removed and needed after all.
I bought a spiral edition of Passporter for our Disneyland trip since I knew we wouldn't be going there too often but I purchased the deluxe edition for WDW. Much as I loved the info in both editions, I far prefer the deluxe edition. First and foremost, I love being able to remove pages at will to take along with me to the parks without having to drag along the entire book. I also really appreciate the durability of the deluxe edition. I've had mine for over 4 years and it's gone on a ton of trips but you wouldn't know it by looking at it - it looks like it's brand new (and I've put the poor thing through a lot of abuse.)
1968 - Disneyland
1976 - Offsite
1984 - Offsite
February, 2003 - All Star Music
August, 2003 - Animal Kingdom Lodge & Wilderness Lodge
December,2003 - Wilderness Lodge
December, 2004 - Beach Club Villas
August, 2005 - Port Orleans, French Quarter
November/December, 2005 - Old Key West
July/August, 2006 - Disneyland Hotel
January, 2007 - Boardwalk Villas
Started with the spiral, but it wasn't a total mistake. I used that edition to as a scratch pad to get the initial planning done. When the deluxe came, it became the "official" record. Since where we are staying is a surprise for my wife, I left the spiral a little generic and let her use it to help me plan certain aspects of the trip. I could tell her to look on a certain page and tell me what she thought about something without worry of her seeing what I had actually planned in the deluxe.
I also love the ability to have everything that I need for travel (DME luggage tags, boarding passes, DME vouchers, reservations, etc.) in one, secure place. No worry about things sliding out.
I'll let you know how well it works after a bit. We leave for the airport in a few hours!
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.
DL - 1957
WDW - May 2002; January 2003; July 2004; December 2005; June, 2008!
Next trip October, 2010 and our first trip home!
Definitely the Deluxe (which is all I have ever had, but I cannot imagine not having those pockets!) The pockets in the front of the binder hold my AP, tickets for MNSSHP or MVMCP, PI tickets if I have any (right now I do because we never had time to get there to use them the last trip). I don't have to worry about losing my AP or tickets between trips because the binder is on the bookshelves in the living room. I also stick the airline info in the large pockets in the front of the binder as soon as we book flights.
I fill the pockets out for each day, and stick the maid envelope with the tips into the pocket. When the day comes, I remove it from my binder, put out the maid's tip envelope, and pop the daily pocket into my backpack for the day...ADR times and confirmation numbers are right there. Anything NP entertainment I want to see from Steve Soares site I list on there too, as well as parade/fireworks times. The Vacation at a Glance I pull out of yesterday's pocket and add to the daily pocket each day so I can look at any time to see what's on the agenda for the next day if DH asks.
I am not very organized...usually. But the Passporter pockets help me keep our trips organized! I even use the extra pockets for trips not to the World!
April 2002 CBR
October 2005 CSR
Dec. 2006 POR-FQ
April 2007 POR-FQ
September 2007 POR-FQ
October 2007 POR-FQ
Nov. 25-Dec. 2 2007 POR-FQ
I have the spiral 06 version and I love it!!! We are going in June 08 and I have preordered the 08 deluxe. I can't wait for November. What a great early Christmas present for me. I like the idea of moving things around.