Your greatest PP tips or advice??
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I currently have the 2006 spiral but pre-ordered the 2007 Deluxe. The only thing I would add is a calendar that you can write in. So, I came up w/this idea. I went to Walmart and bought the Dayrunner Calendar refill for about $4. It has the three holes so you can add it to your binder. I want to use this for my regular everyday planner. Write dr. appts, etc. and can read up on Disney while at dr's office waiting. I can prepare to make my ADR's for my 2007 trip . And count down the days.
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I punched extra holes in a zippered pouch and page protector meant for a 5.5 x 8.5 DayRunner & put them in the front of my Deluxe. I now have someplace to keep smaller items & can put things I want to be able to see regularly (park emh chart etc.) someplace that's easily viewable simply by opening the PassPorter.
I love my passporter, and of course, first and foremost, read it cover to cover! I agree with all the tips before mine and thought I would add something that happened to me recently. I reccomended a friend by a passporter for her upcoming trip. She hasn't been to the world in over 10years. She was disappointed that something she wanted to do wasn't on a suggested touring plan. My advice-this book is full of wonderful tips and advice, but you have to tailor it to your family. Just because someone likes or dislikes something doesn't mean your family will feel the same. Use it as a guide, not a "do only as we say."
As well as writing everything...EMH, Parade/Firework times, times of shows I don't want to miss, all ADR's and confirmation numbers...on the passporter pockets for each day, I also print out my maid envelopes well ahead of time and put the tips in for the trip. Then I pop the tip envelope into each day's pocket. When I take the pocket from the binder for that day, I leave the maid's tip envelope out at that time too so I don't forget! I get so excited getting ready for the day I found on one trip I had three envelopes left at the end of the week, so since then I have been keeping them with the daily plan.
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
First, just because you have read your PP cover to cover before you leave for vaca, make sure you review your plans for the next day before you go to bed. If you are planning on park hopping, check the suggested travel from one park to another. Double check the plans you made before you left home with the park guides and times sheets available at your hotel. In case you need to make adjustments, your PP will help you to make any needed changes to your plans.
WOW... I have had PassPorters since they came out, and it never even occurred to me to add a planner-size calendar!! What a fabulous idea!!!!
I guess my best tips are these:
1.) GET THE DELUXE VERSION! Not only is it less expensive to just buy refills after that for future trips, but it's much more "trip friendly." As others have said, you can take out any pages that don't pertain to your trip and reduce the bulk of it a great deal. Plus, the slots in the binder itself are great for airline frequent-flyer cards, Castaway Club card, things like that.
2.) Fill out the backs of your PassPockets! Write in the info for specific meal costs, things you learned that day, etc. in the spaces there while it's fresh in your mind, and that info will help you a great deal in planning your next trip.
Disney Magic ~ '02, '03, '04, '08
Grand Princess ~ '06
Voyager of the Seas ~ '10
Mariner of the Seas ~ '12
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I printed out a calendar from Outlook and customized it to the timeframe of our vacation. I punched holes in it and put in in my Deluxe Passporter, which is the Disney bible, by the way! Then I was able to pencil in plans to start with and then when things were finalized, I penned them in.
I also use the pockets for all my non-Disney trips. I use them for travel tickets, reservations, rental numbers and phone numbers, etc. They are invaluable to keeping it all organized and in one place. I LOVE them.
Dorothy - Next Disney Trip - Nov 29, 2008, first trip around Christmas time, and can't wait.
I buy the Post-it-notes The long ones with the lines, they come it a package with different colors. I stick one in the Pass porter at the beginning of eackh park section and start adding notes of things I don't want to miss like "DeVine between Africa and Asia" Or "Tusker house for Lunch and a note as to what caught my eye on the menu". Any little tips for the parks I don't want to forget. Then the evening before when I review my pass porter for the next day I just take out the notes for the park I'm visiting the next day fold them and put into my PassPorter Passholder Pouch.
I get lots of Ideas from the boards and hate coming home and saying "ahh, I forgot all about that"
I LOVE THE PASSPORTER AND HAVE TOLD A LOT OF MY FRIENDS TO BUY IT. THEY HAVE LOOKED IN MY OLD ONES AND WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A CURRENT ONE. THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR USING THE DELUXE AND I WILL NEVER USE ANYTHING ELSE, IT IS GREAT AND I LOVE THE IDEA FOR THE CALENDAR SO CLEVER. MAYBE JEN AND DAVE WILL ADD ONE FOR THE NEXT ONE. I DEFINATELY WOULD READ IT COVER TO COVER THE INFO IN IT IS AWESOME AND YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE IT TO YOUR OWN VACATION WITH SOME GREAT POINTS BY READERS AND J&D. ONCE YOU GET YOUR BOOK YOU NEED TO COME TO THE WEBSITE AND REGISTER YOUR BOOK TO GET THE UPDATES. AND READ THE BOARDS OF COURSE THERE IS SO MUCH INFO HERE. WE USE THE POCKETS FOR EVERYTHING DURING OUR TRIP AND IT IS GREAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR BOOK FOR FUTURE MEMORIES, I PUT A PICTURE INSIDE EACH DAY OF OUR VACATION POCKET SO WHEN WE LOOK BACK WE CAN SEE OURSELVES IN THAT PARK, AT LUNCH/DINNER OR WHATEVER WE DID THAT DAY.
CAN'T WAIT TIL OUR NEXT VACATION!!
Great idea for the calendar. I'm going to print one now. I like to pencil in the places I want to see and eat, then when planning our ADRs I can refer to the eateries and attractions and mark them in ink.
I have a few books and this one is so much easier to read and get thru! I like that it is easy to find things and the pass pockets are great to transcribe all your information into. If I had to choose one book I know this is the one's I will purchase in the future!
I used a highlight to go thru the book and figure I can hit those pages again right before we leave!
I have the PP spirals and deluxe versions my favs are the deluxe binders which I ordered old '03 and '04 for CHEAP then bought the '07 refill and of course pre-ordered my 2008 version for cheap since it was presale to members.
Here are my tips .. I also laminated my maps but did so from the older versions and whichever parks we were going to that day I add those laminated maps in the front with my park/event hours e-worksheets. This allows you to keep your park maps from current versions in the rightful places without messing up the order of your book.
Also, my greatest tip would have to be taking the time to buy post it tabs to tab your binder. I tabbed each section such as resorts,dining, websites,index plus each indiviual park and each resort tabbed separately. Under dining each park is tabbed as well as each resort. I also tabbed for each worksheet and areas like touring -- i don't have my book right here or I could tell you all of them. Also under dining each park again has a tab plus i tabbed 'RESORTS' in that section. I then labelled each tab with my handy dandy 'DYMO' ...LOL so it's all nice and neat and took the time to also label each on the backside of the tabs. I did spend about $10-15 for my tabs but I know every section of my book now and anyone can find anything in a flash with it. We pull it out lots of times to find nearby eating/snacking places or to see how far it is for our group to get food from different spots. Plus you get a good synopsis of foods for each place and costs.
And whether or not you are on the DDP or not if you make dining res. try this tip :
get some post it flags in different BRIGHT colors ... on each day's envelope where it says dining evening (or what meal it's for) write the day/date plus reservation time and then the rest. where it's located (park or resort name) and your Res. # -- I use 2 for each reservation and place them on the same line but end to end so you have more writing surface to put all your info. This helps you stay organized and allows to you to go back and check dates when you get your pics printed at a later date. Also -- we left ours in the PP from June and knew we wanted some of the same places and times and we were able to look those up. Once you no longer need them peel them off and now your next trip you have your envys ready to plan again. (For those days over the final day envelope that you may be staying .... just add the post it flags on the back of one of the pocket envelopes that you don't have anything in and use one line for each reservation and place them one under the other until you use your days up.
We also used the pockets on the inside of the deluxe binder to hold our LUAH tickets that could not be separated or they would be voided ... it held them all day no problems barred.