Your greatest PP tips or advice??
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I love my passporter!!! I agree, read it cover to cover...you never know what you might come across!! I like the calender idea!! I take the time to write down in the back about my day before I forget....at least a summary!!
I use the PP deluxe and agree with the others about reading it cover to cover. I have also added a calendar with the countdown to our next trip. I begin my research with park hours, extra magic hours and special events(most of this info is posted on Disney.com 7-8 months in advance. Once I schedule which park we are attending on which day I make our ADRs. Once our schedule is complete I transfer everything to our pockets so I may review each days itenerary. I remove unnecessary pages from my PP so that I may have room for the pockets. When we are two weeks away from our vacation I prepare our envelopes (Disney Dollar envelopes are perfect for this) for mousekeeping and put each one in the pocket for that day. I also keep a small amount of cash (again in a DD envelope) for each day in my pockets. An envelope is created for each child which contains their own spending money. At the end of the day I add all my receipts to the pocket so that I have them so I can review the total that I have spent for the day so I can make adjustments to our budget for the next day of our trip and to plan future trips. I use the DD envelopes to store cash and receipts for our travel to and from Disney and to again plan future trips and store these in our PP pockets set aside for our travel. Creating these pockets builds anticipation of the trip and keeps me organized which is hard enough to do when planning a trip for five people.
The Passporter is my Disney Bible. Can't live without it. The planning is just an extension of your vacation, its soooo much fun. My friend and I even had a Passporter Night at her house with food and snacks and planning our vacation, it was so much fun. The tips are great and if you join the Passporter Club you can download the greatest E-books and Worksheets that you can print and put into your Passporter. I love everything about it not one complaint.
I don't color code but should. The most important thing about the Passporter is always carry it!!! I know other advice is more important, but the PP has helped us decide on food places more then once. We use the maps a lot--maybe more then all the writing. And we love (ok I love) putting things in the envelopes to save for later!! I now write down what time we go on rides, so I can make a schedule later for the scrapbook.
Get the Deluxe PP, join the PassPorter's Club and use all those fabulous customizable worksheets to make it your PassPorter.
Then subscribe to the newsletter and use the "Tips" worksheet to capture and organize the great tips each week.
Get an empty deluxe binder to keep all the pages from your last trip as you plan the next one, then you won't miss any of the tips and ideas you picked up the last time. Use "Wallies" or embroidered scrapbook stickers to make each binder unique so you can keep them straight.
Put the daily Mousekeeping envelope in the PassPocket for that day, then when you're going over your plans for that day you'll remember to put out the envelope.
The PassPorter community has so much to offer....and it all makes planning and my trips to the "World" all the more magical.
I went on my computer and used a picture editing software (Photoshop) to create personalized pages with little squares for notes that I can use when I call WDW for any info and I also write little reminders and ideas. I attached an example.
P.S. Notice the gray punch holes on the left, and since I can't find a 6 hole punch, I use a single punch and go by the guides I made. I got the size and location of the holes from one of the ebooks.
If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney
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I was brought up never to write in brought books and even though PP has been designed for writing in, I still can't make myself do it (my nan pops into my head and tells me off) so I photocopy the pages I want to scribble on and slot the loose pages in where i need them. They also act as bookmarkers.
Having just up graded to deluxe I would also now recommand this version. It is much more user friendly
My passporter is packed. Each day already has a park touring map, tip envelope, reservation #'s and anything else I need to remember. I have a bus schedule, Freebies at Disney, Dining menu's, Pocket guide to Disney Characters, and a pressed pennies guide.
I'd say Make sure to Read PassPorter from Cover to Cover, Highlight and/or Put Sticky notes on important info/pages.
I'd also say make sure since your plans can easily change to start by filling in all the Worksheets and Passpockets first with Pencil and then with Pen when they Are Finalized.
(I learned that 2nd Tip the Hard Way)
Another Tip I'd give (if your flying to WDW) is to look over your worksheets, passpockets and notes on the trip down. That way you have everything fresh in your mind when you arrive.
One more Thing- Always keep your PassPorter with you at all times once in the "World"
Even at the times we did not think we needed the passporter I would think of some tip or suggestion in the book that I'd like to use only to find I do not have my Book so now I always keep my PassPorter with me.
We go to Disney Word for a few days almost every year since we have family nearby. I buy a multiday pass for as many days as I can afford and include the no expiration option. A 10 day pass will give me 3 or 4 years of visits at the current price. Since ticket prices increase every year, I save quite a bit of money. We usually go to the parks 2 or 3 times each trip and since my father-in-law lives 45 minutes from Disney, we stay with him.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass;
it's about learning to dance in the rain.
Don't know if someone else mentioned this already, but I put tabs that stick out on special pages or places where I have plans written in. For example, my Packing List pages says "List". This really helps me find what I need quickly. There is a place in the back of the passporter where you can find tabs or create your own labels. I use my own stickies, though, because they stick out more and seem easier to grab.