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Old 08-05-2004, 11:15 AM   #1
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New Guidebook to Walt Disney World for Vacationers with Special Needs

We're very pleased to announce that a new PassPorter guidebook will be arriving in spring 2005. Here's the press release:

Disney Experts Team Up to Produce New Guidebook to Walt Disney World for Vacationers with Special Needs

Ann Arbor, MI -- What happens when one of the most respected Walt Disney World travel web sites and one of the most popular Walt Disney World guidebook publishers get together? We’ll soon find out! PassPorter Travel Press has signed Internet legend Deb Wills of fame, and Senior Editor Debra Martin Koma to write the first “special needs” guidebook to Walt Disney World to be published in many years –“ PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs.”

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How fantastic What a great addition to the PP family, and on a topic that many many people can relate to (and have tons of questions)!

Congratulations Jennifer and Dave
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Thanks Dave
As always Passporter is leading the pack. All of us have or know people with special needs. What a great book this will be to add to our Disney reference guides.
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Why a Special Needs book? According to PassPorter’s publisher Dave Marx, “When folks think ‘Special Needs at Disney,’ they may think of children in wheelchairs, but in opening its ‘world’ to everyone Walt Disney World has created an oasis for people with all sorts of needs. From our perspective, nearly everyone has a special need or will be traveling with someone who has a special need. Our goal, like Disney’s, is to include everyone.”

Naturally, the book will be a comprehensive resource for people with mobility, sensory and other impairments, but it will also embrace such diverse topics as pregnancy, travel with infants, seniors, ADD/ADHD, food allergies and other special dietary needs, multi-lingual, and plus-size guests. Extended-family visits to Walt Disney World are growing ever more popular, so special attention will be paid to the needs of seniors, who may just need a little help keeping up with their grandchildren’s strenuous pace.

“PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs” (ISBN 1-58771-018-8) will deliver more than 400 pages of in-depth information for Walt Disney World vacationers of all abilities. Scheduled for release in spring of 2005, this new addition to the PassPorter Travel Press catalog will offer in-depth coverage of every ride, attraction and resort on Walt Disney World property from a distinctive “special needs” perspective. The book is intended to supplement existing, general-purpose guidebooks, such as PassPorter Walt Disney World, rather than replace them.

Watch for more information and pre-order opportunities later this year at and

About Deb Wills: Bitten by the Disney bug at an early age, Deb Wills combined her computer skills with her love of the Walt Disney Theme Parks to create Deb's Unofficial Walt Disney World Information Guide (WDWIG) ( Over the past eight years, she has developed the site into one of the most up-to-date, independent resources about Walt Disney World on the Internet. Deb also publishes ALL EARS®, a free weekly electronic newsletter with over 51,000 subscribers from around the world. She is widely recognized as a Walt Disney World expert, and was recently featured in the Chicago Sun Times article, "Queens of the Internet." Deb also helps raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer, and is herself a breast cancer survivor.

About Debra Martin Koma: A freelance writer since 1989, Debra Martin Koma has written about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of publications, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Travel-Holiday magazine, and the airline in-flight magazine, TWA Ambassador. She has visited Walt Disney World more than 30 times in the past 10 years, and enthusiastically shares her passion for the Orlando resort with readers of AllEarsNet and its weekly companion newsletter ALL EARS through regular feature articles and restaurant reviews.

About According to a recent Disney-released consumer survey, 90% of vacationers planning a Disney vacation turn to the Internet. consistently tops the lists of favorite Disney World information resources. The Wall Street Journal, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and even Disney’s own Disney Magazine have all singled-out as a top pick for vacation planners, and countless individuals on Internet discussion forums recommend visits to “Deb’s site” for all kinds of Disney vacation information. Visit AllEarsNet at

About PassPorter Travel Press: PassPorter guidebooks are known for their comprehensive information, devotion to accuracy, and unique planning features. The publisher’s flagship title, PassPorter Walt Disney World Resort, is currently in its sixth edition, and features PassPorter’s unique PassPocket organizer pockets. PassPorter’s Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line and its Ports of Call is now in its second edition, and is the only guidebook devoted to the Disney cruise. The first edition of PassPorter Disneyland and Southern California Attractions is due out in late 2004. There are over 120,000 copies of PassPorter guidebooks in print. Visit at
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Finally! Our family has wanted this for some time now and we have been traveling to WDW playing it by ear but always getting by. Unfortunately this will not come in time for our next trip later this month. However, for sure this won't be our last trip and it will be interesting to read when it comes out to see if some of our experiences and tricks make it into the book. I hope to be one of the first to be able to purchase your book. Thanks in advance!
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Way to go guys. Our family is anxiously anticipating this book. It is definitely an undersaturated area of travel writing. We are so happy you guys have decided to add this to your offerings.
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What a great idea! You two are busy little bees lately!
Can't wait to see the book!

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I work with folks with disabilities and I can tell you your new passporter will be much appreciated !
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Thank you!! This book will be very useful for a great many people!!
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Can't wait for the new book My Dad suffered a stroke last week. We are regular WDW visitors & brand new DVC members. I am already thinking about ways to make our next trip easier for him. The book will not be out for our next trip, but I'm sure it will be a great help for many future trips!
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<font color="blue"> ºoº This is a wonderful project and great people to write and produce it, Bravo. ºoº

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That's a great idea. I have been searching and searching and searching for a guide to help with my diabetes. Hopefully, you will have a eating guide about restuarants and snacks! also.....the baby lookes wonderful...congrats to you all.
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