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Old 08-15-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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New Guidebook Empowers Disney Vacationers With Special Needs

Ann Arbor, MI -- Vacationers of all shapes, sizes and abilities can enjoy America’s most popular resort destination to its fullest extent with the aid of “PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs.” Now available from PassPorter Travel Press, this innovative new travel planning guidebook provides originally researched information for travelers who face challenges ranging from autism spectrum disorders to vision problems.

Written by two respected authorities on travel to Walt Disney World, Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma, PassPorter's Walt Disney World For Your Special Needs has been peer-reviewed by individuals who have traveled to the popular Orlando resort and sailed on the Disney Cruise Line with a variety of special needs, making this the most authoritative guide now available.

This new addition to the PassPorter Travel Press catalog shows how anyone can have a memorable experience at Walt Disney World, no matter what unusual or out-of-the-ordinary requirements they may have. In its 400-plus pages, “PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs” delivers in-depth, painstakingly researched information on a wide spectrum of accommodations for special needs travelers. The book covers such topics as:

• Assistance for children with autism or ADD
• Accommodations on rides and at resorts for those with mobility challenges or size concerns
• Locations of sheltered, quiet spots for breastfeeding an infant
• Where and how to find special dining and dietary options for diabetes and allergies
• Where and how to obtain equipment for vision or hearing impairments, and much more

According to Debra Martin Koma, “This book is designed to allow everyone to enjoy America’s most popular tourist destination. Consider the typical multi-generational family planning a vacation—pregnant and nursing moms, parents with infants, cousins ‘keeping Kosher’ or Halal, grandparents with declining mobility, a child with food allergies, an uncle struggling with obesity, a teenage daughter recently “converted” to vegetarianism... This book has something for all of them.”

Says Deb Wills, “For many, Walt Disney World represents a chance to revisit childhood in a cleaner, safer, friendlier world, and it has become world-renowned for its hospitality. Every visitor is a guest, and Disney’s parks, restaurants and hotels strive to embrace everyone. It’s hardly a one-size-fits-all world, yet everyone seems to fit at Walt Disney World better than nearly anyplace else.”

To bring this publishing vision to pass, PassPorter recruited authors Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma, respectively founder/publisher/editor and senior editor of, the most often cited and respected independent guide to Walt Disney World on the Internet. As publisher Dave Marx explained, “We knew Deb and Debra would be perfect for the job. Their input as expert peer reviewers for our general Walt Disney World guidebook has been invaluable. Deb’s site already contains many valuable articles addressing what we consider ‘special needs,’ and AllEarsNet’s sensitive, comprehensive, accurate, and eminently readable approach to travel information was just what we needed.”

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 64,000 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 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 (eighth edition out in November 2005), features PassPorter’s unique PassPocket organizer pockets. PassPorter’s Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line will be out in its fourth edition in spring 2006, and is the most comprehensive guidebook devoted to the Disney cruise. The first edition of PassPorter Disneyland is due out in 2005. There are over 150,000 copies of PassPorter books in print. Visit at


PassPorter’s® Walt Disney World®
For Your Special Needs

By Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma

416 pages 100+ photos
5.5” x 9” Trade paperback
$22.95 US ISBN: 1-58771-018-8
Publication date: August 15, 2005

Toll-free orders 1-877-WAYFARER (1-877-929-3273).
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Received my new "Passporter's Walt Disney World for your Special needs" today.
You have a wonderful book here!!!!!!!!!!!
Great tips and info for every special need.
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