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    Favorite Guide Book

    Hey everyone was curious what everyones fav guide book is and why

    Mine is Passporter
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    I like Passporter and Birnbaum's, but I've heard that Birnbaum's is a little biased because they're the "official" WDW planning guide. I'm easily amused, I like the pretty pictures. I like any book that tells me something I don't already know, which is hard to find.


    I thought it was worth mentioning the one I dislike emensely...The Cheapskate's Guide to Walt Disney World. The whole tone of the book is really negative. I feel like highlighting everything negative in the book and mailing it back to them to show them how much their book ****s. Here's an example:

    "Main Street Cinema Once upon a time, they used to show old-time Mickey Mouse cartoons here. In fact, they paid homage to the Mouse who started the Kingdom by continuously showing his first cartoon feature, Steamboat Willie. But, alas, showing cartoons for free doesn't do much for the Disney bottom-line, so they have turned this theater into a store, where you can pick up stuffed animals and other cha-cha from the latest Disney video releases. If you've read this far, you shouldn't be surprised by this turn of events."

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    Birnbaum - cant go wrong for officail information
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    Quote Originally Posted by o8catrina8o View Post
    Hey everyone was curious what everyones fav guide book is and why

    Mine is Passporter
    When I was buying guide books Passporter was my favorite too. I still suggest to people to look it over.
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    never read passporter...anygood???
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    I've always been a Birnbaum fan myself. But I'll try others if they're good.



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    Unofficial guide is the best. It gives you the good and the bad about Disney and you can't beat the touring plans.

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    My favorite is the Unofficial Guide. It tells you ride descriptions, past reviews, hotel comparisons, hotel roomplans, restaurant menus and descriptions, traffic patterns in the parks, best places to view shows, touring plans, etc.
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    I forgot about the Unofficial Guide. I really like that guide because it's "unbiased" and tells you the ins and outs of WDW. However, Birnbaum's book keeps the magic involved.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JQuatt21 View Post
    never read passporter...anygood???
    The Passporter is more of a planning guide rather than a guide book, if that makes any sense. The cover describes it as , "The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal and keepsake!" It has pockets to organize maps, reservation information, receipts, etc. It's meant to be carried with you on your vacation. It has maps, attraction descriptions, and tips. I really like it, but always buy Birnbaums too. (Again, pretty pictures amuse me.) You can buy both at almost any major bookstore like Barnes and Noble or Borders. (Just a fun tip, Joe, the author lives in Ann Arbor.)
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    Birnbaum... I actually got to step 2 in the Disney World For Kids by kids book but they didnt pick me for the project *ROAR* my mom didnt mail it off until a day before the deadline... grrrrr
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    I prefer the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World *ding*.

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    i like Birnbaum's!! i have the 2006 for kids and the new 2007 and a 2003 book

    i also have
    the hassle free WDW vacation 2006
    the complete idiot's travel guide to WDW
    frommers WDW and orlando
    the unofficial guide to WDW


    i really like the Birnbaum's kid guide book.. i would advise anyone with lil ones to get it..
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    to me, the Unofficial Guide coupled with a Passporter is the best combo to use. I don't really like Birnbaum's (except that they can use official photos) because it's too biased. the Unofficial tells it like it is, yet even when they are saying something slightly negative you can tell that they still really like WDW. it doesn't come across snarky or pompous, it just tells their opinion, good or bad.

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    I also like the birnbaum books. I buy them even when im not planing a trip.

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