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As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.

So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.

Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.

And a very special thank you to our Guides (moderators), past and present, who kept our forums a happy place to be. You are the glue that held everything together, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you aliceinwdw, Caldercup, MrsM, WillCAD, Fortissimo, GingerJ, HiddenMickey, CRCrazy, Eeyoresmom, disneyknut, disneydani, Cam22, chezp, WDWfan, Luvsun, KMB733, rescuesk, OhToodles!, Colexis Mom, lfredsbo, HiddenMickey, DrDolphin, DopeyGirl, duck addict, Disneybine, PixieMichele, Sandra Bostwick, Eeyore Tattoo, DyanKJ130, Suzy Q'Disney, LilMarcieMouse, AllisonG, Belle*, Chrissi, Brant, DawnDenise, Crystalloubear, Disneymom9092, FanOfMickey, Goofy4Goofy, GoofyMom, Home4us123, iamgrumpy, ilovedisney247, Jennifer2003, Jenny Pooh, KrisLuvsDisney, Ladyt, Laughaholic88, LauraBelle Hime, Lilianna, LizardCop, Loobyoxlip, lukeandbrooksmom, marisag, michnash, MickeyMAC, OffKilter_Lynn, PamelaK, Poor_Eeyore, ripkensnana, RobDVC, SHEANA1226, Shell of the South, snoozin, Statelady01, Tara O'Hara, tigger22, Tink and Co., Tinkerbelz, WDWJAMBA, wdwlovers, Wendyismyname, whoSEZ, WildforWD, and WvuGrrrl. You made the magic.

We want to personally thank Sara Varney, who coordinated our community for many years (among so many other things she did for us), and Cheryl Pendry, our Message Board Manager who helped train our Guides, and Ginger Jabour, who helped us with the PassPorter-specific forums and Live! Guides. Thank you for your time, energy, and enthusiasm​. You made it all happen.

There are other changes as well.

Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:

We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.

But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.

So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.

And we are no longer charging for the Live Guides. If you have a subscription, it's yours to keep for the lifetime of the Live Guides at no additional cost. The Live Guides will stay online, barring server issues and technical problems, for all of 2019.

That said, PassPorter is not going away. Most of the resources will remain online for as long as we can support them, and after that we will find ways to make whatever we can available. PassPorter means a great deal to us, and to many of you, and we will do our best to keep it alive in whatever way we can. Our server costs are high, and they'll need to come out of our pockets, so in the future you can expect some changes so we can bring those costs down.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!

If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.

So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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Where could your train of thought take you today?

Posted 09-24-2009 at 07:27 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-24-2009 at 07:30 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Remember our book How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams? On page 7, Walt Disney's grandson,Walter Disney Miller, says "As a boy in Missouri, my grandpa loved the railroads because they could take you anywhere-to all kinds of unknown places. He never lost his fascination with trains."

It seems as if Walt's mind was always moving to the next project, the next location, the next new idea. Yet, he was able to stick with what was right in front of him long enough to see his projects...
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Can you think of a few resource people?

Posted 09-23-2009 at 12:09 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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Walt Disney was an idea man, but he knew how to find good resource people who could carry the idea out.

He also knew how to find people who would support him, motivate him, and advise him.

He basically built a city, filled with the latest technology in robotics (at the time) and added some of the most unique art you can imagine. To do that, he had to take his ideas and add landscapers, architects, excavators, electricians, plumbers...you name it, he needed it!
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Are your computer comments getting through?

Posted 09-22-2009 at 06:56 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
IMPORTANT: If you get email notifications of blog posts, and you send a return by email, your comment will not post here on the Blog, so you won't be a part of the group process. Please be sure to click the link and post under comments.

Technology can be a real challenge. It keeps coming at us with new gadgets and procedures like an automatic ball throwing machine set at high and fast. We can duck and cover or we can try to keep up by taking a swing whenever we can.

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Reframing those negative thoughts

Posted 09-21-2009 at 07:20 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
The Book How to Be Like Walt opens with "When Walt Disney was just a boy, his father put him to work in the harsh conditions of a Kansas City Blizzard-then kept the money Walt Earned. Even so, Walt embraced a nastalgia for his early years while dreaming big dreams of the future."

If you read various accounts of Walt's early years, his accomplishments become even more amazing. One thing is for sure...Walt didn't let ANYTHING stop his imagination or his drive.

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Can You Imagine?

Posted 09-20-2009 at 06:44 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
When you can't imagine the finished project, it is hard to know where to start! I'm hearing quite a few comments that seem to suggest just that. Please don't give up!

Can you imagine what you want to accomplish when you are finished with your project? Can you write just one sentence about that?

Sometimes, you just have to give your critic a break and let your imagination get you going, even if the path will be unpredictable.

This makes me think of The Dreamfinder...
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