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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Virtual Wave

Posted 09-16-2009 at 06:48 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-25-2009 at 02:00 PM by Sandra Bostwick
What does it take to get a good virtual wave going? If this blog were a wave, what could you do to help?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I once tried to start a wave while waiting for FANTASMIC! Here are two links that give more information about FANTASMIC! if you are interested:
Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!_Video

Getting back to the wave, the FANTASMIC! amphitheatre could seat 10,000 people when filled to capacity, so people start filing in hours before....
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Did you ever???

Posted 09-15-2009 at 11:49 PM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? Where no matter what you do, you can't seem to do anything right or please anyone?

Well a lot of my days seem like that. I wake up and wonder, "Is today going to get any better? Are the kids actually going to get along today?" Then I go and take a peek at my sleeping angels before I wake them up for school and remember that all of this that I am doing is for them and that I love them very much.
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A day in the life if a single mom...

Posted 09-15-2009 at 05:42 PM by MaryEL8775 (Life as a Single Mom and surviving Divorce...)
Updated 09-15-2009 at 05:59 PM by MaryEL8775
Oh boy, there is never enough time in a day when you are a mom. There is always things to be done, places to go, people to meet, and appts to deal with.

My usual day starts off at 6:00am. I wake up to the IPOD blaring "Crazy Train" by Ozzy. Because that is how my life feels like. One big crazy train ride that won't ever stop.

I wake the kids up and get one out the door by 6:30am and the other is in the shower at this time. Then it is time to dose morning medicine...
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How are creative ideas shaped into something real?

Posted 09-15-2009 at 04:42 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-15-2009 at 05:01 AM by Sandra Bostwick
If the spark of an idea is strong, it will never fade away. Even if it travels only far enough to appear on that first piece of paper, there it will patiently remain until the time is right for it to re-ignite. (quote from page 36 of Imagineering, A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, Hyperion, 1996)

On the same page, a quote from Walt Disney advises "Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it and work at it until it's done, and done right."

While...
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Full Swing into the School Year

Posted 09-14-2009 at 06:57 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-14-2009 at 07:05 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Today I'm required to do that which comes most naturally to me...multi-task. My attention is being forced from my Sanctuary Theme room. It's time to begin a new school year!

I opened my imagineer book and found the quote "You don't build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them."-Walt Disney

Are other people involved with whatever theme project or projects you've chosen? What reaction or outcome would you hope for? Do you know...
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