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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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The Independent Study School of Hard Knocks

Posted 03-05-2010 at 06:02 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 03-05-2010 at 06:05 PM by Sandra Bostwick
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
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There is plenty of competition to keep everyone on their toes, especially in this economy.

I think the competition is anything that competes with my ability to easily get those things that I'm going after. When I am up for the challenge, this drives me.

The truth is, though, the worst competition can be the competing thoughts or beliefs that...
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A good day for goals

Posted 03-04-2010 at 05:32 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children.
Walt Disney

I'm sure that this quote from Walt is hard to interpret, since it is out of context, but I can relate to this thought in the sense that education is often not helping our students to reach their goals.

Today, after a visit to the library computer room with the skilled help of the librarian, my whole class walked out with a draft...
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Goal buddies

Posted 03-03-2010 at 07:54 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Today I got to listen to one of the counselors at work do an AMAZING intervention with a couple of students. I thought to myself, I wish when I was growing up I had someone who could help me make sense of it all.

Later I had an energized discussion with one of my top goal buddies, Doreen. I walked away feeling like I had better clarity on what I want to do. It's great to have an executive business coach as a friend.

Then, over Sushi, I had a wonderful conversation, with...
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When the end of your goal is in sight...even if you are the only one REALLY looking.

Posted 03-02-2010 at 09:25 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
I'll be honest. It isn't easy to keep up with this blog goal at times.

Sometimes it feels the way I feel when I'm doing my exercise on the bike.

Well, I've come this far, so I may as well finish the last 15 minutes of the time goal I set out to accomplish.

Sometimes it seems as if it would be so easy to shave a minute or two off the time.

Who would it hurt, and who would know?

Still, lately, as I finish every minute of the goal...
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It's March!

Posted 03-01-2010 at 07:33 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
I've just finished six months of my goal to blog every day for a school year. That means I only have three and a half months left!

Sometimes when you are going after a goal, it is good to mark your progress and take note of what is behind you and what is still ahead.

I've always been a big calendar crosser. I just LOVE to cross off the days that I survived.

I think it's also important, when pursuing goals, to make sure you rest up when you need it.
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