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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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A goal that didn't go as planned and a blog entry that is a bit off topic.

Posted 03-15-2010 at 03:49 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 03-15-2010 at 04:01 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Did you know that Walt Disney planned to open an attraction called Mineral King Ski Resort? This was supposed to be the home of The_Country_Bear_Jamborree . When the ski resort never materialized, the Imagineers found a different plan for this attraction.

Here is some history.

Well, the Jamboree may be a goal with a bumpy history, including being closed a few days before the Twin Towers fell, but HERE is a real-life bear show and, guess what...the bear's name is Lily!...
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Here's a new way to look at the wind and fallen trees.

Posted 03-14-2010 at 09:48 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 03-14-2010 at 10:08 AM by Sandra Bostwick
This_link_talks_about_one_way_to_look_at_the_wind.

For the past few days, though, the wind has been doing things that are hard to see in a positive light.

Here in Jersey, we've had power outages because of fallen trees, several people have actually been killed by falling trees, and my back yard looks like a cyclone has ripped through it.

The wind combined with the soaking rain to loosen the roots of huge trees from the earth. They couldn't keep their place...
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Set a goal to try something new today.

Posted 03-13-2010 at 04:35 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
http://edu.glogster.com/#why-glogster-edu

Check this link out! I learned about this at a conference yesterday.

It may take a little effort, but this is a GREAT project!

That's the blog for today!

(P.S. It is raining something fierce here in Jersey. How about where you are?)
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Just a little reassurance.

Posted 03-12-2010 at 07:51 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
This will be a quick one. It has been a busy week! I gave a presentation today, which always seems to take alot out of me.

At the end of the day I was walking to my car in the rain. I was not familiar with this particular campus, which meant that one wrong turn adds about ten minutes of wet wandering where all parking lots look alike.

I turned a corner and saw a little bit of gold glitter above the cars.


It_was_my_Mickey_Mouse_Glitter_Antenna_topper_that _I_wrote_about_here....
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Chopping goals into little bites for easy chewing.

Posted 03-11-2010 at 03:10 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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To some people, I am a kind of Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes. I've made some bad ones, but fortunately, the successes have come along fast enough to cover up the mistakes. When you go to bat as many times as I do, you're bound to get a good average. That's why I keep my projects diversified.
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I like this quote because, while I've never been able to accomplish what Walt could accomplish on his worst, laziest day, I do seem to be one...
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