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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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YOU'RE OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 02-28-2010 at 01:53 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-28-2010 at 02:22 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Angie responded to_yesterday's_blog_entry_with_this:

(Here's Angie)
Thanks for the props Sandy! I can hear the music!
Some people have the ability to bounce back betyter then others. I think I have gotten stronger and the jumping up and shouting "I'm OK" is getting higher and louder everytime I have to get the strength to do it.
Which sadly seems more and more over the last while.
Over the last few crashes, I have found who is there to hear me shout...
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I'm OK!

Posted 02-27-2010 at 01:39 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-27-2010 at 01:50 PM by Sandra Bostwick
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Walt Disney

Sometimes looking at the optimistic side of life is tricky. There are so many illusions out there. A positive person will tend to process an illusion in an optimistic way, while a negative person will tend to process and illusion in a pessimistic way. When it comes to life's illusions, what matters is how you first process it AND what you do afterwards....
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Update on Baby Karl

Posted 02-26-2010 at 11:33 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-26-2010 at 04:17 PM by Sandra Bostwick
I've collected a few PMs and emails asking for upates on Baby Karl. The amazing fact is, there is nothing left to update. There are no physcial problems, no cognitive delays, no social issues, not even crankness or fussiness!

After a week of paralysis, all is well!

Here are some photos that Mom gave permission to post, just to show you!

And, thanks so much, those who checked up!

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Looking for good stories

Posted 02-25-2010 at 07:27 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
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It seems as if there are alot of struggles going around as people go after their goals and, in many cases, as people just try to get through the day.

I really wonder how many people actually believe that a "kick in the teeth" could be the best...
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Guest blog from Mandy

Posted 02-24-2010 at 03:35 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-24-2010 at 03:41 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Today I'm reposting a great comment for a guest blog:



Really, sports teach us about life. While performance and success may seem like the most important thing, your character says more about you than anything. I think this is a fantastic post, Sandy, because I believe this is absolutely true.

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