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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Posted 07-17-2012 at 06:39 PM by Kelly66 (Minni-Mizing with the Mouse)
One of the things I was able to do on my College Program was attend an 'Open Mouse' as the Wide World of Sports (I guess) transformed into ESPN. It was definitely an adventure. I honestly can't remember if I took the college program bus or if I rented a car. They had kind of a little self-guided walking tour -which was great for me because I had never really been there and I doubt I would have ever really had another occasion to go. They had a tent set up with health information too. There was...
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Driving on Disney's College Program

Posted 07-11-2012 at 03:03 PM by Kelly66 (Minni-Mizing with the Mouse)
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The rule is that if you KEEP a car at the DCP, you must get a FL driver's license. This requires changing your permanent address to your apartment at the DCP. I did not take a car there, but wanted to rent one from time to time. Every time I drove into the DCP parking lot I had to check-in with the security to register a new car. My roommate brought a car and registered it only once. They never checked her license after that. My husband understood the rule that said that if you keep a car there...
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Do Over

Posted 01-18-2012 at 05:41 PM by Kelly66 (Minni-Mizing with the Mouse)
If I could do it over again, I would not try to take a course (Extended learning from my own college) outside of the ones offered by Disney. There are way too many learning experiences and productive ways to spend your time while on the CP. I noticed many students had done the program more than once. This would give one an advantage. To me the first few days were an overwhelming (but way fun) whirlwind of excitement. Knowing what to expect would only add to the magic!
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Greater Orlando Books

Posted 01-15-2012 at 06:14 AM by Kelly66 (Minni-Mizing with the Mouse)
I purchased three other books to help me out with semi-relocating to Orlando. Fodor’s Orlando’s 25 Best had a pullout map, a fold out map of the theme park areas inside the front cover and a map of the iRide Trolley on the inside flap. I can’t really say the pullout map was laminated, but let’s say it is ‘glossy’ –no ripping or tearing here. The book itself is very sturdy and relatively small – all pages are glossy. It had lots of good information and pretty pictures. I think this is even where...
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Pre-Trip Planning

Posted 01-14-2012 at 11:19 AM by Kelly66 (Minni-Mizing with the Mouse)
I had received my 2010 Passporter-by the time my daughter went back to college (University of Syracuse). I had anticipated being able to work on a great deal of my Distance Learning Accounting class, but the book had not arrived even after the due date of the first assignment ☹. This was not the first problem I had with the University bookstore. Happily, the bookstore is now under new management and all is well again. I ended up dropping the Accounting class. I may have been able to do...
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