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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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 -- 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, 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 . 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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Taking some time out

Posted 02-04-2010 at 04:35 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Sometimes you just have to let the wheels come to a stop, kick back, and relax. Well, that is what I'm doing tonight. I wanted bread pudding - the ultimate comfort food and my friend (Baby Karl's Mom) wanted Sushi.

So I am off to a Sushi Bread Pudding dinner...and THATS all I have to say about that.

Have a fun night!
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Thinking circuits

Posted 02-03-2010 at 07:47 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-05-2010 at 07:46 AM by Sandra Bostwick
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

I'm teaching a young person who is so full of energy and life. She has this creative spark and she loves to enjoy life and everything it has to offer.

BUT she just can't seem to pull it together to write a paper.

I have some students who can't figure out how to complete a big school project.

I could go on and on, but I will summarize by saying that a big percentage...
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Blog Building Challenge

Posted 02-02-2010 at 09:30 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 02-02-2010 at 09:39 AM by Sandra Bostwick
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

Theresa had an interesting question, then gave an example of a project that grew beyond the boundaries of the original plan BECAUSE more talking occurred after the first stage of doing.

Question Sandy, What if you are in...
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Back to Walt's Way!

Posted 02-01-2010 at 07:54 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

I like this quote, and I think this attitude explains why Walt was the backbone of a magical movement that lives on years after his death.

I want to spend some time looking into this particular aspect of Walt's personality.

Let's first take a look at an important fact. With most projects, there MUST be some element of talking, or planning. There HAS to be that phase where you form...
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Snapping Out of Paralysis

Posted 01-31-2010 at 01:18 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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Today was Baby Karl's first day back to church since the day after Christmas. He was a bright, alert, healthy boy that day. Then on New Year's Eve something did not look right. His quick thinking parents brought him right to the hospital where he was soon on a ventilator with tube feeding, completely paralyzed. I mean not able to move a muscle for any functional purpose. Even his internal organs were shut down!

A smart doctor diagnosed him with infant Botulism, most likely from something...
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