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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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 ALBUM PHOTOS ARE BACK!

Posted 01-30-2010 at 04:20 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Today I'm thinking about how great it is to have a way to measure your goal progress. Sometimes it can be difficult to do this.

One of the projects that alot of PassPorters work on is posting photos on the albums in their home pages. We had a glitch in the system recently that replaced all the photos with BIG RED Xs! It was so disappointing!

One of our bloggers has been using these albums to mark her progress with paintings, and it was so disappointing to see nothing...
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Friday is a great day!

Posted 01-29-2010 at 08:52 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Friday is such a great day! It is like the big reward for making it through another work week.

Even though I have an early appointment tomorrow, there is something so great about a Friday night!

Of course, my early appointment is a choice. I'll be going bowling with three adorable kids! I could say that I am there to be nice and help, but the truth is that I'm there because it's alot of fun!

There is not a whole lot of difference between tomorrow's time...
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Puzzle Goals

Posted 01-28-2010 at 04:39 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 01-28-2010 at 04:48 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Today I finished an extremely difficult puzzle at work. It is three dimensional and has a couple hundred pieces.

I was working with some of my older students on finding the flat edges first, finding the most obvious details for groupings, and generally being patient.

The puzzle took almost a month because we could only spend a little time each session.

I have to say that, in the beginning, I did not have a whole lot of faith that it would ever get finished....
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Blank Space

Posted 01-27-2010 at 09:01 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
I did this exercise where I managed to just clear my mind. Not think of anything. Just be Blank.

It felt like a little Zen vacation. When I was done, it seemed like I was MORE focused and MORE clear than after all the thinking and mental manipulation.

Here try it!
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DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 01-26-2010 at 03:36 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
I went to pick up the next 100 copies of my new book. I was sitting in the parking lot and I believed I had my car in park when SUDDENLY the car started rolling at what appeared to be CRASH speed.

My heart skipped a beat, then pounded a few extra beats! My foot slammed on the brakes as I looked at the car parked just a few feet in front of mine. I instinctively reached for the stick to get the car back into park.

All of this happened in a split second.
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