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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 fork in the road of progress.

Posted 09-13-2009 at 07:08 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 01-12-2012 at 12:37 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Yesterday I hit a fork in the road of progress. I've been bloggin about creating theme areas in my home, similar to the way that Disney Parks have separate and distinct themes.

After accomplishing some nice theming in my bedroom, I became very enthiusiastic about creating a theme in my downstairs office play room. The problem? I had not really finished my bedroom yet.

Does energy and momentum sometimes work against you when you are trying to focus on one project?...
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Pause for reflection on energy and motivation

Posted 09-12-2009 at 08:43 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-12-2009 at 08:49 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Check out this book:
Walt Disney Imagineering-A behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real by the imagineers-published by Hyperion in 1996.

On page 77, I found this quote: "There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrate to some stroke of the imagination"-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This thought struck me. When I think of vibration, I think of energy, which really is required to get anything done.

Are you one who jumps right...
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Theming Dreaming

Posted 09-11-2009 at 07:04 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 09-11-2009 at 11:04 PM by Sandra Bostwick
We are almost ready to move on to our next theme area. Before we leave this first area, though, let's do a little dreaming.

Take a good look at your theme area and think about any improvements that might require a shopping trip, take a little work, or could make a nice future project. Write your ideas down.

Walt Disney said I just want to leave you with this thought, that it's just been sort of a dress rehearsal, and we're just getting started. So if any of you start...
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Home #6- 15 minutes to listen.

Posted 09-10-2009 at 08:32 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 10-12-2009 at 02:45 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Good morning! Sorry, to those who were wondering where I was yesterday morning. I had an early surgery, I was zonked on Vicoden, and I did not have a designated blogger. I can't afford a BUI...Bloggin under the influence.

OK, here is today's 15 minutes. We are still on our first theme room. Here's the Disney Principle.

What sounds do you hear in your theme area? Do they support or interfere with the atmosphere that you are trying to create? Can you do anything about this?...
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Home #5- 15 minutes to Keep it simple.

Posted 09-09-2009 at 05:13 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 10-12-2009 at 02:43 PM by Sandra Bostwick
Today I decided to look at the details of the space I am working on. The LAST thing I want, though, is a project that feels like a big burden.

Here is what I did:

If you look at the space, drawer, or wall that you were working on, can you list a few feelings that you get, or that you would hope to accomplish?

My theme for this space is Sanctuary, but the feelings I'm hoping for are uncomplicated, peaceful, beautiful, regal, and calm.

Can you...
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