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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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!
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Happy, Happy, Happy to see you've started your PTR!!! I'm imagining Miss Stefanie has been telling you that it's almost Disney time.
I know how much you love AKL - and I think this stay with the Sunrise Safari will be the trip-of-all-trips....so far. Someday...I want to do that, too.
Can't wait to hear more of the details...
You have Stefanie pegged for sure. Every morning I'm told it's almost Disney time. Then she asks for the exact count.
Originally Posted by Luvsun
I have to admit, that I am beyond thrilled about my June trip!
I am going for three days in April and all I can think about is my June trip!
Why??? Because I am going on safari with Cam, Stefanie and Luke!
We are all going to have so much fun!
Originally Posted by ilovedisney247
You guys are going to love the Sunrise Safari! We had a great time--although our Safari included breakfast at Pizzafari--I'm sure the change to Tusker House will be just as good! How cool that you get to spend some time with Ann! (Am I "the Passporter who gives out the ducks and drinks margaritas"?)
That is you exactly though she can't say margaritas quite right instead it's "ritas." And she still treasure that little rubber ducky!
Originally Posted by chezp
The Safari sounds wonderful! We're doing it at the end of April and I can't wait!
I can't wait to read your take on it before we go.
Originally Posted by Irenaroo
Cam, I love to read your PTR's and feel the excitement of your vacation. I'm even more thrilled this year because we are going in late June and will be at AKLV Kidani. Love your facts. Didn't know that about the street lamps. So cool!
Too bad our trips don't overlap!
Originally Posted by mfirst
I can't wait to read more! I'm so excited to hear about the Safari (and see pictures - you take the coolest pictures).
I too am ready for spring - the schools around here have had to use 9 days this winter
Thanks you so much about my pictures. I feel like I'm still learning.
Originally Posted by ciadria
I am subscrbing because I am totally hooked. I recently read your Christmas trip report and you are an awesome planner and writer. I got some great ideas from that report for my family's Christmas 2011 trip and can't wait to see what tidbits I can get from you now. Loving the tips!!!!
You are so welcome! Part of the reason I write the TRs is to give back some of what I have learned by reading the TRs of others. I have learned so much about planning just by reading about others' adventures.
Originally Posted by Nimros
Just a quick note- I stopped in B&N tonight and picked up a copy of Veness's book. Can't wait to get home and read along with you.
The Matthews Cast of Characters – This has become the hardest part of the report for me as I struggle to figure out a new way to introduce the three of us to folks who already know us pretty well.
Cam (52, trip #13) – So what do you all not know about me and my fam? I began life in Ohio, but moved at the tender age of 1 ½ to eastern Kentucky. Eight and a half years later we moved to south central Kentucky in what is just south of the golden triangle (Louisville-Frankfort-Lexington). Then 13 years later I married Luke, packing up to move to northwestern Kentucky. I joke that any additional move will take me out of the state. I’m thinking moving to Florida (at least for the winter) would be a great move. My accent has gone from a twang in the east to a drawl with long vowels in the south central to a milder drawl in the northwest. But my stutter remains, especially if I’m tired, excited, or nervous, but it has never stopped me from talking.
Some Disney favorites: Animal Kingdom Lodge; giraffes on the savanna; Lilly thebaby gorilla; the smell of Main Street Bakery; Tower of Terror; Toy Story Midway Mania; Epcot (all of it); Dopey; Woody; the smiles Stefanie beams when we are in the bubble.
Luke (50, trip #13) -- Luke began life in Kentucky, and since he Dad is/was a Baptist minister, he has moved from the golden triangle to the northwest and then right out of the state to the land of the Hoosier, Indiana. He doesn’t really claim to have lived in Indiana as he was a freshman in college (in Kentucky) when his mom, dad and two younger siblings moved there. When we married, we moved back to the town where he spent most of his growing up years. I don’t think he has much of an accent (at least most people don’t tease him like they do me), but I’m sure folks who aren’t from Kentucky probably think he does. In fact, Luke talks very little, which he says makes it much easier for him to listen to me and Stefanie talk and talk and talk.
Disney favorites: Goofy; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster; Expedition Everest; Space Mountain; Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; WDW Railroad; Animal Kingdom Lodge; WDW Speedway; and anything that makes his two girls happy.
Stefanie (25 as of today ; trip #12) -- Stefanie was born in Owensboro and as lived all 25 years here. She cannot fathom why Luke and I have ever lived anywhere else and wants all of her family on both sides to move here and be near her simply because that would be better as she says. She doesn’t seem to have a strong accent either, but her voice always stands out from others. Quietness is a concept totally foreign to her as she only stops talking when she falls asleep. Unfortunately, she has inherited her mom’s tendency to stutter when she’s excited, but nothing major or prominent. She also baffled her speech therapist because she consistently leaves off the first syllable of polysyllabic words, so refrigerator becomes “frigerator,” responsible becomes “sponsible,”and computer becomes “puter” (therefore, he dad works on putters all day ).
Disney favorites: Cinderella; Chip and Dale; Mickey; Donald; Pluto; Minnie; Tinker Belle; okay, practically every character Disney ever created; Animal Kingdom Lodge; every single shop on property, but especially World of Disney; pretzels with cheese sauce; being with her Mom and Dad in her favorite place in the world.
Trivia: Fact #88 Liberty Square There are four eras represented in Liberty Square, with a New England feel surrounding the Columbia Harbour House restaurant, colonial Williamsburg near Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, and the more modern Dutch New Amsterdam as you near the footbridge of the Hub. The Haunted Mansion attraction is technically part of Liberty Square, representing New York’s Hudson River Valley.
Stefanie!!! I hope she had a wonderful day!!!
Great cast of characters! Loved it! I cannot wait to see pictures of this trip, and especially of the Safari! Can't wait! I can just imagine how excited Stefanie is getting! It's almost Disney time!
Living out a childhood dream during my summer 2015 trip to WDW. Is it time to go back yet?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." –Walt Disney
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