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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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OKW is just ok. Since it is so huge, you really have to request a room close to the main building to be anywhere near the buses, pool, restaurants, gift shop, etc. The place is so big that you have to take a resort bus just to get to the main area. Waiting for buses all day is not my idea of fun and a huge waste of time.
When we checked in, it was the least busy time of the entire year (week after labor day) and the place was deserted. Even so, they still gave us the farthest building from the main building with a horrible view of a loud highway. You'd think that since it is deserted, they would opt to put us closer with a better view. After one night so far away, we reqested to be transferred to a closer building. Packing up and moving in the middle of a vacation is no fun!
The place is pretty the way all of Florida is pretty, but it's not especially beautiful. Perhaps I am just spoiled from staying at the Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge, but I just would not recommend OKW.
We stayed here in January of 2008. Compared to other resorts we weren't thrilled with the service compared to other resorts and there was mold in one of our rooms. The atmosphere was nice and the CM's in the rec hall were great.
My niece and I stayed at OKW for 5 nights in June of 2008.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this resort.
I loved the theme of the resort. It was so relaxing!
We stayed in a studio, ground level room. We loved it!
The room was so spacious and open! The bathroom is exceptionally large!
The resort is very large and spread out. If you have a room that is not close to the main area, it is quite a distance to walk.
We never waited longer than 15 minutes for a bus.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at OKW.
We love getting away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and really find OKW relaxing. We wouldn't mind a bit more by way of food options but the spaciousness of the villas can't be beat. The staff is first rate; we got a Photo,card, and ballons for our anniversary.
A free desert came our way when wandering down by the dock area - I must have looked upset (I'd just been notified my job would be eliminated) a castmember stopped us to see what was up, hubby explained the bad news, the castmember asked us to wait a minute and came back out with a slice of Key lime cake Only at Disney does stuff like that happen.
We find the Key West themeing to be relaxing and certainly alot of the beaches in NC have similiar looks. Yep - the place is spreadout. And yep you do have to allow a bit more time for buses. That said I walked from HH area to Turtle Pond building #42 in about 6 minutes at a fairly leisurely pace.... after waiting 15 minutes for a bus.
That said, if you like to do the parks commando style and prefer to spend very little time at the resort- this one probably won't suit you. If you prefer a laid back style, and big rooms - you'll probably like it here
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Family of 4 adults and one child (daughter aged 6)
We stayed at the property as opposed to the Saratoga Springs resort. We toured Saratoga Springs looking at the timeshare so we knew what it was like and chose this property to be "closer" to the actions. All in all great place for the price as we came home at lunch and dinner for eating and naps - worked out great as away to relieve long summer days and cost of eating at parks. Bad news was location of pools and wait time for buses. Will be returning with additional child (now aged 3 and first time at parks) and will stay at Saratoga Springs to try a new property.
This was our second stay at Old Key West. We were there Aug 24-31, 2011. The best thing about the resort is the size of the room. It is really spacious compared to other 1BR's. There is lots of storage space and a large kitchen.
I didn't like that the only port for the Internet was in the LR corner. There was no desk in the room. The other disappointing thing was only one toilet. I missed the second bathroom especially with 6 people. It made getting ready in the morning a little slower.
The worst part of this resort is the counter service. The food is mediocre at best and the resort is so spread out, its difficult to make use of the refillable mug unless you are close to the main pool. I also didn't like eating outside as they don't have indoor seating for counter service.
We also noted a lot of bugs!!! I got bit so many times by ants, that I developed hives and the mosquitos were horrible. I imagine it had something to do with the storm moving up the coase as this was the first time in 6 years we had even seen a mosquito.
We had a great vacation, but I think we'll give this resort a pass in the future.