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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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This Sunday (August 26th) we will be making the trip back to college.... and my son, Ryan wants to travel less..... we will see how that goes!
He just said to me last night, as I was complaining, "Mom this will be the 4th year".... meaning I have been dealing with this for 4 years...LOL and it doesn't get any easier.....especially this time since I am unemployed and Ryan has been my Support.... I know I can't "bother" him while he is at school, I want him to concentrate.
It is just adjustment that I need to deal with...and I have BIG projects here at the house that I need to address, empty out the Living room, clean out the kitchen and start getting estimates for the Bathroom & Kitchen remodeling....
I am a strong & independent person....I can do this but still I like having my 21 year old son around. We travel well together, he makes me laugh and we have been eating dinner together too. That part may be the Hardest....eating dinner! But I told him that he will be home at Thanksgiving and it doesn't seem too long.
I am not acting like a baby but when you have someone, like your son/daughter, move back home for a short duration you get used to having them around. Then of course when they move out again, you have to find your Life again, without them!
Anybody else can relate to me?
Kate in PA All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney
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I can't relate but no, you're not being a baby in any way shape or form Kate. And to those that might say it, it's on them, not you. You're a people person and you like having people around. There's nothing wrong with that.
You'll get through it though. And if not, I'll be on the other side of your iPhone giving you a hard time to help you.
I can't relate on a personal level much as my kids aren't college age yet. My youngest DD is at sleep away camp this week (her 5th summer doing this) and it is weird walking past her empty room, having dinner without out her, not knowing about her day but I know she is having fun and it's good for her sense of self esteem and responsibility. You've been through it before but I'm sure it's still an adjustment each time. It's good you have projects to keep busy with. You'll be ok.
My son moved out (for good) in April. Getting used to not having him helping around the house was really hard and I still can't seem to cook for just two (DH and I). My DD moved off to graduate school and we talk every day, but there is nothing like having your kid(s) around to keep you company is there? I hope you can get all your projects done. Good luck!
I know what you mean. They drive you crazy sometimes, but you miss them when they're gone. Do you have a group of friends in the area? Maybe you could plan dinners with them. My DDad had the best solution I've heard of: He found a group of widows at the senior center and each night he would go to dinner at a different widow's house. He's a big talker so he was an excellent guest. He got fed and they got company.
I can relate, Kate. My son, although different from yours, is still at home. We have a goal of making him independent enough to live on his own, but in my heart, I don’t want him to go. My head knows it’s a good idea, but my mom’s heart disagrees.
I do understand. It's been a few years now for me, but the house seemed so much emptier when they were both gone. Dave and I just rattle around in this big old house, but he doesn't want to sell until we get ready to retire and move. He only wants to move once more (which I totally get after 22 years of moving around thanks the the US Navy).
You aren't being a baby, you are being a Mom.
Totally get it. My DD went back to school 10 hours away. This is her 2nd year, but somehow this one was harder. We had a great summer and I am going to miss her. She is my super independent one, so don't hear from her much. Mom's heart hurts, but am so proud and happy.
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My ex & I moved Ryan into his dorm, he didn't have much but it still took 3 trips and I made Ry's bed before we left. That is a Tradition! I texted him last night (Monday) and he had a good 1st day. Me? Yesterday I looked thru some old photos that were given to me (mom gave me a huge folder because they sold their house last year.) and I thought that would help me miss Ryan less......of course I will need to make a few collages in the future.
Tuesday: I have a lunch date with an old friend.
It is a BIG adjustment...but I think I will be okay. And it isn't like he is gone like living in another state, like my oldest did. Now I know why I had 2 boys.... One to live faraway and the Second to live close to Mom, for now! LOL
Kate in PA All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney