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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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I'm hoping to retire next year, just need to pay off a few more bills and hope no more drop in. Looking for ways to celebrate at WDW and not totally blow the budget. I've been to WDW 13 times now.
Planning on POFQ for at least 10 days, probably the end of Jan 2020. Arthritis is settling into my sciatic and right knee. At this time, I never know what or when it will decide to be an issue. I can be just fine walking along and suddenly the sciatic/hip will just grab me! I tend to worry about those moving bands next to ride cars, because sometimes walking can be an issue. or stepping down into/out of rides. Disney is pretty good about slowing a ride which helps alot. I look for good photos or videos to remind me about how much step down etc. or accommodations. Any one else fall into that middle ground where you aren't in an ECV or wheelchair necessarily, but you aren't a totally 'carefree' person when motivating around?
Have you done physical therapy? That helped me enormously when my right knee decided to start collapsing unexpectedly. The PT I worked with said that strengthening hip muscles as well as quads and hamstrings was essential for me. Who knew? I’d never have thought weakened glutes could affect the knee, but the exercises she gave me made a big difference.
I feel pretty much okay but plan to take my cane and knee brace (just an Ace-brand one I got at Walgreens) to WDW in case I need both. Am also building back up to 2-3 miles of walking daily.
So, yeah, I understand your feeling doubtful about how much you can still do without renting an ECV.
Guess we just need to plan as best we can and then rent a scooter while there if our plans aren’t working very well.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
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my insurance doesn't pay for PT until the OOP is done. My employer insurance has a high deductible so for the last 3 years, no PT. Due to an ER visit in April, I met my deductible and an doing PT this year. hard to be happy for a big bill but PT is wonderful! (Rant warning: insurance doesn't like paying for PT but will gladly pay for painkillers. no wonder we have so many addicted to pills). life is better, i won't have PT next insurance year, but plan to continue the exercises. and yes, i'm planning to do the best i can for as long as possible then rent a ride. and plan to make sure i know what all the ride vehicles look like so i can be prepared for 'step ins, step downs, step overs, etc.
For something fairly inexpensive, getting a PhotoPass card (if you don’t buy Memory Maker) so that you can choose a bunch of photos to put onto the collage mousepad PhotoPass sells.
Mine cost about $35 a few years ago, but I’d have paid $50 as much as I enjoy seeing those several memories of that trip in one place. I thought the collage with 9 photos was a terrific all-in-one memory. You can also get a single photo on one instead.
More expensive, a massage, mani-pedi or other spa experience.
One of the tours or a fancy meal you otherwise wouldn’t do, perhaps?
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh