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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Question for people who work or volunteer in local theaters.
Some of you reading this might already know Abby has been involved with her high school drama program for the last four years. She's attending an out of district school for at least one more year and a few months ago I was told she'd still be considered a student of the town and that she could continue with the drama program. After some back and fourth (I guess the new Town Hall people didn't want to continue to consider her a student ) they finally decided that yes, she can still take part in Drama but only for this current school year. If next September she's still a part of the OOD school, they want her to find "community activities" and won't let her take part. I just don't know if the not taking part means just as a student or if they'll deny her being an adult volunteer too.
Having said that, there is a theater in the next town over. I can get there in something like 10 minutes (Abby still is afraid of driving so no license yet). If Abby wanted to join this theater, how difficult is it to do that? Being a local theater, is it easier to "get in" to volunteer. Do they only want people actually living in that town so Abby would be told no right away? She's Autistic too. Would she not be wanted solely on that or would be treated like she's got the plague or if she's a slow child (which she's not). This isn't something I'm looking into for right now. I'm just thinking of options going forward and those who know me know I like to research and plan and get information. Out of 15 years in school, the Drama program is the only thing Abby has stuck with past a few months - and I'm talking doing nights and weekends too when it's on "her" time, not school time. If there's a way to maybe keep her involved in Drama, I'd like to find it and let her know. If she tries an actual theater and it isn't her cup of tea, that's fine. I just don't like school telling her she's not welcome anymore when Drama (at least at shcool) has been nothing but welcoming to everyone and their abilities.
My experience with the local children's theater group in my town wasn't good. I had many friend's who loved it and so did their children. When my DD tried out, I think the adult volunteer was just not very good and I would have hoped parts went to kids who did the best at tryouts but they seemed to go to her DD and her friends. Then she let other kids know that there were parts for those kids who weren't as good. These were 6 year olds!
I think you will have to ask the specific theater. And it depends on what Abby wants to do and what she has experience. If you are worry about her going in to a new situation, you could volunteer right along with her.
I would encourage her to try. If she likes it, it can be a life time activity. A colleague in my building, who is of retirement age, still does local theater. He acts but also does the program and sells ads.
I work at a "professional" theatre meaning we use union actors. Our volunteers mostly usher, park cars, and help in the costume shop. Is the theatre a community theatre or a professional theatre? A community theatre would allow her more opportunities. There she could act, help with sets, costumes, lights, and usher.
Our volunteers are retired people, stay at home Moms, and some younger people who are considering a career in theatre. Being autistic would not matter to us as long as the person is friendly and can follow directions.
I would try to find out who was in charge of volunteers at the theatre and have a frank discussion with that person about what you hope Abby could do for them. It might be a good way for her to learn more skills like sewing or carpentry. It may also widen her circle of friends and build her a new "adult" community.
Sometimes groups can be a little cliquey and it might take some time to fit in, so you may need to be patient. But, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't give it a try. Good luck!