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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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DH and I stayed at POP from Dec 8th to 19th 2007. We purchased our standard room through AAA for $65.60 a night. I faxed over our room requests three days before our check in date. We got every requested that we asked. We loved staying at POP and we'll stay there again!
We have stayed there 2 times in the last year. We love the rooms, they are just right for the 4 of us. We love the pools, etc. They are great!! The food is good and the offerings are great. We will stay there again and again!
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We really enjoy POP. I like the one bus stop versus the multiples at the other value resorts. I also like the sprinkle place for the toddlers as well as the wading pool and the walk by the lake is relaxing. I have always found mousekeeeping to be terrific and cm's always accomadating. We will stay there again this May for a grand gathering of 10 of our family members.
We have traveled to Disney World since 1976
Next trip May 2013
I Love Disney! Sharon
We have stayed at POP 3 times. I like the huge icons and catch phrases on the buildings, even though most are lost on my DD 11. I like the food court. We will grab a snack/dinner after a dip in the pool and eat it in the room if we are tired.
The one problem I have is suitcase storage. We can fit everything in the drawers, but the suitcases are always in the way. But we basically shower and sleep there, so no complaints about that.
P.S. I travel just me and DD and feel safe at this resort, too. This is important to me.
We've stayed at Pop Century 3 times now, with a 4th time coming up in June. We've been in the 50's 3rd floor and could see the fireworks; we've been on the main floor 50's close to the Classic Hall; and we've been in the 80's close to Classic Hall and the bus stops. So far, we haven't had a bad location.
We've enjoyed the food court (in fact, Benji prefers it at times); it's a good value and most of the time pretty tasty (or maybe we just aren't really picky). I love the store, but then what store don't I love? I do like the location as well, even though some may not.
I like where Pop Century sits on property; I can get from PC to DHS in about 8 minutes without even speeding. It's an easy drive to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as Animal Kingdom. We haven't had much luck with the buses though which is why we usually drive.
We've also stayed at Hotel Royal Plaza and Port Orleans - Riverside and I prefer Pop Century over anything else which is why we keep returning.
We like POP; it was definitely a fun part of our vacation. The kids had a choice of 3 days at a deluxe, 5 at a moderate or 7 at a value, and they chose 7 at a value. We went to WDW to experience the parks, not to sit in our room. There wasn't much room in the room to do anything but sleep, ,and I would have preferred a queen size bed, but we knew we were getting a double, so we couldn't complain. I was pleasantly surprised by the pools, arcade and counter service. The place was very clean and had adequate parking. The main pool was crowded but the side pools were pleasant.
That is my favorite hotel Pop century! I love it! the shops and dining are cool and awesome as well! The theme is the decades. I hope our family would like to stay in the 80's because the Epcot Opening Day!
I stayed at Pop Century for 1 night on May 3. The staff was very friendly. I walked right up to the desk and my request for a first floor room overlooking the lake had been met. I was in the 70s and it was a short walk to my room. The room was very similar to the room I had at ASMu a few years ago. For a single traveler there was more that enough room. I was greeted by a very cute towel puppy in the window.
I was very impressed with the details in the theming at Pop. I spent some time both Saturday evening and Sunday morning wandering around the reosrt. The bowling pin pool deck had a design to make it look like a bowling alley. The concrete had impressions that looked like boards on the lanes and even had the triangle makers you see on the lanes. Very cool. I really enjoyed all of the icons. I think the Mickey Phone and the lit bowling pins at night were my favorites - although Lady and the Tramp pulled at my heartstrings.
I had a snack and breakfast at the food court. There were lots of people there both times, but the lines moved quickly. I thought the variety of food was very good.
I am a DVC owner so I won't be staying at resorts often, but if I ever need another 1 night stay I'll certainly consider Pop again.
We love this hotel. This will be our second time staying at the POP. The theme is great and the kids love it. The rooms are a little small and it is light on the amenities. If you spend alot of time in your room or hotel this place is not for you. If you want a nice magical place to come home to each night to rest your head that is inexpensive then this is your place.
We stayed at Pop for our trip this past February. We had only stayed at Moderate resorts prior to this stay and were a bit apprehensive about staying at a Value, particularly after reading things about thin walls, etc.. Our decision was made by a combination of a great deal and recommendations in our PassPorter - which had proven to be the single best and reliable source on our previous trips to WDW. So, easy check in, clean room, VERY close to the buses, refrigerator already in room (daughter was on meds), we had the precise room we had asked for (corner of the building, bottom floor, next to the dining area and the kids fountain). The room was smaller but doable (who lounges in their room at WDW??). Great value - particularly if you get an AP discount
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We have always stayed at Deluxe resorts, but since we now have 3 kids, we need more space and Pop Century fills the bill nicely. While Mom and Dad may prefer the ambiance at one of the Deluxe resorts, kids go nuts over the fun, colorful, over the top atmosphere at Pop Century! Now that our kids are old enough to enjoy the parks more "commando" style, all we really need is a clean place to "hang our hats".
Our oldest son was "Pop Star of the Day" on a "Dad & Me" trip I sent them on after our twins were born, and since then Pop Century is his resort of choice hands down!
We stayed here in June 2008. We all really enjoyed it! The buses were efficient and the staff was very friendly. The food court had lots of selections and was very yummy. The pools were nice as well. My kids really enjoyed the arcade. I have nothing negative to say, it was a great, affordable place to stay during our Disney Vacation!