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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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My daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy in December and we're going to Disney World in November. This is all new to me and I'm wondering if there is somewhere I can check to see potential ride/show warnings. We do have an appointment with the neurologist next week and I'm going to ask him, but he won't know every single ride and I'm sure there are some I wouldn't expect to be a risk, but actually are.
Pixies for your daughter. I would think that all depends on what her triggers are. If flashing light is one of them then I would think that not much is safe for here there since they can not control other people taking flash pictures. Even on rides that they say no flash, people still do. I would wait and see what her doctor says. Good luck.
I suspect the neurologist can advise you better than we can depending upon what may be known to trigger seizures for your daughter. The neurologist can likely also ease your worries with specific guidance of what to avoid...or not.
Disney rides post warning signs for attractions that may be problematic for various health issues, epilepsy among them. These may be helpful despite possibly not being specific enough at times.
Feel free to ask a CM at the ride or show's entrance if it contains anything you know can be triggers for your daughter. They are familiar enough to tell you of lights or noises that might be a problem.
Many attractions have YouTube videos that you can watch as a preview to see if you think the show or ride will be safe. That might be a good way for you to determine which she could do safely since much will depend upon her age as to which things she will want to do or you consider appropriate.
There are so many things to see and do at WDW that I suspect it will be easier than you may fear to find things she can do safely and enjoyably with guidance from her neurologist.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
I agree with Dot. Check out the YouTube videos - even for some of the shows as some of those (like Voyage of the Little Mermaid) do have lights that flash (if that's a trigger). Another resource - if it's still available - would be Passporters Open Mouse (it use to be For Your Special Needs) and I found it extremely helpful in describing all sorts of things.
It she's doing the EKG, that will let the neurologist know the trigger, she may also know herself. I have vasovagal syncope and flashing lights aren't a trigger, but still bother me, so I close my eyes and I'm ok. I also know what to avoid. There will be signs outside of the rides that will also let you know. Do a youtube search for rides that you know you are interested in going on, and preview them. Also check out The Dis forums as they have a forum dedicated to "special needs."
Lots of for you DD. Like everyone else has said, her triggers will have a huge impact on that question. After her appointment with a neurologist, you will have a better idea. The types of seizures as well as any medications can also impact. My oldest brother had several types, and we never did figure out all of his triggers. One of my older sisters has mostly grand mal, and also have not figured out all of her triggers, but stress is a huge one. I have a couple of nieces that are well regulated with meds and barely have any triggers that supersede their medications. So, my best advice is to ask as many questions as you can, even if that means taking in a list, to the neurologist. They may not know all the rides, but definitely should be able to give you opinions.
Our oldest is 26 and has hydrocephalus with a shunt as well as epilepsy. She can pretty much do any rides/shows she wants. The only one we kept her from riding was the Mission:Space. She did the Mission:Space Lite version instead. She is on two medications combined to control her seizures. When she does have an occasional seizure, it is usually from an oncoming cold, or inadequate rest/sleep and usually happen early morning. When we do Disney trips, we like to back to the room for a rest/nap time in the afternoon, before going back to the parks to close it down. Now that she is older, she can tell when she needs a rest and when it's okay to keep going. You'll also want to ask her neurologist for a prescription to take with you in case she has a prolonged seizure lasting more than 5 mins, and discuss a plan in case her number of seizures increases while you are on vacation, perhaps an increase in the dose of medication or a secondary medication, as well as things for which you should seek emergency care, (such as seizure lasting more than 5 mins, or clusters of seizures, nonresponsiveness, etc.)