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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Maybe the third time’s the charm… this is my third time starting a TR, and hopefully it will be my first time actually finishing one! I enjoy the Globetrotting Forum so much, and so when we took a trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada last July, I actually took certain photos because I knew they’d be good for a TR. But then never wrote the TR… until now. Since so much time has gone by, and since I want to ensure that I actually finish this thing, it will be heavier on pictures than words. Since it’s obviously far too late for a PTR, I’ll just do a brief introduction, and then just jump right into the TR. I didn’t take any notes, so I’m relying on my pictures and maps/brochures to remember what we did.
Where: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada
When: July 6 – 12, 2014
Why A beautiful area that we’ve always wanted to see, and is within driving distance
Me, Pam, 47
DH Dan, 47
DS Brian, 19
DD Amy, 14
Our first day was a travel day which mostly consisted of driving from our home in Massachusetts to Saint John, New Brunswick. I did not take one picture in the US, as it was a pretty boring drive. We drove through New Hampshire and Maine, and crossed the border in Calais, Maine. I was surprised to learn from my DH that this is not pronounced like Calais in France, but instead is pronounced Callus. I thought that sounded really ugly and made us Americans look stupid, but oh well!
The border crossing was relatively quick and painless, and yay, we’re in Canada!
The only thing we planned on doing before heading to our hotel for the night was seeing the Reversing Falls in Saint John. The Reversing Falls are a series of rapids on the Saint John River where the river runs through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy. The phenomenon of the Reversing Falls is caused by the tremendous rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy, which are the highest in the world. We were not there at a good time, when the tide was coming in, so let’s just say that the Reversing Falls were underwhelming, to say the least. But it was still fun to get out of the car and finally see something after travelling all day.
(By the way, my kids tend to do silly poses for pictures .)
We spent the night at a Hampton Inn in Saint John. No clue at this point where we ate dinner, but I’m sure we ate something.
The next morning we left Saint John and headed towards the Fundy Trail. On the way, we took a few short detours to see some covered bridges, and we drove through St. Martins which is know for its sea caves. We didn’t stop to see the sea caves at this time, but planned on stopping on the way back.
These cool signs were all over New Brunswick, and told you which scenic route you were on. This particular sign indicates that we were on the Fundy Coastal Drive (not to be confused with the Fundy Trail, which is a separate section of road).
The Fundy Trail is a beautiful parkway along the Bay of Fundy offering amazing views from many lookouts, observation decks, and trails. The parkway is 10 miles long, but they are in the process of expanding it further and expect to be completed in 2017. There is a charge to enter the parkway: $6 for adults and $4 for children. You have to return the same route that you go in. I found the scenery here absolutely stunning, and wished that we had more time to hike some of the trails down to the beaches.
The rock formation in this picture is known as a flowerpot. This will be surrounded by water when the tide is high. The tides in the Bay of Fundy can rise and fall as much as 50 feet!
A rare sighting of me! (I should note that most of these pictures are on my “good” camera, which is a Sony, some are from my Olympus point and shoot, and some are from DH’s point and shoot, which I think is a Nikon. I don’t like being in pictures, but sometimes I end up in some of DH’s.)
We hiked the trail down to Fuller Falls.
Part of the hike down involved this crazy rope ladder kind of thing.
We stopped at the Visitor’s Center, which didn’t have much to it, but we did use the restrooms. Then we hiked over the cool suspension bridge over the Big Salmon River.
There was another rope ladder thingy here to get to a scenic point. Only DD went up this one.
We were up in the clouds at this point!
That was the end of the trail, and at that point we turned around and went back the same way we went in.