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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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!
Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.
To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.
About the PassPorter Hotel Reviews: How to Use and Post Your Own!
How to Use Our Reviews and Post Your Own
We've long felt that vacationer reviews are very valuable, which is why we include numerical ratings in our guidebooks and provide avenues for our readers to give us feedback. This special forum consolidates reviews in an easy-to-use and easy-to-sort place. Use the forum to learn about and research vacationer experiences before your trip! Here are some tips:
There is a review thread for each hotel on Disney property, default sorted by name (alphabetical). The introduction to each review gives an overview of the resort and information on where to find our official published review, feature articles, and photos of the resort. We also include a short personal review, as well as our numerical ratings (which correspond to those we publish in our guidebook).
Tip: Don't see the Orlando-area hotel you're interested in? Please contact the Guides for the forum (CRCrazy, HiddenMickey and Eeyoresmom) and request that the hotel review thread be created.
Sorting the Listings
The hotels are listed in alphabetical order by default. To re-sort, click the Review Tools button to reveal a menu (see image) -- choose the type of information you'd like to sort by and the page will re-load in your preferred order.
Tip: You can search the reviews, too! Click the Search These Reviews button on the far right, type in your search word(s), and click Go.
Mark Your Favorites
You can mark individual resorts as favorites to aid you in planning or just for fun. To do this, click the checkbox in the overview post at the start of each hotel review thread (see image). Checking this box will place the words LOVE IT! next to the name of the thread (for your eyes only), so you can see your favorites at a glance.
Tip: Use this Favorite feature to mark hotels you're considering for your vacation!
Post Your Own Review
The main purpose of this review forum is to gather YOUR reviews of the hotels you've stayed in, for the benefit of everyone. Writing a review is easy -- just click the Review button near the top of the listings and fill in both the numerical ratings and the text field with your written review. The more information, the better! Helpful information to include:
* How many times you've stayed at the hotel, including the date of your most recent stay.
* The type of room you stayed in (even the room number if you have it).
* Links to any trip reports or photos you have of the resort. You may include the images themselves, so long as they meet our image guidelines for size (640 x 480 or smaller) and are fewer than five in number.
* Explanations of any really low or high numerical ratings you gave.
* Pros and cons of the resort, in your personal opinion.
Things you should not do:
* Comment on other vacationer's reviews -- if you want to do this, please start a new thread in the Staying in Style forum to discuss the hotel.
* Leave a numerical rating without at least some text to explain WHY you rated it the way you did.
* Ask questions about the hotel. Please ask in the Staying in Style forum.
(Posts which do any of the above will either be moved or removed altogether.)
Once your review is posted, it will immediately appear in the review thread. Your ratings will be averaged with the other member ratings and this average will appear in the list view.
You may return to your review to edit it, and we encourage you to do this if you stay at the hotel again. IMPORTANT: Please note that you may need to re-enter your numerical ratings if you edit your review, so you may wish to note your ratings before you click the Edit button.
Feel free to post questions and comments here in this thread so we can answer them for all to see.
As a retiree who travels with Grandchildren and their parents, the convenience of the French Quarter can't be beat. We park the van, check in, ride the bus to all of the parks and the boat to Downtown Disney. We don't usually move the van until time to go home. We are usually very tired after a day at one of the parks and it is nice not to have to walk too much after we get off the bus. The food court is adequate for us, the gift shop nice. A short walk to Riverside to the larger gift shop is still convenient. The rooms are clean, large enough since we don't stay in the room except to bathe and sleep. I will continue to stay in this hotel. My husband and I were there alone in October and we had a water view and it was so nice. This was our fourth stay there and we hope to stay again soon.
I have a quick question about how the stars are assigned to the member rating part of the resort information. I'm asking this question becuase I was just looking over the Hotel Reviews section, (LOVE it, BTW,) and noticed only three stars for one of our favorite resorts, OKW. Only two people besides the authors reviewed it, but they gave it a 7 and a 9 in the overall rating. Wouldn't this mean something like an 8 star rating? Just curious because we love OKW and I hate to see it get a bad wrap.
Thanks for providing this great service! (I'm not trying to complain.) I love Passporter and really appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.
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My question is about the category "accessibility". Does that mean accessibilty to the parks or room accessiblity as in handicap?
Oct '99: CSR ~ May '02: CR ~ Nov '04: SOG ~ May '06: SOG ~ Dec '07: Solo @ Pop ~ May '08: Pop w/friends ~ Oct '08: SOG ~ Dec '09: Pop w/LeAnn ~ Sept '10: Solo @ Pop ~ Spring '11: AKL ~ Jan '12: Pop for 1/2 Marathon ~ Sept '12: 1st trip for DL 1/2 Marathon? ~ Feb '13: Pop w/pals? ~ Mar '13: Tokyo Disney w/PP's?
We had our first amaaazing trip with our two boys this past Christmas and stayed at Coronado Springs. We loved it! However, we decided each year we should stay somewhere different for a new experience. Would love the opinions of anyone who has stayed at both Coronado and the Carribean. We don't want to be disappointed. Though I'm not sure that's possible at Disney. : ) Thanks for any input!
We have stayed at the GF a few times and I must say that I would plan to do it again ASAP. However, it s expensive!! We're also thinking about doing some motorcaach camping At Camp Wilderness. That will be fun as well. We're retiring now and will be in Naples for the winter with the coach. Great chance to get the Grandchildren down to visit.