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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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After my last post, I sat and thought about it for a minute and realized... If we give you our most anticipateds now, a lot of our dining spots that we're looking forward to would be completely spoiled before we even had a chance to post our dining plans! So for this reason, I'm going to go ahead and squeeze in a surprise dining plan rough draft.
Are ya hungry?! ..I mean.. are ya ready?? Here goes!
'Ohana - Dinner 'Ohana - Breakfast Landscape of Flavors - Breakfast Satu'li Canteen - Lunch Nomad Lounge - Dinner Everything POP - Breakfast Beaches & Cream Soda Shop - Lunch PizzeRizzo - Dinner Main Street Bakery + Gaston's - Breakfast Be Our Guest - Lunch Whispering Canyon Cafe - Dinner Whispering Canyon Cafe - Breakfast Captain Cook's - Breakfast Via Napoli - Lunch Food & Wine Festival - Dinner D-Luxe Burger - Lunch The Polite Pig - Dinner Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' - Lunch The Edison - Dinner Boardwalk Bakery - Breakfast Ghirardelli/Starbucks + Earl of Sandwich - Breakfast Fairfax Fare/Woody's Toy Box - Lunch -- We're awaiting Woody's menu to make our decision! Yachtsman Steakhouse - Dinner Sleepy Hollow - Breakfast Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe - Lunch Raglan Road - Dinner Boma - Breakfast x2!! Sanaa - Lunch Yak & Yeti Restaurant - Dinner Garden Grill - Breakfast La Hacienda De San Angel - Dinner Harambe Market - Lunch Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue - Dinner Casey's Corner - Lunch The Plaza Restaurnt - Dinner
Several of these are subject to change, so I'll be sure to update accordingly!
Next? Our Magic Kingdom most anticipateds... seriously this time!!
That is quite a list and so much to chose from! Lot of great options. I hope you are able to narrow this down and get the ADRs you want from these.
Luckily we're usually able to get them all! I'm one of those people that will rise and shine dark and early to get in all of the ADRs we want! 9 times out of 10 we're able to get them, other times we just keep trying until we can finally reserve it.
Originally Posted by purplegal
You have some great dining choices on there.
Thank you! It's so tough leaving out some of our favorites like Sci Fi Dine or California Grill to make room for new places, but we're really excited to try them out!
Originally Posted by Cam22
That is one awesome and delicious list.
Thanks! I'm already dreaming about all the yummies ahead!
Originally Posted by disneydreamer33
Great list of dining for your trip. I hope you get all that you want!
Thank you, I sure hope so too!
Originally Posted by Colexis Mom
Wow, what a list!!
I'm wondering how much of it will change! We still have a little while before we have to start reserving ADRs, so who knows what the final result will be!
So here it is: all of our Magic Kingdom most anticipateds! From snacks to attractions, rides and characters... Everything we're most most looking forward to!
Doug's Magic Kingdom Most Anticipateds ...
1.) Popcorn on Main Street
2.) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
3.) Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
4.) Dole Whip Float!!!
5.) Seeing the new Muppet show in Liberty Square
6.) Riding the TTA and trying to see if we can scope out any TRON Light Cycle construction!
7.) Pirates of the Caribbean
8.) Beating Britt at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ...How rude!
9.) Happily Ever After fireworks show
10.) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
1.) Seeing the headless horseman during Mickey's Boo-to-You Parade!
2.) Dressing up in costume and going trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom (have you seen those huge barrels of candy they hand out?!)
3.) The Rose Gold Ears cupcake!
4.) Riding my absolute most favoritest ride in all the land, The Haunted Mansion, during the spookiest time of the year!
5.) Finishing a full game of Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom
6.) Seven Dwarf's Mine Train (ridden it before, and absolutely LOVE it!)
7.) Happy HalloWishes Fireworks show and Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular!!!
When I was a kid, when the Disney channel played Hocus Pocus, I just knew it was Halloween! One of the greatest movies EVER!!
8.) The Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome @ Gaston's
9.) Instagramming my way through the park! I can't wait to see all the Halloween/Christmas decor!
10.) Purchasing a MK-specific mug from Starbucks!
B's most anticipateds ...
1.) Space Mountain
2.) Haunted Mansion
3.) Dole Whip
4.) Happily Ever After fireworks!
5.) Trick-or-treating in costume
7.) Be Our Guest Restaurant
8.) All the yummy holiday snacks, both Halloween AND Christmas!
9.) Seeing the villains during Halloween
10.) Seven Dwarf's Mine Train and BTMR (can't choose just one!!)
Ahead: Day Two -- A full (and very early) day @ Disney's Animal Kingdom!
Great lists from all of you. So much great stuff! Your trip will be amazing!
I love the Instagraming your way through the park. I will have to find you on Instagram to follow along!
I am the same way with Hocus Pocus! It is not Halloween until I have watched it and I will watch it multiple times too!