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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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They are just so much fun! I can't remember, have you guys been to SeaWorld? If not, you really should. I haven't seen the penguin exhibit since they added a ride into it, but it's meant to be amazing.
We haven't been to Sea World, at least not yet. I saw the penguins in Lisa's TR and thought that we might need to do this.
Tuesday 4 February – part four: Debbie adopts a little friend!
Debbie found one little guy who seemed to adopt her. He came wandering over and seemed enchanted with her.
Her little friend then decided he was going to head into the water, and for the next few minutes, literally all he did was swam right in front of us, pressing himself regularly up against the glass. It made for some wonderful photos, and it was such a cute encounter.
Elsewhere though, his friends weren’t that impressed with his antics. Occasionally one penguin would dive in, but they’d soon be back out of the water again.
Suddenly we noticed that all the penguins out of the water were heading across to one part of their area. I have no idea what was going on. We wondered if it was feeding time, but no-one ever came out.
Eventually, the time came to head off to explore the rest of Nausicaa. Debbie’s little friend really didn’t want her to leave. He followed her, and then stopped in the corner by the exit, and was actually squawking. It was heart breaking. Poor thing, but as you’ll discover later, the love didn’t last that long.
We headed back out the way we’d come, although you’re supposed to exit through a 3D film. Neither of us were that keen on going through a 3D film, and me especially, as I didn’t want for it to mess with my head.
The other section of Nausicaa is the majority of everything you see here. We got the impression that the penguin exhibit was a later addition, and this was probably the original heart of the building. When you enter it, the first thing you see is jellyfish. I always love these things. There’s just something fascinating about watching them.
The first section we came to as we descended into the heart of the complex was the world ocean, and wow, there was some really beautiful stuff in here.
Now bearing in mind that Nausicaa is all about the sea, I wasn’t expecting to see these guys:
… and I certainly wasn’t expecting to see these guys either.
The stingrays were neat, although they were hard to see from above. We were hoping to see them from under the water, but sadly we didn’t, which I thought was a shame, and about the only let down from our time there.
Awww, that cute little penguin! If it wasn't feeding time, I wonder what they were all doing together? Someone must have said something in penguin-ese!
It was so weird. We couldn't see anyone coming to feed them. The only thing I can think is that maybe once they used to feed them at this time or maybe they just have much better hearing than us and heard something?
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