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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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.
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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.
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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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I was wondering if you'd keep to the plan of the seashore for tomorrow. Sounds good to do something else instead. We really need the rain, but I was so hoping it would hold off one more day for you!
It doesn't matter. We said earlier we've been so lucky with the weather and we now have indoor things planned for tomorrow. You're certainly going to get lots of rain, judging by the forecast, as I'm seeing rain through Saturday right now....
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I have not been in years but my kids loved it (they got to sleep over). I left every time convinced I am way to uncomfortable in small places to be in the navy. One of the boys who went with mine is now in the navy on a sub and I think of how tiny the sub in Fall River is.
Oh cool - thanks for that. We drove through there today, but we'll be back tomorrow to go to the Breakers and we're looking for indoor things to do.
Bummer about the rain. But to truly give Cape Cod a nice visit, you'd need a good few days anyway. Of good weather too!
Hope you find something fun to do instead! What a different trip for you - changing things up on the fly!
Well, occasionally I can move away from what we've got planned, although admittedly, it doesn't happen very often.
So sorry the weather has turned. Our luck of two plus weeks of constant sunshine and no rain has run out I'm afraid, as it looks like it is going to rain everyday for the next week! Hope you're able to make the best of your last days here!
Wanted to add, we have spent many a wet day on the Cape. While the beauty of the landscape is somewhat diminished, you can find plenty to do in the area. If you are thinking of changing accommodations, consider Providence or Newport. The mansions can be done in the rain although you may miss some of the grounds.
Well, today we've been to the Mystic Aquarium and we loved the belugas - they were worth the admission price alone. It was very hot and humid, so we passed on the seaport and drove over to Cape Cod instead. We had some rain on the drive on the way over, but it was fine once we got there. We visited lots of different places over the course of a few hours and got a taste for the Cape and we're very glad we saw it in the dry.
Tomorrow, the plan is to head back to Rhode Island and do the Breakers, then we'll see after that - perhaps Battleship Cove, now that's been mentioned. Can't believe we'll be flying back in just over 24 hours' time...
Sorry the rain in the forecast is having you change your plans, but it sounds like you've got a good plan B! Glad you got a taste of the Cape. It is a beautiful place, and something you'll have to add to your "next time" trip. And as Mark seems to fancy whales, you might want to add a whale watch to your next trip to Cape Cod. We had the most amazing whale watch ever out of P-town! A mother and baby humpback were swimming around and under our boat, close enough for us to smell the whale breath (although whale breath is probably even worse than you would imagine it to be).
Glad you made it to Mystic Aquarium. I love those belugas! They tend to be hams too, and I'll wager you got some good photos.
That's too bad with the weather tomorrow, but as you said you have plenty of indoor things to do! The mansions in Newport is a good one and then you should take on a nice country inn close by for a nice relaxing lunch with some great seafood and a glass of Provencial Rose! Well, that's what I'd do! I have a good friend whom I visited last year and lives across the Newport inlet in South Barrington. It's so picturesque....and amazing at sundown as he had about 10 of us up at the end of August last year for a nice get together! He and his wife plus kids live on one of the smaller inlets and the views are amazing!
With, the weather at hand, I'm going to Atlantic City tomorrow and hope the rain isn't too bad around 9:30 am or so, when I plan to leave. It's about a 3.5 hour drive, depending with probably a couple of stops with at least one for lunch at Cheesequake stop on the Garden State Parkway. The weather should be better as the morning progresses and more to the south. The worst of the rain is forecast more to the north and west. So, we'll see.
Then there is the weekend for the return with possible Tropical Storm Joaquin (Phoenix). They don't know what this storm will do or where it may impact as there are so many variables with it. It could be nothing or quantities of rain and high winds....too early yet! Could be Saturday for this storm, when I drive back, but will keep my eyes and ears open!
I may do a TR on AC pt just incorporate it into my Cruise TR! Well, anyway I'm dining at the Chart House tomorrow night and looking forward to it as I know you all loved it for the PP meet on Saturday. This one has views of the marina a few floors up and will request window seating. Made a ressie for 6 pm before the sun sets for some good photos, but we'll see with the weather!
Sorry, for the long post...but a lot to say!
October 6, 2017-Enjoying an amazing dinner at Victoria & Albert's with PP's Dot and Drew
My TR from my most recent trip is now underway. Includes: Universal Studios Florida, Disney World and Sea World Orlando Trifecta TR -Updated December 10th! TR is now COMPLETED!
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