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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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I'd love to visit Salam some time - more for the witch part, though. I loved the play The Crucible, and find it so sad that so many innocent people were hanged. (or pressed as the one sign you took indicates - that may sound even worse!)
It seems so odd to see a cruise ship there! I have to admit that I never knew cruise ships stopped in Salem (or anywhere else in Massachusetts other than Boston).
I suspect they usually don't, as Marnie posted about this one stopping in Salem a couple of days before we left and it was all over the local news sites, so I guess having it in port was a pretty big deal....
Looks like a beautiful day to explore Salem! Love all the boat pics. Were those benches that were bearing the memorials of the people who were hanged? If so, not sure I would find that a very relaxing place to sit.
They looked like it, but in all honesty, I don't think anyone would ever sit there, as the idea is to remember the dead.
Looks like you really enjoyed your time exploring Salem. Great pictures from the maritime museum. I wish I had recommended The House of the Seven Gables to you. But I guess you can add it to you list if you ever get to explore New England again!
Hmmm... possibly, although I'm not sure if we'd go back to Salem, as I did feel that we were able to get a reasonable feel of it while we were there and there are just so many other places to explore in New England.
Thursday 24 September – part five: there can’t be many places in America that this happens
We made our way out of Salem…
… and on the way found a TARDIS from Doctor Who and I am not joking!
We had to stop on the way at a garage, as the car was warning us of low tyre pressure, and there was one that was low, so thank goodness we stopped and got that sorted.
We saw more lovely houses…
… and another cemetery…
… and even an Olaf as we made our way through the surrounding area.
Then we were heading north on the I-95.
I found it fascinating to see a road sign, signing you to destinations in two other states. There can’t be many places in America, that happens, as usually the states go on for what feels like forever…
I kept my eyes peeled for cows, as Sheila (Big_Baloo) had told me there may be a herd around, but they were hiding if they were out. Thanks for the tip off anyway.
I was hoping to get the New Hampshire sign as we crossed the state line, but the iPod chose that moment to throw a fit, suddenly turning itself off and refusing to do anything. I really thought it had had it, but just as abruptly, it came back to life, and of course while it was having its temporary meltdown, we crossed the state line, and I missed the sign.
I think they’re building a bigger bridge here…
We whizzed through the first toll road we’d encountered on this trip with our EZ-Pass. Whether getting it was good value or not remains to be seen, but it was certainly a first for us not to have to pay cash for a toll road.
It was bizarre to see so many familiar British place names…
We decided to see if we could check in at our hotel for the night…
… and we lucked out, given it was about 12:30pm by now, as they had a room ready. That meant we could drop everything off and change into something a bit cooler, as it was turning into quite a hot day now. The room was absolutely fine…
It's true that the New England states are so small and placed together like a jigsaw puzzle you're never too far from at least one other. From the summit of Mt Greylock in Western Massachusetts you can see Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire!
Yes, I'm used to states being a bit larger. Seems strange to drive a few hours and go through a bunch of states! (although, being in southeast WI, I am just a few hours from Indiana, Illinois and even Michigan, but still..... )
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Here in Virginia we can cross into a number of states pretty quickly - Maryland, DC (not a state really, but another jurisdiction), Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania are all an hour or less from our house. The original 13 colonies are all pretty smushed together and you can hit a fair few in a day - although some depend on whether you're driving North/South or East/West.
Nice that you could get checked in and changed into cooler clothes. That probably made the afternoon a lot more comfortable!