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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Friday 25 September – part four: isn’t this the line to get food?
Soon we were crossing the state line back into New Hampshire…
…. and then we made our way across this very ornate bridge…
We saw a little colour in the trees as we drove along…
I can imagine give it another week or two, and this part of New England will be a blaze of colour.
Now you’ll see in these pictures that there wasn’t that much traffic on the roads…
… remember this for later. We turned off the main road for the Canterbury Shaker Village, and we found out the real reason why it’s called the Shaker Village when we encountered the road there. My goodness, it was a real bone shaker!
We found it easily enough…
… parked up and headed into the museum store to get our fridge magnet, and pay for our admission…
We decided to go to the restaurant, and get something to eat before we started our self guided tour, but unfortunately two coach loads had just been dumped there.
We ended up in what we thought was the line to get food, but it was the line for the coach party to pick up their picnic lunches. Once we got out of that, we had the place to ourselves to pick what we wanted. It was a limited selection for me, as all the sandwiches had meat in them so I ended up going for the chipotle sweet potato soup, which was good, but a little spicy, with a roll…
Mark had the clam chowder, which I couldn’t have, as it had bacon in it…
We also had an oatmeal and raisin cookie each, which were beautiful.
We decided to head upstairs, as the tour groups were downstairs, and we had the whole place pretty much to ourselves, until a few people came up just as we were finishing.
As we came out, you could hear the noise of what we assumed were the NASCAR drivers practicing nearby. It sounded like they were in the next field over, it was so loud! I was texting with Marnie, and she’d caught the practice on TV, which was a bit surreal. I dread to think how loud those races are, if you actually attend them from what we heard today, and we were about two and a half miles away, from what I could make out from Google Maps…
We headed into the complex…
.. and went into the exhibition centre, where annoyingly you couldn’t take any photos. I hate it when places do things like that, as it really helps me to remember what you’ve seen, and it’s a nice souvenir. It essentially explained about how the Shaker community was set up. They had a film about it, and of course it was midway through when we entered, and there were lots of people watching it, so we had to tiptoe around, so as not to disturb them.
We headed over to the school house next, where you can watch a video from a girl who lived in the community, and what I took away from it was how much she enjoyed the life there. She talked about huge open expanses of land to run around in, which for a child, was just amazing, and shortly we’d see just what she meant.
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I couldn't help but think, oh they ate upstairs where it's less crowded - just like Columbia Harbour House at WDW!
There's an old school house not far from us here in WI that our kids have all gone to on a school field trip. Looks just like that one!
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