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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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 am Cam and I am so excited to be to assisting my fellow PassPorters as a co-guide in The Darkroom, Sharing the Adventures: Walt Disney World Trip Reports, Globetrotting: General Trip Reports, The Library and The Porch. I have lived in northwestern Kentucky right on the Ohio River for over 28 years now and love the passing of the seasons in our beautiful community. I am a high school English teacher as well as department coordinator and writing leader.
My husband Luke and daughter Stefanie truly all things Disney. Luke and I made our first trip to the World while in college, but unfortunately not together. I had wanted to go to Disneyland as a little girl, but it was never financially feasible for my parents. Then when Disney World opened my two sisters and I begged for many years to go, but my parents were deterred by the heat. So when Spring Break 1980 arrived and I had the money to make a Florida trip, Disney World was at the top of my list. I still feel the same awe and excitement every time I walk through the gates and stroll down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom.
Stefanie did not make her first trip until 1997. She is a truly special kid, having been born with a genetic disorder that keeps her small (only 43 inches tall). But her heart is huge and every single day of the year, except for the two weeks we’re at WDW, she wakes up saying, “I’m ready for Disney, Mom!” She kept all three of us seeing the World through the eyes of a child. That’s a treasure I never wanted to lose, but unfortunately, Stefanie left this world in April of 2012, having made 12 trips to her beloved Disney World.
I discovered PassPorter in 2003 when we had the opportunity to take what we felt was the vacation of a lifetime, going deluxe at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I wondered then where this most useful travel guide had been all my life. I joined the community when I noticed the website in my 2004 edition as we planned our very first visit home as DVC members. And then I found the friendliest community around. People here are truly the best as everyone is welcoming, informative, and sympathetic.
I enjoy helping in The Darkroom because I still consider myself a student in photography. Over 12 years ago I was asked to serve as yearbook advisor at the high school where I teach. I took the challenge and in the process discovered that I loved taking photos with the old manual 35mm cameras the staff was provided. Not all of them were good, but I just kept practicing. In the next few years the staff purchased several new digital cameras, beginning first with small ones that took decent photos as long as light was sufficient and no one was moving. Next were advanced point and shoot. Even though I gave up the advisor position over 7 years ago, the love of photography as continued. Luke surprised me a few years ago with a Sony Alpha 100 DSLR. It is so cool, but some of my photos still aren’t good. I have recently upgraded to a Sony Alpha 65 DSLR and proud to report that I've learned a lot about photography over the years. But I’m sure I’ll always be practicing at this art of photography.
I also help out in Sharing the Adventure: Walt Disney World Trip Reports. This may be my favorite forum as I feel this is where I really get to know our members as they retell their adventures inside "the bubble," we called WDW. The pre-trip reports full of plans and expectations enlighten me on how I might plan our own adventures, and every trip report allows me to vicariously return to WDW at any time of the year. Writing my own reports has preserved my family's vacation memories trip after trip, and Stefanie enjoys Mom's stories as we read them over and over. Because I love to read trip reports I also assist in Globetrotting: General Trip Reports where I am learning so much about travel all over the country and the world. Read both these forums always makes me want to travel.
The spot to introduce ourselves and celebrate our countdowns is The Porch where I assist all our members in getting to know each other a bit better. Finally, I get to be a librarian in The Library, a job I dreamed of holding when I grew up. I am an English teacher, and as a matter of course, I to read. Actually, I all kinds of stories whether written, oral, or visual. My family teases me that we'd have no family history if I didn't keep telling our stories over and over. I've never met a movie or TV show that was as good as the book, but they can come very close, and nothing is better than when the movie brings to life all the images in my head.