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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Someone else did a TR about going to China to work for Disney English, and I am going to follow in her footsteps. I read what she wrote while I was going through the application process.
Me- 27, DVC owner, Former WDW CM (character attendant), Teacher, All things Disney related lover. Moving to China made easier by me being single and no family commitments. :roll eyes:
How it all started-
I found my self unemployed (by choice) and looking, searching, applying for every job in sight. My cousin who had just graduated from law school and I were VERY active in searching for jobs, applying for at least 1 a day sometimes up to 5. We wanted jobs and we were going to get them!
I had applied for Disney English before once or twice or more. So, when I applied in September I expected nothing of it. 5 hours later, we invite you to a web based interview. Done, 12 hours after that Skype interview scheduled. A few days and I was given 24 hours to decide if I wanted to move to Chengdu! (inland China where the panda research facility is)
24 hours is a VERY short time to decide if you want to move to another country, on the other side of the world! Good thing then I had a hold up with something at Disney World, and we would have to put this process on hold and call some random number. Well that person didn't answer, email China ask what I am really looking for. Costuming, call costuming they transfer me to someone else, who transfers me again, who knows there is an answer in the managers office, the manager is in the park . They give me an email address no phone number for this department!
Some costumes that I turned in weren't turned in ? whatever, send them some money and then they will update my rehire status. Done!
Now I have had 2 weeks to decide about going to China. Starting salary 10,000 RMB and 3,000 for housing. If I am offered this then nope I am going to stay and keep applying for jobs, if she offers me a bit more then pack up your stuff you are moving to China.
After the worlds longest plane ride! I have made it to China, Shanghai to be exact where I will be doing all of my on boarding training before moving to Chengdu to teach at the HongPaiLou Center. We had the whole weekend off which is unheard of having both Saturday and Sunday off!!!!
We had to go get our bank accounts set up which may have upset the bank workers as we all went in pretty much as a group at 4:20 on a Friday night. The bank closes at 5. I also have procured a Chinese cell phone. These are things that you need a passport to do so this was good to get done while I still have my passport I have to turn it in on Tuesday to get my residence card.
On Saturday we went to a park and walked around trying sugar cane, practicing tai che and dancing with some locals, before hitting a very fancy upscale restaurant for lunch and heading to the Bund to see the pearl tower. We went out to KTV at 8 and sang / drank the night away.
Today (sunday) has been a slow day. It has been raining so there is not much going on. I went with a girl form Miami to get her cell phone fixed and we are going out to Pizza Hut for dinner!
Tomorrow we are going to a center for training we think it will take at least 45 minutes to get there with out rush hour so it will be interesting to see all 25 of us Americans trying to get to the other side of the city!
Thursday marked the one week mark that we have been here in the city of Shanghai, it also marked a holiday that we do not celebrate here Thanksgiving. We worked but it was fun we were all together learning and getting ready to teach our first lessons. The week has flown by it has been a whirlwind of new people and faces and new centers. I also managed to get sick from a fellow on boarder who was fanning her germs in my direction during our training on wednesday! Yay for that!
Last weekend we had the weekend off and went and did some sight seeing things very touristy. However Shanghai in general is not very touristy so we are running out of things to do.
We did our medical check. There is actually no doctor involved in a medical check here in china which is very interesting to me.
We have also eaten American food A LOT! However yesterday Thanksgiving was filled with asian food. I ate intestine for lunch is was gross not recommended. We also had sushi for dinner! I liked the sushi a lot.