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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Monday 16th July Our Summer Holidays to Seton Sands (near Edinburgh)
Left in the morning. Stopped at ballinluig. I had cheese mush omelette, j had mixed grill, ross had sausage, egg & chips and Owen had sausage, beans & chips.
Checked in to seton sands at 3.30pm. Lovely caravan.
Click below for seton sands website Seton Sands Caravan Holiday Park | Haven Official Site
Unpacked, Ross & Owen went for look around with daddy.
We then went to the coop, got our shopping.
Went to Chip shop for tea. I had fish supper, j had smoked sausage supper and bun with cheese, burger was missing!
R & O had smoked sausage supper.
Went to bar at 7.30
Kids disco then games. Ross did well
Singers were very good. Did a country theme then motown after the break. Boys played pool with John.
Had beers, boys had popcorn, slushes and coke.
We saw chickens, geese and turkeys first.
Ross and Owen really enjoyed the trampolines and "jelly belly."
I made the huge mistake of climbing up the Fortress on horrible net walkway. I don't like gaps to look down so i took a very long time!! Also wearing sandles didn't help lol. Came down very quickly on the large shoot.
After i had recovered the boys enjoyed the Blast ball and play barn bouncy castle
We saw lots of small animals including baby rabbits, birds etc
Boys played in a large Hay barn then we fed some lovely horses, ponies, baby goats,lambs and calfs.
Family go kart round park was fun although a bit tiring peddling.
Safari train was very good.
After we went to the park area and boys enjoyed the pedal tractors.
More feeding of all the animals including deer, sheep, goats, donkeys, Lammas,pigs etc came next.
Nice lunch I had cheese onion toastie with chips. john had a burger with cheese &bacon. Ross & Owen had cheese ham toasties.
Left at 3.30pm
Nice chinese for tea. I had prawn chow mein, john special chow mein and boys mushroom omelette.
Bar 6.45 kids disco
High school music magical show
Chico from the x factor at 22.00
Wednesday 18th July
Went to kids club this morning which boys enjoyed.
Then we went to North Berwick in the pouring rain! (our only day of rain)
Had lovely lunch at blenheim house hotel.
I had spinach, pepper and onion frittata.
j had steak pie, boys had cheese & tomato pizza and chips.
Went swimming in the afternoon, good fun. Boys enjoyed the rubber rings.
Chip shop for tea, I had pizza crunch and 1/2 fish supper.
R had 1/2 fish supper. O had smoked sausage. John had s sausage.
Magician was funny at night.
Ross won the jackpot on the 10p games 999 points! Got a princess peach toy
Thursday 19th July
Didn't wake up till 9.10!
Had breakfast then went to Edinburgh zoo
Welcome to Edinburgh Zoo
Lovely sunny, warm day.
Animals were great we saw monkeys, leopards, jaguars, tigers, meercats, koala bears, penguins,Rhinos, deer etc
We were looking forward to seeing the UK's only pandas. The wonderful pandas are from China.They only arrived in Scotland in 2011. Saw them at 4pm. We saw the female, who is called Sweetie first, she was cute but very sleepy.
Next we saw the male, who is called Sunshine. He was lovely so alert and active. Running around and playing. They sleep for 16 hours per day so were lucky to see him so active.
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