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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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We had such a busy day yesterday that we slept in a little today. Which broke the #1 rule of touring…..Get there at rope drop! This would come back to bite us later today.
We did have some drama this morning however. After I showered, DD hopped in the shower. After her shower, the knob on the shower broke! So we had to call maintenance. The maintenance man came and looked at it and determined that the knob had been installed incorrectly and he would have to replace it! It ended up taking him an hour to get the knob fixed. My husband called the front desk and they did give him a key to another room so that he could take a shower and get ready.
With all of the sleeping in and the shower messing up, it was 11:00 before we finally left the room. Our goal today was to hopefully see the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and possibly do the CNN Tour.
We chose to take the Atlanta Metro- The MARTA, today instead of taking our car. Traffic and parking in Atlanta can be somewhat of a mess, so we decided to take public transportation. The MARTA is clean and easy to use for those of you planning to travel to Atlanta.
The closest MARTA station was a couple blocks away from our hotel. We did have to wait a while for a train since they were running on a Saturday schedule.
Once we arrived at our destination- Peachtree Center, we decided to eat lunch there. There is a small mall with a food court there. DH and I had our favorite- Chick Fil-A, and DD found some pasta.
We then walked to the Aquarium. It is about a 2-3 block walk, all downhill. But it is uphill on the way back..ugh!
By the time we got to the Aquarium, the crowds were CRAZY! There were very long lines to purchase tickets and to get in.
The World of Coke is in the same plaza so we went there to see about the wait. We decided to wait, hoping the line would move quickly. We ended up waiting over 1 ½ hours to get in. The World of Coke is nice, but I really don’t think I would do it again. You start in the museum with a short film, then you are on your own to explore. They show you the vault where the secret formula is kept. You can also see how Coke is bottled. The bottles they create there are given to you at the end of your tour. There is a room where you can watch old Coke films. They also have a 4-D movie (so we saw two 4-D movies in two days). At the end of the tour is a room where you can taste flavors of Coke from around the world. Similar to Club Cool in Epcot, this room is much larger and features more flavors of soda. You can also taste flavors of Coke sold in the United States.
As you exit the tour, you are given an 8 oz, souvenir bottle of Coke. You exit into a gift shop (just like Disney). If you are a Coke collector, then this would be heaven for you! I purchased some post cards for my travel journal and a Christmas ornament. (I try to purchase a Christmas ornament for our tree from all the places we travel),
When we exited the World of Coke, we noticed that the lines for the Aquarium were very low, so we decided to go ahead and tour the Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world and has some good features. They have a tank that you walk through with some very large sharks. One of the highlights is the Dolphin Tales show. We were able to get into a show at the last minute. This show has dolphins doing a variety of tricks. (Similar to a show at Sea World) Sorry no pictures, since they do not allow photography during the show. After the Dolphin show, we walked around to a few more exhibits. By this time it was 6:00 pm. And we were getting a little tired and hungry. We decided to start heading back to the hotel and get some dinner. We took a quick walk through of Olympic park (remember the Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta in 1996) and headed the three blocks to the MARTA station.
We had planned to just eat at a restaurant located in the mall that is attached to our hotel. But when we arrived there, we noticed that all of the restaurants were closed! Since these restaurants are located in a downtown area, they tend to close up on weekends. We decided to just relax and order a pizza. The pizza was surprisingly good (maybe cause we were starving by this point). I had also brought a couple of sodas and snacks to go with our pizza.
We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and I updated my Travel Smash book.