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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Thank you so much for this trip report. We did several vacations to New Brunswick. It is one of my favorite vacation spots, It's beauty cannot be described. We were able to eat at the reversing falls restaurant while the tide was coming in. It was great to see but if I recall correctly, pretty noisy.
You reminded me how much I want to go back to the Hopwell Rocks. We stayed in a lovely cabin a few miles away.
If you ever head back up, go to Grand Manan Island. A beautiful and peacceful place. Sometimes I thin I should do an advertisement for New Brunswick. The only thing I'd like to add is the New Brunswick people are some of the nicest in the world. I know Canadians are nice, but in New Brunswick they out do themselves.
My kids also loved the bilingual aspect of the province,
Thank you so much for this trip report. We did several vacations to New Brunswick. It is one of my favorite vacation spots, It's beauty cannot be described.
If you ever head back up, go to Grand Manan Island. A beautiful and peacceful place.
Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying the report! I agree, NB is so beautiful! So is Nova Scotia, and if you haven't been there, I highly recommend it! I read about Grand Manan Island while researching my trip, and it looks great!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Day 4, Part 1 – The Cabot Trail
We spent most of Day 4 traversing the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is a scenic roadway that takes you around the greater part of Cape Breton, and is one of the most famous drives in Canada. It travels through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I loved the Cabot Trail! There was so much gorgeous scenery! We could easily have spent 3 or 4 days in this area. Before reaching the Cabot Trail, we passed Bras d’Or Lake, which is a large lake in the middle of Cape Breton Island.
Soon we were arriving at the entrance to the Cabot Trail. It travels along several channels and harbors for a bit.
We stopped for this photo op, and I caught some really large lobsters.
We ate lunch at a cute restaurant called the Clucking Hen. The interior of this restaurant had a really cute chicken theme. Outside there was a fun moose antler photo op.
We stopped at a scenic park with picnic benches, and the kids got out some energy kicking around a soccer ball. It was REALLY windy there high up above the ocean.
The Cabot Trail is so beautiful. I always found the scenic areas in the maritimes to be pleasantly uncrowded, too, unlike similar areas in New England! I guess most people don't go that far north, but it's well worth it.
Laurie, we started vacationing in NB after many years of going to the Cape. One year we felt like our entire vacation was spent on Rte 6. I am loving this trip report but I hope it doesn't encourage too many people to venture up. I remember when the Cape was nice and quiet.