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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Saturday 14 July – part twelve: on a par with Disney.
Now we must’ve been 15-20 minutes into our Thames cruise before anyone started to get their food and of course they started at the back end of the boat, so it took us a while to get our afternoon tea. We were starting to get pretty hungry and were very glad when this finally turned up…
As you can see, there was a lot of food and it was more than most people got. I got my own set of sandwiches, with no meat and prawn. I also got my own set of desserts, although I did have the scone, as it only had raisins and I knew I would be Ok with it. When I spotted the macaron on the main plate, I said “I’ll have that” and immediately I got a second plate of desserts turn up, just for me, including a macaron. I was very impressed with the way they dealt with this – on a par with Disney.
It was around this time that we passed the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It’s undergoing a major restoration and my goodness, it shows. It’s so sad to see it like this, but it should be worth it in the end…
Then we started to make our way back down the Thames…
Charing Cross station
The Corinthia Hotel
Cleopatra’s Needle with government buildings behind
Coming back up to Waterloo Bridge
Seeing some of the city skyline – the “Walkie Talkie” building is to the right of the shot
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The Walkie Talkie building again with the Monument in front (gold top)
The Monument (with a plane photo bombing it
A British Airways plane overhead
The Walkie Talkie
The Gherkin to the right of the shot – yes, we love our funny names for our buildings over here!
That was some setup on your table for the tea and quite an assortment of everything. Glad it was all so good and scoring with the extra desserts! More great views along the Thames and love the nicknames for some of the buildings!
October 6, 2017-Enjoying an amazing dinner at Victoria & Albert's with PP's Dot and Drew
My TR from my most recent trip is now underway. Includes: Universal Studios Florida, Disney World and Sea World Orlando Trifecta TR -Updated December 10th! TR is now COMPLETED!
Saturday 14 July – part thirteen: a pretty impressive sight
You re-join us on our afternoon tea cruise along the River Thames. We’d just passed the Tower of London and, for any of you who know London at all, you’ll know that’s very close to something else called Tower – Tower Bridge. It turned out that we’d be going underneath it, but for those of who read my trip report from our June visit to London, don’t get too excited. The bridge didn’t need to go up for us, so sadly it wasn’t that dramatic.
The Walkie Talkie in shot again!
The BT Tower behind Tower Bridge
We think this was something to do with the police, but we’re not sure
This little thing tooted its horn at us as it passed and let off steam, but sadly I wasn’t quite quick enough to catch it…
Now all this time, as well as me taking photos, we’d been enjoying our afternoon tea. It really was excellent, both in terms of the quality of the food and the selection. This cruise came with very good reviews and now I can see why. We both said we’d happily do this again.
All the time we’d been cruising down the river since Tower Bridge, part of me had been wondering why. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery was nice enough, but nothing spectacular. All of the major sights are located further up the river. I assumed they were just killing time and ensuring we had enough time to have a leisurely afternoon tea, but eventually I spotted this and realised why they’d brought us down this far. It was for this view of the development out at Canary Wharf and it was a pretty impressive sight.