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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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An Animal Kingdom State of Being with Cam and Fam COMPLETED 9/18
Saturday, June 4
Wide awake at 6:00 AM, I realized it was totally useless to roll over and sleep until the 8:00 AM alarm. Instead I quietly got up and went to the living room to check e-mail, Facebook, and the boards. I also downloaded two books to my NookColor for vacation reading: The Help and 9th Judgment. By 7:00 AM, Stefanie had joined me in wakefulness, but she was watching TV in her room. At 7:30 I felt rumblings in my tummy and fixed a bowl of cereal for breakfast to eat while catching up on the week’s papers. Luke woke up shortly afterwards. At our original alarm time, Stefanie was already in the bathtub and then I started getting ready while simultaneously finishing the packing. By 9:50, timers are set, suitcase are all packed and weighed, and hauled to the Edge.
Promptly at 10:00, Stefanie climbed in and began opening her goodie bag. But she’d forgotten to pack any movies for the car travel, so I ran inside for some. We were pulling out of the garage by 10:10 with me driving first.
Barely out of Daviess County, Stefanie announced that she already needs a potty break. Luke posted on Facebook, “Stef’s out of the county and she’s about to explode. Literally!” Our first restroom break was in Hartford at the McDonald’s where a few grumpy and rude folks were congregating for lunch. But we were smiling because we were going to WDW. I did capture a picture of our first wildlife sighting: a big green moth.
Soon we were back on Natcher Parkway heading south. Just past Bowling Green, Stefanie announced that she needed another potty break and I’m ready to switch with Luke. We stopped at Franklin, Kentucky for another restroom break and hopefully, to find some Imodium (but no such luck). We were running ahead of schedule and felt we could stop at the Disney Warehouse Outlet at Springfield, Tennessee, exit 108 (in case anyone is ever in the area and wants to do a bit of Disney shopping). I can’t remember (and didn’t write it down), but right before parking at the Outlet, Stefanie told me, “I’m not going to break your boney butt.” Loads of laughter all around! Inside the Outlet, Stefanie and I both found Tarzan, Broadway musical, t-shirts and I also found a cute Minnie tee, but that was it.
Back in the Edge, Luke set the GPS for the Nashville airport. One little oops, as we should have programmed it for our parking service instead. By 1:20 we had made it to Executive Travel and Parking.
Great start! So happy to read about your WDW trip before we leave for ours! Can't wait to hear all about it. Your pre TR was amazing and helped me prepare for ours. Thanks! DS bought the Veness book for his Iphone so he will have it in the parks. Looking forward to hearing about your vacation.