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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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Hi Everyone! As my screen name says my name is Marisa. I am EXTREMELY excited to be joining Amy, Sara and Dyan in the Disney Cruise Line Forum!! And of course just as excited to become a part of the PassPorter Boards team!!

I have been a huge Disney fan all my life! My parents first started taking me to Walt Disney World before I was old enough to remember going- (I have seen pictures though!) I have since made more trips to the Orlando area then I can count. I have been there a minimum of twice a year since I was 5- staying both on property and off. Now that there are so many resorts to choose from though, I can’t remember the last time I have not stayed on property. I was there on opening day for both Disney’s MGM Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I remember being there for the 15th Anniversary celebration of Epcot back when it was E.P.C.O.T. I have also been to Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line numerous times. Since becoming DVC members in 1998 I have been going even more. This past year I have been 5 times alone! Some of my trips have been short and some have been long but they have all been filled with the Magic of Disney and isn’t that what keeps us all going back?

I am 35 years old and have been married for over 9 years to my wonderful husband Tim. While Tim does not entirely share my love of Disney he does understand and support it. We are currently enjoying the happily married, no children lifestyle. I Love going to Disney with just adults but when I need my fill of kids at Disney I have my niece and plenty of friends kids to borrow to take with me.

My day job is a Human Resources Manager/ Bookkeeper at a Family Owned business. Although I am a Microbiologist by degree and would love to get back into that one day. My Favorite/ Fun job is that I am a Travel Agent. I absolutely love it and enjoy helping family, friends and even strangers plan their vacations both Disney and otherwise.

Speaking of traveling- I adore it!! I am recently back from one of my dream trips! I just spent two and a half weeks traveling through Australia and stopped in Fiji for four nights on the way back home. It was an Amazing trip!! I have also traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. I have been to Africa, Greece and South America. I have been very lucky!!

I bought my first PassPorter years ago and loved it. I have bought a new one every year since. I just came around to the forums within the past year but I love them too and I enjoy reading and posting everyday!
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My Previous TripsOKW Sept 2013, SSR June 2013, Dream Dec 2011, SSR June 2011, WL and Dream (x2) Jan 2011, Wonder Dec 2010, BLT Sept 2010, AKV Aug 2010, BLT May 2010, YC & BWI Nov 2009, AKV & Wonder Oct 2009, ASM June 2009, OKW Sept 2008, DLH Sept 2008, YC June 2008,Wonder & POR April 2008, Wonder & GF Dec 2007,BC Sept 2007, BWV July 2007, DLH & GC Feb 2007, AKL Oct 2006, POR and YC Aug 2006, SSR Jan 2006, WLV Sept 2005, BWV June 2005, POP and Disney Magic April 2005, OKW Dec 2004, CB Sept 2004, GF and Disney Magic May 2004, 1980-2003 Too Many Too List

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