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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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've been having internet issues all week and yesterday was the worst. I had your trip report open and then the internet went down.
Well, at least it's not been like over here. One of our major cell phone providers had a massive failure and, for 32 million people, they could only make calls. No texts, no Internet for almost 24 hours. Luckily, I'm with another provider.
But I'm on right now and love all the photos you got of the ship without crowds.
Friday 14 September – part six: Mark becomes a mixologist!
The final drink (sadly we weren’t on drink two… if only!) was a B52, made up of Grand Marnier, Baileys and something else neither of us can remember as we’d had four drinks by this point! (footnote: thankfully I could work it out from a photo – it was Kahlua ) Anyway, it looked very impressive…
We learnt that to create a drink like this, you need to work out which is the heaviest liquor, as that needs to be poured first. It sounds obvious when you say it, but I’m not sure it’s something I’d have thought of, had Denton not said it….
Now by this point, I do need to point out that Mark was writing this message on his new phone…
Denton asked for two volunteers at this point in proceedings and, for some reason, Mark’s arm appeared to shoot up. I’m not sure what possessed him, given the amount of alcohol he’d had, but he was chosen and the next thing he knew he was up with Denton, attempting to recreate a B52. A woman was chosen as well and he said she could go first. Now you might think Mark was being chivalrous and he was partly… but he was also waiting to see what she did, as some of the watching audience worked out pretty quickly! Smart…
Look at the concentration on his face!
Of course, if someone was going to make a mistake, it was always going to be my husband… but the shame was that he got the mistake to drink. Oh what a sadness that was for him… not! In his defence, the bottle was running out (yes, I know, he probably put far too much in! ) and Denton did acknowledge that. In fairness, it didn’t quite look right…
With that, we were done and I have to say this was such a good and fun experience. I’m so glad I finally got to do a mixology class, after many cruises of missing out on them. It does sound like they’re more fun on the Dream and Fantasy, as there you get to go behind the bar to mix them for yourself, but on the older ships, to do that, you’d have to go backstage, which of course really wouldn’t work so well for Disney…
We sat there chatting for a while to the two women opposite us and a couple from Canada, who they’d met on a previous cruise. They were telling us about their blind daughter, who sounded absolutely amazing.
By the time we left, we had the place to ourselves…
Eventually, we crawled our way back to the room, just feeling the effects of the mixology a little bit…
From our TV screens, it looked as if land wouldn’t be that far off and, you never know, if the weather continues to be so beautiful, we might even see some tomorrow!
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That looked like a good drinks as Bailey's and Grand Marnier are probably my two favorite cordials and I'd add Kahlua to it as well. I'm sure I'd love this drink! With the amount of alcohol in these drinks, it only takes a few to really feel the effects. Once the two of you got back to the room, I give you ten minutes until you were out for the count!
Mark's message during the class was too funny! Not just the message itself but if he had hit "Send" and to who was the recipient of it?
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!
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