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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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I suggest trying for Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian. It's a very relaxing and fun experience whether or not you like tea. Other beverages are available.
There are several fixed price teas from which to choose, some for two with or without alcohol. Those are somewhat pricey at around $150-$175 and will leave you stuffed.
There are also some more modest teas for one person that are more reasonably priced. I think the ones we ordered were $29.95 each.
We had cheeses and fruit, finger sandwiches and then a choice of strawberries and cream, English trifle or three pastries to finish with a pot of tea for each.
If staying in a Disney resort, be sure to mention at check-in that you're celebrating her birthday. She'll get a button with her first name on it, and you can get an "I'm Celebrating" one for yourself. The CM will write nicely on it "My daughter's birthday."
She should wear her button while out and about as CM's who see it are supposed to wish the wearer a happy birthday. Also, she may get free treats at some restaurants.
Crystal Palace is especially fun. I love the birthday card I was given, signed by Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
Thank you it isn't till September 2017 but we have never been before and she has autism so i'm trying to make this trip so special for her as she loves everything disney.
We are staying at the carribean beach resort for 14 nights and have a 14 day park pass, i was going to take her to universal but she only likes the simpsons not Harry Potter or that so it would be alot of money just for the simpsons.
I was going to order her a cake if that was possible and thank you for mentioned the birthday badge as i never knew about that.
I think she would love the signed birthday card at Crystal palace so that might be her birthday breakfast treat.
On holiday she loves anything to do with animals, i know she will love the parades and i've read somewhere about a halloween party which she would love to attend too.
Like i said she isn't as mature as most people her age group and has way to many disney movies so this is my treat for her birthday to take her to walt disney world.
That sounds wonderful! What a wonderful, very very long trip! That's a dream for me!!!! It sounds like she might really enjoy character meals. If she is a Princess fan, I would spring for Cinderella's Table. I haven't done it, but the reviews are good. It's expensive, but I think it could really make her trip to eat in the castle. The reservations can be tough to get, but you could assign a travel agent? or get lots of help here.
I'll keep thinking of other ideas too, but if she is a huge Disney movie fan, I think Character meets might be just the thing to make her trip really special.
CP is our favorite character meal buffet. Great character interaction and better food than at most other character meals, I think.
Besides, CP is such a cheery place to start your day with its light, bright interior.
If you can drag out of bed early and can get an 8:00 ADR, do that. The CM's there do a very cute little welcome chant to open the restaurant, but you must be there by 8:00, because they do this little opening ceremony at 8:00 on the dot.
And, there's a little garden plot across from the entrance where Mary Poppins may be once you've finished eating. We've had some very fun meets with her there.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh