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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.

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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.

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Old 07-25-2008, 12:32 PM   #31
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I don't know but i am excited to find out!
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I WILL BE THERE OCT 6TH. I CAN'T WAIT!
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I hope that they are going to build a new park. and maby they are going to add a new ride to the magic kingdom.
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Can`t wait to find out what it is either.....Im sooo excited to know that something new is going to be added ....(whatever it is ).....
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Dave's comments got me thinking about how sometimes Disney has parties onsite to promote new movies, etc. HSM is scheduled to be released in theatres Oct 24th - could it be a screening party??
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Dave's comments got me thinking about how sometimes Disney has parties onsite to promote new movies, etc. HSM is scheduled to be released in theatres Oct 24th - could it be a screening party??
hmmm...that would be interesting.
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Interesting, but there's not really a suitable theater at MK. They have done movie events at DCA's Hyperion Theater, but that seats at least a couple of thousand, in proper movie theater style. Also, the timing (nearly three weeks prior to opening) doesn't see quite right.
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Disney China, not that exciting to me personally as I would never go anyway...Anything else, I say bring it on!!
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I've read (don't remember where though") that the October announcement is for the DVC at the Contemporary. I think we've all suspected that was what was going on with all that building anyway.
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I read the following quote at Walt Disney World Park Update (Walt Disney World Park Update) by Mark Goldhaber :

"…We reported a couple of weeks ago that the October 3 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party had been cancelled. At the time, there were many rumors floating that it meant that there would be a fall press event at Walt Disney World. We've since heard a different rumor as to the possible reason for the cancellation. Some cast members are letting slip that the park will be closed that Friday night for Miley Cyrus' Sweet 16 party. Of course, both of these stories are rumors, so we'll have to wait to see if one or the other gets any confirmation."

Who knows? Disney sure knows how to get us all talking, though!
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Wow, to have the whole park to yourself and your friends to celebrate your sweet 16?? I think I had my best friends over for a slumber party.
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