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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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 am so sorry about missing the QotD yesterday! It has been a couple of crazy days here for us!
Our son and daughter in law had their 4th baby on Thursday. We had the other grandkids while they were at the hospital. Their schedule is a bit crazy - with taking one to school, one to pre-school, picking up from pre-school, picking up from school and napping the 2 year old in the middle - doing their laundry, dishes, and in the craziness of it all - they were having 2 rooms painted! Soccer practice also happened......and of course we had to take them to the hospital to see their new baby brother! . Yep - it has been a bit of a schedule change for us the past few days!
So - today's QotD:
How much sleep do you get at night?
Do you sleep all the way through the night or are you up or awake during the night?
I LOVE my sleep. I always make sure I get at least 8 hours. I never get up during the night. I know what you mean by carting kids to school. I do it all the time. Youngest granddaughter is in preschool and goes in the morning. Middle granddaughter is pre-K and goes in the afternoon and gets out with her older sister who is in 2nd grade. Congrats on the new grand baby!
I try and get eight hours a night, as I need it with my chronic fatigue. Usually I sleep quite well (it helps that I have tablets to help me sleep, as well as deal with the pain from the chronic fatigue), but not always.
I get about 6.5 to 7 a night. I usually sleep through unless I've had too much to drink before bed (no, not alcohol) I try to remember to not drink anything for at least an hour before bed besides a small sip of water to take my meds. I do suffer from occasional insomnia, usually when I'm stressed.
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According to the clock, I get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I wake up, though, usually a couple of times. I won’t be awake long, but I do wake up enough to check the time and occasionally use the bathroom.
I am a night owl and function decently on 5 hours of sleep. Now that JB is in Kindergarten and I have to get him up and to school in a timely fashion, I seem to require a bit more sleep to be a happy functioning mom. Now I go to my bed bw 1230 & 1 am usually and up at 620-645. I never fall asleep before a few pages of a book, plus there is checking & recovering JB, cat & dog bedtime snacks...it is a crazy bedtime routine. I also get up at least once a night to potty and check on my little Angel.
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I normally get to 7-8 hours of sleep...I usually try to get to bed at 10pm but fall asleep by 10:30pm. I wake up most times around 2:30am to use the bathroom and fall back to sleep until 7-7:30am. If I sleep too long, my back starts to hurt.
Kate in PA All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney