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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Monday 4 May – part six: “have we entered some private recital?”
We headed back into the cloisters, taking in all the detail in here.
We made our way back out of the same open door we’d walked in through, as we’d seen an open door into cathedral, and assumed that was the entrance.
In we went, and the organ was playing “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles, which was a bit surreal. It finished a moment after we entered, and the organist rightly got a massive round of applause, but I must admit I was thinking “have we entered some private recital?” Thankfully, we hadn’t, and that seemed to be the end of it. Now whether it was a practice, I have no idea, as when we walked around, there weren’t actually that many people in there.
We headed first to the back of the cathedral, which seemed to be very traditional in design. Remember this for later…
This however was a bit unusual. You sort of looked up and were like
We came across this piece of artwork, which I have to say didn’t do much for me. I found it all a bit weird and slightly freaky.
Then we entered the front half of the cathedral, and to me, this was where things became a lot more modern. I don’t mean the building itself, I mean what was inside it. See what I mean from these photos…
We had a quick browse in the shop, then we made our way back into the cloisters, which gave us an opportunity to take in more of the detail in here.
It's beautiful inside. Well, except for the "modern" pieces. I'm sure they're beautiful too - to somebody. Seems kind of out of place though. The ceiling of the cloisters and the church itself are amazing. Love those old ones like that!
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Hmmmm, can't say I love it any more from the description....
Guess I'm a bit of a purist, and think there should be a more Biblical purpose to art inside a cathedral?
I am not religious in any way at all, but I have to say I agree with you, otherwise you could surely just put anything inside a church (or other religious building for that matter) and that's a slippery slope...
Monday 4 May – part seven: a taste of Japanese in Norwich
We headed back out through the door we’d originally come in through, and made our way towards the back of the cathedral, assuming we could walk all the way around it, but we couldn’t. Ok, time to retrace our steps then…
We made our way back across the village green we’d walked past earlier, as that was the only way we could see to get to the front of the cathedral, and thankfully this time our plan worked.
We found some stunning tulips here – they’re my favourite spring flower.
Obviously this is the way we were supposed to enter but as far as I know, they don’t charge for entry, so as I said to Mark, it was probably just a case of we missed some visitor information along the way somewhere…
We headed out of the cathedral precincts, and were immediately greeted with this…
There was certainly plenty to see here. However, our next priority was lunch, and I’d already identified a Japanese restaurant called Shiki that I knew was near the cathedral, and thanks to Google Maps (what did we do without these apps? ) we found it easily enough. They asked if we wanted to sit outside, at the bar or on a sharing table, and we took the latter option. It was only a table for four, and a couple did sit down with us, but the table was more than big enough that really it didn’t feel like you were sharing.
It was a very expansive menu, and although we were tempted by the sushi lovers platter to share at £30 ($45) for the two of us, eventually we found the lunchtime bento boxes towards the end of the menu, which seemed to be very good value, so we both went for those. With these, you decide what combination of items you want in it – I went for salmon teriyaki and sushi…
… while Mark went for the chicken katsu and the vegetable sushi option…
With it, we also got miso soup, which was excellent…
… and we both opted to get California temaki, or hand rolls, as they’re more usually known. This came with avocado, cucumber, crabstick, homemade omelette, mayonnaise, and flying fish roe topping.
I have to say everything I had was excellent. I knew this place was well rated on TripAdvisor and I could see why. We also got here just at the right time, as it filled up after we arrived, and eventually the only seating left was outside. It’s certainly a popular place and I can understand that.
We were quickly done with our meal, and I was just comfortably full, so we didn’t bother with dessert, and instead paid the bill, which only came to £33 ($50), which I thought was really good value, given what we’d had here.
Appetiser 8½ 8½
Entrée 9 8½
Service 8 8
Atmosphere 8½ 8½
Value for money 9 8½