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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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More great shots from Norwich! Your lunch looks delish! Sorry about not being able to find a mooring near your dinner reservation! Kudos to Mark for going down that narrow broad and then mooring it by himself!
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Now earlier Mark said that he thought he’d heard mooing come from a field nearby, so when we got off the boat, he headed out in search of cows, while I disposed of some of our rubbish, and he found… Highland coos! Oh my goodness, they were so cute!
As we stood there watching them, me through the viewfinder of my camera on 50 times zoom, the farmer showed up on his quad bike, and I was fascinated to see the interaction with them.
Eventually, we had to tear ourselves away from them and head over to enjoy dinner for the night here…
When we walked in, it was a case of “sit anywhere you like” in the nicest possible way – it certainly wasn’t busy in here. By the way, I had earlier called the original restaurant we’d booked at to let them know that we wouldn’t be coming due to a lack of mooring. She sounded really surprised, so I guess we really were out of luck.
Looking at our boat from the window by our table
Mark was happy, as they were showing the tail end of the under 21s game involving Liverpool, who are his team, although I was very glad it was just about over, as otherwise I knew that I wouldn’t have any attention from him all night!
For appetiser, I decided to go for the New Inn prawn medley, cray fish tails, rockette, tomato salsa, bloody Mary seafood sauce, and bread, and look at what turned up!
While the presentation was amazing, I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with the dish itself, but that was more to do with the fact that it was too spicy for my taste.
Mark had the half rack of BBQ pork ribs (yes, it is get at Piglet weekend ) with coleslaw and skinny fries.
For entrée, I decided to get an appetiser sized version of the entrée of homemade salmon and haddock Thai scented fishcakes with salad, sweet potato chips (in fairness, what sold it to me, as I love sweet potato chips) and lemon crème fraiche. I was glad I only got an appetizer sized portion, as it was just the right size for me, but like the appetizer, it was also a bit on the spicy side, so I was glad I had the lemon crème fraiche to take the edge off it. The sweet potato chips were superb, and well worth getting the fish just for those.
Mark got the 8oz sirloin with vine tomatoes, field mushrooms, garden peas and chunky chips. I did ask him how he could do that, given the Highland coos we’d been to see just before dinner.
I’d also deliberately got an appetizer portion for entrée, so that I’d have enough room for dessert, as I’d had my eye on the chocolate profiterole gateau with strawberry sauce and chocolate ice cream. While this was very nice, in the nicest possible way, I could tell that this was something that they’d brought in, rather than made. I’m glad they had some fresh strawberries with it, as they helped to take away from the richness of the dish.
Mark went for the salted caramel cheesecake, with raspberry sauce and fresh local strawberries.
We had some good service, but then again, until quite late in our meal, we were about the only ones eating, so you’d expect no less. The bill came to £52 for the two of us – are you seeing a pattern here? I told you that £50 was about the average for dinner out these days…
Appetiser 7½ 8
Entrée 8½ 9
Dessert 8 9
Service 8 9
Atmosphere 8 8½
Value for money 8½ 8½
Average score: 8.38
I left Mark to settle up the check, as I wanted to pop over and see my Highland coos again, and wish them good night. They all seemed safe and sound, so I was able to head back to the boat safe in that knowledge.
Mark was just coming out of the pub as I walked past, which is what I call good timing. My goodness, the water level had already dropped considerably in the short time since we’d left the boat, and it was now quite the step down – not easy after having consumed a bottle of wine between us earlier in the evening on board the boat.
We spent the next couple of hours listening to music, before hitting the sack, ready for an early start the next morning, when we’d be returning the boat to the boatyard.
The weather today was dry and sunny with some cloud and temperatures in the low 60s. The best thing today was visiting Norwich Cathedral. The worst thing today was not being able to find mooring at Brammerton, where we’d planned to have dinner. Today we tried visiting Norwich And the result was it’s a lovely city and I’m so glad we finally got to visit it. The most magical moment today was seeing the Highland coos.