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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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How To Post Your Trip Report (Tips, Guidelines, and Photos)
So you want to share your adventure with the world?
GREAT! We'd all love to read your trip report and glean tips and tricks from it. Here are some helpful tips and guidelines to keep in mind while writing/posting your trip report at PassPorter.com
1. Write Offline. Write your trip report in Microsoft Word, WordPad, SimpleText, or any other text editor. Do not compose it in the message box of this message board. Why? Because if you lose your connection suddenly, or there's a posting problem, you'll lose all your hard work! Write it, save it, then post it.
2. Stick to One Topic. Please keep your trip report to just one topic (thread) -- you can post additional days of your trip as replies to the topic. If you make a new topic for each day, the sequence of days will get scattered throughout the board and it will be hard for people to follow your trip report. Please note that if you create more than one topic for a single trip report, you may be contacted by the Message Board Guide and asked to repost your report into a single topic.
3. Choose a Good Name. Give your trip report a good subject -- include the dates, where you stayed, and (optionally) a distinctive title. Here are some examples:
- October 18-27, 1999 (BoardWalk/Disney Cruise/Wilderness Lodge)
- Jan. 20-23, 2001 (Disney Institute) - Jennifer's Dad & Chad Trip Report
- Our Inaugural W. Caribbean Cruise: 5/10-5/21
4. Provide Introductions. Include an introduction at the start of your trip report with the following information:
- Our Party (who went, ages, experience)
- Our Journey (departure date, return date, method of travel)
- Our Cruise (if you went on a cruise, indicate the number of nights and if it was a special cruise)
- Our Lodging/Stateroom (where you stayed, special requests)
- Our Special Plans (special things you planned to do or that happened during your trip -- the highlights)
5. Picture It! Include photos of your trip, if you have them. It makes the trip report more interesting and informative. Please note that images in the body of a post cannot exceed 640x480 pixels EACH. Additionally, you are limited to five (5) images per post if they are uploaded directly to the boards. If you are linking images from an outside site, there is no limit to the number of images in a post. There is no limit to how many posts can be in a thread. If you need help resizing pictures, please post your need/question in the Garage Forum. There is also a sticky thread at the top of this forum to help guide you along.
6. Keep Days Together. Post new days of your trip report as replies to your introduction post. Type the date and day at the top of the reply to make it easy for folks to follow your report. Your readers will want to know what day you did things on whenever possible.
7. Spotlight the Good Stuff. Highlight your hints and tips throughout your report. You can also include a Trip Highlight section at the end of your report with your best experiences and tips for other vacationers.
8. Update the Title. If you post your trip report over a span of time rather than all at once, let folks know your trip report is updated or completed. You may request that your report's topic (thread) title be modified by requesting help from a forum Guide (see details here).
Originally Posted by statelady01 Helpful Hints for Writing a Trip Report
Writing a trip report is not as hard as it might seem. Here are some guidelines to help you whether you are a first time or old pro author!
Suggestions on keeping notes and remembering the details:
Use the Passpockets and jot down special things each night.
Use your camera or pictures as a guide to take you through the day’s events.
Save receipts – most are time-stamped and are helpful for remembering the day.
Watch your video if you shot footage that day.
Bring a blank journal or notebook along- jot notes poolside or whenever you have some down time.
When writing your trip report and posting it here on Passporter:
Don’t type your report in all caps- it makes it pretty tough to read.
Use paragraphs as much as possible so that your trip report installment is not run on- this also can make it hard for others to read.
Post your report and subsequent installments as replies to your original post. If your trip report reaches 200 or more replies, then it is acceptable to begin a new thread - but for new readers, be sure to provide a link for the original thread so they can read in order, if they wish.
Photos are welcome and certainly add a lot of “magic” to any trip report. Use the guidelines for photos.
Sometimes folks may ask questions in response to an installment-it’s a good idea to read responses to your report so you can answer them.
Please feel free to PM any of our Sharing the Adventure Guides if you need any help or if you have tips to add to our list.