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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Just catching up with your report. Love the pics!! We've been so busy moving across the country and back over the past few years that our international travels have suffered. Hope we can get back to doing that. Thanks for letting us travel with you vicariously. And, yes, I get a nervous twitch if I'm away from the computer for long. So writing a trip report on vacation sounds like a great idea.
I don't know how I missed the start of this report....I was going to comment you on what a great sig picture of you and Mark and then wondered "when did they go to Spain - she did not mention a trip to Spain" and then I saw the TR....
What a great way to spend a week and some quality time with Mark's parents....I have often though of how much I would love a home either in the South of Spain or Portugal...
Sounds like except for the fact that no one wanted to let you eat before you left England the trip was pretty great....
Your pictures from the plane were amazing....what beautiful landscaping. The villa is so quaint and I love the colorations - everything is so bright and cheery. The town looks very comforatable as well with that Old World Charm....
Monday 15 September – part one: a touch of Russia in Spain
Perhaps, bearing in mind, what a long day we had had the day before, it’s no surprise that we had a good night’s sleep. Ten and a half hours later and we finally surfaced. How nice not to have to get up early to do anything – a very pleasant change. Even when we’re at Disney, there’s usually an early wake up call for something or other!
I headed down to the local supermarket with Dave quite early on to get some breakfast cereal and a newspaper and it was a pleasant enough walk down there – probably the best part of a mile each way, although the hill on the way back was a bit of a challenge!
After breakfast, we headed out to the mountain town of Guadalest, which I’d seen in the guidebooks and had asked to see. I felt a bit sorry for Mark’s parents, as it turned out it was about their third or fourth time taking people there and it’s not a pleasant drive on some very windy roads. We drove through the coastal resort of Calpe first, perhaps best known for the huge rock just off the coast – the Penyon d’Ifach, which can be seen for miles round. It’s a much more built up town than Moraira, a lot more office blocks, apartments and hotels. Whereas, in Moraira, they have a limit of four storeys for any buildings, that doesn’t exist in Calpe and the difference is amazing, as it’s totally dominated by high rise buildings. It’s a great shame that more towns don’t introduce the same restrictions that Moraira has to try and retain their natural beauty.
Not far outside of Calpe, Mark’s parents asked if we liked churches and, as I love their architecture, I immediately said yes. They then stopped to show us a beautiful church, which turned out to be Russian Orthodox. We suspected it was, as it was very similar to the one we’d seen in Helsinki, but I confirmed it with the Spanish explanation outside. It’s amazing how many nationalities have obviously come here and it was just an eye opener to see a church like that over here. It’s not what I expected at all. :
As we drove, we were staggered to see all the fruits in production, although really it was out of season now. We were told that it was a big area for apricots and oranges in particular. The netting over the crops helps to protect them from the winds, but my goodness, it’s certainly a blot on the landscape.
We stopped on the way, so I could get some photos of the beautiful landscape we were passing through:
Before we knew it, we were getting our first glimpses of Guadelest in the distance, perched on top of a mountain and it looked stunning.
Soon we were there and we left Barb to explore the shops, while the three of us headed up to the summit. The walk up really wasn’t as bad as I though it would be. A lot of it was fairly gentle slopes and we were stopping all the time to get photos, so we got regular breaks!
We literally went through a short tunnel and out we came into the village. It very much reminded us of Eze, another mountaintop village that we’d visited on the Mediterranean cruise last year when we also went to Monaco and Monte Carlo. There were some lovely shops and a beautiful small church.