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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Nice lunch dining at BOG! I'm hoping to get a FP+ for this for our October trip. I actually really enjoy the riverboat, but sometimes the timing is just off to fit it into a trip. I like your pictures from it. I Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, and the ornament you got is like one I bought for a friend a while back.
The wait time wasn't too long, but then again, it was February and the crowds are lower. We really liked it! The food was a cut above the usual CS selection. We like the riverboat ride, but rarely make time for it.
Originally Posted by Colexis Mom
Great pictures from MK! Sorry about the rain!
It's funny how rain in Disney isn't all that bad. But later that night, the fog was another story.....
Originally Posted by mojjo
Love the ornament!!!
We try to get at least one ornament from each trip.
Originally Posted by KMB733
Sounds like you enjoyed MK even with the rain!
MK is a great first day....even in the rain!
Originally Posted by disneydreamer33
BOG looks so amazing and food looked great! I am still trying for a FP for lunch.
We returned to the front desk and the CM told us that we had gotten another upgrade. We had chosen a preferred room when we booked, which we got, but we also got a better location. I had hoped to get Fantasia or Toy Story section and we got Fantasia section 5 room #5818. Awesome! Our room was minutes from the pool, food court, laundry, and buses.....plus, we had a king size bed.
Even before we had stayed at All Stars, I had decided we were just giving it a try and probably would go back to a moderate next time. But as soon as we saw our room, and walked around the resort, we both agreed......we loved this resort! As the week went on, we both decided that we would return to ASMovies again next year!
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Magic Kingdom was open until 1 a.m., so we decided not to go back out until it was time to go to dinner. We had ADR's at Kona, so we took the monorail over to the Polynesian and only had to wait a few minutes before we were seated.
Seared Tuna....Peter's favorite appetizer. We paid OOP for that.
We both got the NY Strip and the fondue for dessert.......it was just as good as I remembered!
After dinner, we went back to MK. It was a little foggy, but at least the rain had stopped. We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirates of the Caribbean, then found a spot to watch Main Street Electrical Parade.
It started to rain again, but we pulled out the ponchos and headed over to the Castle to watch WISHES!!
It was so foggy that this was as much of the fireworks we could see.
We decided to call it a night after that, even though the park would be open a few more hours. Even with the rain, we still had a great day!!!