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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Hello everyone! My name is Terri and I am so excited to be a guide in the “Globetrotting”, "Central Florida" and "Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports" forums on the PassPorter Boards after being an active member since April 2003 (My how time flies . It is so easy when you are having fun!!!). According to my mother – my first trip to Walt Disney World at the age of 5 years old in 1975 was a bribe to get me to agree to move to Florida. I told my parents (who were active duty military at the time) that I did not want to live in a state with alligators that could eat little girls (courtesy of a story told to me by one of my Dad’s friends…) my mother also told me that Florida was where Mickey Mouse lived. So – we went in January 1976. I made 4 or 5 more trips prior to 2000, and have to admit – I was not hooked. I ran my first marathon in October 2000 – and had registered for my first Disney marathon before I had finished my first race. I ran the marathon at Disney and was in love with Disney races. I started with the saying that “I come to Disney to run races” which eventually evolved into “I run races to come to Disney”. After that – I was hooked. I had fallen in with Disney.
I moved to Florida in November 2001 for a job transfer, and have been to Disney World more than 35 times since then (43 lifetime total and counting), as well as five Disney cruises (with two more booked!), two trips to Disneyland and I became a Disney Vacation Club member in 2007. I love to spend 3-4 day weekends at WDW and meet up with PassPorters. I’ve met some wonderful people on these boards who are some of my closest friends. I have to thank the boards for bringing those people into my lives.
Traveling is one of my passions and that is a good thing since in addition to personal travel, I also travel a fair amount for work. I visit my parents in New Mexico at least once a year, and try to spend at least one holiday with my niece and nephew in Oregon – who I love to spoil rotten (benefits of being an aunt!!!). In addition to NM and OR I like to travel to places around the US and the world that are rich in history and like to travel for genealogy research as well. I was raised for part of my childhood in northern Europe, took the 2007 Disney Mediterranean cruise, as well as transiting the Panama Canal on the Disney Magic in 2008 .
I am married wonderful man and we just completed a Disney transAtlantic cruise in April 2010 (he is learning to love Disney as much as I do - or at least fake it!). I have been a marine biologist with the Federal government since 1994; as well as teaching at a couple of local universities. I really enjoy “both” of these jobs. I have been able to travel a great deal for work, helping to develop important infrastructure projects for the nation’s economy in the most environmentally friendly manner possible, and teach adults that are coming back to school to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. I am really enjoying teaching Introduction to Environmental Science (and may be adding other environmentally based classes soon) to the adults - they are extremely engaging and are aware of some of the things that are going on around them.
I look forward to seeing you around the boards!!! Swing by my forums and say Hi!!!