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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!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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My name is Cheryl and I live in Maidstone in the county (state) of Kent with my husband Mark.

Maidstone is in the south eastern corner of the UK and only 40 minutes away from London. With the Channel Tunnel, we’re also only two hours away from Paris and three hours from Brussels, which is great for us, as we both love travelling. Since we got married in November 1999, we’ve travelled extensively in Europe, taking in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, huge parts of France, Spain and Switzerland, Brussels in Belgium, Berlin and Dresden in Germany, Amsterdam in Holland, Dublin in Ireland, Oslo in Norway, Stockholm in Sweden and Helsinki in Finland, just to name a few places!

Living in the UK means I don’t get to travel to Disney as often as I’d like, but something I'm very keen on is telling everyone over on this side of the pond how wonderful Walt Disney World is. That's why I'm delighted to be the author of PassPorter's Walt Disney World for British Holidaymakers, which contains everything you could want to know about heading to the "World" from the UK.

Because it’s a nine hour flight to Orlando for us, when we do go, it tends to be for a minimum of two weeks at a time, which allows us to fully explore all the parks and enjoy Disney’s many wonderful restaurants. To me, the huge variety of places to eat is one of the best things about Disney World, which is why I'm delighted to be one of the guides of the Eateries forum. What a great excuse to eat my way around the World!

I first traveled to Disney World in 1981 as an eight year old with my parents and even then I was hooked. My parents then took me back six years later and we also visited Disneyland in California. I wanted to stay on property as a kid, so Disney World was the natural choice for our honeymoon and we’ve been going back every year or so ever since, with the trips to Disneyland in California whenever we can and some of America's great cities, such as Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City and Charleston thrown in! We also love visiting America's national parks and have experienced the beauty of as varied places as Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and Yosemite and we hope to visit many more in the future.

With the many travels we've made around the States and Europe and also extensive visits around the United Kingdom and especially to London, I'm also delighted to be a guide for the Globetrotting and Globetrotting Trip Reports forums. Add in a few visits over the Channel to the Disneyland Paris Resort and hopefully I'll be able to help with your questions about that destinations as one of the guides of that forum. I also love reading other people's trip reports and encouraging people to try out the West Coast as well as the East Coast, so I'm really pleased to be a guide in the Disneyland Trip Reports forum.

As we love Disney so much – and in particular the Beach Club – we became DVC members in December 2002 with our home resort as the Beach Club Villas. Since then we've added points three times at Saratoga Springs and twice at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas, as the points we bought originally weren't enough for all the trips we kept taking! Buying into the DVC was one of the best decisions we’ve made and as one of your guides to the DVC forum and the co-author of PassPorter's Disney Vacation Club Guide, I hope I’ll be able to help with any questions about being a member of the DVC.

Oh - and one other thing I should probably mention here ... part of the Disney magic for me is one of Pooh's friends, a certain donkey named Eeyore, as you can see here in this birthday photo at the Crystal Palace:



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