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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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Old 03-21-2006, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hello my fellow PassPorters!!

My name is Marie, and I am so happy to be one of your co-guides for WDW: Staying in Style and Going Behind the Scenes, as well as the Backyard.

I am happily married to the man who started my Disney addiction, my wonderful husband John, and have been for almost 25 years. We have 3 beautiful daughters - Amanda (21), Jennie (19) and Sarah (13) - who most of you have seen in many pictures over the years in this community. We live in the White Mountains of NH, and are very involved in all aspects of our community.

I am a special education teacher and have just started teaching 4 sessions of preschool (2 groups each of 3 year olds and 4 year olds). It's a big switch from the self-contained classroom for emotionally handicapped children that I had taught in for the last five years. I've come a long way from my original career path as an accountant - but I just love to teach! I am also attending graduate school part time to complete my master's degree. My husband John works as an engineer at a wood-fired power plant here in town, but his first love is emergency services - he is a volunteer firefighter, EMT-I, and part-time police sergeant, as well as being a nationally certified instructor for all of those disciplines!
I have been addicted to Disney ever since my first trip in 1986, on our honeymoon. We stayed at the Contemporary, in a Magic Kingdom view Tower room, (The only other hotels were the Polynesian and the Golf Resort at that time!). Thus my screen name - CRCrazy! We did take a long time off - but when we returned with our girls - we did so with a vengeance! Since we are a family of five - I've got extensive experience with the deluxes (BIG ROOMS!), and I've stayed at both the All-Stars and Pop Century several times each on trips with fewer members of the family. Now that my older two girls are grown - we've finally done a family trip to WDW with only 4, so I finally stayed at my first moderate resort in December of 2008. Port Orleans French Quarter was our first moderate stay - and I fell in love with this resort!

While I don't have many photos of me - I'm usually behind the camera - here's a shot of my youngest daughter Sarah and I with Sorceror Mickey scanned from a Photopass shot from Mousefest 2005.

I also love to travel - and go to PassPorter Meets! I've met Passporters in Boston, Connecticut, and even Philadelphia and Allentown PA, as well as at WDW itself. I'm really excited to have been privileged to meet so many Disney fans, and have made some good friends along the way.
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