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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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love the pics!! Your daughter is just too cute! Can you tell I wish I had a little girl? Nope I got me 2 boys and one who's hair is long enough to be a girl! HAHAHAHAHA
I wouldn't wanted to stand next to a funny man swimming under water with all that funny gear on either! LOL
Can't wait to hear about your lunch!
I guess to a small child a scuba diver is a pretty scary sight!!
Originally Posted by Colexis Mom
Another great update!
Originally Posted by chezp
Another great update!
Thanks for reading!
Originally Posted by lauriep
Beautiful photos. I bet you're right about the butterfly heading for the flowers on your DD's dress!
That's the only explanation I could think of. He wasn't interested in my solid colored shirt, that's for sure!!
Originally Posted by OCEANGRLLG
Great update! Your DD's dress is just too cute! Of course she is too
Thanks! Got it at Sam's for $7 (the dress that is) Gotta love that!
Originally Posted by islandgirl
Great update & beautiful photos!!!
Thanks, I love the architecture of New Orleans (both uptown and downtown)!
Originally Posted by jennie622
I'm with Abby, I'd freak out if a huge butterfly tried to land on me!!
Me too. He was big enough to be a small bird! LOL
Check out my Pre-Trip Report for our 9/18-9/23/12 trip here:
After leaving the acquarium, we walked along the river for a while and then headed into the French Quarter. Scott wanted to find a specific street artist. We found him two years ago and really thought he did a great job with DD's picture. When we decided we would be going back and spending a little time in the French Quarter, DH's first wish was to see if we could find him again and get him to sketch her again. I remembered that he was an Asian man and his wife and daughter were there that day with him. I guess I remembered this because the girls were about the same age. DH had taken a pic with his phone of the sketch just to have something to compare. We spotted someone who I thought looked like it could be him and when I went over to see some of his samples, I knew right then that it was him. His signature is so distinct (KEN). He was doing 2 young teenagers but I knew it wouldn't take him long. I got his attention and told him that we would be next and then we waited in the shade for him to finish with the guys.
Abby was a little nervous (more this time than last) but she did eventually sit on my lap and let him sketch her picture (with a small bribe of course--there was a cute little toy store across from where we were sitting). It took him about 15 minutes and it cost us $35 for the sketch and the mat. DH didn't think it looked like her but I thought it was pretty good. Everyone who saw it later that day was really impressed so I was happy with it! Here are a few pics of Ken and his work.
I will let you guys be the judge...
Oh and her choice in the toy store was a Pinocchio book! I knew I trained her well!
We were getting hungry and DH had already decided that he wanted to try to get some lunch at Central Grocery (they have really awesome food and usually a really long line, but we were willing to wait). As we walked toward our destination we saw a school marching band and lots of other interesting sights.
We made it there and realized that it was closed!!! DH was bummed since he really wanted to eat here and was willing to wait (something he never wanted to do in the past). So now we were standing in front of Central Grocery when DH says how about Coops. I say that is fine as long as its something to eat. So we walk to that place and there is a lovely white poster board on the door stating that you must be 21 to enter---even to eat! OK so now we needed another place. We were all getting really thirsty and hungry and so we walk a bit and DH says how about Margaritaville. I say that is fine. So after all of that and of all the places there are to eat in New Orleans we chose Margaritaville.
DH and I ordered the Cheeseburger in Paradise and DD ordered the corn dog with mac-n-cheese for her side. We assumed that this would be like any other burger at a chain restaurant but we were mistaken. They were sooooo good and let me tell you we both ate the whole darn thing!! From here we decided it was time to start walking back to our car. We walked right passed Cafe' du Monde and while I really wanted to stop in, the line was soooooo long and I was really full. So I guess that will have to be done on a future trip.
We walked through Jackson Square to watch some street performs. They were pretty good but it was getting hot and I had forgotten to put sunscreen on Abby and I so we didn't stay long.
As we walked back, we realized that we had not gotten to ride on a street car, so we stood and waited for one. We really didn't care where it took us, we just really wanted for Abby to have the experience. We got on and made two stops and then the driver says Ok folks that is the end of the line. You will either need to show you passes or pay another fair. DH and I are like what, you are kidding right? We just got on!! The guy was no help and so DH paid again (it wasn't much just $1.25 a person, I think-but still it was just silly). Next time we will do a little more research and plan this part of our trip a little better. What we really wanted to do was to go up and down St. Charles Street and see the old, beautiful homes there.
Anyway Abby was really excited to be able to ride and was satisfied with her short and not so scenic trip on the street car.
We got off the street car near our parking lot and easliy found our car. We paid our parking bill ($15.00) and then headed home.
Here is Abby before we even got out onto the interstate.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our short but fun trip to New Orleans!!
Check out my Pre-Trip Report for our 9/18-9/23/12 trip here: