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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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I didn't realize that Alaska could even experience an earthquake! I was wrong! I am so glad to hear that you are back to getting well. I was going to ask about your knee too, but glad you are healing. (This past September, I fell on my knees at the beach, and the left got the brunt, but it is slowly healing. That 1st week I could barely walk down the hall. But way better now) Yes you need to get better for Disney!
Myself I have not experienced a earthquake except when I was a little girl- so I am glad that you & your family is all safe.
Kate in PA All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney
I didn't realize that Alaska could even experience an earthquake! I was wrong!
Alaska is part of the Ring of Fire...we get quakes ALL the time. The majority of them we never feel. The ones up to about 3.0 or so don't even phase most of us. The 4 to 5 pointers get your attention. Anything over that will stop you in your tracks until it is over.
This was the biggest I have ever experienced. And I sincerely hope that it is the biggest I will ever experience!!
We are continuing to get aftershocks. As mentioned above, the majority of them we never feel, but there are those that we do feel. Sunday morning we had a 5.0 hit that scared the living daylights out of me.
Seems like just about the time my anxiety level is back down where it should be, we get another jolt that shoots it back up. Until this, even though the 5 pointers would stop me and make me hesitate and wait for it to stop, they didn't actually scare me. Now, my heart races and I just freeze until it finally settles back down. And then it takes hours to calm back down completely. A couple days after the 7.0 quake, the UPS truck was driving down the road (wearing chains - because we had a night of freezing rain) and the sound of the truck was like you hear before some quakes and I nearly came unhinged!
I haven't really mentioned my anxiety to anyone here at home. My folks raised my sister and I to be strong and independent and able to deal with anything, so there is part of me that feels the need to not show my fears (Got an image to uphold...right?). My sister would call me a wuss. My DH (and I know he means well) would say, "Don't worry, the big one already happened." HELLO!!!! WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW!!!!!!! MY BFF is even more afraid of earthquakes than I am so she can't really offer any comfort. I am just taking it one day at a time or rather, one aftershock at a time...not much else I can do.
So anyway, thanks for sharing my fears and anxiety!
Originally Posted by lovewdw2
I am so glad to hear that you are back to getting well. I was going to ask about your knee too, but glad you are healing. (This past September, I fell on my knees at the beach, and the left got the brunt, but it is slowly healing. That 1st week I could barely walk down the hall. But way better now) Yes you need to get better for Disney!
Knee is almost back to normal. Still don't want to kneel for any length of time on it, but I can poke it and push on it now without it hurting where for the first week, I could barely touch it without it hurting.
I have all my flexibility back in the wrist. It still gets a little tender and achy if I try to do a lot of heavy lifting, so if I know I have to mess with a bunch of heavy stuff here at work, I have a brace that the doc gave me to keep me from doing something stupid.
We are scheduled to do a rafting excursion on our cruise in January. Thinking I may wear the brace for that...just to be safe.
Jennifer / Eeyore is my favorite!! OMG - He's sooooo grown up!!!! And an EAGLE SCOUT!! I can still remember my cute little Tiger Cub! 2016 Reading Goal - 75 books
Glad you didn't have too much damage from the earthquake. I have a college classmate who lives in the area and she posted some pictures of the inside of her house. It was a mess..she mentioned the 5.0 aftershock too. It must be scarey to go through such a big earthquake.
I totally understand your anxiety.
I think that's very normal in your situation, though I wish it wasn't. I don't think its a good idea not to tell your loved ones how you feel though. Don't let them brush it off either...it's like a form of ptsd.
I get anxious very easily these days when I never seemed to before. Please try practicing some meditative things...like paying attention to your breath and calming it down. Yoga instructors are good at telling how to do this (so maybe a search on the internet?) Listen to calming and happy music. Anything that you find soothing... Keeping you in my thoughts.