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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Ok I'm going to have to remember the "hungover" repsonse to use in the future, if only to get a giggle out of people Hey, its more fun than "fine, and you?", right?
Bath looks lovely and is making me sad that on our visit to England last year I couldn't fit it into my intinerary.
Quite clever using the plates to identify the parking fees
Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow, for all you know, tomorrow, the dream that you wish will come true.
Good thing you were up early with all the activity at the hotel! The breakfast room is so well appointed and beautiful. I was expecting this to be a great breakfast but too bad it didn't live up to it as the choices seemed a bit limited! What, no smoked salmon! How could they do this at a place like this? It should be a staple here! Too funny with the conversation you heard when leaving!
October 6, 2017-Enjoying an amazing dinner at Victoria & Albert's with PP's Dot and Drew
My TR from my most recent trip is now underway. Includes: Universal Studios Florida, Disney World and Sea World Orlando Trifecta TR -Updated December 10th! TR is now COMPLETED!
Good thing you were up early with all the activity at the hotel! The breakfast room is so well appointed and beautiful. I was expecting this to be a great breakfast but too bad it didn't live up to it as the choices seemed a bit limited! What, no smoked salmon! How could they do this at a place like this? It should be a staple here!
Saturday 16 June – part two: they help to “flatten your stomach”
We made our way into Bath and found all of this…
There were no signs to say what this represented, but given it was green, purple and white, I wondered if it was about the suffragette movement and marking 100 years of women getting the vote, as there were marches last weekend and those were the colours everyone wore. Who knows?
We made our way over to the Thermae Bath Spa…
By the time we got there, it was probably about 8:40am, and there were about 15 people in front of us, a far call from the last time we came on a Saturday, when we were the first in line. I was worried that would mean it would be packed from the start, but surprisingly the line to get in by 9:00am was a lot shorter than we’d seen before.
As it was quite a long time to stand and that wouldn’t do my chronic fatigue any good, I went wandering around, taking photos.
Anne, Sean and Sara made it at about 8:50am, just as we were getting worried, as they weren’t answering the text messages we’d sent them. Phew!
We headed inside at dot on 9:00am and I think we were about the fourth group to be seen. I was a bit worried that maybe they wouldn’t honour our twilight for two voucher that Jan had bought us, but I needn’t have worried, as there was no problem.
Please note that, from this point forward, until we leave the spa, all the photos you see are ones I’ve “borrowed” from the Internet, as you’re told to put your cameras/phone in your lockers when you enter the spa and they are very strict on this – rightly so, as you want to be able to enjoy yourself and relax and not worry about someone snapping you.
Once everyone was through, we headed into the changing rooms and got lockers, which was a fun process. The way it works is you pick your locker, put your stuff in it, then use your wristband to lock it, but given there were five of us trying to do it at the same time, the system kept reacting to the wrong wristband. I was trying to get 122 and ended up with 109 at one point!
That finally done, we decided we’d head up to the new wellness suite, as none of the others had seen it before. It was Sean’s first visit and he only came because Anne raved so much about how wonderful it was after her first visit and he wanted to see what it was all about.
I wanted to try out the hot stone chairs and the others liked the sound of that, so we headed that way. It turned out there were five, so one for each of us, which was perfect. We settled into them and they weren’t as hot as we expected, but that didn’t seem to bother the others. I loved Sara’s comment about how these things help to “flatten your stomach”. I’d never thought of that before!
After a few minutes in there, we headed out to explore the rest of the suite. We went into the steam room first, although again that was a little on the cold side. I got the feeling that perhaps they’d turned things on a little late this morning, which was a bit disappointing. They know what time they have paying visitors arriving and really should be ready for that.
The hot stone chairs look alot like DCL's, but they don't have the planetarium lighting. Did you experience that effect? Your 'pictures' look great
Yes, you did have that effect above. It really did transport you a million miles away, but I just think they need to do something about how they allocate time in there. It's not very "user friendly", but it's almost like they need some way of turfing people out after 10 minutes or so, because there is so much demand for that place!
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