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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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My first encounter with Disney was watching the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights when I was growing up. It was the only night of the week that the TV was on during dinner. We would set up TV trays in the family room and all watch it together. In 1965 when I was 10 years old we drove from Illinois to California to visit Disneyland. The ride was worth it! I fell in !

When WDW opened in Florida we had to go see it. I first visited in the summer of 1972. We stayed at the Polynesian and had an amazing trip. I've been back to DL once and WDW many times. I've been to the World as a child, as a young adult, with my kids at various ages, with my oldest grandson and most recently as and adult without kids. I've stayed in all ypes of accommodations and fine on a tight budget and when I could afford to splurge. I've enjoyed every trip! My most recent overnight trip was this past December, staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge to enjoy the holiday offerings and spend time with good friends I've made here on the Passporter Boards.

Traveling is one of my passions. I've been to Las Vegas almost as many times as I've been to Disney World. I have traveled throughout the U.S. with some of my favorite places being Mackinac Island, Door County, Wisconsin, San Francisco, Sanibel Island, Boston, and New York. I've been on 3 cruises (including my first DCL cruise in May 2008 - the Westbound Panama Canal 15 day cruise), visited Jamaica when my son was student teaching there, and in November of 2005 I had the opportunity for a quick trip to England. I hope to get back there soon.

I am married to a wonderful man, Tom. He likes Disney, but I'm still teaching him about all of it's wonders. One of these days I hope he'll love it as much as I do. I have 2 children; Beth and Sean. They currently both live our of state and Mom misses having them close to home. They both love Disney as much as I do and can't believe I have made several trips to WDW without them. I also have 3 stepchildren; Tom who has a son Colton (7) - my first grandchild, David who is married to the lovely Joree who have a two year old son Henry, and Katie. The 3 kids have all been to Disney World with their Dad and we took Colton (along with his Dad) for his first visit in June of 2013. I love sharing the magic with another generation!

I enjoy the time I spend on the PassPorter boards and hope I can help to make others feel welcome here.

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My Previous TripsWDW - Summer '72 (Poly), Spring Break '75 (Off site), June '83 (LBV), September '92 (CBR), March '94 (DXL), November '97 (DXL), April '03 (ASM), Nov 19-24 '04 (CBR), Sep 30-Oct 7 '06 (POFQ), Dec 4-11 '07 (SSR), May 3-10 '08 (Pop, BCV, BWV), December 10-17 '08 (SSR), May 1-8 '09 (AKV Kidani/CR/SSR), December 8-15 '09 (OKW/BCV), March 14-19 '10 (BWV), October 18-23 '10 (AKV Jambo), December 15-21 '12 (WL Concierge), May 30-June 8 (BWV/BCV), Oct 29-Nov 5 (BCV) DL - Spring 1965, Spring 1980 DCL - WB PC Cruise May 2008

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