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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Pack van and make sure all last minute things are done. We will pick up BIL enroute as soon he can get to his house after working that day. Stop overnight at Emporia, VA.
Travel to Jacksonville FL, area and stay overnight.
Travel to the World! Check-in at the Poly, go to MK, dine at The Crystal Palace. Enjoy the Wishes fireworks and enjoy the EMHs!
Back to the MK, have a CS meal somewhere or get it back at the Poly where we will enjoy the pools and a nap. Take the bus to AK, explore / see a show / parade and then buffet dinner at Tusker House. Then EMHs at AK.
Maybe breakfast at the Poly then back to AK. Get lunch at CS in AK or back at Poly when we go back to cool off and swim before we enjoy the Spirit of Aloha (early) show. Then take a cab to Yacht and Beach Club for the Illuminations cruise, then enjoy the EMH attractions.
‘Ohana Character breakfast, then back to Epcot. Enjoy some snacking there and then back to the Poly to swim. Then over to DHS by bus, buffet at Hollywood & Vine, enjoy some attractions, enjoy Fantasmic, then some EMH attractions.
Probably skip breakfast, check out, then travel to Cocoa Beach, then Port Canaveral and board the Wonder. Enjoy the Lunch Buffet and the pool. Enjoy what ever restaurant and show the DCL has planned for us.
Ashore at Nassau. Dolphin Encounter. Enjoy what ever restaurant and show the DCL has planned for us.
Castaway Cay. Snorkeling and the Rays. Back to Wonder and whatever restaurant and show the DCL has planned for us.
Disembark Wonder. Possibly go see Kennedy Space Center. Travel to Sanford and board the AutoTrain.
Disembark the AutoTrain at Lorton and travel home. Begin planning for next time with a review / analysis of TR!
I hope that you and your family have a magical time at the world
Heather - "I'm Tinkerbell's biggest fan!"
WDW - August 1997 Off Property
WDW - January 2005 AKL
WDW - May 2006 Pop Century
WDW- november-dec 2007 pop century
WDW- dec/jan 2009/2010 pop century
WDW- oct/nov 2012 art of animation
WDW- sept 2013 port Orleans riverside
WDW- july 2015 beach club
Me and my DW Kendra who are 40-something,
Tim 14 going on 15, David 8 going on 21, and my BIL Kenny who is 20-something.
DW promised to take her brother on a cruise and to WDW someday, so she booked the land & sea package for all of us and do it all in one fell swoop. Since there are five of us, we were limited in our choice of accomodations and the stateroom level determines the land resort type. Well, this was LONG before I found allears and Passporter, I know we could save much $$ by booking separately, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. No one has been on a cruise, either, so this is kind of 'testing the waters' for us. She does the day-to-day planning, but I do the 'special event' and travel planning, as I have done a LOT more traveling than DW or her family, who are self-employed agricultural operations practitioners, so they have done little more than day trips for DW's whole life.
This is a photo of my BIL with the life-sized sculpture of Washington at the Mount Vernon visitor's center, just so y'all will know what he looks like. They are both gentleman farmers at heart!
I tried to design my avatar so we are all in it...