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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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!
Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.
To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.
Well it is that time of year again! Yes, it is time for the recap of the annual MOA meet in Minnesota. We had a great turn out this year! If you weren't able to make it this year, we invite you to join us next year for a weekend of food, friends, scrapbooking and fun! Tentative dates for the MOA 8 meet are Sept. 25-27 or Oct. 9-11, 2009.
We started out the MOA 7 meet by having a get-together at Michelle's (Marv) house on Friday evening.
Michelle had snacks on the table arranged with Disney theming! Once everyone arrived, we went ahead with ordering dinner. Who knew it would be so difficult to find a place that delivered? The first place we tried, Potbelly Sandwich Works, said that they did deliver. So when Michelle replied that we would call back with our order, she was quite surprised when they told her that they only deliver between 11am and 2pm. Ok, scratch that off the list. Next we tried Jimmy John's. We went as far as printing off the menu and choosing what we wanted before Michelle tried calling again. The response this time was that she wasn't in their service area, but they would be trying to include her area in the near future! Finally we tried Erbert and Gerbert's, another sandwich place. This time we had success!
While we were waiting for dinner, Michelle and I decided to work on ironing on the transfers for our MOA 7 shirts. Judy did take pictures of us doing this, so hopefully she will be able to post them!
After dinner, we moved into the living room for several rounds of Sandy's (whoSEZ) traditional family game-Christmas Pie which was renamed for this event MOA Pie. She had a big box with ribbons hanging out which were attached to various prizes. She was cleaning out her scrapping cupboard and found all sorts of cool things to share.
Here is Judy (judyjo) with her collection of scrapbooking treasures!
Here is Julie (portagethecat) with her new scrapbooking toys with her roommate Dee to the right of her. Another part of our Friday night gathering is the chance to look at each other's scrapbooks. We always have a lot of fun, and it gives us all some new ideas to try in our own scrapbooks. Here is a page from one of Julie's books that we all really thought was cool!
Finally we had to have dessert. Michelle's youngest DS took the cupcakes and arranged them on a plate in the shape of hidden Mickey's. It was very cute!
Up next: Scrapbooking from Dawn until Dusk....or something like that!
Last edited by stretch2864; 10-14-2008 at 01:08 PM..
MOA 7 Meet: Day 2 A Good Start to a Day of Fun at MOA
Morning came a little too quickly. By the time I left Michelle's house Friday evening and dropped off Sandy and Judy, it was nearly midnight by the time I got home. Needless to say I was a bit tired. However, the prospect of seeing everyone again and scrapbooking all day brought me to life very quickly (as well as the thought of the Cinnabon that I would be having when I got to MOA!) Judy picked me around 8:45am, and after a last minute detour when we saw heavy traffic and a "Road Closed" sign on the freeway, we were on our way to MOA. We managed to get to Archiver's shortly after they opened around 9:30am. Julie and Dee had just gotten there as well, so we staked out prime spots in the scrapbooking workroom at Archiver's. After unpacking some of our stuff, Judy and I headed down to Cinnabon's for breakfast. After refueling, we were ready to scrap. By this time, Michelle and Maggie (maggieworkman) had arrived. Shortly after they arrived, along came Sandy and Bob (boBmouse). We scrapped for a couple of hours, and then it was time for lunch at Tucci Benucch. Carolyn (carousel96) and Denise (wdwlovers) along with Denise's mom, Sally, and Julie and Dee's other roommate, Naomi, met us at the restaurant for lunch. The food at Tucci is great, and it was fun to have time to visit with everyone.
Here is Dee with her mango lemonade which we all thought looked really good!
Here is Maggie with her pizza. Several people had pizza; several people had salads and pasta. Denise and her mom had the right idea by ordering dessert first!
Sorry the pics are a little blurry and off-color. Apparently my camera didn't like the lighting in the restaurant!
Here is the group photo (taken my Bob) in front of the restaurant.
Front row: Maggie, Naomi, Judy, Denise and Michelle. Back row: Carolyn, Dee, Julie, Sandy, Sally, and Vicky.
Next up: Let the Scrapping Begin.....
Last edited by stretch2864; 10-14-2008 at 01:53 PM..
Maggie chosing from the MOA pie box Sandy is holding.
Vicky admiring her prize.
At lunch, Right to left: Sandy, Bob, Carolyn, Dee, Naomi, Julie, Judy
The two previous winners of the crown for most pages scrapped, Maggie and Sally. Who will the new winner be??? The tension is mounting? But first, some pictures...oh wait, you'll have to try the next post! How's that for a cliff hanger?
Julie and Dee, not standing, but not working, hee, hee!
R to L: Denise, Sandy's sister Jean, Sandy's Mom (my mind is having a brain fart and can't remember her name. I've met and scrapped with her so many times...), Carolyn.
One of our winners. I offered my centerpiece as a prize. How nice, huh? and the lucky winner of the magic mirror from snow white was Carolyn, the person who got 7 pages scrapped during the scrap mania. Actually there was a tie and they had to face off. First question: name the 7 dwarfs...Carolyn won.
Winner of the VIP (very important princess) pillow was Denise. She got the least pages scrapped. I thought this would help her bum being she must have been relaxing a bit too much...
And here she is, our new reigning queen who got the most pages scrapped...
Vicky! We thought we'd never see the day. Vicky and I always joke about getting so few pages done. But, I tell ya, she's been a scrapping machine. Vicky and I have been getting together to scrap at my house and think the practice paid off, well, for her at least! I didn't even come close to winning even though I had good intentions.
We had always talked about making t-shirts for our meet. Maggie posted a picture and some of us ironed it on. I customized mine, for good luck. Mine read, "Marv is going for the crown, 2008", but alas, it did no good...anyway, here's a shot of our shirts.
Yes, Maggie, I cropped our bottom halves out, as I mentioned I would do, ha! L to R: Dee, Judy, Julie, Maggie, Vicky, Michelle.
Here's the last photo of the night...
Back row: Dee, Julie, Sandy, Carolyn
Middle row:Maggie, Judy
Front row:Sally, Denise, Vicky, Michelle.
I finally had the time to post a few photos from last weekend. I think these are attaching as thumbnails but you can click on it for a larger image. I am so technically inept. The first pic is Vicky ironing the transfer onto her shirt; next is Michelle who was also working on her shirt; third is Sally watching Denise attack her dessert; fourth is Bob with the Mickey ears he won in a challenge with Sandy looking on.
Thanks Michelle and Judy for posting additional pictures! Thanks Michelle for finishing up the report on Saturday's scrapping. It was fun to look at all the pictures as we had such a good time that day. I'll have to find a good spot in my craft room to display the crown until next year!