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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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.
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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.
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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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for one night, i like to try new places to see if we like them. if we don't like them, it's not a big deal as we get to move the next day.
This is a really good idea! Lots of folks also like to do that one night at a value resort where they normally wouldn't stay but it saves them money and gives them a chance to try one out. We stay at AS Music most trips, but the new Art of Animation resort is fun too, with a really great food court. We also enjoyed a couple of nights at the Swan. If you don't need DP or other Disney services that night, the Swan or Dolphin could be a nice choice, as you are walking distance to the Boardwalk and Fantasia mini-golf, so you could have fun without a park ticket. There are lots of discounts available for the S&D, like for teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police. I belong to their recipe club (free to sign up) and they often offer discounts for members of up to 50% off rack rate. You do pay for parking and there is a resort fee to cover newspaper, bottled water, internet, etc. But we thought the Swan was lovely and didn't regret our stay.
Well, it depends. How much time will you have to experience the resort? Where will you be moving to for your package stay? I am assuming that you'll not have/use park tickets for that day. I agree with experiencing a resort you have wanted to try. If you will have a decent amount of time to spend at the resort (perhaps a mid-morning arrival time), I would choose one that has something that particularly appeals to you. Personally, I might choose an AKL savannah view room and spend the time watching the animals and have dinner at one of the resort's great restaurants. Or maybe Beach Club or Yacht Club and spend plenty of time at Stormalong Bay. What sounds good to you?
For us it would depend on what time we expected to arrive....if we would be arriving early in the morning with time to experience the resort I'd plan a special stay - and plan accordingly a resort day (we did that once staying at AKL CL for example). In the other hand, late afternoon/ early evening arrivals I'd probably save money and choose someplace cheaper to stay and make plans for Downtown Disney....
I don't think Swan/Dolphin is a great choice when you're only staying there the first night. You don't get DME, and you won't be able to have bell services transfer your luggage to your other resort. If you have your own car, it's a little better, except that they will charge you something like $17 for parking. I do love the location, though, and I think they are great resorts for adults under different circumstances.
I agree that if you're staying one night and aren't going to the parks, it's a great opportunity to splurge on a Deluxe or CL and enjoy the resort. GF or AKL would be great. For moderates, how about POR/POFL? You would have time to explore both resorts.
Which resort would you stay at one night before package start. There would we two adults. All recommendations would be appreciated. We are next September.
Another thought would be, which resort is you package at? We've done many things for that one night pre pkg from staying at Pop, getting a DTD room and also just making a 1 night only seperate reservation at the same resort our package is. I link the 2 reservations in hopes that we don't have to change rooms, and mention to front desk we have a continuing res. you still have to do the check out/in but hopefully not move rooms.
We drive, 2-day trip, and discovered last year that we loved the Hilton across the street from the Marketplace entrance to DtD. You literally can walk from the hotel to DtD in about five minutes which we liked because we do everything we want to do there in a few hours.
We calculated our arrival time for check-in time, dumped our stuff in the room and headed for DtD.
That Hilton (Hilton Lake Buena Vista if you might be interested) is gorgeous, renovated early last year, and very comfy. We liked it so much we're doing a one-night stay there again this year before our package starts.
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