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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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I have been back home almost two weeks now and so sad. I spent so much time on these boards researching and getting to know people here. Truly a great resource. Some of the best book I read included Pass Porter, Unofficial Guide, and Birnmaun’s. I am not a reader, but I devoured everything Disney. Almost a full year of planning.
Then the trip came. I did learn a few things for the next trip. To start, I think I will use a travel agent next time. Trying to keep up with the promotions was a huge pane.
Also, I booked out tickets on AirTran through CheepO’Air online. I would fly with them again. After all, they upgraded us from ATL to Orlando and on the way home we had the first row of seats behind Business class with extra room. So the carrier was fine. However, I would book right through them. Might be a couple dollars more, but to know where our seats are ahead of time would be great.
Also, connected with flights. We live in NE Arkansas. It would have been much closer to fly out of Memphis, TN. It is about 1-hour away. I saved over $100 per ticket out of St. Louis, and that was $500 over all. But. We had a 5-hour drive to get to the airport. It was okay on way up, but torture on way home. I would really consider paying extra to fly in and out of Memphis next time. Even if it cost more.
The POFQ was awesome. I hope we will be able to stay there the next time we come. But one other thing I might look into would be renting DVC points. That could also be very nice. Wherever we stay, it will be a Disney Resort.
We also realized that we could not push the kids too hard. I understand why people go back to their resort in the day for a rest. If help us when we were able to do that.
There is no way of doing Disney in less than 7-days. We felt like we got a good taste, but would love to have had a few more days to fit in a few more things. There were a few rides and shows we missed, and a lot of restaurants we want to try. Just can’t get it all in.
I sit here finishing this report wander what I will do with my extra time now that I do not have Disney to plan for. I think that our kids were a little young. Jaron (4 years) will remember it, but Clay (2 years) probably will not. Though I would love to go back next year, it is not financially possible. Knowing that, I would like to wait until our youngest is at least 5. If we do not have any more kids, that is 3 years away and it seems like forever. That is unless we could squeeze in a mommy and Daddy only trip. Even though it would be a lot of fun, it is unlikely to happen.
Until next time, remember the Disney Magic!
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Wow! Thanks so much for taking us along on your first Disney trip. I really enjoyed reading it and while you're 100% right you can't do it all, you did get quite a bit done it seems. But in a way, I suppose that's the beauty of Disney - if you don't do it now, it's all the more reason to plan a return trip.
Thanks for sharing this trip with us, you definitely felt the magic. Glad that you felt like you picked up some tips along the way, I think we learn something new each time we go. I know three years feels like a long time but it comes quicker then you know and if you are heading back in 2013 then you will be there for so many new things, the Fantasyland Expansion, there will be new restaruants, a new hotel...definitely things to look forward too so you have three years to plan an even longer trip
Sounds like it was a truly magical trip for your family. I know your youngest probably won't remember, but I always tell people that *I* will remember what that first trip was like for them even if they don't.
Why do these kids look so pathetic?
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I read through your whole trip report this evening and it was truly exciting to see WDW through the eyes of a first timer. You have reminded me of so many of those wonderful first moments and your excitement has been so refreshing. for sharing your adventures and your lessons learned with all of us! Very enjoyable reading!
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What a way to spend your last night at Disney - at MK with the fireworks dessert party and a final trip on Small World! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I hope you are able to go back in the future!
Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I really enjoyed reading it. Also do not underestimate the memory of a 2 year old. We brought our son last year when he was 2 and a half and over a year later he still talks about some of the rides he went on and the poll at POFQ. He has looked at the pictures from our trip a few times but children's memories are an amazing thing. He cannot wait until we visit Mickey again the September and Grampa too. (We are lucky enough to have my father in law living in the area so we go most years.)
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass;
it's about learning to dance in the rain.
Thanks for all your kind words. I have taken a break from the boards for several months. Know it will be so long before we could get back to WDW and did not want to sulk about it. I went beack and reread my own trip report again. It may be vain, but I needed to relive it again.
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