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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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.
Feature Article: Disney Vacations - Something New Every Time
Disney Vacations - Something New Every Time by Andee Zomerman
“Yay! A trip to Disney_________ (insert: World, land, Cruise, Store)!”
You’d think I’d be over it by now. The excitement, the constant planning, the sleepless night before leaving – all telltale signs of the first trip. Or 5th. Or 25th. PassPorter readers, I know you understand. We are constantly asked, “Really? You’re going again?” And our reason is this: every Disney vacation is a new experience. I wish I could remember my first trip to Disneyland. Alas, I was too young to speak at the time. I’ve seen the pictures, though. I was a babe in a stroller with smiles for Mickey. It was new for me and little did I know, there would be so many “first time” experiences in the years to come.
I remember my 12th birthday when instead of a party, my parents let me take a friend to Disneyland. In 1982, 12 was the magic age that I was able to go around the park without any adults. My friend and I no longer had to do what the family did. We were off to ride Space Mountain as many times as we wanted! No shows, only characters we wanted to see, and I think even a little boy watching. Pre-teen independence!
The first time I went to Disneyland on a “boy/girl trip” without parents, my friends and I experienced true freedom as high school teens. We spent a lot of our day on the “E-ticket” attractions, but probably just as much time on “Adventure Through Inner Space.” (Don’t remember this one? We called it “the make-out ride.” It’s probably a good thing that the attraction was removed, especially before my own daughters become teenagers.) Growing up in Southern California, our high school band and drill team was invited to march in the Disneyland Christmas Parade. Being backstage was brand new for me, and knowing that I was a part of “Disney Magic” for 15 minutes was equivalent to my 15 minutes of fame.
I was really a rebel in college when a group of friends showed up to school one morning and decided to ditch classes for a day at the Park. Something about the daring attitude of skipping school gave me a new confidence that day. In 1988, Disneyland was taken over by hula-hoops and poodle skirts of the 50’s with the “Blast to the Past” event. My friends and I became immediately immersed in the culture and volunteered for contests, danced with performing cast members, and made huge fools of ourselves. We were silly, but felt like stars when other guests asked if we were part of the entertainment.
Soon after, I visited Walt Disney World for the first time. A girlfriend and I saved our part-time job money and we booked our trip to the Resort and a voyage on the Disney licensed, Premier Cruise Line’s “Big Red Boat.” It was my first time traveling across the country without my family. Between ports of call and Epcot, I suddenly considered myself very worldly.
It wasn’t until even later in college when I had my first experience in a real, Disney, “sit-down” restaurant; the Blue Bayou. My dorm’s Resident Advisor (who is now one of my best friends) actually had the nerve to claim he was a bigger Disney fan than I. We challenged each other to a Disney trivia contest – the winner buying the loser dinner in New Orleans Square. I will never live down the fact that I lost. (Also a new experience.) But it did give me the opportunity of eating somewhere I never thought I’d eat – right there with the Pirates of the Caribbean. And that experience led me to a love affair with the best Monte Cristo I’ve ever had in my life!
My 20’s took me up the coast to the Pacific Northwest where I met a man who thought Disney was fun, but didn’t understand my obsession. I took this man on a long weekend trip to Disneyland where he not only began to understand my fixation, but also quickly joined in the passion. This Disney trip would mark the first time I fell in love.
This same man was by my side when at a young age, I suffered a stroke. On the road to recovery, I was mobile by wheelchair. While this may be devastating news to some, I viewed it as good enough to go to Disneyland. I had never experienced the Park with a disability and this gave me a first time look at how Disney accommodates their mobility-impaired guests.
Little did I know that something else I’d never experienced was planned for that vacation. After a day of wheeling me around each land, the last stop was in line to take our picture with the Mouse. When our turn arrived, my boyfriend helped me stand and then bent down on one knee to ask Mickey for permission to marry me. After all, he needed to ask the other man in my life!
We started our new lives together with a honeymoon to Walt Disney World and we’ve been discovering the romance of Disney ever since, whether a walk on the beach at the Polynesian, or a glass of wine while watching “Wishes” at the California Grill. When Disney announced they would be in the cruise line business, we knew we had to go during the inaugural year. Nine months later our first daughter was born and the newness of each Disney trip continued.
The first time we saw Walt Disney World through our daughter’s eyes, she was 11 months old. We had used our new Disney Vacation Club points for a villa at the Boardwalk and invited my whole family to join us for their first time at the Florida resort. For grandparents and grandchild, it was an experience like no other. After months of trying to teach our daughter to blow kisses, she saved her first one for King Louie at Animal Kingdom. The whole family then knew that the Disney gene had been passed down.
After a few trips to Florida, my small family visited the newly opened Disney’s California Adventure. I’d grown up with the familiarity of just one park, but now it was a whole resort! This west coast addition expanded all of the exciting adventures I was about to have.
A short time later another daughter was born and for the first time, we took two children to Walt Disney World. Because they were so young, we tried things we might have thought extravagant in the past. Watching “Illuminations” was much more comfortable in our rented Pontoon Boat. We ignored the faster paced attractions and slowed down while exploring the parks. We stood in line to meet every character and were proud when our eldest was chosen to be a part of “Story time with Belle.”
As the children grew, so did our new experiences. Once we thought it would be a change to stay off property and visit over Spring Break. (We will never do either of those things again.) We’ve gone with friends and family and have learned what others appreciate in the Disney Resorts. Recently, we took the kids on their first Disney Cruise. The week that followed was the week my husband and I had been looking forward to for 11 years. Both girls were finally tall enough and brave enough to try every attraction! (Okay – almost. I couldn’t get them on Tower of Terror.)
People return to Disney Parks over and over again, it’s true. But I’m not sure Disney should receive all the credit for the magic. Each stage of life – young, old, married, single, parent, grandparent – brings an enchantment through new eyes. When I hear the question, “You’re going again?”, it gives me great pleasure to respond, “There’s always a first time!”
Truer words have never been spoken....... I too grew up loving Walt Disney and have visited Disneyland on several occasions (I live on the East Coast). When Walt Disney World opened in 1971 thus began my many, many trips to WDW and I like you have been asked many times "are you going again". They don't understand how every trip is different and you do or see something NEW everytime. The "MAGIC" makes it new everythime. Thank you for a wonderful article.
Registered Message Board Members Get Our Free Newsletter! When you register you'll have the option to sign up for our weekly PassPorter Newsletter. It's chock-full of feature articles; news; tips; contests; photos; and special offers in our online store.
I loved this article! As a Disney-holic, my daughters and I are going back - again! I always hear - "you're going back again" and tell people even though I have been there many many times, I haven't seen or done it all! Each time it's a different experience, creates new memories, and it changes with as my life experience changes too. I've been to Disneyland and DisneyWorld. Disney makes my heart smile.
Thank you - "there's always a first time" - the perfect response.
I could not agree more. Each time I book the reservation someone will say your going again. We always try to do something new, but we now have taking more family and friends with us that they now understand our passion and obsession. Friends have gotten to asking what are you doing sifferent this time. Book a trip to WDW for in March of 2012. Who knows what that will bring. We are bring a friend and her daughter that have never stayed on property and it has been 9 years.