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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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PassPorter Podcast: Random Acts of Pixie Dust (Episode #282 - 6/10/2015)
PassPorter Moms Podcast: Disney & Beyond Random Acts of Pixie Dust (Episode #282 - 6/10/2015) - (06-10-2015 09:06 AM)
Podcast Description: >Today is Saras birthday so we are talking about her favorite thing - Random Acts of Pixie Dust (RAOPD)! What are they, how to do them, and why we love them! Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more.
just thought I would share a couple of my random acts
1. Pressed pennies! - a little girl was with her parents and they were trying to find coins, they stepped aside to let me use the machine while they looked. turns out they didn't have enough for one so I told the little girl pick one she wanted the smile on her face priceless. the father tried to give me a dollar after i told the girl she could have it. the father was kinda insistent on me taking but I told him its Disney and he put his dollar away
2. Pins! - the pin trader board was out at downtown disney with a CM and this little girl was looking at the board she did not know the concept of pin trading the CM was trying to explain to her but I don't think she was paying attention. Her mom had purchased some pins for her but apparently she did not want to part with them so I gave her one of my pins and explained to her how pin trading went. Her mother just stood there and smiled. and thanked me for having patience with her daughter. I later saw her and her daughter at the bus stop. her mother told me how her daughter has ADHD and loosing interest in things fast and thanked me again for being kind and showing her daughter how to pin trade. We talked the whole bus ride back to the hotel.
3. Hungry - it was the last day of our trip and we knew we had 2 quick service meals left over that we would not use. While waiting in line I asked the family in front of us how they were paying I got a odd look. but they were paying cash. It was the last night of their trip too they were on their last bit of money and they were trying to figure out how to split a meal. So I told them hey let me get you 2 meals. The look in their faces were shock they thought it was a joke at first - we ate together and talked they had been having a bad day and we just brighten their day and their last memory of their trip.
and my 4th RAOPD is I work in the city and in the summer there are alot of tourist. In the summer I pretend I'm at disney and ask them do you want me to take your photo. I do sometimes get that weird look other times I get a smile and a thank you...
just wanted to let you know that during the 40 days of Lent this year, one of the local radio station's morning show (Star 100.7 fm in Pittsburgh) promoted 40 days of RAK's. Callers would share their Random Acts of Kindness that they were doing each day or had done in the past to give other listeners ideas of what could be done. Needless to say, there were many mornings when I'd walk into the office with teary eyes.
I also wanted to share this story that just recently happened. My dad is currently living in a Skilled Nursing facility recovering from a pretty severe infection in his hand that also affected his early dementia. There is another gentleman also living there who is more progressed in his dementia. On Friday night I witnessed one of the teenaged volunteers eating her dinner with him, she was so patient and answered all of his questions (many of which she didn't know the answers to) while helping him to eat some of his meal. This helped me to realize that not all kids are impatient with the elderly, especially those who are suffering from medical problems that they are unable to control.