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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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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 -- 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, 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 . 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!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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Here are our PassPorter Newsletter Article Guidelines:

1. Articles remain the property of the author(s), but the author(s) give PassPorter Travel Press free permission to use the edited article in its newsletter, on the Web, and in a compilation (electronic and/or printed). In exchange for each article we use, we reward the author with one PassPorter Store gift certificate worth $25.

2. Articles will be properly attributed to the author by first and last name or by an assumed name if you prefer. We will also forward any e-mailed reader feedback to you.

3. Before you begin writing an article, please submit a topic idea to the editor(s). Once your topic idea has been approved, a due date will be suggested. Please acknowledge that this due date is acceptable, or suggest a new one if it is not. Once a due date has been agreed upon, it is important you stick to it as newsletters will be dependent upon the scheduled articles. If you find you cannot meet a due date, please contact the editor(s) as soon as possible to discuss a new due date.

4. We accept full-length articles that fall into one of two categories: General travel (topics that apply to traveling in general) and Disney (topics pertaining to all Disney parks and resorts world-wide or general Disney topics). In addition, we will consider adding columns for special features, topics, and concepts. Article usage is at the sole discretion of the editors.

5. Full-length articles must be between 750-1250 words. If you write more than 1250 words, you may send both an edited article below 1250 words and the full article. We may be able to put the longer article online at and direct readers to it for more in-depth reading.

6. Articles should be submitted via e-mail as attached Microsoft Word documents. If this is not possible, you may send your text in the body of an e-mail. Always save your work on your own computer before submitting it.

7. Articles must be spell-checked prior to submission. Use just one space between sentences, single-line spacing between lines, and double-line spacing between paragraphs. Do not indent paragraphs, and no “hard returns” except at the end of paragraphs. Be sure to capitalize proper nouns. Do not abbreviate names, i.e. “Walt Disney World” rather than “WDW.” Place names and names of theme parks, attractions, hotels and restaurants should never be abbreviated. The names of states can be abbreviated when used in mailing addresses. If you feel you must abbreviate secondary terms that appear frequently in your article, such as Extra Magic Hour or Ticket and Transportation Center, use the following format for the first occurrence of the term, “Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).” Punctuation should appear inside “quotation marks.”

8. All articles will be edited for style, grammar, spelling, and length. Whenever possible we will submit the edited article to the author for approval before using it. Please note: if an article requires so much editing that we would essentially have to re-write it, we will contact the author and ask for a revision. We are very interested in your contributions, however, so please don't worry that we will be overly picky.

9. Authors may suggest titles for their articles, but title choice will be at the final discretion of the editor(s).

10. Write your articles in active voice rather than passive. Break long sections into paragraphs, and long sentences into shorter sentences. Personal experiences should be accompanied by useful tips that can be applied by others. Be wary of writing about anything for which you do not have personal experience, and verify all facts (prices, hours, etc.). Always respect copyrights, and give credit to significant research resources. Include Web site addresses when relevant. Photos may be submitted with the articles and will be used if there is space.

11. Authors should submit a short biography to be included at the bottom of the article. (Example: “Sara is the Editor of PassPorter News as well as a Co-Guide for the Disney Cruise forums on the PassPorter Message Boards. She is looking forward to her next Disney vacation in December 2006!”)

Please let us know if you have any questions at all about these article guidelines. We look forward to your topic ideas and article submissions!

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