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 The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk.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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Replacing The Magic: What To Do If You Lose Your Park Passes
by Kara Monroe, PassPorter Guest Contributor
My last visit to Walt Disney World was in January of 2006 as a part of a Disney Land and Sea package. I was traveling with my best friend for a "girl's week" of fun and relaxation in the sun. The trip was a special treat for me as it was the first time I ever stayed on property. The trip was great, but I seemed to have a problem holding on to my Key To The World Card both on the trip and, I recently realized, after I got home. When I moved recently, I found I had lost my Key To The World Card which still had five days of park visits to be used. I have ticket media dating back to my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was in 7th grade (more than 20 years ago). But for some reason, this one seemed destined to be lost.
While at the Magic Kingdom, I had my Key to the World card in a FASTPASS pouch, hooked to a lanyard. All were Disney purchased products so no low quality knockoffs here. Apparently the FASTPASS pouch couldn't hold up to the speed of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Sometime during our three trips on the ride the FASTPASS pouch containing my Key To The World card went flying off of me. I didn't realize it when we exited the attraction. However, when we got to Pirates of the Caribbean I realized my Key To The World card was no longer with me. Luckily my best friend took over as I was in a, let's say mild, state of panic. We went back to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and talked with several helpful cast members. Thankfully another guest had found my card and returned it to the cast members working the ride. They had been in the process of contacting Guest Services to try to return the card to me.
During the Sea portion of our land and sea vacation, I mislaid my card in our stateroom and spent a panicky 30 or 40 minutes searching until it turned up. Again, I should have taken the time to take some basic precautions - which I'll share with you below. My bad luck continued when I returned home. The Key To The World card was mislaid in my house. When I recently moved and discovered the card wasn't with my other ticket media, I took some action. I'm pleased to say that just a few days ago; a bright, shiny Fed Ex package was waiting in my door at home when I returned from work. Disney restored my unused park days on a new piece of ticket media.
Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and follow this simple advice. Disney's official position is that they are not responsible for lost or damaged ticket media. However, at every single turn Disney Cast Members were very helpful. In the end they made sure I didn't lose a second of magical time in the parks. Here are some tips I learned from my experience.
1. Don't lose your Key To The World card/ticket media. Obviously, the best thing to do is not to lose your ticket media. The Key To The World card is like a credit card and your ticket media represents a sizable investment. Both should be protected like your cash and credit cards. Use a wallet or travel purse to keep them safe. Don't let them dangle off of you in a FASTPASS pouch which isn't designed to hold important items like that. Key To The World cards and ticket media belong in the same secure place you keep your credit cards, cash, and passport.
[Jennifer's Note: The PassPorter PassHolder Pouch is designed just for this -- I haven't lost a pass since I began putting them in this pouch.]
2. Write down the number. My story has a happy ending -- and that is that my best friend still had the number from the front of her Key To The World card (it's on the back of other ticket media). Disney was able to find my card from her number. From now on, I'll write down the number of my card and/or ticket media in a safe place (right inside my PassPorter!). That way if something happens to the while I'm on vacation I can go immediately to guest services with the information they need to look up the ticket.
[Jennifer's Note: PassPorter readers also suggest you photocopy the front and back of your pass and tuck one copy in a PassPocket of your PassPorter and another copy in your suitcase for safekeeping.]
3. If you lose your ticket media go immediately to Guest Services. If you lose your ticket media while you're on vacation, go immediately to a Guest Services booth (in a park, at your resort, or in Downtown Disney). They will need photo ID and the number from the back of the card. From all the cast members I talked with during my search, chances are they will be more than happy to help you. Officially, Walt Disney World is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged ticket media but they do have the ability to look up ticket media and determine if you still have days/options remaining. The number on the ticket media is the easiest way for them to look up your record. If you don't have the number, a reservation number may also be used to look up the record if you're staying on property.
4. If you realize your loss later on, email Ticket Inquiries or fax your request. After several phone calls, I was asked to email what information I had to WDW.Ticket.email@example.com. They replied within 24 hours and asked that I fax my request along with my name, address, and daytime phone number to 407-566-4685. I sent my friend's ticket number, my name, the date of my trip, and our original reservation number. Less than a week later I had replacement ticket media in my hands.
It has been more than a year since the trip so I thought I had no hope of getting that ticket media replaced. However, as always Disney came through with a little extra magic. I was already a loyal Disney fan, but replacing my lost ticket media is just another reason I will choose Disney over other vacation options.
Thanks so much for your tips. Although I have yet to lose my Disney ticket media, it certainly could possibly happen at any time. So, for future trips, I will make sure to keep copies of the numbers from all our ticket media to ensure that we can get replacements if needed.
1968 - Disneyland
1976 - Offsite
1984 - Offsite
February, 2003 - All Star Music
August, 2003 - Animal Kingdom Lodge & Wilderness Lodge
December,2003 - Wilderness Lodge
December, 2004 - Beach Club Villas
August, 2005 - Port Orleans, French Quarter
November/December, 2005 - Old Key West
July/August, 2006 - Disneyland Hotel
January, 2007 - Boardwalk Villas