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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.

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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.

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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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Old 07-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #46
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I love Disney, Thank you so much for posting this.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:30 AM   #47
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Thank you so much for sharing!! I have been stressing over the last few weeks trying to decide on ADRs and wanting to make sure I picked the "right" places to eat. I so needed to read this. I can't wait to go back to planning and having a wonderful time getting ready for our magical trip!!!
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:45 AM   #48
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beautiful story!! thanks for sharing.
Very true.. I feel the magic the minute I step onto property.

I can remember as a little girl watching a Disney movie and at the end .. they would show the castle.. and I would say.. Some day I would get there..
My parents couldnt afford a trip there. with 4 kids....
Took me until i was 30 years old to my first trip there.. But every time we go.. as I turn that corner on Main Street and see that castle.. I hear the little girl inside of me say.. WE GOT THERE! .. and I experience every minute of WDW as that young child. LOVE WDW!!! and the Magic!
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:05 PM   #49
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I turn into a child every time I enter "The World" and so does my husband. The magic is definitely there. We (my husband, daughters, and I) can go on vacation anywhere but no where compares to Disney!
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Originally Posted by Moria76 View Post

I turn into a child every time I enter "The World" and so does my husband. The magic is definitely there. We (my husband, daughters, and I) can go on vacation anywhere but no where compares to Disney!

Wishing I was in the Disney bubble!
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Just got back from DW @ 4am this morning. A long drive back to Texas but worth it.
This reminds me of the reason it is my "happy place."

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Thank you for this...I had read the original many years back and I loved reading it again. It truly is about the magic
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I remember when my late DH, after many years of being dragged to WDW, after visiting Universal and admiring the theming said, "It just doesn't have the magic of Disney". It was then that I knew he finally got it! After that he always wanted to go.
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I love Disneyland, I was in Paris and can't decide where to go...
California or Hong Kong?
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I love Disney world)))) thank you for the interesting information
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