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We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
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Moving forward now as one
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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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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.

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:56 AM   #16
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Thank you Wendy! I miss Zamgwar's stories so thanks for bringing a little bit of his magical view on the magic of Disney to our Making More Magic forum!!
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:50 PM   #17
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OMG!! My mom asked me this weekend what it is that makes me love Disney so much, and this articulates it so much better than I could. Even though everything in it exactly how I feel!
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:13 PM   #19
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That's a great story and hits the nail on the head.
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Wow. This will be my first visit to WDW, but this seems to be what I feel all wrapped up. I love the idea and all the things I have read and continue to read about WDW and this big kid is sooooo happy to be visiting the one place on earth that is forever a happy place and dreams really can come true if you truly believe.
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I think when someone jokes around and says go to your happy place I just will, its a small world!
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This is sooooooo sweet! It gives me goosebumps!
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If I wasn't at work I'd be a blubbering mess right now, so I'm fighting back the tears. What a great story!!
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I do believe this is soon to be posted in MY kitchen as well! Thanks Wendy!!!
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Thank you so much for sharing that! It is exactly how I feel about Disney! Now I will have to print this and post it on my fridge.
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This describes exactly how I feel about Disney. Thanks for posting this(although I wish I had read this at home and not at work!!!)
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