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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 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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Old 12-29-2003, 10:26 AM   #1
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The New PassPorter WDW 2004 Has Arrived!

Santa delivered our new 2004 PassPorter Walt Disney World guidebooks on Christmas Eve! And they arrived in great shape.

We're shipping pre-orders out this week (Dec. 29 - Jan 2... the earlier you pre-ordered, the earlier it ships). So most pre-orders should arrive next week, or early into the week after that. All new orders will ship within a few business days of when the order is placed. We do have a lot of pre-orders this year, and those always get sent first, but thanks to having the books a month earlier this year we have some breathing room.

Amazon and the bookstores won't have their copies for at least 3-5 weeks.

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WOOHOO!! I can't wait to get mine! I will have my nose stuck in it Thanks Jennifer and Dave!!!
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Great!

I'm keeping my finger's crossed. I leave for DWD 1/9. I hope it arrives early in the week so that I have a couple days to look at it.

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Woohoo!!! My DH and I were just commenting that with Christmas over it was time to start the planning for June. Can hardly wait for the new PassPorter refill and the Ultimate Universal Guide to come in the mail!!

thanks, Have a great New Year!
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Thanks Jennifer, looking forward to recieving my deluxe refill. Can't wait to start reading it for planning my September trip
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Irene, we sent yours today to ensure it would arrive in time.
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Old 12-29-2003, 12:44 PM   #7
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What did I find in my door today, but my new 2004 Deluxe edition of Passporters!! I told DH to make dinner, I had reading to do!! Just from flipping through the pages, it looks awesome!! The color maps and the color tabs are such a great addition!! Jennifer and Dave have truely out done themselves again!! Thanks!! Happy reading to all!!
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Can't wait to get my hands on my first Passporter! We leave at the end of the month and I can't wait to plan!
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i have the 2003 version, but we are now going back in 2004!!
what are the major differences in the two? i need to save money, but would really love another passporter to record my next trip!
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Can't wait for mine to arrive!
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Thank you so much Jennifer for giving us the status of the new edition. It makes the waiting go easier when you know what to expect. I can't wait to receive my new book! The sad part is I'm sure I'll have read it cover to cover in one day. Now I'll be accosting every delivery guy every day in anticipation of the book's arrival. But is that really anything new for the guys in brown shorts?
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Woo Hoo Can't wait for my package to arrive
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The Passporters are coming! The Passporters are coming!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! !!
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Aren't you lucky to live so close to Ann Arbor! Congrats on getting your shipment this quickly. I'm amazed that the post office (or was it UPS?) managed this feat during Christmas season, and I'm thrilled you're enjoying the new features!
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