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Hello my name is Dan and I am a Christian, husband, father, software developer, guitar player, and a Walt Disney World fan. I am married to Angie and we have three daughters we adopted from Ukraine, as well as two furry boys Conner and Buddy. I went to Walt Disney World for the first time in 2005 when we adopted our first daughter. I was expecting to find a glorified carnival, but I was completely surprised by the whole experience! Disney truly does a great job of pulling you into the story, making you believe you are a part of it. I was won over by “the magic” and was hooked! (why I love Walt Disney World) Needless to say I have returned to The World several times since, even a few solo trips.  Then in the summer of 2010, we made a trip to the original, yep, Disneyland in California. It was great to see the park that started it all and “walk in the footsteps of Walt”.  Since then, I started listening to Disney podcasts, reading fan blogs, following the magic on Twitter, even reading a book or two about Walt Disney himself.

First Half Marathon!

First Half Marathon!

I had no idea there was such a passionate, diverse Disney fan base!  There are so many cool and fun ways Disney fans can all come together and share “the magic”.  One way my wife and I discovered was was runDisney,   In January of 2013 my wife and I ran our first Disney half-marathon!  It was an amazing experience.  Much for fun than run!  Then in 2014 my wife stepped up and ran he first full marathon.  Whoa!  It was amazing to see all of the Disney fans, young and old, come out and get fit!  They are many other ways to share your Disney passion and I can’t wait to experience some others.

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  1. Heidi

    Thanks for the twitter follow. I hopped over to check out your site and blog. I see we have much in common. I have 3 children, the younger 2 adopted from Vietnam. We’re a Christian family who visit Disney as often as we can make it possible. I blog at Heidi’s Head (http://heidi-strawser.com).

     
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    1. wdwparkhopper

      Hello Heidi! Yes, a lot in common indeed. Never a dull moment at our house, much like yours I’m sure! I have enjoyed browsing through your blog, reading about your adventures. I am always looking for Disney tips! Keep up the great work! May God continue to bless you and your family!!

       
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  2. Kendrick Brown

    I love your podcast! Nothing beats hearing the ambient sounds of Disney while driving to and from places. Especially when we are not able to make it to the World as of recent. I get my fix from your podcast and greatly appreciate all that you do. Thanks so much for making my day more enjoyable. I hope to see you at Marathon Weekend this year as we are doing Dopey. Take care and see you real soon.

     
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  3. Mel Oliver

    Hey Dan!

    I discovered your podcast a few months back and really enjoy it! Nothing beats being able to escape to Disney in the middle of a long day at the office.

    I was excited to find out you were a fellow Ohioan!

    Thanks again!

    Mel Oliver from Columbus

     
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    1. wdwparkhopper

      Hey, hello my Buckeye, Disney friend! Thanks for the kind words and thanks for listening to the show! Let me know if there is ever anything you would like to know or a special adventure you would like to hear!

      — Dan

       
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