Sunday, January 1, 2012

90. Happy New Year and Thank You!

Happy New Year! I started Digital Disney World exactly one year ago and I'm very excited to have reached this milestone. When I wrote my first article about Disney podcasts on January 1st, I had no idea what was to come. I was a relatively new blog "reader" and had very little writing experience. Even though I have been a big Walt Disney World enthusiast for most of my life, I was unaware of the huge online community until only a few years ago. Once I started listening to the podcasts and browsing the blogs, I was totally hooked. As a fan of technology, I decided to jump into Disney cyberspace with both feet, and Digital Disney World was born. In the beginning, I was getting a few hundred "pageviews" per month and I was happy that people were actually reading the blog. However, as the year went on, I was blown away by the increase in readers. Digital Disney World is now getting between 60 and 100 pageviews per day and it has had over 14,000 pageviews in 2011. I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for this.

When I started this blog, it was totally dedicated to highlighing ways to connect to Walt Disney World through modern technology. However, Digital Disney World has grown and evolved quite a bit throughout 2011. Back in February, I started the "On This Date" series to feature important dates in the history of the vacation kingdom. I have tried to sprinkle in these "O.T.D." articles throughout the year and plan on continuing this into 2012. Also, after returning home from our summer trip with more than 500 new photos, I decided it was time to start sharing. In August, I began another new series called the "DDW Pic of the Day." I thought it would be fun to post a different Disney World picture each and every day. These are all photos that I have personally taken over the past ten years, and I include little descriptions with each. I thought it just made sense to start posting "digital" pics on a blog called "Digital Disney World."  I will be taking many more pics on my trip next week to add to my library, and I look forward to continuing the DDW Pic of the Day series in 2012.

Lou Mongello & Amy Petermann
Other than the enjoyment of escaping daily to the blogging universe, Digital Disney World has afforded me the opportunity to befriend many great people in the online community. I have met several of them in person and have corresponded with others using the internet. I want to thank everyone who has continued to encourage and support me in my Disney endeavors. I couldn't possibly mention them all by name, but I need to thank a few who have been inspiring and instrumental to the success of the blog. First and foremost is Lou Mongello of WDW Radio, who continues to be the best example of how to follow your Disney dreams. Next, I'd like to thank Craig and Amy Falk Petermann from The Relocated Tourist blog. They have one of the best Disney blogs on the net and were kind enough to list Digital Disney World as one of their "favorite links." This gave my blog a big boost in readership. I also want to thank all of the other websites that have posted my info, including Sorcerer Radio and Widen Your World. It is greatly appreciated and won't be forgotten.

Minnie, Dad, Mom, & Mickey
On a personal note, I would like to thank my mom and dad for introducing me to Walt Disney World as a young boy. They truly recognized the importance of spending time together, and helped create many wonderful Disney memories. Finally, I want to thank my incredible wife Melissa. She understands my enthusiasm for Disney World and has been my biggest supporter as I continue to pursue my own Disney dreams. I know of no greater pleasure than spending time with Melissa and our little man, Christopher, on vacation in our favorite place. Since our Disney World honeymoon in 2000, we have created many wonderful memories there, and look forward to many more. Thank you Princess!
The Three Caballeros
As I finish this final article of 2011, I have much to look forward to in 2012. I am excited to say that in addition to Digital Disney World, I have two new endeavors that I have embarked on for the new year. First, I have decided to start using my knowledge and experience to help others plan their Disney vacations. I am privileged to have been accepted by Mouse Fan Travel as one of their newest Independent Vacation Planners. I look forward to helping others create their own Disney memories. In addition to booking trips, I have created another business called WDW Guided Tours to help guests see the most that Disney World has to offer in the least amount of time. I give my first official tour next week. It is certainly going to be a busy 2012, and I look forward to what the future is going to bring.  Happy New Year to all of you and thanks again for reading Digital Disney World!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!


  1. Hi Dave! You will not believe me when I say this, but I have NEVER been to Disney World. We are moving from Hawaii back to New England next year and darnit I am going to go to DW!! It sounds like you are quite the Disney expert, so I will be contacting you when we get the chance to plan our trip! Hau'oki Makahiki Hou, my friend and thank you for your enthusiasm for the Magical World of Disney.
    Heather Romao Bessee

  2. I look forward every day to check your blog to see what's new! No matter what else is going on I can always count on Digital Disney World to brighten my day! Thank you and keep it coming!!

  3. Hey Heather, it is great to hear from you! Thanks for reading the blog and please contact me when you decide to go to Disney World. Good luck with your move back to New England!

    Anonymous: Thanks for reading the blog and I'm glad I'm able to brighten your day! Happy New Year!

  4. Dave,
    Your knowledge of Disney is tremendous! I have now taken the kids to Disney three times, we will be planning our fourth trip sometime soon!!

  5. Thanks Seth! Let me know when you are going again so I can find you the best deals!