Goodbye DVC Mike

Goodbye DVC Mike

I don’t know if you were aware, but I was diagnosed in early 2014 with Parkinson’s Disease. I have been thinking about the difficult changes in my life as a result of this progressive degenerative neurological disorder. Lately, I have been unable to write many blog posts or participate in the DVC Community Forum on this website very much at all, and to be perfectly honest I don’t see that changing.

While I started the website and maintained it as a labor of love, it will eventually become burdensome for me to manage, all things considered. I will need to focus on my day to day health issues as I will have no other choice.  It appears unlikely that I will be able to make any future visits to Disney, so I plan on ridding myself of all my DVC points in January.

Since this website has been a labor of love for me, I want it to continue to grow and flourish. The members of our discussion forum have all worked so well together creating a safe and welcoming community. Each of you has contributed in your own way to the health and vitality of the site.

I have decided to transition ownership of the website to Russ, as well as grant him permission to continue to utilize my personal photos.  Russ and I have talked and he has told me of his vision for continued development and operation of the website.  I will be transitioning my responsibilities to Russ over the coming weeks, bit by bit, so as to not overwhelm him.

It is my hope that you will give Russ the great support that you’ve given me over the past years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the DVC community for over 10 years now. I’ll still be around for a while. I don’t know if I will continue to read and post on the discussion forum in the future, or if I will just slowly fade into the sunset over the next several months.

However, it’s been a grand ride!

Please join the Discussion on our Forums.

17 thoughts on “Goodbye DVC Mike”

  1. Mike, Thank you so much. You have made a difference for so many people. Congratulations! Well done my friend!

  2. No I was unaware… heart is sad…..Thank you a million times…your photos were so beautiful…and i have enjoyed the web-site and will continue to do so…My prayers are for you and your lovely wife always….

  3. You and your wife will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Wish you the best and God Bless!! Thank you again

  4. Oh, I’m so sorry. 🙁 I’m sure you’ll be around longer than you think you will be. Post a comment once in a while when you’re having a good day! Part of you lives on with this site.

  5. You’ve certainly chosen a worthy successor in Russ but your departure is a huge loss for the Disney fan community. I wish you the best for your health and I thank you for all you’ve done!

  6. Thank you for all your love and hard work! May it come back to you ten-fold! Wishing you all the best on your journey.

  7. I am so sad and sorry for your illness – you have touched so many people in such positive ways. You will be greatly missed in the DVC community and I want you to know you are daily in my prayers. May God bless you and your family at this time of trial and distress. I know Russ will do a fabulous job of continuing your legacy to the DVC family. Thank you for all you have given to others.You will be missed.

  8. I have learned so much about DVC over the past 5 or so years – thanks to you! I appreciate all of your time and energy spent compiling data, explaining concepts, and creating this website. I wish you and your family all the best as you face the future together.

  9. Thank you for being and providing such a wonderful resource. I wish you all the best!

  10. Dear Mike, thank you for your wonderful work. Your website was (and still is) for me one of my main sources to understand and learn/inform about DVC. Thanks to that I’m since 1 1/2 years a proud DVC member. God bless you and your family.

    Vielen Dank aus Deutschland

  11. DVC Mike I have followed your trip reports and posts from the DisBoards to the creation of this amazing website. You have helped my family and many others many times over and my family and I thank you so very much. God bless you and your family on your journey.


  12. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge, DVC Mike. Your devotion to your site has educated many and has given those of us still young at heart a place to learn and dream. Grateful for your gift of this site.

    Gloria, NJ

  13. Mike, I just felt like over the 4 years I’ve been on DVC forums I got to know you and your family. You are a great guy that has a big heart. Thank you so much for sharing your passion of Disney with us. Praying for you and your family during this time. God Bless!

  14. I’ve been quietly following your pictures and stories for years and you will be missed for sure! Take care of yourself!

  15. DVC Mike, we r so sad to hear about this. We have so enjoyed & benefited from your knowledge & insights. Your trip reports have been priceless; your photographs breathtaking works of art. We will continue to view & participate in dvcinfo discussions, & to support Russ. We never met u, but somehow feel like we’re friends. God bless u.

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