The Contributors

This Happy Place Blog has been lucky to be home to many fantastic guest writers who pop in with their creativity and awesome writing whenever they feel the urge.

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MICHELLE | twitter | Michelle grew up surrounded by Disney characters and movies. As an alumni of the College Program, she has Disney’s Wishes constantly looping in her head when it isn’t filled with Alan Menken music. She has a deep love for Donald Duck since they both have self-proclaimed short tempers and she may very well be the biggest fan of Beauty and the Beast. As a fan of listening to Disney news podcasts  at work. Michelle is always planning her next trip to Disney World so she could spend hours riding her favorite attraction- The PeopleMover.

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MELISSA KNIGHT | twitter | Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit Walt Disney World with physical limitations.

MELISSA SUE SORRELLS | twitter | Melissa is a magazine editor in New Jersey, where she lives with her cavapoo, George. She blogs about all things Disney at Mouse on the Mind.

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ALAN | web / twitter | Alan was a WDW enthusiast, DVC member, and co-host of the Enchanted Tiki Talk. Unfortunately, he was taken from us too soon and passed away in December of 2016.  He is survived by his wife and his young daughter. We will always miss him, especially his kind words and good humor.

ALEX | twitter | Alex has been a Disney fan since her first visit at the age of 4. Since then, she’s been back at least once a year, and has successfully converted her husband into being just as Disney-crazed as she is. She believes that a stroll on the BoardWalk is the best way to start the day and the perfect way to end the day is with Illuminations.

ALEXA | twitter | I grew up believing I would live the life of a Disney princess, complete with the prince of my dreams, a castle with a huge library (a la Beauty and the Beast) and a constant animal companion to keep me company. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (yet). In the meantime, I run Alexa Loves Books.

ANDREW | web / twitter | Andrew Phillip Tipton is a failed musician, failed artist, and failed art historian. He does however make a living styling hair. He is obsessed with Hayley Mills in a totally unhealthy manner…and enjoys life in Montclair, NJ with his husband Adam.  Andrew constantly dreams of his next trip to Disney World, staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. (He also co-hosted Disney Hipster Podcast.)

ANTHONY | In the years following his quarter-life crisis, Anthony Methvin found himself turning to Disney for comfort. After much film-watching, music-listening, book-reading and park-going, his brain was so overwhelmed with Disney-related information, opinions, queer readings, musings and other assorted orange thoughts, that he started a blog, Moved by the Mouse, to prevent his poor little head from exploding.

JAMES | twitter | James is a fun-loving character who wishes he could just ride Space Mountain all day, every day, instead of sitting in his office at work. He first visited WDW as a young teen but didn’t really catch the Disney bug until a trip with Estelle, when he realized that you don’t have to grow up just because you grow older. He loves to play video games and listen to loud music in his free time but nothing compares to the joys of roaming the Disney parks with his beautiful wife. When’s the next trip again?

JEFF BIROU | twitter | Jeff Birou never wants to grow up. Believe you me, Disney really has had a profound impact on Jeff, to the point where he, at age 26, sports a Toy Story luggage tag and also insisted that “Part of Your World” be included in his wedding playlist.

GUEST WRITERS

AMANDAtwitter | Amanda is a reader and writer of film and television commentary. When not transfixed with the world of entertainment, her daily life serves as a down to earth look at the humor in living with disabilities and the joys of everyday triumphs.

DAN HEATON | twitter | Dan writes about film, TV, and pop culture at PTSnob.com and Disney at tomorrowsociety.com. He loves EPCOT Center and lives in St. Louis, MO.

JEFF | twitter | Jeff Heimbuch wrote a book with Disney Legend Rolly Crump called It’s Kind of a Cute Story. He’s also the author of Main Street Windows. For five years, he co-hosted Communicore Weekly. He is currently working on a serialized audio drama called Return Home.

JOSH | twitter | Josh hosts Mousterpiece Cinema, a podcast where he, his co-host Scott Renshaw, and special guest stars deliver in-depth reviews of Disney movies once a week.

JP | twitter | JP is an animator and filmmaker from New York. Growing up surrounded by cartoons, it is JP’s dream to work on an animated feature. He is a big fan of Mickey’s animated shorts and such animated shows as Avatar: The Last Airbender and Venture Brothers. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, JP’s work can be seen at johnpaullavin.com.

KATHERINE | twitter | Katherine Rautenberg was raised on Disney movies, Mickey Mouse stuffed animals and regular trips to Walt Disney World. These days, she works as a writer and editor and spends her spare time eating, running and obsessing over all things Disney.

KEITH GLUCK | twitter | Keith Gluck is the creator of The Disney Project. His work can be seen on the Walt Disney Family Museum blog, All Ears, MiceChat, and The DIS. A lifelong Disney fan, you can find him Periscoping at Disneyland… a lot.

KIMBERLY MICHELLE | twitter | Kimberly Michelle has been a lifelong Disney fan since her mom bestowed the nickname “Tink” on her as a baby. She’s an avid collector, a former passholder with literally countless visits to the Happiest Place on Earth under her belt and a former Disneyland “Zoo Crew” cast member. She happily married a Stitch collector, and together they share their love of all things Mickey with their daughter. She shares the exploits of her life at kimberlymichelle.com.

KJ SIMPSON | twitter | KJ is an ardent Disney fan who blogs at plusthemagic.com. There’s no place she’d rather be than Epcot, and she’s always planning her next trip…

MATT | twitter | Matt has been visiting Walt Disney World since his early childhood. Now, as an adult, he visits the domestic parks multiple times a year and is known for his literal “backstage connections.” Matt co-hosted a roundtable Disney news podcast, The Hub Podcast. When he’s not busy visiting a Disney park, Matt is a lawyer living in Philadelphia. 

MARSHAL | twitter | Marshal Knight is a try-hard funny person living in FL. He spends his days reminiscing about Smash and missing Bunheads. He frequently writes for LaughingPlace.com, Disney Bop, and is currently working on a YouTube series he created.

RACHEL | twitter | If I had to pick a Disney princess that best described me, I’d probably be a cross between Ariel and Belle. An endlessly curious daydreamer, with a HUGE love of books. Too bad I can’t sing or swim though because that I would be kinda nice too. But I digress. I run Hello, Chelly filled with book reviews, photos, music and my random ramblings.

RICH TOBIN | web / tweet | Richard is a West-Coaster who considers Disneyland his home-away-from-home (just like a lot of other DL regulars), and wishes he could get out to Walt Disney World more often. He writes every chance he gets and—when not working—loves music (all kinds), great animation, reading and games. He likes entertainment with happy endings (bittersweet’s okay, too) and wishes Mary Blair could have designed an entire city.

STEPHEN | twitter | Steve is a huge fan of theme parks. Since a young age he has been captivated by his experiences at places like Disney World and Busch Gardens. After visiting “One Man’s Dream” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios several years ago Steve discovered a new passion in learning about the history of Walt Disney.

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