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Derek H.

  • Virginia
  • 12/13/2013
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About Me

I am a husband, a father, and a professional dot-connector.  I thrive on making the seemingly complex, simple and relatable. Most of the time, I'm doing this with my tax consulting clients, but I also enjoy helping my family, friends and clients make the most of their Walt Disney World vacations. My family and I live in Northern Virginia, just outside of our nation's capital.

About My Family

My family tree is filled with Mickey-shaped leaves.  My parents honeymooned in Walt Disney World.  My mother-in-law was a cast member in Disneyland.  My wife and I were blessed with many Disney vacations as children.  Although my plans to propose in Walt Disney World were interrupted in September 2001, we honeymooned there after our wedding in 2002 and have been making semiannual trips to our Happy Place ever since.  We're now parents to a lovely little girl, and jolly little boy, and two Labrador Retrievers.

About My Disney Experience

My friends and family lovingly refer to me as a “Waltophile” due to my unquenchable thirst for all things Walt Disney. I have been fortunate to grow-up with many wonderful Disney vacation experiences, and my wife and I absolutely love creating new Disney memories with our children. I love answering questions about how to enjoy the Disney Parks with babies and preschoolers; I’m so glad we’ve made those memories in our family. I also look at my Disney vacations as an apprenticeship with Walt Disney himself. I return from each of our trips with amazing souvenirs in the form of lessons in customer service, innovation, storytelling, and branding.

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