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WestFest 2014

 

 

 

A "Thank You!" and an Announcement.

DPN WestFest 2014 has officially closed. The main highlight from this year's event was the smaller, more intimate feel. That feeling was a result of having fewer attendees than normal. For those of you watching from home, I'm sure you noticed it didn't diminish the fun.

I want to thank all of you DPNers that made this year's WestFest such a great success. A Thank You to all who took on the burden of hosting a meet. Which meant creating new ways to have Disney fun, making schwag, giving away prizes (some pretty sweet ones), and schlepping it all around The Parks. Most importantly, a Big Thank You to ALL of you who showed up. Without your willingness to travel, to let your Disney time to be somewhat scheduled, and your desire to spend time with your online friends and family, there would be no DPN WestFest. Whatsoever. A sobering thought because I know MY life has been enriched by getting to know you all.

Now for the "Announcement". The last (yes, you read that right) DPN WestFests have been scheduled and the dates can be found here (http://tinyurl.com/dpnwfdates). In this letter last year, you got a three year notification of our 10th Anniversary and that 2016 may very well be the last DPN WestFest. In the year since, my thoughts changed from "maybe" to "certainly". 2016 will indeed be the last. In 2016 we'll be celebrating our 10th WestFest and the 10th Anniversary of the founding of The DPN, and I want us to go out with a bang. Accordingly, in 2016 WestFest will be a bigger deal than normal and will see the return of the DPN Banquet with some sort of headline entertainment. 2015 and 2016 have been purposely scheduled 51 weeks apart to allow for the opportunity to get two WestFests out of one Annual Pass.

So, as much as it pains me to say it, if you have to skip a WestFest, skip 2015. I think 2016 will prove to be epic and you won't want to miss it.

I want to close with a reminder that We are a unique, tight-knit community of which I truly enjoy being a member. I look forward to every opportunity we have to spend time together playing in a Disney Park and I am saddened when those times come to a close. Until we meet up again in a Park, I will be "seeing" you somewhere on the internet.

Thank you again,

Mike

 

 

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