Alan S. Dalinka
Alan S. Dalinka (@AlanDalinka on Twitter) was born in Chicago and lived there and in its suburbs for nearly his life until he packed up and sold his Chicago townhouse in the Summer of 2014 and used his Disney Vacation Club Membership to stay at Walt Disney World while house hunting in Central Florida. He traveled to Walt Disney World a number of times as a kid in the 1970s and 1980s; highlights include his first trip with his parents and brother in October 1972, and when he marched down Main Street U.S.A. with his high school band in April 1984. He first visited Disneyland as a kid with his family in November 1976, and has been back a number of times, including September 12 and 13, 2001, when all flights were grounded as a result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 while Alan was attending business meetings in nearby Newport Beach, California. He first visited Disneyland Paris on a day trip during a vacation in Paris, France, and stayed at Disney’s Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris for a couple of nights in November 2009. He has not yet successfully scheduled visits to Tokyo, Hong Kong or Shanghai, but stay tuned.
Alan visited the original incarnation of The Disney Institute at Walt Disney World in November 1996, which eventually (four years later) lead to his becoming a DVC Member (during a stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort with a Magic Kingdom balcony view). His DVC Membership ultimately lead to his vacationing at Walt Disney World every New Year's Eve from 2002 to 2012, and lots of other days of those years (and many days in 2013 and even 2014 before moving), and then moving within a couple of miles of Magic Kingdom.
Alan is a longtime Disney stockholder, an Apple Computer user since 1983 (Mac since 1990, iPhone since 2007), and, as you may have guessed from his MousePlanet contributions, an avid photographer. Alan has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Eastern Canada, Western Europe and Israel. As a hobby, Alan has had his own website (remember geocities?) since 1995, where you can see even more of his Disney photos and videos, as well as photos from around Chicagoland and other places he has visited around the World. Visit http://asdhollywood.com. You can read his professional biography at http://alandalinka.com. Alan is also on Twitter and Instagram as @AlanDalinka.