By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Publication Notice

By Dave Shute

MomMy dear sweet mom passed away late last night.

That’s her on the left, with her sister and best friend my Aunt Nancy on the right, sometime in the days when Frank Sinatra was king.

As a result, I’ll be even slower than usual in my responses to comments, and other than the every Friday “Next Week at Walt Disney World,” and other critical updates, won’t be publishing much new here for a bit…



1 Genie { 04.09.13 at 4:58 pm }

So sorry for your loss; take care.

2 Paul Little { 04.09.13 at 5:21 pm }

So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

3 Jennifer { 04.09.13 at 5:29 pm }

Very VERY sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you and your family.

4 Scott { 04.09.13 at 5:40 pm }

My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. May God bless you during this difficult time.

5 Renee { 04.09.13 at 5:49 pm }

Prayers to you and your family and may happy memories offer you all comfort in due time.

6 Dave { 04.09.13 at 6:58 pm }

Thanks to all for the thoughts prayers and support…

7 Wendy { 04.09.13 at 7:47 pm }

My thoughts are with you…

8 Katherine Chadrick { 04.09.13 at 9:30 pm }

You’ll be in our prayers….may God bless you and your family in this difficult time.

9 Michael H { 04.09.13 at 11:28 pm }

Very sad 🙁

10 Mike { 04.10.13 at 6:27 am }

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. As I was told when my mom passed, always remember the happy times and she is with you in spirit. Don’t worry about slow responses , we can wait.

11 Gretchen { 04.10.13 at 9:52 am }

I’m so sorry about your Mom. Take care of yourself and your family.

12 Jennifer M { 04.10.13 at 1:30 pm }

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you.

13 Dave { 04.10.13 at 3:32 pm }

Thanks, all…

14 Doreen { 04.10.13 at 5:40 pm }

I am so sorry about your loss. May God comfort you and your family.

15 Steve From { 04.10.13 at 6:10 pm }

Dave, our hearts go out to you!

You and your family are in Tracy and my thoughts.


16 Sheree { 04.10.13 at 6:14 pm }

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. I pray that God wraps His arms around you and your family during this time.

17 Troy { 04.11.13 at 12:42 am }

So sorry to hear. You’ll be in my thoughts. Take care, Dave…

18 Vivian { 04.11.13 at 5:31 am }

Very sorry for your loss.

19 Jessica { 04.11.13 at 7:36 am }

I am sorry to hear of your loss, may she rest in peace.

20 Susan { 04.11.13 at 5:38 pm }

I am so sorry for your loss! You’ll be in my thoughts.

21 Tina { 04.11.13 at 6:46 pm }

What a wonderful picture of your mom. Thank you for sharing her memory with us.

22 Terry { 04.11.13 at 11:23 pm }

As the weeks have gone by, and our trip starts Saturday, I have spent quite a bit of time on this site.

I imagine I am not alone thinking you are sometimes just sitting nearby offering great tips and advice, and that I have gotten to know a bit of you on the way.

Thanks for all the things you have made here and all the help you have provided to so many people.

Your mom must have been incredibly proud, and she raised a great person.
Very very sorry for your loss.

23 Tricia Love { 04.12.13 at 8:57 pm }

Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. May God bless you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

24 Brooke { 04.13.13 at 1:34 am }

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

25 Jennifer { 04.14.13 at 12:30 pm }

So Sorry……..Take Care. Thank you for all you do.

26 Christie { 04.14.13 at 5:19 pm }

I agree with Terry! Thank you Dave for all your hard work and helping us put together magical vacations with our loved ones. So sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family.

27 Dave { 04.15.13 at 8:11 am }

Well, with joy and sorrow we buried my mom on a beautiful morning on Saturday. My dad designed, and my sister did the logistics for, a wonderful ceremony.

Three different groups of friends got together and made donations in my mom’s name to Give Kids the World and the Make a Wish Foundation.

My sister and I divided the eulogy between us, and in my part I thanked those friends, and all of you, in paragraph 173.

Other good bits from the eulogy:

From para 114 (about mom’s advancing age) “this was the time in our lives when her phrase ‘I’m laughing so hard I’m gonna pee in my pants’ shifted from metaphor to early warning”

From para 263 “Now she’s with her mom, and with her sister and best friend my Aunt Nancy, and she’s with with her first born, my big sister Martha Ann, taken from us so young, and with Martha Ann she’s playing patty-cake and chasing butterflies in the flower-strewn meadows of an eternal spring…thanks to the grace of God”

And from para 264 “In conclusion, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, and hot sauce–oops, that’s my shopping list…Sorry mom!!”

Now I have to get things back on track at the real job, in what was already planned to be a short week because of younger son’s graduation. I hope to get back to the regular publication schedule around April 22, but will be putting out key stuff “Next Week…,” likely “November 2013” and any breaking news before then.

The support from all of you really helped a lot, and while it doesn’t seem right to single out anyone…Terry, your comment ( ) really bowled me over…thanks.

28 Liz { 04.15.13 at 8:51 am }

I am so sad for you – it is a hard sad thing, and grief comes in waves. I lost my mom in September – she was 65. I love the eulogy bits; writing my mom’s was fun for me, it was a really joyous part.

Knowing that I am exactly where I am meant to be helps me, a lot. As a mother, I know what that means for a parent to see their kid happy and in the right place, so I take comfort that my mom got to see that fulfilled for me. I’m pretty positive your mom had the pleasure of that, too. 🙂

Mourn well, and celebrate that graduation.

29 Bea { 04.16.13 at 1:09 pm }

Dave, I’m so very sorry to learn of your great loss. My computer was running slow yesterday & it never showed your message about not being able to respond. I would have never been so rude as to leave a question if I had known. I just went back on today and saw the sad news.

I can see by your site that you are a very caring and thoughtful person to give of your time for the help of others so that they might gain from your knowledge. Your mother must have been very proud of you and taught her children well.

My prayers are with you now & in the days ahead.

30 Danny { 04.16.13 at 11:57 pm }

Hi Dave

I am the same Danny, that posted on the seven night summer itinerary. Just want to let you know, I feel sorry that your mother died, and you are having a sad time. I can also say, that your mother did a good job to raise you, to make this wonderful site.

31 Tom { 04.19.13 at 9:07 am }

So sorry to hear about this sad piece of news. My deepest sympathy for you and your family in this harsh moment.

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