Daniel had been a member of the Theme Park Insider community since 2010 and in 2013 started writing a monthly column covering theme parks from the perspective of a fan who used a wheelchair.
He was particularly honored when the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation chose to share his column, How using a wheelchair changes the theme park experience, to its thousands of followers in Facebook. In that post, Daniel wrote: "My theme park life can be divided in two parts; my able body experience and my disabled experience. 1999 was the year that changed the way I would experience the same rides that I rode before. Ending up in a wheelchair with no ability of standing up on my own and with upper torso weakness, it changed my ride’s experience."
What disability never changed, however, was Daniel's love for theme parks and visiting them. His columns provided advice and inspiration for many Theme Park Insider readers who did not want to let a physical disability get in the way of their enjoyment of the parks, either.
I've reached out to Daniel's family for information about services. In the meantime, I hope that you will enjoy these links to some of Daniel's best columns, as well as to take this opportunity to remember Daniel and to express your condolences to his family, in the comments.
Some of Daniel's top columns:
I looked up his Obit and it only says he died. No real info...
Thanks Robert for this nice write up.
Daniel's columns about going to theme parks really was a shining jewel of TPI. Sure, there are thousands of other websites that deal with Disney, or Universal, or theme parks, but none that had in depth coverage of how the disabled can enjoy (or not enjoy) theme parks.
If Daniel were to read the posts offered up here, I imagine he'd be thankful for the kind words about him and the well wishes that the TPI regulars have extended toward his family.
Theme Park Insider is truly a remarkable community.
Until then, sleep well, my friend.
We should all live like him…
Daniel had incredible insight into the theme park industry, and had a unique and interesting perspective. It was always enjoyable to read his articles, and I hope he knew how much his writing was appreciated. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, and may he be remembered for his wit, perspective, and insight.
Daniel's sister wrote: "Daniel enjoyed life to its fullest, setting an example for all of us who knew him - challenges exist to be overcome - he loved sharing with his writing his passion for movies, good food and of course theme parks.
"He was a child at heart and loved life even with all the physical challenges. I will share this outpouring of love for him with the rest of the family."
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