Here We Are

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of “Tours Departing Daily.” Can you believe it’s been 5 years?

In some ways it’s crazy to think that we’ve been at this for that long, but when I look back at all the pictures we’ve taken, the experiences, the people we’ve met, the hours and money invested, it feels like forever. It’s kind of like being married in a way. It’s hard to remember a time before this. A time before we were taking pictures at Disneyland and sharing them on the internet.

There have been a lot of wonderful changes in the last 5 years.

Michaela and I moved to San Diego. I got a great job as a graphic designer and photographer for UC San Diego after having worked as a custodian for most of my adult life. We’ve made some truly amazing friends.

There have also been some challenges.

When Squarespace “helped” us out by canceling our hosting early, leaving us scrambling to put something together on WordPress, Michaela and I weren’t sure we had it in us. We’re actually still working on cleaning up that mess. People selling our work on eBay and Etsy has certainly been frustrating.

The most challenging part of any of this has been finding balance. Is this a hobby? Is it more? Our sporadic absence over the past year has been the result of us trying to answer those questions, and make sure our focus is where it needs to be. Not only that but making sure that we spend quality time together and get adequate rest. Those are easy things to forget when you’re passionate about something but that something isn’t your 9 to 5, paying the bills.

About a month ago, I mentioned that we would be changing how we do things. I said that we were going to shift our posts to a more content rich, storytelling style. We’re just about there and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on. For the first time in a long time, we feel like there’s promise on the horizon.

So here we are. I feel like I rambled. Did I ramble? I hope not. I hope you know how much we appreciate you. It means a lot to us for you to take time out of your day and pay us a visit.

The Storytellers, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, look towards Carthay Circle Theater on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. Contrats on hitting the 5 year mark you guys! I’m so glad you both still continue to share your wonderful photos and stories of Disneyland.


    1. Thanks, @disqus_PEEvNXeGLY:disqus! We really appreciate all of your comments and support.


  2. Congrats on the job and the anniversary. I think the last I remember was that you both moved to San Francisco. Hope that doesn’t date me to poorly. Here’s to another five. Take care and God Bless.


    1. Thanks, Mike 🙂 That was the intent, but things changed once Matthew was offered a job at UCSD. We’re glad things worked out the way they did.


  3. We are all so fortunate that all three of you are so dedicated to this blog. I’ve had my own blog since early 2009, with over 600 posts, so I know how tough it can be sometimes. But I want you to know how much your efforts are appreciated. They truly are. You provide a valuable service. Here’s to the next five years. May they be filled with happiness and fulfillment and success.


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