Meet our team of Travel Planning Experts!



  • Karli Koenig
  • Emily Darnell
  • Brooke Becker
  • Jeanie Carpenter
  • Laura Murphy
  • Kelly Hall
  • Nicholle Bumguardner
  • Elaine Swart
  • Antonietta Risalvato
  • Betsy Walker
  • Brenda Keough
  • Stacy Linn
  • Hope Wagoner
  • Jennie Raybould
  • Alisha Thielepape
  • Colleen Philo
  • Kelly Powell

  


Cathy Fleming
 -
 Founder
CTA - Certified Travel Associate

Earliest Disney Memory - As a young child, every Sunday evening I began my mission to learn as
much as possible about this "Magic Kingdom where
the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and

learn - together."  -Roy Disney   

 I sat myself directly in front of the TV and waited for Walt Disney to personally tell me about his
magical place in Florida.  I had no idea where Florida was located, nor did it matter.  What mattered was that
HE was talking to ME and I knew even then that I
would find a way to see this magical place!  In 1972,
I convinced my parents to take me, and so
began my love and fascination for Walt Disney World.


I have been fortunate enough to find my way back home to Walt Disney World more than 60+ visits, enjoying a stay at each of the Disney Resorts.  I have visited Walt Disney World every month of the year and attended seasonal events including Star Wars Weekends, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, including The Candlelight Processional.  I have participated in numerous behind the scenes tours.  I have also enjoyed visiting the Disney parks in California - Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure. A special memory was being able to visit Walt Disney's apartment at Disneyland Resort.

 My husband, Mike, daughter, Beth, and son, Justin, are big Disney fans. They understand and support my passion for all things Disney.  Justin was a Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while participating in the College Program.

As a retired Educator, I speak with great excitement about the memorable educational opportunities (both structured and non-structured) available for youth of all ages at Walt Disney World.  There are so many educational aspects at the Disney Parks as they are  immersed with history, culture, science, math, technology, economics, and  more!

Since 1998, I have acted as planner and tour guide for school groups and families, having participated in a variety of Disney’s Youth Education Series (YES) programs, and enjoyed bringing more than 500 + children and their family to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Keep my agency, Magical Adventures Travel, in mind as you begin to plan
your next Magical Adventure!



Call Cathy toll free -866.611.5413 ext. 301 or emailcathy@magicaladventurestravel.com

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  Lacee Guseman


MY STORY:
For me, Disney represents all the magic, imagination, wishes, and dreams lost after childhood that were recaptured in four amazing parks, fantastic resort hotels, and exquisite dining destinations. In 2008 my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to take a trip with my parents to Walt Disney World. Those six days were magical – we were swept away by Disney’s attention to detail. Fairies twinkled in the trees above, the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls swept through the air, and music and laughter seemed to spring from every corner; this was pure magic. Here I could dream and wish freely, without the responsibilities and everyday tasks of adulthood.

MY EXPERIENCE:
This escape from reality and the limitless opportunities to create magical memories with my family is what keeps me coming back every year. Friends and family no longer ask if we are going to Disney World, they only inquire as to when! We are now Disney Vacation Club members and have been fortunate to be able to visit Walt Disney World during the spring, summer, fall, and winter. We have experienced Star Wars Weekends, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the Candlelight Processional, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

MY FAVORITE RESORTS:
  • Value Resort: Pop Century - I loved the larger than life Disney characters, themed pools, and large dining area.
  • Moderate Resort: Port Orleans Riverside – the immaculate grounds, Southern inspired architecture, and convenience of the Sassagoula River was fantastic.
  • Deluxe Villas: I fell in love with two resorts! Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa for its close proximity to Downtown Disney, brilliant landscaping, and themed décor. Also, Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas for its up close and personal experiences with the animals, spectacular views of the savanna, and unique architecture.

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
To name a few is a difficult task; all the Disney restaurants offer a wonderfully different experience! A few of my favorites we have visited often are Raglan Road, Boma, Chef Mickey’s, and ‘Ohana.

MY FAVORITE TIP:
Many times more popular restaurants fill up quickly, it is highly recommended to make Advanced Dining Reservations at these locations. Also, I would recommend getting familiar with the My Disney Experience app before leaving home – here you can access FastPass+ selections, view dining reservations, and order personalized Magic Bands.

MY GOAL:
My goal is to plan enchanted, magical Disney vacations so others can experience the happiness and excitement I have had on my visits. Disney vacation planning is a way for me to share my love for Disney World and utilize my attention to detail to plan a magical vacation for others. I will take the hassle out of planning and booking so you and your family can enjoy all the magic Disney Parks vacations have to offer. Contact me today!
 
         Call Lacee toll free - 866.611.5413 ext. 304 or email lacee@magicaladventurestravel.com

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Wyndie Anglin

 
I have been a huge Disney fan since childhood. Some of my favorite Disney memories are receiving the entire Disney soundtrack collection, as records, when I was around four years old. I wore those records out! I also enjoyed watching The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday evenings with my family. And, I can't forget the first time I ever went to Disneyland or Walt Disney World. My most recent favorite memory is when my sweet husband got tears in his eyes when our little one saw Cinderella's castle for the first time.

Now, I am a wife and a mother and I love sharing my love for Disney with my family. I'm proud to say that I'm raising two Disney fanatics. My son and daughter have a love for Disney that includes movies, television shows, music, toys, and, of course, visiting the parks. My daughter loves dressing up as a princess while visiting the parks, but she also loves the Pirates' League at Magic Kingdom. My son enjoys getting his passport stamped at the World Showcase in Epcot, and he loves Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. They both love the rides.....the little one loves Dumbo and the Mad Tea Party and my son loves Expedition Everest and Space Mountain.

My favorite Disney Restaurant is the Biergarten at the World showcase in Epcot. Not only is the food great and authentic, but the atmosphere is lively and fun. One of the best places to get a snack is Starring Rolls at Hollywood Studios. The chocolate peanut butter cupcake alone is worth the trip.

My favorite Character Meal Meal for the whole family is Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. The breakfast is one of the best at Walt Disney World. For your little princess, the princess meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway is a great way to meet some of her favorite princesses. They throw in a set of pictures with Belle which is a great addition. You can all be in the picture or just your little princess.

My favorite Disney Resorts is hard to pin point. For value resorts, you can’t beat the theming of Art of Animation. Plus, the family suites are large and wonderfully decorated. My favorite moderate resort is the Port Orleans Riverside. I especially love the royal rooms, but the grounds, pool and food are exceptional as well. I have two favorite deluxe resorts; Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian. You just can’t beat the savannah view rooms at AKL. Watching the zebras, giraffes, and other animals walking from your balcony is amazing. The Grand Floridian is just gorgeous. Not only are the ground beautiful, but the resort itself is amazing too. I love afternoon tea there, and of course, the fun character meals at 1900 Park Fare. If you need something larger, nothing can beat a suite at Old Key West. This resort has such a Florida feel to it, and the large rooms are great for large groups or those who want a lot of room.

My best tip is to be sure you are at the gates before the park opens, or rope drop, as we like to refer to it. One great way to ensure this is to schedule an in park breakfast before the park opens. This way you are already in the park, and, hopefully, close to finishing your meal when the park opens. Also, taking a break helps when you are traveling with children, but even adults can use a break. It can be a few hours of rest at your resort, or something as simple as hitting a show or sitting down to eat.

While Disney is my first love and I do consider myself well versed in all things Disney, our agency can book just about any magical vacation you’d like so please don’t feel that I can’t help you with other venues. We book a wide range of other venues such as SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, Sandals, Beaches, Hilton hotels, Southwest Vacations, Funjet Vacations, United Vacations, Viking River Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Holland American, just to name a few. Feel free to contact me for your free quote and assistance planning your magical vacation.
Call Wyndie toll free - 866.611.5413 ext. 303 or email wyndie@magicaladventurestravel.com   

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Haley Blakely


I loved Disney World as a child, but have found it only gets better having the ability to see the Magic through the eyes of my children.  I also love all that Disney has to offer with Disney Cruise Line for adults and also your little ones. Planning is my number one tip because it will save you money and headaches, giving you the opportunity to enjoy all of the Magic that Disney has to offer while you are on your vacation. Traveling with little ones can seem overwhelming but with a little planning, it can be magical.    


Dining -  When at home my family and I don’t go out to eat often so on vacation we like to take advantage of all the great dining options available.   We enjoy the Deluxe Dining Plan and the options that it gives with Character Dining and the ability to enjoy Signature Restaurants.  Some of my favorite restaurants include: Flying Fish, California Grill, Maya Grill, 1900 Park Fare, and Tusker House.  My family was lucky enough to enjoy a small first birthday celebration for my Daughter at Crystal Palace including a personalized Cake, and I would add the cakes are delish!!  But with the great dining options they are very popular and can book up quickly, so I suggest booking Advanced Dining Reservations at or near to 180 days prior to you arrival to give you the greatest chance of enjoying the restaurants that you have your heart set on.

Specials Memories for Kids:
There are so many special magical moments that you can make for your kids, here are a few of my favorites.
  • Character Dining brings the Characters to you, and you won’t be standing in a line in the heat, definitely a plus.  Get some great pictures and they will even sign your autograph book.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can be expensive, but you have the ability of just getting your Princesses’ hair and makeup done and you still get a magical and great experience. A tip I would like to give is bring your own Princess Dress, the dresses at the Boutique are beautiful, but expensive.  
  • Pirates League is something that I am super excited to give a try in September.  My Daughter loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and becoming a pirate just like them should be quite the memory.   I will have to give some updates.
          I love the Magic that Disney has to offer and hope to help make your next trip Magical too!!

           Call Haley toll free - 866.611.5413 ext. 305 or email haley@magicaladventruestravel.com
                                                                       
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Tracie DeWitt


   My family took our first trip to Disney World when I was a preteen.   We visited the Magic Kingdom and Epcot - those were the only two parks at the time.  We visited right after Christmas and the parks were so crowded that we did not even get into the parks most days!  

   Later, my husband and I enjoyed  watching Disney movies with our first child.  My husband had  visited Epcot  the year it first opened and we both looked forward  to experiencing our first trip to Walt Disney World and all four parks as a family!  In 2000 we got the chance as he was attending a conference in Orlando.  For several years we
traveled this way.


   After having our second child,  I began planning trips in a much different way!  I have planned Walt Disney World and Disney cruises for and with family and friends during different times of the year.  Trips were so much fun and easier with a good plan!

   I now have 15 WDW trips and 3 cruises under my belt since 2000, and 3 more park trips and one cruise planned over the next year.  I love planning Disney park trips and cruises for families, couples and groups!

Call Tracie toll free - 866.611.5413 ext 306  or email  tracie@magicaladventurestravel.com
 

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Jill Donaruma

 I became a Disney lover later in life.  I took my first trip when I was fifteen and didn't take my next one until I was twenty-five.  Since then I have taken a minimum of one trip per year.  I fell in love with the magic of Disney! There is nothing better than walking down Main street USA and feeling like a wide-eyed child.  I get a little pixie dust in my eye every time.
Planning -   One of my favorite parts of my Disney vacation is the planning.  There is nothing better than having that blank slate when you decide to book a trip and slowly filling it in with all of the details.  Disney gives you so many choices that two vacations never have to be the same.  You can repeat your tried and true favorites,  Do something completely different or do a little of both.  Where are you going to stay?  Where are you going to eat?  When are you going to each park?...These are the questions I can help answer for you.  
Favorite Resort - My favorite resort is the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The rooms with a savannah view are absolutely amazing.  Waking up and seeing the animals from your balcony is an experience that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.  Don't forget  to try the Zebra Domes!

My Favorite Restaurant -   Kona, a restaurant at the Polynesian Resort, serves the Polynesian Plate at lunch, and it is absolutely delicious.  It is the meal I must have every trip. 
My Favorite Tips -  Have a plan.  Disney World is a huge place and there are countless ways to make your vacation special.  Decide what is important to your family and put a plan in place.  Take a mid-day break.  It really helps refresh you and the kids.  A few hours back at the resort or pool makes a big difference.

My Favorite Park -  Animal Kingdom is a park that should be lingered over.  When I arrive I always go get a Fastpass at Kilimanjaro Safari and then head into the Pangani Forest Trail before it gets busy.  More often than not, you will  have it almost all to yourself.  Talk to the Cast Members and spend some time in the gorilla preserve.  By the time you are done you should be able to use your Safari Fastpass.

Call Jill toll free
- 866.611.5413 ext 309   or  email  jill@magicaladventurestravel.com
 
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                                                                      Elizabeth Morris
Six years ago we decided to take our two year old son to the Magic Kingdom for a day.  Neither my husband nor I had ever been to a Disney park.  When we walked into Magic Kingdom and looked down Main Street USA at Cinderella Castle, all three of us were hooked!   We couldn't wait to get back!  I have since visited while pregnant, with an infant, and with a toddler.  We can't get enough of all that Walt Disney World has to offer.  We are a Marine Corps family and a few years ago we celebrated my husband coming home from deployment with a Christmas trip to Disney.  I will never forget those precious memories we made that week.  It was so special to just be together and have fun and forget about all of those months apart.  It was the perfect way to reunite with each other.

My Family - We are a proud Military family.  My husband Glen has served over 15 years and is still an active duty Marine.  My oldest, Brody, is a true Disney addict.  My son Caleb has been going to Walt Disney World since he was an infant.  Many of my favorite memories with them so far have happened in a Disney park.
 
My Favorite Resort -  My favorite resort is the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.  They are so spacious and you don't have to worry about keeping the kids quiet.  My sons love being able to run around outside and meet other children nearby.  The kitchens are also very convenient with small children.  The cabins sleep 6, so for a family of 4 there is more than enough room to spread out.

My Favorite Restaurants -  Some of our favorites are O'hana for dinner, Chef Mickey's for dinner, Tony's Town Square on Main St., Whispering Canyon, and the Disney Junior Character Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine.

My Favorite Tip -  Rope Drop!  No matter what time of year you visit, if you arrive at Magic Kingdom at rope drop (park opening) you will be able to ride a lot of rides with low wait times the first two hours the park is open.  Also, the best way to see Characters would be enjoying dining at a Character Meal. Don't stand in line for hours when you can sit and have a nice meal and the characters will come to you.

I would love to have the opportunity to plan a magical Disney vacation for you!  The memories you will make on a Disney vacation are truly ones that will last a lifetime.
Call Elizabeth toll free- 866.611.5413 ext 312  or email  elizabeth@magicaladventurestravel.com

 
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 Greg Fulk
   
Disney Travel
Planner                  
Like my colleagues at Magical Adventures Travel, I've been fortunate to experience the magic of Disney on many occasions at various destinations.  I have great memories shared with my family over the years.  Living as I have in Wyoming and Colorado, Disney trips have always been a "big deal" for my family.  We treasure each trip and have learned to maximize every minute and dollar we spend.  Recently retired, I chose to become a Disney travel agent as my "encore" career for the sheer joy of it.  I'm thrilled to be able to help you plan and experience the best Disney has to offer.  I can hardly wait to share my knowledge and expertise with you, so you can begin making your own special memories.  Please get in touch with me soon, so we can get started planning right away!  You won't be disappointed with the MAGICAL DIFFERENCE provided by Magical Adventures Travel.

     Call Greg toll free - 866.611.5413  ext. 316   or email:   greg@magicaladventurestravel.com
                                                                                
                                                             
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 Megan Rodeffer


My first visit to a Disney park was Disneyland at the age of five.  Though I was small, I still remember how magical it was.  I visited Walt Disney World twice as a teenager and the love of all things Disney continued to grow.  But it was when I first took my own children to Disney World in 2007 that I truly fell in love with all things Disney!  Since then we have visited several times and taken a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.  Our most recent trip was to Disneyland in 2012 for the grand opening of Cars Land.  It is truly an amazing display of Disney Imagineering!

Favorite Resort:  We enjoy the moderate resort Port Orleans Riverside with its spacious rooms, an extra pull down bed, the boat to Downtown Disney,
and the feeling of the old south that permeates the grounds.                                                                      
Favorite restaurants:  We have quite a few favorites, and have yet to try them all, but so far we often return to Ohana, the Liberty Tree Tavern, the Garden Grill, and the Sunshine Seasons food court.  We also enjoy eating "around the world" at the various restaurants located throughout the World Showcase in Epcot.  

Favorite Tips:
  • I highly recommend getting the Disney Dining Plan.  Walt Disney world has some of the best restaurants you will find anywhere, and purchasing the dining plan allows you to enjoy amazing   food without having to worry about the cost, since it is all prepaid.  It is also an excellent value for the quality and amount of food you receive.
  • Plan ahead before hitting the parks.  I recommend using a touring plan to help you maximize your time in the parks, allowing you to spend less time in line and more time enjoying your   vacation.  I also use apps on my phone to stay updated on current wait times so I know which rides to avoid at busy times.
  • Get to the parks early for rope drop.  This allows you to enjoy very short wait times for popular rides while others are sleeping in. Then go back  to your Disney resort in the afternoon to rest while the parks are the most crowded.
Planning Disney vacations is something I love to do and I hope to be of service to you on your upcoming Disney vacation!  Let me help you create some magical Disney memories!
 Call Megan toll free - 866.611.5413  ext. 317  or email   Megan@MagicalAdventuresTravel.com                                                                   

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Jennifer Goad
You could say that I grew up with Disney!
 
My first trip was when I was 6 months old and from that point on, my love for the Disney Parks grew! We took family trips every few years to the Florida property as we watched the resort grow to three and eventually four parks! We would stay at the Contemporary Resort or the original Treehouse Villas before the resorts boomed in Lake Buena Vista. A long-standing tradition for my family was feasting at the Biergarten in Epcot and taking spins on Space Mountain!
 
While I attended college in Southern California I was able to visit Disneyland Resort and the newly opened California Adventure on a few occasions. I cannot wait to return there to introduce my family to the original park and let my kids walk in Walt’s footsteps!
 
My family likes to stay at the moderate resorts, with Coronado Springs being our favorite! We are avid character hunters and love to pin trade! My family has created new traditions of dining at Le Cellier and riding Big Thunder during the fireworks! Oh, and we love to consume our fair share of Mickey Premium Ice Cream bars!
 
I am an avid fan of Walt Disney and the history of the company, with special interest to the symbolism and stories of the Disney Parks! My Disney bucket list includes eating at the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s, taking a VIP tour, visiting all of the Disney Parks (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris), and seeing the inside of Club 33 at Disneyland!
 
The greatest tip I ever received was to get up early and beat the crowds to the parks! I follow it to this day and make sure my friends know the inside scoop!
 
You can contact me toll free at 866-611-5413 ext. 318 or at jenn@magicaladventurestravel.com to help you Disney wishes come reality!

       Call Jennifer toll free - 866.611.5413  ext. 318  or email:  jenn@magicaladventurestravel.com
                                       
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Brandy Brown

I visited Disney World twice when I was a kid & loved it. We stayed off site and seemed to enjoy ourselves, but we also didn’t know any different.  That was the only memory of Disney World until I was married and began having children and my oldest loved Mickey Mouse Club House & Little Einstein's, I knew it was time to visit the World once again. Our first visit was October 2008, my oldest was almost 4 and our daughter was 7 mo old. We stayed at the Polynesian resort and fell in love with this resort. In fact, we loved it so much, we booked a bounce back trip for June 2009, during Star Wars weekend. This was by far my son's favorite time to visit. We stayed at the Polynesian once again because of the monorail.  It was quick and easy to run back to our resort especially when traveling with an infant. Since then, we have visited Disney World almost every other year. We have been during Thanksgiving  holiday and Spring Break. Thanksgiving week is our absolute favorite. The weather is nice and the parks are beginning to decorate for Christmas.

My Favorite Resorts: My favorite resort is the Polynesian Village Resort. The grounds are beautiful and I love having the access of the monorail. I also love walking to the Ticket & Transportation Center to catch the monorail to Epcot. The walk is very quick and relaxing. My second resort is Port Orleans French Quarter.  I love that it is small and compact. It reminds me of New Orleans by the decorations, music, and the style/theme  of buildings . I also love being able to take a ferry ride to Downtown Disney from the resort.

My Favorite Restaurant: My favorite character meal restaurant is by far, Chef Mickey. Chef Mickey is our 1st night tradition every time we visit. The character interaction is unbelievable and my kids absolutely love it. Waving the napkins in the air is the best! Le Cellier is our next favorite restaurant. This is my husband's favorite meal of the week when we visit. Ohana's  is a must for us each trip as well. can't do a trip to the World without visiting Ohana's. However, we always try a new restaurant each time we go.  You can't go wrong with a meal at Disney.

Best Tips:

* Begin walking a month or two before your trip, especially your children. Disney requires a lot of walking and it's hard on little one's feet. Even if using a stroller, the kids will still be on their feet. Some days we log 10-13 miles per day.

* Arrive 30-45 min. before parks open and be ready for Rope Drop. You would be amazed at how much you can get done if you are there before park opens.

* We still take mid day breaks. We  leave the parks about 1 and head back to resort to swim, rest, or even nap. It makes traveling with small children so much easier!

Contact Brandy - brandy@magicaladventurestravel.com


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Mary Martin

MY STORY:
My first family vacation memory is of me around age 6 visiting Walt Disney World with my parents. I remember being so excited to ride the monorail and see the castle. It is every little girl’s dream. My next trip wouldn’t be until my High School graduation where I was again amazed with wonder as I visited Epcot for the first time, remembering how GREAT the Italian food was. Once again, there was a bit of a gap, but in my early 30’s (gasp with horror) I was once again provided the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World with my own family. I cried viewing wishes our very first night there. My son was just 2.5 and seeing the light and joy in his face every time he would experience something new made me realize that Disney was my happy place.

MY EXPERIENCE:
That first family trip made me realize that our little family would vacation at Disney regularly. We took the tour and after thinking over it carefully became Disney Vacation Club members. Our family has grown, and we now have two children who both love going to Disney and experiencing the wonder and magic it has to offer.

MY FAVORITE RESORTS:
Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas is my all-time favorite resort. The theming, animals, and lodge feeling are what make it perfect for our family. We are fortunate as DVC members to stay here often.

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
They are all great, but for family atmosphere and a fun experience, I recommend ‘Ohana’s breakfast. The food is so yummy and you have to try the juice. …and it’s fun to hug Stitch. For a more grown up restaurant that is still enjoyable for your family, I recommend the dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern. The dinner is served family style and reminds me a lot of a rustic Thanksgiving meal. So very YUMMY!

MY FAVORITE TIP:
I recommend booking your trip as early as you know your travel dates. You can always make changes, but booking early allows you to plan for Dining Reservations, FastPass+ and ensures you get to stay where you want when you want.

MY GOAL:
My goal is to take the stress out of planning your vacation. I LOVE all things Disney and thankfully know the in’s and out’s of planning a vacation. For a first time traveler, it can be a little overwhelming. I will plan as much or as little as you would like. I can even plan excursions that aren’t Disney related (ie. Universal Studios). And remember, my services are always 100% free to you. Contact me today!

Call Mary toll free - 866.611.5413 ext.320 or email mary@magicaladventurestravel.com

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Shannon Waldecker

MY STORY:
Disney has always been a love of mine. As a kid my parents took me to Disneyland twice and Disney World several times. I was a hooked from the first visit. I still have a sweatshirt from my first trip to Disney World. Its 20 years old and I still wear it (no matter how much dad begs me to get rid of it).

This winter I truly felt the full magic of Disney when I was able to take my 7 year old daughter for her first trip. As a parent seeing the magic of Disney through my child’s eyes is a memory I will always treasure. Watching her sing and dance on Main Street during the Celebrate the Magic show was pure bliss. She now has the same passion I do for the Happiest Place on Earth.

MY FAVORITE RESORTS:
My favorite resort is Port Orleans Riverside. The grounds are lush and peaceful. The rooms feel so warm and inviting. The entertainment is excellent. The boat ride to Downtown Disney is relaxing and beautiful.

My favorite restaurant - With all of the dining options on Disney property it is hard to narrow it down. My favorite would have to be 50’s Prime Time Café in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They atmosphere is so much fun and the food was great. If you are a playful bunch this is a must. Make sure to let the hostess know that you are a playful group and they will not disappoint. For character meal mine would have to be Akershus in Norway in Epcot. The princesses were all wonderful and the food was good.

BEST TIPS:
  • Schedule a breakfast before the park opens. You have the park to yourself and a great opportunity for some pictures without crowds behind you.
  • Have a plan but be flexible.
  • Rope Drop also known as be there when the park opens and beat the crowds.
  • Take a break in the middle of the day, especially if you have small children.

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Shelly Stem

MY STORY:
I fell in love with Disney while on my Disneymoon in 1992. We had no idea what we were getting into! We drove the 14 hours and arrived at the Caribbean Beach Resort at 2:00 am. We were greeted by fresh, friendly cast members, who were as cheerful as they would be if it were 2:00 pm! I was amazed.

We had a wonderful week of exploring the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and MGM Studios. We heard all about the brand new park being built, Animal Kingdom. I was hooked! My husband and I both began to collect memorabilia and learn about the amazing man that built this incredible place. Walt Disney became a hero to us both. I've been to the World many times since then and I love planning trips! Digging out tidbits of information to share with my clients and helping them discover the magic I love so much keeps me close to Disney year round.

MY FAMILY:
My husband, Tim, daughter, Alexis, and son, Timothy, are Disney lovers, as well. Timothy is getting ready to start college to become an animator. His dream is to work with the incredible teams at Pixar or Disney Animation Studios. His first question of prospective schools was, "Do you participate in the Disney College Program?" Alexis is looking to follow in her big brother's footsteps and pursue a career in art with Disney.

MY FAVORITE RESORTS:
My favorite value resort is Art of Animation. The immersion into the story lines at Art of Animation is the most in depth you can imagine. The attention to detail is amazing and extends to every aspect of the resort. My favorite moderate resort is Port Orleans French Quarter. The smallest of the moderate resorts, it has beautiful grounds and a boat to Downtown Disney! My favorite deluxe is Boardwalk. While the pool at Beach and Yacht Club is better, I love the décor and location of the Boardwalk. Nestled between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, the boats and ability to walk to each park is priceless!
My favorite restaurant - I don't know how to narrow this down! A stroll down a nearly empty Main Street for pre-rope drop Crystal Palace breakfast; the majesty of Be Our Guest for lunch or dinner; the wonderful fried chicken and hilarious antics of the cast at Hoop De Doo Review; and the elegance of Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian. The food at all of these favorites is so good, but Disney really takes it beyond the food to give you an experience.

Key Things to Start Planning Your Trip:
Call your travel agent and book as soon as you think you know when you want to go. Disney requires as much advanced planning as you can get. Resort availability and dining availability will be much better if you can book more than 180 days in advance.

Call Shelly toll free -866.611.5413 ext. 331 or email -shelly@magicaladventurestravel.com

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Jennifer Eacret

My Story:
My first experience at Disney World was in 1974 with my grandparents, who repeatedly brought my sister and me there throughout our childhood. As an adult with my own 2 children is where my Disney addiction began! Seeing the parks through their eyes and experiencing things with them is truly what my husband and I enjoy. They both love Agent P's Adventure at Epcot. My daughter is a huge Splash Mountain fan and son enjoys Pirates of the Caribbean.
They love trying out new resorts and restaurants. We are lucky to be Annual Passholders living in North Carolina and go often.

My favorite resort so far has been Bay Lake Towers. The view from our balcony of Bay Lake was so relaxing. And what can beat walking to Magic Kingdom! My son wore out the water slide there! Cast members were so friendly and helpful too.

My favorite restaurant is Chef Mickey's for breakfast. Delicious choices and the fab 5!!! I also love California Grill for a special date night with my husband.

My favorite snack no doubt is a Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom. So good on a hot summer day!

My best tip is to have a plan. Know what are your must dos for each day. Arrive at the park early, take a break at the resort and head back in the evening. Also know your kids limits. Don't push them. It will not be fun! I would love to help you plan your family's magical vacation.

Call Jennifer at 866-611-5413 ext. 314 or Jennifer@magicaladventurestravel.com

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Mary Pat Rhodes

My Story:
My love of all things Disney started as a child. I could hardly wait for Sunday night’s "Wonderful World of Disney". Walt would sit on the corner of his desk, telling us all that was being created. It was magical. I dreamed of one day first hand experiencing this magic.

In 1978, I took myself to Walt Disney World in Orlando. As I purchased my E ticket, I knew beyond those gates my life would change. It did - I was full on hooked. Sadly, the Magic Kingdom Park (the only park) closed early that night due to President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy visiting that evening. I was heartbroken as I didn’t get to experience the fireworks or the Electric Light parade.

In 1998, I gave birth to my daughter. I promised myself I would always take her to Disney World. Well, I just completed my 103rd visit and my daughter, Katie has been there 101 times. We celebrate each birthday, Halloween, Christmas and year end of school in the most magical place on earth. Let me help you plan the magical adventure of a lifetime. I am available to share my knowledge of all things Disney with you.

Contact Mary Pat  -   mpr@mprhodes.com

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Sarah Crosby

I have been a Disney fan my whole life, and actually can’t remember a time before I loved the Mouse! I treasured my family vacations to Walt Disney World as a child, and my love of the magic has only grown! I try to get down to visit as often as possible, and just love the feeling of getting ‘home’ to Walt Disney World! With over 40 personal Disney vacations under my belt, I know the ins and outs to help make your trip as magical and hassle-free as possible. I am an organization girl at heart, a spreadsheet junkie, and a bit of a foodie (the food at WDW may just be my favorite part). I am always planning my next trip, and luckily my darling husband has grown to love our trips too!

My Favorite Resort – My favorite resorts are the Grand Floridian and Port Orleans Riverside. The Grand Floridian has an elegant ambiance, great restaurants, beautifully appointed rooms, and an ideal location. I have recently fallen in love with Port Orleans Riverside though. The beautiful grounds and laid-back atmosphere has made this my new favorite!

My Favorite Restaurant – This is a moving target… I love so many of them! Right now, I’d say my favorite is Le Cellier. This wine cellar-themed gem is in the Canada pavilion at EPCOT and features delicious steaks, wonderful poutine, and the show-stopping cheese soup! Bring your appetite for this one! Honorable mentions in this category go to Sanaa, Rose and Crown, and San Angel Inn.

My Favorite Tips – If you have flexibility with your schedule, travel to Walt Disney World at off-peak times of the year to get the best prices and beat the crowds. We love going in early September for this reason! If your schedule is more constrained, be sure to plan in advance to secure popular resorts, dining reservations and experiences. Also, when it rains at Disney, poncho up and carry on! You can be headed for the attractions while everyone else heads for the exits!

My Favorite Park – I’d have to say the Magic Kingdom. There is something indescribable and truly magical about walking down Main Street USA. However, EPCOT gets an honorable mention in this category because of my love of Spaceship Earth and dining in World Showcase!

Call Sarah toll free - 866.611.5413 ext 310   or email sarah@magicaladventurestravel.com


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Jeanie Carpenter

Hello!  I am so excited to help with your magical vacation to one of my favorite places!  I live in Alabama with my husband and our 2 boys (Caleb and Cyle).  My family says I am "Disney obsessed" since our first trip in 2008.  I have been planning vacations for friends and family ever since.  We have traveled to Walt Disney World yearly since 2008 with our ultimate goal being to stay at every Walt Disney World property!  We have trips to Disneyland, Universal and a Disney Cruise planned in the near future.  With my boys getting older and close to being out of school, I decided to take my "love for the Mouse" to a new level and begin helping more people plan an unforgettable trip!  Contact me so we can begin making your very own magical Disney memories!

Call Jeanie 334-449-9499 or email jeanie@magicaladventurestravel.com


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Candice Lunar

For as long as I can remember, I have loved everything about Disney. One of my cherished photos from growing up is of my mother and I, holding hands, walking towards the entrance of the Magic Kingdom – the big, beautiful train station in the background and little me, in my Minnie Mouse sunglasses. This was my first visit to Walt Disney World and I was hooked! I love everything about Disney – the stories, the characters, the magic, the thought that Uncle Walt wanted to pass forward to future generations – “if you can dream it, you can do it”. Now more than 30 trip s later, I am happily passing along my knowledge and love of Disney to my clients! Let me help you with planning your next Disney vacation, my goal is to make your trip as stress-free as possible!

My favorite Disney Restaurant is ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  Whether you go for breakfast or dinner, ‘Ohana never disappoints!

My favorite Disney Resorts:

Value Resort - Art of Animation – the theming here is amazing! There are four different sections to enjoy: Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Little Mermaid. All areas have larger than life characters and lush surroundings from each individual movie.  You’ll enjoy exploring the grounds of the resort and enjoying the Big Blue Pool.  The nice part about Art of Animation is that this is the only value resort to offer Family Suites along with standard guest rooms. Family Suites can sleep up to 6 comfortably.

Moderate Resort – Port Orleans French Quarter - laissez les bon temps roulez! This beautiful resort transports you directly into the Big Easy. Lots of green areas and lush plant life surround this resort. The streets are named after streets in New Orleans and are cobblestone to offer a more authentic feel. Each room has two queen beds, a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, and a dining table, which offers plenty of room for a family of four to enjoy the room comfortably. The sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside, you can take a connecting ferry boat over to Riverside to enjoy its dining options. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court offer great options for all tastes, including dishes exclusive to New Orleans. There is nothing better than having fresh beignets for breakfast!

Deluxe Resort – this is a tie for me, I enjoy both Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, located on the monorail line to Magic Kingdom, offers a laid back environment set in the beautiful South Pacific. With lots of sand (this resort has its own beach overlooking Bay Lake), a beautiful laid out pool, and plenty of dining and lounge options, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a favorite for almost everyone! Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is located in the Epcot Resort Area. Located off of Crescent Lake, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has a New England type of feel to it. It shares a pool with Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Stormalong Bay, which is 3 acre water playground that includes a water slide, lazy river, and three whirlpool spas – not to mention the pool itself is a sand bottom pool!

My best Disney tip?  HAVE FUN. I know it’s hard, you spend a lot of money and want to see EVERYTHING, but know going in to your trip, it is just not possible. That’s the beauty of Disney and what keeps you wanting to come back for more. Take your time, do what you can, enjoy your family or your friends. There’s always something new at Disney, no matter how many times you go – I’m still seeing new things after 30+ visits!

Disney is and always will be my first love, but I can help you book more than just Walt Disney World. I can also help you book Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko ‘Olina, Hawai’I, Adventures by Disney, Universal Orlando Resort, and a variety of other cruise lines and all-inclusive vacations. Contact me today and let’s get you started!

Candice@magicaladventurestravel.com

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Antonietta Risalvato

I have been traveling to Disney for more than 40 years and have experienced the adventure in so many different ways! The magic first began when I visited the Magic Kingdom as a 10 year old child. I remember being in awe of all that Disney had to offer, and I couldn't wait to make a return trip to the most magical place on earth! Later in life, I had the pleasure of experiencing the wonder countless times through my children's and grandchildren's eyes. There is no experience quite like that of a young child meeting their favorite character for the first time or finally getting to ride their favorite ride in the park! I also enjoy visiting Disney World with my husband during different times of year as each season has something unique and special to offer. We love to sneak in a behind the scenes tour when we can, as this is a fun way to spend time together and learn even more about the parks that we love! I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you and am excited to plan a magical vacation for your family or group so that you can begin making memories that will last a lifetime!

My Favorite Resorts - Every Disney resort is unique. It is very difficult to pick the one I like best. One of my favorite resorts is the Animal Kingdom. Sitting on a balcony with a cup of coffee, overlooking the Savannah, watching the African wildlife pass directly underneath you, is an unforgettable vision. The children have fun using the animal finder in each room to identify the different wildlife roaming around. I love watching how excited they get every time they locate another animal on the map.

The Wilderness Lodge is truly spectacular as well. Here you will experience life in the great Pacific Northwest. Upon entering the resort you cannot help but be in awe of the massive lobby that greets you, complete with a four story stone fireplace, and replicas of the Wild West at every turn.

My Favorite Restaurants - If you like to experience a variety of great foods, then Disney is the place for you! I have enjoyed so many restaurants and it is hard to pick a favorite. I could never pick just one.

Breakfast at Boma is spectacular. What makes this special is that there is truly something for everyone. From the unique flavors of African cuisine, to the tried and true Mickey Waffle, every guest in your party will be sure to leave with a full belly and a smile on their face.

Lunch at The Grand Floridian Cafe is really special. The restaurant brings you back to Victorian London. The room is bright and airy and the grounds are pristine. Try a bowl of their soup and one of their special burgers. Top it off with a cup of coffee and a dessert sampler. You won't be disappointed.

Dinner at The Boat House in Disney Springs is the place to get the best lobster overstuffed with huge lumps of crabmeat. If you prefer a great steak instead, then head on over to the Canada Pavilion at Epcot, because Le Cellier is a must.

My Favorite Tips - Disney has something special to offer in every season of the year, but Christmas is truly Magical! Having traveled to Disney many times I have to say that if you can visit during the first few weeks of December, before Christmas week, you won't regret it. The weather is spectacular and the atmosphere is unforgettable. The lights, the decorations, the Christmas carols playing throughout the parks, and most of all....THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT...will make you as joyful as the season is meant to be.

If you are looking for something different to do, consider purchasing a ticket to one of the behind the scenes tours of the Magic Kingdom. You will be taken to places that visitors don't get to see and learn how the whole Disney operation works. What an interesting experience! You will see the vision of Walt Disney, and the talent that he had to make his dream possible. Do it if you can!

Quick tip - Be sure to take advantage of Magic Hours offered at each of the parks. Getting an early start really does help. When you enter the Magic Kingdom, hop on the train and take it directly to Fantasy Land. Most guests tend to go right or left when entering the park, but beginning your day in Fantasy Land may mean shorter lines on very popular attractions.

My goal - A well planned Disney vacation requires much time and effort. Choosing the perfect resort, securing dinner reservations and fast passes at each of the parks, linking everything to your Magic Bands, and ensuring that everyone in your party's needs are met can be quite overwhelming. My goal is to remove the stress from your vacation planning and use my knowledge and expertise so that everyone in your family will have truly Magical Memories!



Call Antonietta 334-449-9499 and (718) 702-5465 c
email arisalvato@magicaladventurestravel.com


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