Meet the team of experienced Disney travel planning experts that make up The Vacationeer. Our national team of Disney super fans is here to make your next Magical vacation a reality. Get The Vacationeer Advantage Today!
Allison’s love for Disney began with her first visit when she was in the 5th grade. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and 2 very energetic boys. Her family’s favorite vacation spot is Disney World. She has turned her love for Disney into a part time job as a vacation planner with The Vacationeer. There is no better job-talking about Disney everyday and helping others plan their dream vacations. Life doesn’t get any better than this!
As a toddler, Alyson saw the Main Street Electrical Parade and instantly fell in love with all things Disney. Since then she has visited many times, and has experience in disabilities and food allergies. She is excited to share what she’s learned about exploring the parks with the Disability Access Services program,navigating the allergen menus, and traveling with strollers and wheelchairs. Disney is exceptional when it comes to helping those with special needs and Alyson wants you to get the most of their programs.
Alyson is firm believer that Disney is for everyone and she’s eager to help you make your stay extra magical. There’s something for every member of your family and she wants to show you everything Disney has to offer. On every trip she takes, Alyson is determined to try something new and pass that knowledge on to you! She has done specialty ticketed events, backstage tours, and is very knowledgeable of the seasonal events!
As a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, Alyson can answer any question about the Walt Disney destinations! Most of all, she knows your time is valuable so she puts much care and detail into planning your vacation so you can have a stress free, magical experience! You will even receive a special gift with your trip!
Amanda is a former Disney Cast Member! She lived on Disney property for an entire summer. When she wasn’t lifeguarding at a Disney resort or participating in the internship courses, she was jogging around the world at Epcot, volunteering at the BackLot Tour, or riding the Rockin Rollercoaster. Her favorite Disney resort is the Beach Club because of the sand bottom pool.
Amanda first experienced the magic of Disney on a family vacation at two years old. Her passion for adventure continued and she has visited Disneyland, Disney World, Universal, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens and many other Orlando attractions multiple times over the years, but also loves cruising, scuba diving, hiking, as well as, all-inclusive beach vacations such as Sandals, Beaches, and Nickelodeon. She’s hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, traveled extensively through Europe, and had some amazing adventures in the States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
She now lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two young sons and puppy. They love to travel and eat around the world together. Amanda is happy to share her travel expertise and is excited to help you plan your dream vacation today!
Amber has been traveling to Disney destinations for over 30 years! Having always enjoyed Disney, she truly fell in love with Disney once she was able to experience the magic through the eyes of her children. Amber is grateful to have the ability to travel with extended family to a variety of destinations often and brings that valuable first hand expertise to her clients. Amber and her family reside in St. Charles, Illinois. In her spare time, Amber enjoys playing hostess to her family and friends!
Angie Carson has a passion for travel and a love for Disney. She was born and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee. She is married with 3 children and 6 grand kids. Angie and her family have done quite a bit of traveling including trips to Ireland, Carnival cruises, Las Vegas, New York and her all time favorite Walt Disney World. Each time she has visited Disney world she and her family have discovered new things to do and see. The Disney Magic never ends. She has just as much fun and excitement booking her travels as she does going on the trips. Let Angie make your Disney Vacation A Magical Exciting Adventure that you are sure not to forget.
Ashtin is a Disney fanatic! She has been on many Disney trips on her own and with her husband as they are Disney Annual Passholders as well! They are welcoming their first child in June of 2019 and her first family adventure will be to Disney. Outside of going to Disney, she spends lots of time with family. Especially exploring Southern Indiana in the Jeep with her husband. She would love the opportunity to help you plan your dream vacation!
Becky’s Disney travels found themselves in a revival when she planned her honeymoon, which was spent with her husband at Walt Disney World followed by a Disney cruise (“Disney by land and by sea,” as she called it). Because she worked with a travel agent who had no Disney experience, Becky had to quickly learn on her own what was valuable in creating a memorable Disney vacation for a happy couple.
After a few other grown-up getaways to WDW (once with her mother and then again with her brother!), she wholeheartedly agrees with Walt’s words: That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up. While Becky loves working with families, she’s also available to help plan your Disneymoon, bachelor/ette celebration, graduation trip, or other adults-only getaway.
Becky lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Brian. She also works as a academic counselor for a college in the heart of Chicago.
As a Disney Mom, blogger, and annual passholder, Bethany lives and breathes all things Disney! She’s been a Walt Disney World local her entire life and loves it so much she manages to make day trips weekly and extended trips 4 or more times a year. She’s there for every opening day/festival/merchandise release you can think of. Some of her favorite experiences lately have been opening day for Rise of the Resistance, New Years Eve Beach Bash at Fort Wilderness Campground and the new Character Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort.
Her obsession with Disney is what has made her the go-to trip planner by all her friends and family over the years. By joining the Vacationeer team she’s made it her job to help you make each and every Disney vacation feel like the most magical vacation yet! Bethany is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge and takes every opportunity to learn more each day. Her organization, attention to detail, and local knowledge make her the perfect person to plan your next trip whether it’s your first or your hundredth – She’s all ears!
Bri loves all things Disney and actually moved to the Orlando area so that she could be closer to the magic. Her family was taking multiple vacations to Florida per year so that they could attend all of the events Disney offered so they decided it was smarter to just move closer and immerse themselves in Disney magic any time they wanted. She decided to become a Disney vacation planner because everyone around her saw her love for Disney and would call her and ask how to plan and get the most out of their vacation. Once she realized she could have a job doing what she loved the most she couldn’t help but say sign me up! With Bri being so close to the magic she is able to keep up first hand with all of the new experiences going on and will be here to help create some extra magic.
Mississippi-based worship leader Brittany Lowe has performed around the world with some of today’s top artists in the Christian Industry, including Larue Howard, Tiffany Coburn, Jody McBrayer, and Avalon. She has also appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network as a worship leader for various ministries.
A graduate of the University of Mobile, she graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelors Degree in Church Music. Among her travels include Israel, Jordan, Indonesia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, with performances in Notre Dame Cathedral and three appearances at Carnegie Hall.
Brittany “does life” with her husband Andrew and their son Jet where they lead worship at their home church. With all her opportunities, she remains grateful to do what she loves most alongside her husband, all while indulging her Disney obsession by planning the most exciting Disney vacations possible!
Brittany is a married mother of two from Louisiana, a former Walt Disney World cast member, a self-described nerd, and a lover of all things Disney and Universal.
Since her days as a cast member, she has visited dozens of times, gotten engaged at The Boardwalk Resort, walked all 4 Disney parks and both Universal parks through both of her pregnancies, and brought both of her children to check out her old stomping grounds. She and her husband also regularly visit Universal Orlando Resort with their little witch and wizard.
Brittany is a true believer in the magic of Disney, and she is excited to bring her in-depth knowledge of the parks and resorts to her clients. Her passion is helping families make the most of their Disney and Universal vacations by tailoring itineraries to their specific needs. She strives to bring a Disney- level of guest service to her clients, and she works hard to ensure that every detail of their vacation is perfect!
Brittney has always had a love for planning travel. She was always the “go to” for travel advice for friends and family. People kept telling her time and time again, she was in the wrong business and planning travel was her niche.
One of Brittney’s passions in life, is travel. Each destination doesn’t have to be some grand or elaborate location, because everywhere she’s been, holds it’s own treasure and special place in her heart. Some of Brittney’s personal travel destinations include, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sicily, Italy, and dozens of destinations around the United States.
Brittney and her husband Clint have lived all over the United States, including O’ahu, Hawaii, where Clint was stationed with the US Navy. Brittney is well versed in Hawaii travel as well as travel to Walt Disney World, where she is an annual passholders. As someone who suffers from Celiac Disease, Brittney has become well equipped to specialize in traveling with food allergies.
Whether you’re looking for an adventurous, romantic, or a family trip to Walt Disney World, Brittney has the knowledge and passion for travel to help you get exactly what you’re looking for.
Brittney Necessary’s love for all things Disney started as a child, but she was never able to travel to Walt Disney World until adulthood. Her first trip there, over 10 years ago, sparked her love for immersing her family in the magic of Disney vacations, as well as made her a go-to resource for planning Disney trips for her friends and family. A former special education teacher, Brittney has now focused her love for Disney and travel into helping even more people plan their dream vacations through The Vacationeer.
Brittney lives in Texas with her husband, son, and daughter. She knows from experience that planning a Disney Vacation can be overwhelming, but ironing out fine details and making sure her clients get the most for their money is her favorite part. Add this, to her personal experience with various Disney and non-Disney travel, and Brittney knows how to customize ideal getaways for couples, families, and groups of all sizes, ages, and budgets.
Carla has been to Disney World over 23 times since 1999 with her family and friends of all ages. She has been married almost 30 years with 7 children and almost 6 grandchildren, so Disney is a frequent vacation spot. She has extensive knowledge in planning the perfect vacation, down to the smallest details, leaving only fun and magic for her clients. Whether it be with small children, teenagers, adults only, anniversary, multi-generational, or military, she has planned it all! She has also booked Disneyland, Universal Studios Orlando, Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line. With 15 years past real estate experience, travel planning was an easy transition, but much more rewarding and fun! She excels in finding the perfect fit for her clients, keeping in mind their individual needs and wants, all while saving them time and money along the way! Choosing Carla as your travel planner will be the first step to a worry free and organized vacation, leaving only fun to be had!!
Cindy Upchurch, from Indiana has, been a travel agent for over 18 years and has over 20 years of experience planning Disney vacations. She is happily married to her husband of almost 29 years and has 3 adult children. Her career in the travel industry began because of her love for Disney, and she cannot imagine herself doing anything else! She visits Walt Disney World every year or every other year, and recently participated in an agent education program at Disneyland in Southern California. Visiting EPCOT’s World Showcase over the years gave Cindy the desire for international travel. Within the last 10 years, she has visited over 10 countries in Europe, and of course, even Disneyland in Paris! She’s been on 9 Disney Cruises to destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and the Mediterranean, 4 Carnival Cruises, and 2 Royal Caribbean cruises. Cindy has also visited the islands of Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. She has a passion for travel, and would love to make your vacation dreams a reality!
Christine is a Disney aficionado. She lives in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband Jeff, high school son, Cameron, middle school aged daughter, Sophia and their rambunctious 1 ½-year-old golden retriever named Lucy. Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Orlando with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are her family’s choice destinations whenever they can get-a-way for some rest, relaxation and family bonding.
Christine’s former job involved planning events across the country, traveling, coordinating all the details from venue setup to guest accommodations, to scheduling the event agenda and handling all the small details. It was a natural fit and aha moment when she could combine her love for event planning and passion for Disney to become an authorized Disney Vacation Planner! From booking the best Disney Resort based on your family’s needs, best must visit restaurants, best time and place for character encounters, fast pass management for those can’t miss must ride experiences and all the best locations for the Disney Photo Pass (Instagram worthy spots), no detail will be left unturned and you will appreciate the thoughtful recommendations custom crafted from your wish list! Christine will help you plan the best time of the year to visit Disney according to your budget and scheduling needs.
Chuck Patterson is from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and has been planning Disney vacations for over 20 years for family, friends, and literally anyone that has asked! Disney is his passion and he is experienced at planning both theme park vacations and Disney Cruises. He is very proud to be a part of the Vacationeer family!
Dawn Teixeira has vast experience with Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Her first-hand knowledge will be the difference in helping you plan a Magical Vacation. Her love for Disney is apparent in all aspects of her life from entertainment, clothing, home décor and even her car. Her Mickey emblemed VW Beetle is noticed on the streets of Connecticut.
We all know Disney is special for children. Dawn has travelled with many different age groups ranging from 6 weeks, toddlers, to teenagers. However, Disney is just as Magical for adults. Dawn has experienced many of the special events and activities. She knows the best quite spots, lounges and restaurants to make your trip special.
For anyone with a Gluten-Free allergy, Dawn can help with recommendations. She’s been following a Gluten-Free diet and can share some pointers.
Dawn has stayed at all the Disney World resorts and Disneyland resorts. She’ll have first-hand knowledge of the upcoming Galaxy’s Edge that has so many of us bursting with excitement. She feels right at home on Disney Cruise line and can share many tricks of the trade. So regardless of the type of Disney vacation, Dawn Teixeira, can plan your Magical Vacation.
Dustin is an active member of his community in Indiana. He currently serves on many local boards, and committees. Dustin has helped families, like his, get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. He often travels with his young family and has said he went from traveling with his wife to Disney and on cruises to now being a proud “Disney Dad.” He knows a thing or two about traveling with young ones. He has traveled many times to Disney, Universal, cruises, and more unique experiences. Dustin and his wife were even married at Disney World. Dustin is a well round experienced travel planner drawing on personal experience and knowledge to help his clients.
Elizabeth is a former educator turned Disney enthusiast. Elizabeth’s passion for Disney began with her first trip as a child and continued when she sang with her high school music group in front of the Magic Kingdom. Her passion for Disney grew even more when she was planning her family’s Disney vacation.
Elizabeth finds joy in helping others plan a magical trip of a lifetime. She strives to provides her clients with the best service possible. Elizabeth frequently monitors deals and promotions to help her clients save money. She believes the Disney planning should be as stress free as possible for her clients.
Elizabeth has a severe food allergy and can provide tips to clients traveling with food allergies. In addition, Elizabeth has experience traveling with a young child and can provide helpful advice for navigating the parks. Contact her to start planning a magical vacation!
A farm girl from Kansas City, Missouri, Emily is a life-long Disney lover! Emily’s first trip to Disney was at 5 years old and she has been going back as much as possible since then. Her favorite part of planning vacations is getting to know each client and what a magical vacation means to them. She believes that every client demands a unique perspective for their individual needs!
Emily Is bilingual in French and English and has a professional background in both education and event planning. She has two children, James and Elodie, and has been married for 11 years to Tyler, the Chewbacca to her Han. Together they are always planning their next adventure. She is experienced in planning Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Studios and international travel, but is always up for a new challenge! Emily specializes in planning for babies, toddlers, and families with special needs and/or food allergies.
Emily’s passion for travel started as a child, sparked by her families frequent road trips. After high school, she took her first trip to Walt Disney World as an adult and became a die hard Disney Parks fan. Since then, Disney Parks have become a mainstay of her yearly travels. Intent to revel in all things Disney, she set about exploring all that Disney has to offer including Aulani and Adventures By Disney. She now specializes in planning luxury and couple vacations. With first hand experience at all the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts and exclusive experiences such as The Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s, she can guide you to the vacation of a lifetime. So, kick back and relax as she takes the stress out of planning and engineers your next dream vacation.
Erika’s love for Disney and the great state of Florida began after her first trip at the age of 8. Her travels to FL span over 24 years! She didn’t return to Walt Disney World until having children of her own. In 2014 Erika returned and relived that magical time in her childhood! Watching her children and husband experience it for the first time brought her love for Disney to another level. Since 2014 they have visited 8 times!
This magical journey and love for all thing Disney lead to her planning many trips for friends and family! Now, as a Vacationeer, she has the ability to live her dream of helping others experience that same magic! Erika prides herself in customizing trips based on the needs and vision of her clients. Having experienced Disney during all Seasons and special events she is knowledgeable in helping plan the ultimate Disney vacation, catering to your needs! And if you are looking for a little beach time with your Disney trip, she’s got you covered there too! For Erika, Disney trips are all about the details. Those small, sometimes overlooked details, collectively make for one epic Disney trip!
Erika wants to continue the legacy of Walt Disney and his beloved mouse. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney
Erin has been passionate about Disney travel ever since she made her first visit to Disneyland as a child. She has worked as a Disney Cast Member at the Disney Store, made several visits to Disney Land Paris and countless trips to Disney World with her friends and family over the past 10 years.
A born planner and problem solver, her Erin’s Disney travel planing has involved organizing a last minute trips, family vacations and trips for a groups of over 30 people! No group is too big, no request too complicated for this Disney girl. Her attention to detail, extensive knowledge of all things Disney, and dedication to client satisfaction have made her a popular choice for clients all over the country. Whether you are new to Disney travel, planning a special event like a reunion or honeymoon, or enjoying an adults only vacation, Erin has tips and strategies to make your trip successful and stress free.
When she isn’t off on a Disney vacation, Erin can be found at home in Western New York with her husband and twin daughters.
Hailey is a travel agent with The Vacationeer specializing in Walt Disney World vacations. After 25+ visits to Walt Disney World, she has experienced it all! She was born & raised in Hammond, Louisiana & visits WDW annually.
Hailey enjoys providing others with a positive experience & a fun-filled itinerary for a stress-free, fun-filled Disney vacation.
Her favorite Disney World attraction is Splash Mountain & her favorite restaurant is California Grill on top of the Contemporary Resort.
Vacationeer Heather Sponholz is so excited to help you plan your next Disney Vacation! She’s a married Mom of two boys, ages 10 & 12. Her family is in love with all things Disney! Heather and family take trips every 2-3 years to keep up on all that is happening at their favorite parks. Heather knows her family trips to Disney are really the best way to get hands on park experiences. She has always enjoyed helping her friends plan for their trips to Disney! Helping them pick the best rides, figuring out how best to tackle the busy day and sharing all her tricks and tips to save money and make the most of their vacation. So, when a friend suggested that Heather look into working as a Travel Agent who specializes in Disney, she just knew it would be the perfect fit for her love of Disney! Heather has been booking Disney World and Disney Cruise Line so far and she can’t wait to start helping with Disneyland as well. Her clients would tell you that she is detailed in getting them fast answers to their questions and caring as much about their trip as they do!
A Disney-lover, Jessica’s passion is planning magical vacations that are both fabulous and affordable. Jessica began immersing herself in the world of Disney while preparing for her family’s vacations. Countless visits later, the art of a well-planned Disney vacation continues to delight her.
Jessica has gathered a wealth of personal and professional travel expertise, particularly when it comes to Disney Destinations. Along the way, Jessica has learned a wealth of tips, tricks, and secrets that she happily shares with her clients.
Jessica has always loved to travel and believes that the vacation planning process should be as exciting and stress free as the vacation itself. As your Travel Planner, Jessica will handle every detail of your perfectly-planned vacation. Jessica’s planning expertise can make the difference between an ordinary trip and an extraordinary vacation.
Jessica has expanded her travel planning to reach well beyond the world of Disney. She has conducted training to better assist her clients with all of their travel needs and bucket list. Jessica has access to an elite network of destination specialists such as Sandals/Beaches, distinguished cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian) and more. Wherever your destination may be, Jessica will make your vacation dreams come true!
Jessica Walters lives in Kentucky with her husband, 16 year old son, and 6 year old boy/girl twins. She is a Disney pass holder, and has family in Orlando where she spends a lot of her time. Her first visit to Disney World was at age 2, and since then, Disney has been her passion. She loves personalizing Disney experiences for each family. She has also visited Universal on countless occasions. With children obsessed with all things princess, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, she knows how to help maximize you experiences at Disney and Universal.
Jessica has extensive experience in navigating dining at Walt Disney World and Universal with food allergies. As the mother of a child with severe food allergies, she is ready to help you plan a magical vacation with her personal recommendations.
JoMarie DeGioia loves all things Disney, and always has! She lives close to the magic, and plays in the parks every chance she gets. She’s traveled to other fun places too, like Universal Orlando, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. She brings both love and experience to her vacation planning, whether booking Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando or All-inclusive Tropical Getaways. She’ll work to plan the best vacation for you and your family!
Julee’s love of Disney began in the late 60’s while watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” and “The Mickey Mouse Club” (in black and white)! She vowed to turn her family into Disney geeks and started taking her children on magical Disneyworld vacations when they were young. Now she takes her grandchildren. Sometimes she even goes without kids! A true Disney fan.
Julee and her husband, Mark live in Zeeland MI in the summer and Bradenton FL in the winter! They’ve been known to drive to Epcot for dinner. They raised 3 children in MI and they love to ride bikes, hike, read, and hang out with their grown kids and six grandchildren. When not vacationing at Disney, they enjoy traveling to National Parks.
Julee is passionate about her role as grandma and Disney travel consultant. She encourages multi-generational magical vacations, and loves to guide newcomers on the art of Disney travel.
Give her a call, because when it comes to Disney, she’s all ears!
Kamaila “Alexandra” Sanders is a Disney Parks enthusiast that became a Disney travel agent with The Vacationeer to help others get the most out of their Disney parks trips. She has been helping families, groups, couples and even solo adventurers plan their trips for years and loves doing it. Kamaila is available to consult with you about every aspect of your Disney trip to help you navigate some of the most visited destinations in the world and the best part is, her services are free to you. You can check Kamaila out from time to time on the WDWNT YouTube channel where she is sometimes a guest on their weekly show, Parks Center, airing Wednesday’s at 9pm Eastern time.
Karissa has always had a love Disney and for travel planning. She visited Walt Disney World several times as a child and then took her passion to the next level by working for “The Mouse” on the Disney College Program. One of her favorite parts of working at Disney (Besides visiting the parks as much as her heart desired!) was helping friends and family plan their visits when they came down to Orlando and also showing them around the parks. She loved saving them money on their vacation and sharing her inside knowledge of all things Disney!
Karissa graduated from Iowa State University, and then went onto a career in the meeting and event planning industry assisting meeting attendees with all of their travel and hotel arrangements. She was always the “go-to” person when friends and family were looking for travel advice, especially when it came to Disney.
After getting married and starting a family (and visiting Disney with them of course) Karissa realized that she wanted to help others be able to experience that magic as well. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming, but saving a client money and making the planning process as easy and seamless as possible is what she loves to do!
Kathy Jarboe is a former journalist who became a work at home mom after her children were born. Now instead of hunting down stories on deadline, she’ll search out the best trip for you.
While she visited Disney as a youth, her love of Disney launched after her husband suggested a Disney World trip when their first two kids were just 1 and 3. She thought the children were too young for an amusement park. She discovered that Disney was much more than an amusement park and full of magic at every age.
Since then, Disney or Universal has become her family’s favorite place to vacation. They’ve also traveled to Disneyland and Universal in California. They go at least every other year and stay for a week or more each time. They love all the fun Disney restaurants and have eaten at over 32 of them.
Kathy believes that vacations are some of the best ways to bond with those closest to you. As a graduate of the College of Knowledge, she’d love to help you plan a special trip for the important people in your life.
Kayla Sullivan has been vacationing with Disney for over 20 years. Both on land and at sea, Kayla fell in love with Disney vacations at an early age and that love only grew! Owning to her unforgettable experiences while on Disney vacations, Kayla is a travel agent today! Her goal for her clients is to ensure that they have the same kind of unforgettable vacations and magical moments that only Disney knows how to realize! Together with her husband, Kayla visits Walt Disney World in Florida monthly (sometimes more) to stay as up to date as possible on all of the new additions coming to the property!
Kim Buchanan is a stay-at-home mom and Nana from the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. She has been married to her Disney fanatic husband for 28 years. They have raised 2 amazing children to know the importance of family. One of the traditions that they enjoy every year, is a trip to Disney.
Kim’s first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1978, which sparked her intense love for all things Disney! Since then, she has been more than 20 times, been on two Disney Cruises and she is getting ready to go on her first trip to Disneyland in California to see where Walt started it all. The memories that her family has created at Disney will last a lifetime.
No other place on Earth lets you experience the Magic like Disney. Kim has been a Disney Vacation Specialist since 2006, since that time, she has helped 100’s of families make their Disney dreams come true. She will use her knowledge of parks, resorts, attractions, restaurants, dining plans, the Fast-pass+ system, and more to help your family experience that same Magic and make your vacation the trip of lifetime.
Krista has lived in Southern Illinois all her life. Her Godparents moved to the Orlando area when she was 15 years old and she has been visiting yearly for almost 20 years. Her love for the tropical climate and amusement parks have made it seem like her second home. During her vacations to see her family, they made frequent trips to Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. From the moment she first set foot in Cinderella’s castle, she was hooked on Disney! She now loves to visit DW as much as possible with her husband and two sons. After planning their first family trip, she fell in love with the planning process almost as much as actually going to the most magical place on Earth. She quit her job as a PTA to stay home with her boys. Now that they are both in school, she has decided to use her talents of planning Disney trips for others. Her goal is to stay at all of the Disney World resorts!
Kristin is a work at home mom of two little girls and they LOVE all things Disney. She grew up in Massachusetts but has lived in New Hampshire for the last five years. She visited Disney World once as a teenager and was hooked on that magic! Now she tries to travel to Disney at least once a year whether that be to Disney World or Disneyland, and she’s also been lucky enough to have experienced Aulani twice. She has many years of experience planning Disney park vacations for both solo adults and families with kids of a wide range of ages, and has quite a few tips and tricks to help make your vacation as magical as possible. She’s a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and constantly keeps herself up-to-date on the attractions, features, where to find the best snacks & treats, and little-known secrets at the parks.
To create a full service experience for her clients, Kristin also designs and creates custom character ears. As a gift for booking with her, you’ll get your choice of a free pair of ears or two custom shirts to wear on your trip!
Lauren lives in Illinois with her husband and 4 kids. Having lived in the Midwest her whole life, she knows how desirable a Florida vacation can be!
She has been traveling to Walt Disney World since she was a child, and now shares her love of Disney with her kids. Which has been a “Whole New World” of Disney Magic! These experiences have given her firsthand knowledge on family travel. She knows all the ins and outs of preparing and enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation with young children. From renting the right stroller, recommending rides for all ages, kid friendly menus, where to find nursing and changing centers in the parks, and one of the most important decisions – choosing the perfect Disney Resort Hotel or Good Neighbor Hotel to fit your family and budget comfortably.
Lauren and her husband also enjoy immersing themselves in mini trips to Disney World (without the kids!) to experience everything Disney has to offer. So, whether it’s your first family trip, or an adult only get away; Lauren will make your planning a breeze, and your vacation magical!
Logan was 3 years old when she went on her first Walt Disney World trip. The night she arrived her parents had arranged for Goofy to call her that night and wish her a Happy Birthday! From that moment on she has loved all things Disney and has been at least 10 times ! One of her favorite things about being a Vacationeer is getting to meet new people and getting to know them and their family to plan their ultimate magical vacation! Logan’s favorite Disney ride would have to be “Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid” and favorite restaurant would have to be breakfast at O’hana! She lives in southeastern North Carolina and when she is not planning magical vacations, she works as a Sonographer. Logan would love to make all your Dreams Come True when you book your next Walt Disney World Vacation!
Lynn’s love of Disney started in July 1977 when her parents took her and her two sisters to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando for her first visit. But it was only after Lynn became a flight attendant, nine years later, that she became a full Disney fanatic—starting when a first class passenger gave her six unused park tickets. Lynn and her husband decided to put those flying benefits to good use. So for the next three decades, Lynn, her husband, and their three children visited Walt Disney World annually. Now that their children are grown, Lynn and Tim visit WDW at least twice a year, often meeting friends or family, and usually include one trip during the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival.
Lynn has done multiple behind-the-scenes experiences at WDW, and in addition to staying at different resorts, always adds at least one new Disney Dining Experience to each visit, which has given her a vast knowledge of Disney World and its properties. When not traveling to Disney parks, Lynn and her husband travel the world and the United States, go on cruises, and visit national parks, monuments, and forests.
Lynn loves seeing Disney through the eyes of a first-time visitor. Because of her knowledge, she has helped friends and family plan vacations before becoming an official planner for the Vacationeer. She pays a lot of attention to detail and knows exactly how to plan a vacation that won’t leave you stuck to a schedule, and can plan for any budget.
Amanda (Mandi) Newlin lives in Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University. She first traveled to Disney World at the age of 3 and the love grew from there and has now traveled countless times. Mandi knows all of the tricks to the trade including all the best fast passes, snacks, and must-see attractions! Her family even calls her the Disney Foodie as she always books them at different and exciting restaurants with every trip! She has graduated from Disney College of Knowledge and her thirst for information keeps her informed on all of the latest and greatest adventures and sights Disney has to offer!
Disney isn’t the only place she travels! She has been to Universal Studios on several occasions and has graduated from their training program. She also has graduated from Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines. With a passion of travel, Mandi always looks forward to helping all vacations! From Disney World to French Polynesian, she’s done it all!
Margie is a native Floridian who grew up vacationing in Disney World every year. She continued to visit Disney as a single adult with her friends and married someone who loves Disney as well. She made sure to take advantage of being an annual passholder and visited Disney World often in the last ten years. She has stayed at almost every resort on property, and loves to try new places to dine each time she visits. While she does enjoy a splurge every now and again, she tries to do Disney on a budget and pack as much as possible into her vacations.
Margie has also become an expert Disney Cruise Line traveler and has been on all four ships. She has traveled to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Alaska on Disney and is looking for the next opportunity to embark on another DCL cruise line now that her children are tweens and teens. Even though Margie is living in New England, she is keeping the Disney magic alive by continuing to plan Disney vacations. While she and her family have made it a bucket list goal to visit all 50 states together, she continues to make it a point to include Disney World, Disneyland, or a Disney Cruise at least once a year.
When she is not planning a Disney vacation or a multi-state road trip, she enjoys reading travel books and podcasts, working on her blog, and watching Netflix.
Mark has been visiting Disney World regularly his whole life, and still finds it fresh and amazing every time. There truly is nothing like it anywhere else. He was so excited to bring his kids and share the magic. Now they love it as much as he does, and are always asking when the next trip is.
Mark is incredibly thrilled about the new Galaxy’s Edge. That land is going to be special to him because his other lifelong passion is Star Wars. Whether you are totally new to Disney and don’t know where to start, or just want someone to fine-tune and handle the details, Mark is happy to be your go-to guy! Nothing excites him more than talking about going to Disney, getting to know exactly what you want or don’t want in a perfect vacation, and taking care of all the details to make your experience as easy and magical as possible.
Mark is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, and has 20+ years of project planning experience he brings to making your trip perfect. He lives in Lisle, IL, with his 3 rambunctious boys Jimmy, Bobby, and Mikey, and his amazing wife Mary Jo.
Melissa is an Air Force brat whose love of travel and adventure started very early in life. She has lived across the globe, from Italy to Alaska to Los Angeles. Birmingham, Alabama is now home, where she lives with her husband and young son. Having visited Walt Disney World and Disneyland well over 20 times, she has developed an expert level of insider knowledge and tips that she loves sharing with others. Driven by passion and curiosity, and a detail-oriented planner at every step, Melissa would be thrilled to curate your next magical vacation. Her happiness abounds when vacations are experienced to the fullest, when travelers are able to seize all opportunities for joy, relaxation, connection and growth. Come discover the multitude of new and exciting developments happening across all Disney destinations!
Michael and his family live in Jacksonville, FL and visit Disney World every chance they get. As adults, he and his wife love all elements of the parks and with their 16- year old son, their 7-year old granddaughter and her mom, visits to Disney are the perfect magical way to end a long week.
When Michael was young, he and his family would always go to the Magic Kingdom when that was the only park at Disney – so many fond memories and experiences were shared there with his family. While his mom and grandparents are no longer with him, the parks hold a special Magic for him as he now shares all those experiences and has new experiences at the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.
Disney World holds a special place in Michael’s heart. Both as a grandson and now as a father and grandfather, the magic of Walt Disney created has always created so many wonderful memories and exciting times for him and his family. Where else can children and adults alike have so much fun and experience Walt Disney’s vision of what magic and family can truly be than at one of the many Walt Disney adventures? As a Vacationeer, Michael wants to make sure that everyone can experience the joys and magic that Disney can create so let him help you discover and rediscover that Disney magic for you and your family.
Michelle grew up in Southern California and was a Disneyland Annual Passholder from the time she was five until she started working at the resort, which she stayed at for six years. She is still an avid Disney fan and has visited five out of the six Disney Resorts from around the world and visits Disneyland and Walt Disney World frequently throughout the year. She has also visited and stayed at Disney’s Aulani Resort. Michelle has always been the Disney expert among her friends and family and has planned numerous trips for them throughout the years. She looks forward to helping you create the magical vacation of your dreams!
Nikki is a former corporate attorney and now uses those skills full time to plan Disney dream vacations. Nikki has been planning Disney vacations for over twenty years. She specializes in planning multigenerational and luxury Disney vacations. In her vast knowledge of planning Disney vacations she has also planned for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and severe food allergies. She has personally vacationed with her family at Walt Disney World well over thirty times and has stayed in most of the Disney owned properties. As her children have grown so has their Disney vacations and she has explored many Disney offerings outside of the parks. Nikki has also been to Disney World at all major holidays and personally attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party many times. She has also vacationed at Disney’s Aulani. Nikki has been on five Disney Cruises, is a member of the Disney Cruise Line Gold Club and has been on Western and Eastern Caribbean Itineraries.
Penny, multi-lingual, a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, certified with Royal Caribbean, Carnival & Universal, has decades of experience in corporate and vacation travel planning, domestic/international travel, having lived in many countries around the world. She’s a life-long Disney addict, AP, DVC, Castaway Cay Club, and former cast member at Disney Corporate Offices. She, her husband (Air Force Veteran) and their son are avid travelers (multiple annual trips: DL, WDW, Disney Cruise, Universal, Aulani and Knott’s Berry Farm.
For Penny, Disney isn’t just a vacation destination, it’s a daily lifestyle. She even had a Disney Fairytale Wedding and honeymoon and their son was almost born at Disneyland! Yikes, right? True story. She would have named him Walt.
She provides complimentary, concierge-level service, including dining reservations, fastpasses, and tips/tricks. Down to every, last detail, she takes the stress out of your vacation-planning, so you and your family can relax and enjoy the memories. With her passion for Disney and decades of domestic/international travel and travel planning, she’s dedicated to finding the best deals for you, engineering, as a Vacationeer, the most memorable, magical vacations for you and your family.”
Join Penny on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and her You Tube Vlog to follow her Disney trips, tips, & Disney news.
Rachael has traveled to Disney World over 40x, shares a birthday with Mickey Mouse, and loves The Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain. Since a little girl her extended family would escape the cold winter temperatures of Ohio and meet at Fort Wilderness Campground for their annual family trip. Growing up Disney, and now experiencing it through the eyes of her little girl has motivated her to plan these wonderful lifetime memories for others. Getting to know you as a client, your favorite characters, food, and so much more is top priority to planning that perfectly magical vacation. Rachael’s favorite part of planning is booking your fast passes and food around showtimes and parades to make sure you aren’t traveling from one side of the park to the other or dealing with too many long lines if it can be avoided!
Rebecca has lived in the beautiful state of South Carolina almost her entire life. She is an elementary school teacher and a vacation planner! Her favorite part of planning Disney vacations is hearing about all of the wonderful and amazing things people have experienced on their trips! When she is not teaching or planning memorable vacations, she enjoys reading, cooking, and being with her family. She has a husband named Hampton, and two little girls who are 4 and 7 years old. They have been to Disney World as a family of 4 three times now, but she has been on several more trips over the course of her lifetime! She loves that what was once a hobby helping her friends and family has turned into a way to meet new people and learn even more about Disney experiences! She can’t wait to start planning your magical vacation!
Rebekah is a hair stylist, photographer, and serious Disney fanatic! If she’s not on her own adventure to Disney, she’s researching everything new and exciting happening there! A lover of food, Rebekah is your ultimate guide to all the best treats, drinks and vegetarian/vegan friendly food options. Whether your trip is three days or ten, Rebekah will make sure your experience is the most magical!
Sam recently moved to Colorado to explore the mountains and is an engineer by day and a travel agent the rest of the time. She loves traveling the world and can’t wait to visit all of the Disney parks outside of the US. Her first trip to Disney World was when she was one and her love for Disney has only grown. She has been to Disney World over 15 times and Universal Studios at least 5 times and each trip she finds something new to enjoy. She is super knowledgeable on the runDisney races because she has done them all (Goofy Challenge was a unique type of fun). She loves working with you to develop the perfect vacation for you and your family and friends. She believes that each family is unique in what they want out of their vacation and she is there to help you figure out the best plan for you. Her goal is to make the planning process fun and stress free. She looks forward to working with you on your dream vacation.
Sami is a wife, mother of one, and has a fur baby named Daisy. She was born into a Disney family and has been a Disney Vacation Club member since birth. She started with The Vacationeer in March of 2018. Her first trip to Disney World was in 2002 and she has made trips there every other year since. Sami has a planner’s personality and would love to help you plan your next magical vacation. Whether it’s your first trip or your tenth, Sami will be there every step of the way to make your trip the best one yet!
Sarah has been obsessed with all things Disney for her entire life, and has frequently visited Walt Disney World Resort since the age of 5. Despite living in West Michigan, she been an annual pass- holder for the last several years. Her family are members of the Disney Vacation Club, with their ‘home’ resort being her favorite, Animal Kingdom Lodge. She even has a cat named Micky.
Sarah has extensive knowledge with regard to dining at Walt Disney World with dietary restrictions and intolerances, as she suffers from many restrictions herself. She is very familiar with diets including vegan, dairy-free, gluten free, and pescatarian, and will research and advise regarding any additional requirements to make sure you have a magical vacation.
Disney connoisseur, Shannon’s passion is planning unforgettable vacations that are magical and economical. Her love began for Disney after several trips of her own.
She began planning memorable vacations from the tips and secrets she has learned throughout her own experiences along with professional training to make her client’s trips the best they can be. That is what sets her apart from the rest. She goes the extra mile to make sure your vacation is as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
As your travel planner, Shannon will handle every detail from the smallest things to dining reservations, and more. Her job doesn’t stop one you get there, if you need anything or have questions, you can reach out.
Shannon can also make your magical dreams come true onboard a Disney Cruise. If Disney isn’t necessarily your style, no worries she can plan a relaxing vacation aboard Carnival as well! Whatever your style or wherever your bucket list may take you, Shannon can send you there!
Stephanie is a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, theme park foodie, seasoned park hopper and frequent Disney traveler. She has been visiting Walt Disney World annually with her family for over seven years, has celebrated at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and has cruised aboard Disney Magic. She considers Disney to be her home away from home.
With every Disney trip she took, Stephanie fell more in love and began planning the next trip as soon as one was over. This turned into a thirst for knowledge of all things Disney to make sure her family made the most out of every vacation. She plans daily itineraries to ensure they experience the top attractions and eat at the best restaurants; all while minimizing their time spent waiting in line. Her friends and family began asking her to plan their trips and to share her favorite tips and advice.
This is when Stephanie decided to make this her full-time career: to become a Disney travel planner. Stephanie has a passion for helping others plan their trip and she is dedicated to making sure her clients’ vacation is magical and worry-free.
Steph Saunders is a mother of two teenage Disney lovers and lifetime Disney fanatic. After visiting Disney as a child, she has spent her adult life finding ways to get back to the most magical place on Earth! Steph and her family lived in Jacksonville, Florida for five years and were annual passholders who visited Disney at least once a month, including holidays which are extra Disney magical! Steph has planned trips for friends and family so the next logical step was to share her love and experience of all things Disney with other families wanting to experience the magic without the hassle. Steph is a proud graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and excited to plan your first or next Disney adventure. She lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan with her husband, son and daughter but visits Disney several times per year. Steph’s specialty is finding the most affordable vacation and handling all the details. She’ll schedule your fast passes, make amazing dining reservations and suggest once-in-a-lifetime extras like fireworks packages or after hours events that are unforgettable! Steph can also plan your Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line or Disney Aulani Hawaiian vacation. Call or email for a free quote!
As a former character and dancer at Walt Disney World and on Disney Cruises, Tammie Hanson possesses insider knowledge into the backstage world of the Disney Company. After an accident ended her dancing career, she found new enjoyment working front desk at many Walt Disney World Hotels, where she developed a deep understanding of room reservations, locations, and park transportation.
Not only does Tammie possess first-hand experience with entertainment and hospitality management, but she also possesses experience with booking and managing travel for individuals with unique needs. Not only on the business side, but also in her personal life she’s utilized the Disability Access Service (DAS) for individuals with physical, emotional, and mental challenges to provide the best magical experience for all.
Tammie has backpacked across Europe, toured through China, ridden a camel through a Middle Eastern desert, and zip-lined through tropical rain forests, but she always enjoys coming home to Disney.
As your vacation planner, it would be her pleasure to help you navigate the booking process for your adventure, secure FastPasses, make dining reservations, and build your trip of a lifetime. There is nothing more satisfying to her than to make someone else’s travel dreams come true!
Tammy is an avid Disney lover who would love to help your dream Disney vacation become a reality. She has been to Disney World many times as both a child and adult. She has recently discovered how great a destination Disneyland is as well! She is a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and stays up to date on the latest happenings.
As a special needs mom, she particularly has a special interest in helping other special needs families. She knows that it can take extra planning, knowledge, and accommodations while traveling with extra special kiddos.
In addition to Disney, she can also help plan your Universal, Cruise, and many other resort vacations.
With 30 years of corporate experience, Terri joins our team to help you build your perfect Disney vacation. Her goal is simple: for you and your family to leave Disney loving it as much as she does.
Her Disney story starts back in 2009 when she and her husband spent their honeymoon at Disney with their three children. Since then, she and her husband return three to four times a year both with and without kids. These days, even with her children grown, the couple returns to Disney World to take part in RunDisney races, holiday celebrations, relaxing adventures and child-like fun.
Terri can’t wait to tell you about her favorite “hidden gems” like the garden near the Rose & Crown in the England Pavilion or why Thanksgiving is her favorite time of the year to visit. Terri believes Disney is a place where families gather and spend meaningful time together and it is a place that keeps her feeling young.
Tiffany de Harde lives in Illinois with her husband and children; 8, 6 and 4-year-old sons and a 2-year-old daughter. She has always loved Disney and cried when she first saw Cinderella’s Castle when she was 12 years old. She loved making Magical Moments for guests at Magic Kingdom while on her Disney College Internship. She then stayed with Walt Disney World for an additional 2 years as a Seasonal Cast Member. She gained invaluable customer service experience, park experience and memories that will last a lifetime. It’s only natural that she is now planning vacations and making all her clients one of a kind experiences from beginning to end.
Tiffany has family in California and takes regular trips to Disneyland, with and without kids. She is very knowledgeable in traveling with children, especially younger. She can help a family plan their day around their must dos and their family dynamic. Since Tiffany has a large family, she is very savvy with money and can make all your dreams come true within your budget.
Tiffany quit her job as an Apartment Property Manager to stay home with her kids. Now that she has the majority in school or programs, she can take all her knowledge, experience and love for Disney and make the most magical vacation experience for others.
Ty Walck is a Mom to her 13 year old daughter, wife to husband Todd, and lives in sunny Florida just outside of Tampa. She grew up in rural Oklahoma as a fisherman’s daughter, but attended college in Tampa for a change of pace. Interestingly, she never once went to Disney during those years! Ty was actually over 30 the first time she went to Disney with her 3 year old daughter. During that trip she fully expected to have a typical kid-centric theme park day that was probably going to be full of nothing but princesses. Oh how she was wrong!
After that first trip, living back in Oklahoma so far from Disney, Ty was heartsick for WDW. Her family traveled back and forth at every chance until good fortune smiled upon them, and an opportunity arose for them to MOVE TO DISNEY! Well, as close as they could get anyway. Disney has hooked Ty’s heart and reeled her in, and now she spends as much time as possible soaking in the “Magic.” Now as a Graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, an Annual Passholder, and with a desire to spread her love of the place “Where Dreams Come True,” Ty’s passion is to help others plan their Magical Vacations. She specializes in large family groups traveling from across country and detailed knowledge of the dining plan and nearly every restaurant WDW has to offer. Best of all, Ty loves to meet her Disney clients at the parks and give them personalized help, tours, and tips!
Whitney’s love for all things Disney started from a young age. She grew up in the DFW area of Texas watching Disney animated movies over and over again until she wore out the VHS. Her all time favorite animated movie is Beauty and the Beast! She didn’t actually visit Disney World until she was 15 (her parents waited until her little brother was old enough to ride everything and remember it all because “it was going to be a once in a lifetime trip for their family” Needless to say, they have been back every year since.
She went to college at the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER) and had the amazing opportunity to work at Disney World through the college program. It was one of the best decisions of her life! She lived and worked at the Happiest Place on Earth!!! She loved every minute of it.
Whitney and her husband have been married for 5 years and have 3 beautiful children. They still travel to Disney World and Disneyland, because Whitney firmly believes you are never to young to visit Disney! They will always have those memories to cherish for a lifetime!