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Allison’s love of all things Disney began with her first trip to Disney World on Spring Break at 10 years old. Disney destinations have become a family favorite, for getaways and for special celebrations, and in a house full of Harry Potter fans, Universal Studios is also a favorite destination. Allison lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two daughters. When not traveling, they enjoy hiking, riding bikes, cooking and reading – or catching up on the latest shows on Disney+.
After many years as an event planner and of being the go-to Disney planner for friends and family, Allison is combining her love of planning with her love of Disney for success as an Authorized Disney vacation planner. Understanding how special family time is – and how important it is to make magical memories – Allison is ready to help you and your family plan a dream vacation!
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!
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!
Walt Disney once said, “Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”, and that is Amanda’s approach to all things Disney. Whether it’s exploring resorts, trying new-to-her restaurants, or going on adventures and excursions, her sense of curiosity keeps her learning more so she can offer you the best travel planning possible. Amanda grew up in Florida and went to Disney frequently as a child. She now lives in Kentucky with her husband and three daughters, and most of their favorite family memories have been made at Walt Disney World. Whether you are looking for a romantic adults only getaway, or a trip full of magical kid-filled wonder it would be Amanda’s pleasure to help you with your planning.
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!
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.
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 super fan of all things Disney! She has shared her passion with her Dad, of all things Disney and theme parks, since she was little. Now that she has two boys of her own, she makes sure to pass down the magic to them. Her boys have been going to Disney World since they were 6 wks old.
Brittany is a Disney Vacation Club member, as well as a Disney Annual Passholder. Her and her family make it down from Ohio to Florida at least 4 times a year. When she is not at her happy place, she is listening to podcasts about Disney Parks, Riding Disney rides virtually on the tv with her boys, and recreating famous Disney dishes at home!
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!!
Carol has been a Disney fanatic since birth. She grew up going to Disney with her family. Her dream of working for Disney became a reality, as she is an Alum of the Disney College Program. Carol is a stay at home mom of a baby girl. She has experienced Disney as both a “Disney adult” and with her family, so she has all the tips and tricks of experiencing as much as possible with kids. As an Annual Passholder, she keeps herself current on everything new the company is offering. Now she hopes to help others’ dreams come true by experiencing the magic of Disney.
Cecilia spent 4+ years as a Disney Cast Member & held many roles within the Disney company such as: Disney Travel Operations, Disney Entertainment, Disney Parks & Resorts – Including International, Disney College Program
Needless to say, she has the knowledge & direct experience to create a magical vacation!
Cecilia’s home has a direct view of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Volcano Bay! Completely immersed in the exciting world of Universal Studios, Cecilia knows her way around the parks & Diagon Alley!
Having also traveled all over the world from month-long trips to quick weekend getaways to all-inclusive resorts & back – she has all the tips & tricks for fun excursions, great eats, relaxing vibes, & more!
Whether you’re planning for a family the size of a football team or just for two she can make your vacation dreams come true!
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.
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!
Elizabeth always wanted to be a Disney princess when she grew up and now she’s the next best thing: A Disney Travel Planner. She loves making magical dream come true for children and their families. Not only does she know all the best secrets around every corner of Disney World & Disneyland, she also knows every detail about the Disney characters you love. With this knowledge, she can help you plan a trip that feels magical.
Elizabeth will make sure you have time to see what is important to your family, creating individualized plans that meet your needs so you never waste time wondering “what should I do next?” Take all the stress out of planning and let Elizabeth help!
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.
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.
Gabby is a proud military wife to her also Disney-loving hubby, Rob. Having grown up in the NW, Disneyland was the go-to summer vacation destination with her family. Since then Gabby has visited WDW twice, and while living in Germany has had an Annual Pass to Disneyland Paris for the past two years.
Gabby has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, 18 countries to be exact, giving some credit to her adventures with Disney Cruise Line! Her and her husband did the Disney Cruise to Castaway Cay for their honeymoon in 2018, then got cruise fever and did the British Isles cruise in 2019.
Having previously worked as an event planner, Gabby is ready to organize your dream park experience and handle all the details to make it a smooth and memorable trip. Being a military spouse, Gabby can also assist with finding the best rates for military members- both for park and cruise trips!
Whether this is your first, or fiftieth trip, let Gabby keep you informed with park updates and special promotions going on. She can be as hands on – or off – as you would like!
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.
Jenna lives in Oklahoma and is a work from home mom of two little girls. She and her husband began taking their daughters to Disney World and Disneyland when they were babies! After the first trip to Disney World, she was hooked on the Disney magic! They are huge Disney fans! They enjoy traveling to Disney World two to three times a year! When Jenna isn’t traveling to Disney World, she enjoys trips to the beach and travels as much as possible. Beyond traveling, she enjoys watching her daughters at dance and soccer.
She will treat your vacation as she treats her own! She would love to help you plan your magical vacation!
In 1968 with Jennifer in a carrier she made her first trip to Disney. Her family went to see what was coming to Orlando, to see the earth being moved, walk (she was carried) the boardwalk that showed pictures of what was coming to this swamp land and see a castle being built wrapped in scaffolding. They watched the progress with each return trip until 1971 when made their first official trip to Walt Disney World! From that year her family would take yearly trips to Disney, stay in the resorts and enjoy a couple days at Disney. As Disney grew so did their visits. There was always a comfort in returning each year and that feeling has never left as Jennifer now shares the most magical place on earth with her daughters who grew up Disney. Walt Disney World was Jennifer’s greatest childhood memory . Magical memories with family and being home again each visit is why Jennifer would like to help plan your Disney vacation and help you make new memories with your friends and family!
Jescie first visited Walt Disney World at nine years old. She still remembers riding Pirate of the Caribbean for the first time and has been hooked on Mickey’s House ever since. As an adult, she is an annual pass holder, has stayed at almost every resort on property, and has almost completed her goal of going down every water slide at Disney. She visits multiple times a year and her favorite trips are when she gets to take her three kids young kids. Watching them experience the magic she loves and make their own memories is so special.
Jescie loves creating trips that are unique to each guest. Every family, group, person is different and their trips should be too. She especially loves working with families with young children, as she is currently in the trenches of toddlerhood. Jescie is also very familiar with navigating food allergies at Disney, while not missing out on all the fun treats and experiences.
Please let Jescie help you have the most magical time by letting her plan your Best. Trip. Ever.
Jessie has been visiting Walt Disney World for 21 years! Since then, a lot has changed and she can get you up to speed on all the magical happenings at the happiest place on Earth!
Jessie is from the Boston, MA area and when she isn’t planning your magical vacation, she works as a home care nurse while earning her Nurse Practitioner degree at Regis College. She’s married to a former Army Ranger Purple Heart Recipient and has two Disney Princess, rollercoaster-loving girls!
Her family’s favorite ride at WDW is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom but Jessie’s favorite park is Animal Kingdom because she loves being immersed in the land of Pandora!
Though Jessie has only been to Walt Disney World, she knows all the ins-and-outs of planning trips to Disneyland, cruises, and more! Jessie’s specialty is planning trips for families with toddlers. Her favorite part of the planning process is seeing her hard work pay off when families make unforgettable memories!
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!
Jordan loves all things Disney and cookie dough! She has been visiting Disney since she was a little girl and has always wanted to be a Disney Princess herself! When not planning magical adventures she being mommy to her two kids. She has a real life princess herself and also a little prince in training!
Jordan lives in North Carolina but visits Florida several times a year to visit the most magical place on earth! She’s been helping plan vacations for family and friends for fun but decided to turn her love and passion for Disney into something a little bit bigger which is why she joined the amazing team of The Vacationeer!
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!
Katie grew up in a Disney loving family. Her fondest childhood memories were on vacations to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. She attended college at Marquette University and spent a semester abroad, and had the amazing opportunity to travel around Europe, of course making a stop at Disneyland Paris. After college Katie got into the food service industry, working in restaurants, catering, event & meeting planning, and management. After 12 years in that industry, she realized her meticulous organizational skills would be better served making vacation dreams come true as an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Katie lives outside of Chicago with her husband Eric. They have 3 children and are happiest creating new magical Disney memories together. With one child who loves thrill rides, another that is frightened of any dark ride including Frozen Ever After, and another that only eats peanut butter and jelly, she’s an expert at overcoming any obstacle to create a memorable, magical vacation for all!
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 (aka TheDisneyKiki on Tiktok) is a Walt Disney World aficionado and lover of all things Disney! She has been visiting WDW since childhood and now creates magical memories with her own family.
Throughout the years, acting as the unofficial Disney vacation planner for her family and friends, Kayla decided to take a leap of faith and join the Vacationeer team, and she is so glad she did! The Vacationeer is the premiere Disney travel agency and whether you’re curious about Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, Disneyland in California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Kayla is equipped with all the pixie dust she’ll need to make your vacation truly the most magical experience of a lifetime!
Kayla is a Florida-born Orlando local who is a professional musical theater performer and lifetime Disney lover! Growing up, Kayla has gone to the Disney Parks more times than she can count, as well as Universal Studios Orlando.
As a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, with her role being a Concierge, Kayla has worked at multiple resorts such as All Star Movies, Pop Century, Port Orleans French Quart and Riverside, Polynesian and more, Kayla’s love and knowledge of the resorts is sure to be useful! Favorite pastimes of hers include Epcot Drinking Around the World, enjoying all of Epcot’s incredible festivals, and trying out any and all new food and beverage items throughout all Disney World property. As a Plant-Based eater, Kayla has a lot of expertise in making sure the dietary needs of her friends, family, and Guest’s are well taken care of.
If Kayla isn’t in the Orlando theme parks, you can certainly find her at home with her long-time partner, Caleb, dog, Tempe, and cat, Cakey playing video games and catching up on the latest anime and Marvel shows.
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!
Kelly is a mom of 7 children who are completely Disney obsessed. As her family began making memories together at Disney over the years, she quickly realized that she wanted to be a part of a company who helped other families make the same magical memories, which led her to join The Vacationeer.
When she is not planning Disney Vacations, she is photographing Newborns in her studio in Clarksville, Tennessee and being a chauffeur to and from all of her children’s activities.
As a little girl, Kelsey dreamed of flying over the crowds of Magic Kingdom like Tinker Bell. As a teen, she wished to be a princess from a galaxy far, far away. As an adult, she found it was even better to be a Fairy Godmother planning magical vacations for families like yours!
Kelsey is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge with over 20 years experience running around Orlando theme parks. This Gryffindor is an expert in planning a personalized and stress-free vacation for everyone in your group with tips, tricks, and meticulous scheduling that would make Hermione proud!
In addition to annual trips to Florida, she enjoys hiking in national parks, relaxing by the beach, and getting lost in the cobblestone streets of Europe. As a firm believer in the “No Carb or Dessert Left Behind” vacation diet, she is excited to share her allergy-friendly eats and epic treats with you!
Jambo everyone! Meet Kiara! If she’s not in the parks, she’s helping plan for it!
She understands that planning a Disney Vacation can be overwhelming for many people and she takes pleasure in being able to step in and take care of the difficult parts so you just have to worry about having fun!
Kiara is a Disney super fan who exclusively helps plan Disney Vacations. She enjoys giving guests free advice and she’s passionate about getting guests the help they need to get the vacation of their dreams!
Kim Buchanan is a stay-at-home mom from the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. She has been married to her Disney fanatic husband for 30 years. They have raised 2 amazing children to know the importance of family. She is also “Nana” to 2 beautiful grandchildren. 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. Since then, she has been more than 30 times, been on three Disney Cruises and one trip to Disneyland in California. These memories will last a lifetime.
Kim has been a Disney Vacation Specialist since 2006. She has helped 100’s of families to make their vacation dreams come true. She will use her Disney knowledge 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!
Lauren has enjoyed visiting Disney World numerous times over the last 21 years! A lot has changed over the years but her love for Disney has stayed strong. Her love for Disney exploded when she took her daughter to Disney World for the first time. Watching her daughter’s face glow when she met her favorite princesses and seeing her daughter blush as Mickey mouse kissed her hand made her fall in love with going to Disney all over again!
After being a stay at home mom for 5 years, Lauren decided to join our team so she could help other families plan the most magical vacations and fall in love with Disney too!
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!
At the age of three, Lori Elle experienced her 1st Magical Disney Vacation when her parents brought her and her sister to the Magic Kingdom. It was then and there her obsession for Imagination, Princesses, and Pixie Dust began. Now married and residing in The Woodlands, Tx with her 18 year old son and 6 year old daughter, the same joy and excitement she experienced at three continues today, not only during her own family vacations, but through the process of building trustworthy relationships and delicate planning constructing the most Perfect, Personalized Disney Vacation.
Lori Elle says “it has been a honor becoming and “engineer” specializing in Disney Destinations for The Vacationeer.” She is very thankful to be provided an opportunity of a lifetime to continue working as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner while also, contributing to an agency that possesses a sentimental place in her heart and nostalgic meaning for herself and her family.
In addition, when Lori Elle is not seeing patients or planning vacations, her hobbies include playing board games with her kids, attending Sunday worship, Texas Aggie Football, and ALL THINGS DISNEY.
Her philosophy is simple and similar to that of the Great Walt Disney himself who once said: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Disney provides her the setting and she provides a unique itinerary filled with Magical Extras, Memories and Traditions for Families and Future Generations with a goal of making each and every Vacation a Dream Come True!
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.
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!
Michelle joined our team in 2019 and is eager to plan your dream vacation(s) for you and your loved one(s). Michelle’s traveling adventures spread across America, cruises, all-inclusive resorts plus internationally to Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since childhood one favorite family destination has always been Walt Disney World and Universal Studios as the Magic always ignites the imagination and awakens everyone’s inner child. Michelle is a Marine wife of 14 years and they have 3 children together.
When she’s not spreading joy planning vacations she volunteers at her church, kids activities, with ZTA alumnae plus serves as the Family Readiness Assistant with her husband’s USMC Company. Working with The Vacationeer granted Michelle’s lifelong wish to merge her love of travel and helping others by making clients personal travel dreams a reality no matter the budget. Michelle finds great joy in sprinkling extra magic dust so clients only focus is making memories.
Michelle comes from a long line of Disney lovers! She has passed that love on to the next generation. As a Disneyland Legacy Passholder she spent many happy days at the California Disney Parks. Having an annual pass for over 20 years allowed her to watch the development of Disney’s California Adventure, homeschool on Tom Sawyer’s Island, stay at many of the nearby hotels and become very familiar with the surrounding area. Organizing her friends annual girls’ trip gave her experience working with groups as large as 24 people. Visiting the Florida parks also holds a special place in her heart. It was a great escape when her daughter worked there and then during the Disneyland closure. Specializing in organizing family trips and girlfriend trips from Coast to Coast and also experienced in Disney Paris and Cruising.
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!
Nicole is a former international model who has lived in over 4 continents and visited over 35 countries! After 15 years she ditched fashion for the Disney lifestyle full time! Having visited Disneyworld, Disney Paris and Disneyland over 15 times, she is an expert in both Disney travel and international travel. She is also well versed in Disney’s Aulani Resort and Hawaii travel after visiting the Hawaiian islands 14 times.
Nicole has planned group trips, bachelorettes, multigenerational and couples trips and is versed in luxury travel, both at Disney properties and beyond! In the same token, she understands how to travel on a budget and can work magic with even the smallest of budgets! Nicole wants to make everyone love their trip to Disney vacation just as much as she does every time she goes! If she could live at Magic Kingdom, she would :)
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!
Randal is a Texas Native and a lifelong Disney fanatic! He fell in love with the Disney parks watching old episodes of the Wonderful world of Disney. He took his first Disney trip in 2006. He is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education. He married his college sweetheart, and even took their honeymoon to Walt Disney World. He is a father of two, and understands the joys of struggles of traveling with a child with Special Needs.
He loves getting to help other people make magical memories with family and friends and looks forward to helping you too!
Rebekah is a hair stylist, photographer, and serious Disney fanatic. She is a Disney World annual passholder who frequents the parks on both coasts as often as possible to keep up to date on all the new and exciting things happening. She is most likely to be found in a park for Halloween and her absolute favorite place to be is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A lover of food, Rebekah is your ultimate guide to all the best treats, drinks and most of all, all the vegan friendly food options. She also has a wealth of knowledge on how to make your travels more sustainable and always with a touch of magic. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiffany has been a Disney lover all her life. She lives in Central Texas with her husband and their puppy, Loki.
Growing up her family went on at least one Disney vacation a year, and she has kept that tradition going. Her favorite park is Epcot at Disney World and loves being there for the International Food and Wine Festival. Her favorite resort is the Beach Club. You can’t beat the sand bottom pool!
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!