Meet Our MVPs

Suzie

Suzie Altpeter

Owner

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suzie@magicvacations.net
Favorite Character: Minnie Mouse
Favorite Rides: Rockin’ Roller Coaster, It’s a Small World

My name is Suzie Altpeter, and a friend recently described me as the “Disney-est gal” she knows! It was one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten! One of my earliest childhood memories is of riding the monorail with my new stuffed Minnie Mouse when her dress came untied. I started to fix it, but my mother gently admonished me by saying, “No, Suzie, don’t knot it. Tie it in a bow.” I didn’t know how to tie a bow, but I learned, right there, riding the monorail! My own sons both said “Mickey” among their very first words. We used to travel to Walt Disney World® at least once a year, often bringing grandparents and extended family, but recently relocated to a home nine miles from the Magic Kingdom!

If you ask me who my hero is, I will tell you, without hesitation, Walter Elias Disney. I admire the effort and dedication that he put into the things that he built. As a mother, I understand why he wanted a special place where families could spend time together. I am delighted to be part of planning your precious family vacation time. I look forward to working with you!

Lee

Lee Altpeter

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Favorite Classic Movie: Robin Hood
Favorite Modern Movie: The Incredibles
Favorite Ride: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

My name is Lee Altpeter. My wife became a travel agent, and I followed in her footsteps after I saw how much fun she was having. Along with our amazing partner we decided to open our own agency to help clients discover the magic of travel. Whether you are looking for a Disney vacation, a stay at Universal, a cruise, or a tropical resort getaway, I can help you plan it and have an amazing trip.

Living in Orlando, I am an annual pass holder to Walt Disney World & Universal. We are in the parks, restaurants, and resorts constantly to keep our clients up to date on the latest changes and updates. I must admit, I also have a bit of a cruise problem…. I have sailed on every ship in Disney’s fleet as well as other cruise lines. Cruises are amazing and I would love to get you on a ship to see why they are my family’s favorite type of vacation.

Where can I make magic for you?

Stacey

Stacey Trask

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My name is Stacey Trask and I have always been a Disney fan. I remember how exciting it was to travel to Disney World with my family when I was a little girl. We would go every year, and one year during the parade Captain Hook walked up to my mother and kissed her. It was so funny, and has been a memory that I cherish. I even have the picture due to a quick thinking father who snapped it at the right time.
As I grew up, my love for Disney characters and animation flourished and I became a collector of Disney statues and figurines. My love for going to Disney parks was refreshed when I lived in Los Angeles, and had my first child. We brought him to Disneyland when he was a month old and took him on The Pirates of The Caribbean ride, a tradition was born that day. All of my children visited Disneyland at one month and Pirates was their first ride. We now make sure it is our first ride we go on when we visit, it is one of our many “Disney Traditions”.
I had a Disneyland Annual Passholder for 13 years, when I lived in California and I now live in Upstate NY and have an Annual Pass to Walt Disney World. I love doing research for my job, so I visit the parks as often as I can.
I became a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations because friends and family would ask me for advice and to help plan their Disney trips. I love helping families plan their Magical vacations and love to hear that they have created their own Disney Traditions. I really enjoy planning trips for my clients and it brings a smile to my face when a client comes back and tells me that I gave them a trip of a lifetime.

Kristina

Kristina Montefusco

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My name is Kristina Montefusco and I’ve been living the Disney life as long as I can remember. Growing up my grandfather had a quote from Walt Disney for almost every occasion. He dreamed of retiring and driving the train in the Magic Kingdom and when he finally achieved that dream it allowed me to spend a lot more time in the parks. It has become a family tradition with many of us working in the parks or resorts and I’m thrilled that I’m able to carry on the Disney tradition in my own way. As someone who loves the process of planning the vacation almost as much as the actual vacation, I always seemed to be the one that friends and family would ask for suggestions about their upcoming trips. I understand that each trip has a different dynamic, whether you are going with a multi-generational family group or a group of adults looking for a getaway or a family with young kids or teens. Each trip is different and will be a different experience and that’s what I love the most. I know that every moment we get to spend with family and friends is precious. It’s a privilege to be able to help other people plan the best vacation possible and be a small part of helping them make those memories. I would love to be able to help find that perfect fit for you and for your family as well!

Jen Warner

Jennifer Warner

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Greetings!  I’m Jennifer Warner and I am very excited to start planning
magical vacations.  My first trip to Orlando was my freshman year of high
school when our marching unit participated in the Magic Music Days.  I
went back my junior year, then a couple years after graduation when I
chaperoned the very same marching unit.  The itch was there, I needed to
go back again, and again… I stopped counting around 20 trips!

I’ve traveled to WDW solo, as a couple, a pregnant woman, a mom, a
pregnant mom, and as a family.  I’ve invited friends and family to travel
with me and now I get the chance to help others!

My knowledge and experience are at your service.

Jaime Noble

Jaime Noble

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Hi! My name is Jaime Noble and I am married and the Mom of 2 great children. I grew up in Jim Thorpe, PA and relocated to Florida in August 2015. A big part of our decision to move to Florida stemmed from my obsession with Disney which hooked me on our family vacation in December of 2011. Though I had been there as a child this was my husband and children’s first Magical vacation. After that we made at least yearly vacations, even squeezing in 3 trips in one year! We knew we wanted to escape the cold, dark, snowy winters of PA so Florida was a natural choice. I became a Travel Agent/ Vacation Planner in 2015 as well after helping several friends plan their Magical vacations based on just my experiences and advice. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my clients’ (especially my little clients!) dreams come true and helping them to have the absolute BEST possible vacations. Whether it is a weekend staycation close to home, a trip to the beach or a most Magical dream vacation to Disney, along with anywhere else your dreams and imagination can take you, I am the person to help you get there! <3

Kaylyn Cromer

Kaylyn Cromer

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Favorite Character: Belle

My name is Kaylyn Cromer and I have been a Disney fan for as long as I can remember!

I grew up taking several trips to Disney and recall telling my family that one day I was going to work there! I was always into art and design and loved every detail about Disney! The sights were vibrant and larger than life, the smells were sweet and indulgent, and the sounds were all of laughter and excitement. While my original plans of working for Mickey Mouse didn’t quite turn out accordingly, I still get to use my knowledge and love for all the magical details in an exciting new way by helping families and friends plan amazing vacations!

My love for Disney and travel has grown since childhood and now being a mother, I have seen the magic through the eyes of my own children and know that our family vacations have created some of the best memories that we all will cherish for years to come. I would be delighted to be able to help you make your own memories that will last a lifetime!

My name is KC Collier, and I am a Disney addict. I even turned my husband into one! I’ve gotten engaged, honeymooned, and spent 2 anniversaries at Walt Disney World. Why? It’s our special place. My perfect day would be to go to Magic Kingdom, eat 3 Dole Whips, endless rides on Haunted Mansion, dinner at Beast’s castle, then watch some fireworks. I want to plan your trip so that you love it as much as I do, and make wonderful memories with your family!

Dashia Wallace and Ashley Seifert

Dashia Wallace

Ashley Seifert

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Dashia Wallace is a Special Education teacher in Upstate NY. She loves reading, traveling, and gardening. Dashia is a huge Harry Potter fan and her love for the books and the movies brought her to Universal Studios in July.  She knew the magic she experienced was something she wanted to share with others and she excitedly joined the Magic Vacations team. Dashia lives in Ballston Lake, NY with her husband Tom, her daughter Ashley, her son Harrison, and her dog Rudy.  She hopes to live in Florida in the future.

 

Ashley Seifert is a Sophomore at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is studying graphic design with minors in Spanish, English, and Art History. She was born with love for anything Disney and that interest has only grown over time. While at school, she works in the Disney Store in Times Square.  She hopes to obtain an internship with Marvel next summer and ultimately work for the mouse someday. In her free time, she likes to visit museums, explore new places, and most importantly, watch Disney movies.

Laura Piccolo

Laura Piccolo

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Hi! My name is Laura Piccolo. In 1989, I experienced the magic with my first trip to Walt Disney World. The characters, the shows, the rides, the FUN! Through high school and college I vacationed in Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. My young family has now shared in the magic twice in the last three years! We have ventured into all four Disney parks and are looking forward to our first Disney cruise.

 

I am excited to unlock the magic of Disney for you!

Jessica Erickson and family posing outside Animator's Palate on Pirate night.

Jessica Erickson

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Hi! I’m Jessica Erickson, a lifelong Floridian, wife to my very own Mr. Incredible, mother of two princesses, and Disney Cruise Line junkie.  Growing up in Orlando, I have had the wonderful privilege of watching the theme parks evolve throughout the years while making magical memories with family and friends on each visit.  As a Magic Vacation Planner, I want to share with you my passion, knowledge, and spirit to help plan your next vacation – by land or by sea!

Speaking of the sea, our family’s favorite vacation of choice is a cruise. We love the diversity a cruise offers including the variety of destinations, cuisines, and entertainment while being an all-inclusive travel solution. We enjoy learning about other cultures and discovering hidden gems in the local communities.  Our family has had a blast trying different excursions on each sailing such as zip-lining through the forests, snorkeling with sea turtles, swimming in caverns (with bats, eeek!), and jumping off rock ledges into a blue lagoon!  As annual WDW pass holders, we have fun making day trips out the four main parks regularly. Our favorite rides are Soarin, Flight of Passage, and Toy Story Mania.  When we visit Magic Kingdom, we head straight for Gaston’s Tavern for a refreshing LeFou’s Brew.

Now it’s your turn to create new memories, discover new destinations, and seek new adventures. I am here to lighten your load so that you can focus on the anticipation that comes with an approaching vacation, followed by enjoying every minute of it and being in the moment!

Cassie Gilgenbach and daughter posing with Minnie Mouse.

Cassie Gilgenbach

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Favorite characters: Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh
Favorite rides: The Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World

Greetings! My name is Cassie. My day job brings me to my hometown  library, where I’m a media services and reference librarian. By night,  I’m a Disney loving gal. I grew up yearning to go to Disney, but it  was never in the plans for my family. When I was in high school, our  local marching band marched in a parade at Disney, and the rest, as  they say, is history. I was hooked. For the past few years, my time  has been spent planning and researching Disney trips, going on trips,  and then counting down the days ’til I can go again.

One day, my husband said, “What are you going to do with all this  Disney knowledge?” And that’s why I’m here. If you’re thinking of  planning your vacation, let me help you make some big magic! I’m with  you from start to finish (and beyond!). Let’s make your dreams a  reality.”

Megan Webster and family at Epcot.

Megan Webster

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Megan Webster grew up a Disney fan. When she was younger, she was supposed to go on a group trip to a water park. However, she got strep throat. Her mom, feeling bad, bought The Little Mermaid and brought it home along with her medicine, and the rest was history! While she didn’t get to enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World until she was 15 (traveling with a friend’s family), it was everything she dreamed of! Perhaps the only thing better than being at Walt Disney World herself, is enjoying the trips through the eyes of her two children!! Luckily, her husband also enjoys the rides, characters, shows, and cuisine…so they make repeat adventures (and no two are alike) yearly! Megan, a planner by nature, is passionate about maximizing your time, money, and memories!!

Michelle Webster and her family posing with Daisy Duck.

Michelle Webster

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Hi Ya Pals!!

My name is Michelle Webster, I am married to my equally as Disney obsessed husband, Ron. We have a daughter, Viola, who went on her first trip to WDW at 10 months old.

From my first trip to Walt Disney World in 2008, to my honeymoon, to taking our daughter for the first time, and all the trips in-between, Disney has become not only a place where magic exists, but a place where memories are born!

Disney runs through my mind everyday!!

I want other families, couples, and friends to make magical memories as well!

If it’s your first time or 100th visit, being at the happiest place on earth is sure to create magical memories to last a life time!

See ya real soon!!

Shannon Fox along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Shannon Daly

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Hi, my name is Shannon and I love all things Disney! On my first trip to Walt Disney World I was 5, and I still remember a few things, like the taste of the strawberry ice cream bar and riding co-pilot in the Monorail! By the time I was 21 I had been to Disney just a handful of times, but that wasn’t enough for me. So I decided I was going to be a Cast Member!

In 2009 I was part of the Disney College Program! I earned my ears working on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at Casey’s Corner and the Plaza Restaurant. There I became very familiar with the term “Magical Moments”. This is where you go out of your way to help a guest really experience the Magic of Disney. Out of all the things Disney has to offer, this was by far my favorite part of working at WDW!

I have 4 kids, and taking them as children is so magical. Watching them meet their favorite friends through their eyes has been one of my favorite moments. Watching them laugh on rides, and try all the Mickey shaped foods is so worth the trip! Disney is not just for kids, my own honeymoon plans include a trip to Walt Disney World.

Since my College Program days, I have been back many times, and the itch got me again. I have missed working for Disney and becoming a travel agent will allow me to help make the magic again! With breath taking views of Cinderella’s Castle, trying foods around the world at EPCOT, or lounging by a pool, I can not wait to help assist you in making memories for your family that will last a life time.

Kimi Hite is a military wife to John Hite and a mother of two children-Raiah (8) and Noah (4). Kimi was born and raised in Hawaii and currently resides just 12 miles from Walt Disney World. Fun fact-you can see and hear the fireworks from their house each night! Kimi earned her Duo Honorary Degrees in Children Adolescent and Children Adolescent Psychology with a concentration in Sales And Marketing Management. She enjoys homeschooling both of her children. A former college and competitive cheerleader and cheer coach, Kimi enjoys volunteering in her community with her family.  She loves lots of things about Florida, but her favorite is thing to do is visit Disney!

Ben Drummond and Family

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Ben Drummond (with purple backpack in photo) is a hardcore Disney Geek, Nerd, Nut, or whatever you want to call it who loves all things Disney related. He also has a love for all things Marvel whether that is relating to the Marvel Comics or even the movies. He spends most of his time exploring the Walt Disney World Resort as an Annual Passholder who lives in Winter Garden, FL, collecting various Disney themed memorabilia/souvenirs, pin trading, and even is a full-time blog writer who writes about the latest Disney news and original content. He joined Magic Vacations to combine his passion and vast knowledge of all things Disney to make magic happen in hopes of making Dreams come true that create memories to last a lifetime. If you need THE Disney Expert, he is your guy! In fact, you can call him Walt Disney Jr.!

Laura Shigley and Family

Laura Shigley

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Hi I’m Laura! I’m a wife to Justin. We have been married for 13 years and have 4 wonderful children, Leah (9) James (6) Jaxson (2) and Londyn (1) My love for Disney began when I was a little girl. Now that I have a family it’s amazing to see the magic and wonder in my children’s eyes when they experience all that Disney has to offer. If you are looking for a vacation full of laughter, magic, and memory making please contact me. I can help with any budget and of course there is NEVER a fee for my services! Let’s make that dream vacation into a reality!

Candice Marrin

Candice Marrin

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Hi, I’m Candice! I work full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school, but in my spare time I like to crochet, lift weights, and hang out with my cat. What I love most is traveling whenever I’m able to–I love exploring new places! I have visited the Orlando area theme parks, both Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios as a child and an  adult. I am a huge fan of Disney, as well as Marvel, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park, so both places have made a wonderful impression on me. I am very excited to have the opportunity to help others experience the magic of the parks!

Christy Joubert

Christy Joubert

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Born in Ohio, I live in Decatur, Georgia with my husband and two fur- babies, a golden retriever named Canto and a cat named Figaro. My husband Darren and I are lovers of all thing Disney. We go to Disney World in Orlando at least once a year but have also been to other Disney resorts around the world including Tokyo and Anaheim.

I have lived in and around the Atlanta area since 1987. I have been married since 2013 to my wonderful husband who is from South Africa and works as a dog groomer. I currently work in Emergency Medicine as a Physician Assistant for Kaiser Permanente.
Besides having a passion for travel, I also enjoy playing violin and love attending concerts and operas.

Hi! I’m Libby Fox, a native Idahoan and current Brooklynite. My love of Disney began back in the days before VHS, DVD and streaming, when my parents would take my siblings and I to the movie theater to see Disney classics that had been “released from the vault.” I’ve been hooked ever since!

Since moving to New York City in 2003, I have been fortunate enough to work in theaters all over the city and on Broadway (my other love), coordinating ticketing and travel for such shows as Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, Legally Blonde and more. Helping people see live theater and experience the “greatest city in the world” is another passion of mine.

As the unofficial “cruise director” for my friends and family, I have spent much of my free time booking trips for those closest to me. I have planned dozens of trips for my loved ones to cities all over the world. Whether it’s to NYC, Disney, Universal or (to infinity and) beyond, I love helping people unlock the magic in their vacations and discover what’s waiting just around the river bend.

Anais Rodriguez

Anais Rodriguez

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I was born in Miami into a Cuban family. In 2014, I graduated from Florida State University.  While in college, I joined the sisterhood of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. Upon graduation, I moved to Las Vegas for a Hotel Management Program with MGM. In 2017 I decided to move back home to South Florida to be around my ever-growing family.

 I‘ve been involved with dance most of my life. I’m a huge football fan, I will forever cheer on my beloved Seminoles. And of course, I’m OBSESSED with Disney.

Jaime & Caroline Perz @ Hollywood Studios

Jaime & Caroline Perz

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Hi! We’re Caroline and Jaime Perz, two sisters who share a love of  everything Disney! Over the past two years, we have both become Annual  Passholders, visited Disney World several times, took our first trip  to Disneyland and even got to experience Aulani. Every trip was as  magical as the one before. Disney World in particular holds a special  place in our hearts, as that really feels like home to us. We look  forward to each and every trip we take there. We are so excited to  join the Magic Vacations Planning Team and start planning magical  vacations for other friends and families!

Brad Rogers and family in front of Slink Dog Dash

Brad Rodgers

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Hey Howdy Hey! My name is Brad Rodgers, and I currently reside in North Charleston, SC.  My incredible Disney family includes: my wife, Heather, two sons, Connor and Chase, and beloved dog, Reese.  During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, umpiring youth baseball and softball, and traveling (especially to Walt Disney World).

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of all things Disney, especially vacationing at Walt Disney World.  I have always enjoyed sharing my passion for Disney Destination vacations with everyone that I meet.  For many years I have not only planned my own family’s Disney Destination vacations; but also, I have helped to plan the Disney Destination vacations of many members of my extended family and friends.  So much so, that I was constantly being asked if I have ever considered becoming an authorized Disney vacation planner.  I am so excited to have joined the Magic Vacations team and embark upon this new adventure sharing my passion and knowledge of Disney Destination vacations with others.

As an educator of 20+ years, I have the heart of a teacher, and I am driven by helping others and providing outstanding “customer service.”  So, whether you’re taking your first trip to a Disney Destination or you’re a seasoned Disney fan like myself, please allow me the opportunity to add some “pixie dust” to your vacation plans by offering my personal attention to detail and commitment to service. Getting to know my clients and listening to their needs and desires, allows me to use my extensive knowledge and experiences to provide my guests with recommendations that exceed their expectations.

I look forward to the opportunity to help you experience the “magic” that only Disney can offer.

Have a Magical day!

Jessica Tatum with Pluto

Jessica Tatum

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Hi! My name is Jessica Tatum, and I am from Memphis, Tennessee.

Growing up, I went on many Disney vacations with my family. My first trip was in 1996, at just four years old. This remarkable trip sparked my passion for everything Disney and there was no looking back. From the first time hearing “When you Wish Upon a Star,”  to seeing the fireworks light up the sky at Magic Kingdom, to being picked to shake the maracas at the Festival of the Lion King show, I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to the Magic of Disney. During the day, I work at a local animal hospital as a veterinary technician, and in my spare time, you can either find me working out at the gym or loving on my four fur-babies.

Now, I want to put my love for planning Disney vacations into helping you and your family make magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth! As your Magic Vacations Planner, I will go above and beyond to make sure your experience is nothing but unforgettable. Given my extensive past experiences at the parks, I can tell you that staying at a Walt Disney World Resort truly brings the magic to life. I have enjoyed vacations at the different level resorts including: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and even Deluxe Villas! Beyond that, I have dined at practically all the delicious Disney restaurants including those in resorts and parks, Quick Service to Signature Dining, and everything in between. Whether you want a fast paced park hopping vacation, a laid back pool-side day, or an easy stroll through the parks, allow me to make your dreams come true and plan a Magical vacation you’ll be sure to never forget!

Jenelle Fotta

Jenelle Fotta

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My name is Jenelle Fotta and I’m from Lake Como, Pennsylvania. I am a pastor’s wife and a stay at home mom to our sweet baby girl, Maisie! I love to cook, travel, and most importantly, plan! Planning and organization is very important in my every day life. I’ve always wanted to plan vacations, and I’m very excited for what’s to come!!

Hello Fellow Vacation Lovers!

My name is Ana Acosta and I simply love Disney..LOVE!!!

From as young as I can remember, Disney has always held a special place in my heart. Excitement, Adventure, Love, Warmth, Magic. Disney has it all! As Belle once said, “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere”. With me as your vacation planner, you are sure to experience adventure! Let me help you experience the joy that Disney has brought into my world and my family’s world.

Aundria Adame with Minnie

Aundria Adame

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My Name is Aundria! I’m a Texas native who is OBSESSED with all things Disney (including Star Wars and Marvel). I was 2-years-old during first visit to Walt Disney World and even younger on my first trip to Disneyland! Since then I do anything I can to find my way back to the most magical place on Earth. Growing up my family was blessed enough to visit several times.

My love for this happy place only grew in 2012 when I became a member of the Disney College Program where I worked at Hollywood Studios passing out strollers, restocking cookware, and pin trading. During my off time I explored the parks, hotels, dined at amazing restaurants and ventured to Universal Studios to satisfy my love for Harry Potter.

Since my college program I’ve planned and visited Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Disneyland for large and small family vacations, girl trips, couple trips, and solo trips. Walt Disney once said “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” and I’m beyond thrilled to help share the magic again!

Skyler Britt and family in front of Cinderella's Castle

Skyler Britt

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My name is Skyler Britt, and I have always been a Disney fan. I didn’t grow up taking trips to Disney when I was a kid. In fact, my first trip wasn’t until I was in middle school. We went for a cheerleading competition, and after that, I fell in love with Walt Disney World. We never went back as a kid, so when my husband and I got married that’s exactly where I wanted to go on our Honeymoon. I was hooked!!

So then comes along our little girl, and I wanted to be able to take her as much as possible, and we have made it a yearly vacation since she was 2 years old. I have become known as the Disney person for people in my small town. I have people all the time asking about what to do, so I decided why not become an agent and do what I love on the side of my full-time job, a captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing and court reporter.

I would love to help plan your trip and bring as much magic to your trip as we have had on ours.

Megan Burke and her husband in front of Cinderella's Castle

Megan Burke

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Hello!

My name is Megan Burke. I have loved Disney my whole life. My parents planned trips for us growing up and I still cherish those memories today. My friends and family know me as a Disney fanatic. Disney creates a magical experience like no other. The perks, adventures, dining, activities, rides, and experiences are what sets Disney apart. I want to help people make their vacation as magical as possible. I want to help create memories for a lifetime.

Kelly Wiseman, her fiance, and Mickey Mouse

Kelly Wiseman

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Hi!

My name is Kelly Wiseman. I am a self-proclaimed Disney expert. I’ve always been a fan of learning, but Disney has always been my favorite subject. I can’t talk about it for too long without getting too excited or welling up with tears. I have a lot of emotional attachment to Walt Disney World. It’s where my family spent most of our vacations, it’s where my Fiancé met my family for the first time, and it’s where we’re going on our honeymoon!

I love to travel and have had the chance to go all over the world. But, I will never find a place more special to me, or that fills me with so much overwhelming joy as Walt Disney World. One of the things I love the most is helping other people discover the magic of Disney. I’m so excited to be able to share my tips and tricks as well as help create some unforgettable memories for families of all shapes and sizes! Let the Magic begin!

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Tennille Davidheiser

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My name is Tennille! I am a registered pediatric nurse that works with special needs children in their home and I absolutely LOVE my job! I have been happily married to my best friend for 9 months now, and we share our home with a dog (Rusty), 3 ducks (Boots, Pitri, and Reece), 16 chickens, and a bunch of fish. I am thrilled to be a part of magic vacations.  It is a dream come true for me! I know how excited I get when I plan my Disney vacations and now I get to help people feel that same excitement! My obsession over Disney started when I was very young when I used to watch Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and the Little Mermaid on repeat all day, every day! I started taking myself down to Walt Disney Word in 2011 and IMMEDIATELY fell in love and have been back every year since! My favorite thing in the world is taking people with me just to see that Disney magic light up their eyes for the first time!

Amanda Mitchell in front of Cinderella's castle

Amanda Mitchell

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Hi there! My name is Amanda and I am THRILLED to be part of the Magic Vacations team. I am a Massachusetts native with a New York education and a Disney obsession that runs deeper than the ocean. I am the mother of two little mouseketeers, Briegh and Carys. My love of Disney began with an unmatched love of Disney films, especially the award-winning songs. I am notorious for impersonating the voices of the most beloved princesses. I even convinced my kids I was Belle!

My first trip to Walt Disney World was an absolute dream come true. As the 5th of 6 kids, I had little hope that my parents would ever be able to afford to take a family trip to the most magical place on Earth. When my cheerleading team won a bid to perform at the Citrus Bowl and visit WDW in 2002, I was determined to seize the opportunity. At 12 years old I fundraised almost $3000 to fund my vacation of a lifetime, thinking I might never have the chance to go again.

Fast forward to 2016, now a mother, the memories I had made as a child were still fresh in my mind. I could not bear to imagine my girls going through the same longing I had experienced as a child. No way was I going to miss the way their faces would light up as they strolled down Main Street for the first time. So, I immersed myself in planning. The trip came and went, ever bit as magical as I’d imagined it would be, but I could not shake the rush I got from the research and planning involved in a WDW visit. It was almost as good as the trip itself! I fed my addiction by staying up to date on Disney news daily, and traveling to Disney destinations as often as humanly possible. My addiction has even led me across the country to Disneyland, (aka the Mecca), to soak up all of the history and nostalgia it has to offer.

I have helped to plan many Disney vacations for friends and family, always keeping in mind that the experience HAS to balance the expense. I believe each trip is unique and that is what makes Disney destinations so special, and worth the money. I am considered by my inner circle to be a “Disney Freak” and nothing could make me prouder. My best moments are when I can offer advice and direction to help folks have the Best Disney Day Ever! I can’t wait to be a part of making your family vacation, wedding, engagement, girls-trip, family reunion, or whatever it may be, the most magical time of your life!

Sidney in front of Cinderella's Castle

Sidney Jacobowitz

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Favorite Ride: Slinky Dog Dash
Favorite Character: Belle

Hello friends! My name is Sidney and I’m based in Staten Island, New York. I’m a Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holder and try to frequent the parks 3 times a year. I have traveled to the parks with people from the ages of 3 months to 85 years old so I am definitely well equipped to make sure everyone in the family has a wonderful time on their trip! I am extremely knowledgeable about resorts and restaurants on property and nothing makes me happier than planning trips and discussing all things Disney.

The Alfaiate family with Captain Mickey

Ashley & Paul Alfaiate

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Hi, we’re Ashley and Paul Alfaiate and our friends and family refer to us as the
Disney experts. We’ve been together for 12 years and have two beautiful sons. In
the last 12 years, we’ve gone to Disney 11 times. In fact, I brought Paul on his first
trip to Disney back in 2008! Although I’ve been to Walt Disney World over 30
times, it was only when I met Paul that we truly fell in love with the Magic of
Disney. When we became parents, we knew we wanted to make traveling and
Disney a vital part of our children’s lives. We make it a priority to go away on
vacation three times a year.

Together, we’ve traveled the United States, Europe and have been to 23 different
Caribbean destinations on 9 different Cruise Ships. And although we’ve never had
a bad cruise, nothing compares to Disney Cruise Line. Castaway Cay is my
absolute favorite island. We’re constantly on the look out for some great DCL
deals that can bring us back there. Next, we’ll be checking Disney’s Aulani off our
Bucket List!

We’ve been helping our friends and family plan their Disney trips for years and
now we’re excited to share our tips and tricks to a broader audience!

Nicole Rodway on board the Disney Fantasy

Nicole Rodway

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My name is Nicole Rodway, I am a wife and mother of three and I am admittedly Disney obsessed. Growing up in New England, family trips to Disney were a special treat. My first trip to Disney was when I was 8 years old. I still remember the magical feeling that I got walking down Main Street U.S.A. for the first time. Truth be told, I’d move into Walt’s old apartment there if they’d let me.
Fast forward several years and I have taken several more trips to Disney World including for my honeymoon, with friends, with my two oldest children (the youngest wasn’t born yet), and with another family. There is nothing like seeing a child, or adult for that matter, experience the joy of a Disney vacation.
As incredible as Walt Disney World is my family discovered a new favorite vacation in 2018 – a Disney Cruise. We had an incredible week aboard the Fantasy and hope to sail again soon.
I truly believe that some of life’s best moments come while on vacation. Away is where memories are made everyday.  No matter where you would like to go, I would love to help you plan the vacation of your dreams.

Disney was ingrained in me at a very young age by my Grandfather. For as long as I can remember, we would visit him in Florida and he would take us to Walt Disney World. We usually stayed at the Contemporary, got up, and had a Character Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. We then jumped on the monorail, often times sitting in the front car with the operator! As I grew I began to realize the true magic that is Disney. I love how inclusive Disney is of everyone, their unmatched customer service, and the magical experiences you wont find anywhere else! There’s just something about being on Disney property that brings a sense of calm and peace to me and I cant wait to ingrain this in my own children and grandchildren. You can always tell I’m on Disney property as my Social Media profile pictures become a timeless picture of my Papa with my favorite character, Tigger! This is my way of honoring and thanking him for opening the Magical world of Disney for me!

Sara and her husband in Animal Kingdom

Sarah Perry

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Hello, Friends! I am Sarah, born and raised in Ohio where nothing too magical happens other than an occasional sunny day. As someone who thrives off of warm weather, sunshine and magical moments, I of course found a home away from home with Disney. Growing up, I always loved the magic of Disney movies and even “blew up” our family VCR after playing Pocahontas on repeat for 3 days straight. My obsession started before I can remember and has only grown stronger with age. When I was in 10th grade, my parents surprised me and my best friend with a trip to Disney World, and from the moment I walked into Magic Kingdom, smelled the intoxicating aroma of Main Street, felt the buzz of all the people around me and saw the most beautiful site of Cinderella Castle, I knew I had come home. I wasn’t able to make it back to Walt Disney World for many years, and when I finally returned, I was dragging my now husband along. I think the most amazing part of my second trip was seeing the excitement and joy that filled my husband’s eyes as he experienced Disney World. And now with the addition of the Star Wars Universe- OH MY! My husband is literally a Star Wars expert, he can name any background character and tell you their whole life story. To be married to someone who loves Star Wars that much, I obviously must be obsessed too, (which I am).
The magic is for everyone- young, old, man, woman- It really doesn’t matter. There truly is something there for everyone. My husband and I have traveled to Florida many times now and have made Disney our home away from home (unfortunately I cant convince him to move yet!) So, when I’m not at Disney, I love to spend my time thinking about Disney. From reading blogs, watching vlogs, planning trips for friends and family, and talking about Disney with anyone willing to listen, I have become a bit of an expert. I truly believe the magic can happen for anyone, whether traveling alone, as a couple, as a group of friends, or a family. I am a firm believer that not much else in this world feels as good as the memories you will take away with you from a perfect trip, whether its from Disney, or other locations. Lets make some memories!
Jonathan and his wife in front of Cinderella's Castle

Jonathan Mackie

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Hello, My name is Jonathan Mackie, and I have been a Disney addict all my life. From my first experience as a  very young child to spending my honeymoon and 30th birthday in the parks, Disney has always been a part of my life. For years now my friends and family have considered me to be obsessed with the Disney parks. My obsession is your gain with my knowledge of what’s going on and how to help you get the most out of your vacation. I look forward to helping you plan your magical getaway.

Amanda Disney bounding as Minnie Mouse

Amanda Dawson

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My name is Amanda Dawson.  My love of all things Disney began with a family trip when I was 4 years old to Walt Disney World. I came home with two souvenir books from the 25th Anniversary Celebration and began my life long journey of becoming a Disney Expert! Every two years after that we either took a family trip or, what became and remains one of my favorite traditions, a Daddy/Daughter trip to Disneyland. Being a west coast girl, I consider Disneyland to be my “home park”.
Once I got married I went on my honeymoon to Disneyland, and started taking trips with my best friends every year or two, until my dad and I re-instituted the Daddy/Daughter trip, now in WDW, which to me feels like grown up Disneyland.  With so many fine dining and beverage offerings and lots more thrills, WDW is my adult play ground. Now I spend my time in the car listening to music from the parks and keep up with lots of Disney news podcasts to keep me up to date when I can’t be in the parks.
Over the years I have helped numerous friends and family plan their vacations, my favorite being my 6 year old niece’s first trip in January of last year, and eventually decided to make it a career! I’ve done a little bit of it all, from trips with small children, adults only get-aways, romantic trips, or good ole fashion family vacations and can’t wait to tailor the perfect package to fit your family’s needs and desires.  Let me make your next vacation magical!
Carl at the entrance to Frontierland

“Congo” Carl Moore

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Carl is a former Graduate of the Magic Kingdom College Program at Walt Disney World where he was a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise and an unofficial Ambassador  to the World Showcase Fellowship Program in 1982 for the Opening of EPCOT Center. On October 3rd, 1982 Carl and some friends invented “Drinking Around the World.”
In addition to planning countless family trips, Carl has traveled to all the North American Disney and Universal Parks on business outings and special events, during his 25 years as a Sales Leader in the Telecommunications Industry. You can follow his Food Blog “Carl Eats Here” on TripAdvisor.
Carl Specializes in Upscale Experiences with Magic Vacations including fine dining and golf vacations.

Hi! I am Bob and to say that Disney runs through my veins is an understatement!  Thanks to 2 hard-working parents I have been going to Disney since I was 5 years old. Back when it was just the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village, and Fort Wilderness.  3 Parks , 2 Water Parks and 23 resorts later, my passion for Disney is that much stronger ! My husband and I got engaged during Illuminations and we spent our amazing honeymoon at the Grand Floridian!  I have had the pleasure of helping so many friends and family plan their most memorable vacations to Disney, and now I am here to help YOU have the most magical of memories.

Whether you are a family with young kids, empty nesters, LGBT friends coming into town for Disney Gay Days, or just people wanting to forget their troubles, I can help you have the best time of your life in the house that Walt built.

Hannah about to board the monorail

Hannah Quintero

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I am a wife, mother, and an absolute Disney Fanatic! I have visited Walt Disney World over 30 times and have a passion for making memories… and Mickey Waffles!  

Contact me to have your vacation covered in Pixie Dust!

I fell in love with Disney on my first trip when I was in 4th grade.  With every visit since then, my passion has grown greater.  What better way to make memories to last a lifetime than with travel? I reside in West Virginia.  I am married with three daughters. I have visited as a couple, family, and guide for our extended family.  I love to experience new things every trip and share the hidden gems with everyone when we find them! (And don’t forget the FOOD!) I started planning trips for friends on the side for fun.  My favorite Disney memory is when our youngest daughter was seeing Mickey for the first time at the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.  There’s nothing like the magic of Disney!

Kristi Hogan and her family

Kristi Hogan

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Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Hello!  My name is Kristi Hogan and everyone I know has learned that I am obsessed with all things Disney.  This August I visited Walt Disney World for my 20th Disney vacation and it was amazing!  Not only have I convinced my husband that Disney vacations are the best, but my 5 year old has already been trained to identify a Disney song and what movie it’s from within the first 5 seconds and my 2 year old already knows more Disney characters than animals! 🙂

Truly though, I have had a passion for Disney for as long as I can remember.  My very first birthday party was to see The Little Mermaid in theaters.  I grew up wanting to be a Disney Animator for most of my life.  While that didn’t happen, I’m excited that I teach a Disney Literature course at the high school I work at, so I get my Disney fix on a daily basis.
I have planned trips for a small, romantic vacation for my husband and I, and also coordinated couple’s trips and trips for families ranging from a 10 month old to a 60 year old.  I’ve even planned trips for the dance team I coached, with upwards of 65 people attending dance competitions and park excursions at Disney and Universal.  Anyone who knows me will admit two things: that I love Disney and I’m super organized!  I love Disney vacations so so much and it is my goal that anyone who ever goes to Disney has the most magical vacation imaginable!  It has brought my family and I so much joy and so many happy memories over the years and I hope to create those same magical memories for everyone I come in contact with! 🙂
Kendall Jackson with Minnie Mouse

Kendall Jackson

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Hey There!

My name is Kendall Jackson and I am a military spouse, mom, and Disney enthusiast. I grew up going to Disney World every couple of years with my family, and I remember on one trip when I was probably 10, turning to my dad and saying, “I’m going to work here one day!” Little did I know that that dream would come true twice! I worked at Disney World on two separate occasions after high school and during college. I worked in both Entertainment and in Food and Beverage. My love and appreciation for Disney only grew from my time as a cast member. My knowledge of what the Parks have to offer has increased over the years, and I often find myself talking to friends and family about all the inside tips I know about going on vacation there. I’m excited to help plan vacations for you and your family that will leave you with memories for years to come!

Amanda Rutski on a ferris wheel

Amanda Rutski

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I grew up in NorthWest Ohio, about 20 minutes away from Cedar Point, with my mom and grandparents. I’ve loved Disney as long as I can remember!  My first trip to Walt Disney World was at the age of 4, and I’ve been back at least nine times since then. I’m also a huge fan of Harry Potter. I’ve been to Universal Studios three times and hope to visit again soon.

On my last trip to Orlando, we used a travel agent for the very first time. She was a lifesaver! When we got home from our trip, I realized that I could be a huge asset to others and I would like to help other families plan their dream vacations!
Ana Barker with her daughter

Ana Ayala-Barker

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Hi! I’m Ana Ayala-Barker hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Go Hogs Go!). I’m an Irish dance teacher (Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance), mother of 2, and total Disney fanatic.
I want to plan your ultimate magical vacation. I truly believe that Disney is the “most magical place on earth”. I am a Jasmine, and a Slytherin, married to a total Gryffindor. I have honeymooned, conferenced, dance competitioned, and vacationed in Disney. I am finding even more joy exploring Disney now with my two perfect princesses and I can’t wait to watch them grow up in a life filled with magic where they can create their own “happily ever after.”