Amy has had a love of traveling ever since she was a child. She lives in Illinois with a Disney loving husband, and two Disney and Harry Potter loving “almost grown” children. She specializes in Disney World and Universal Studios, and advises split stays to optimize your time in each location. Planning is the fun part for her! As an Annual Passholder she has experienced everything from multi-generational trips to quick solo jaunts. Amy would love to put her expertise to work for your Magical Journey.
Nanci has been specializing in Disney Vacations and booking vacations, incentive travel and groups for over a decade. In 1992, frustrated by the fact that the traveler to Orlando usually knew more than the booking agent, she returned to school to remedy the situation. A College of Disney Knowledge Graduate, and the Universal Studio’s Specialist Program, she has years of dealing with the ins and outs of the travel industry. Her extensive client base crosses continents. As owner/operator of Magical Journeys, Nanci is MCC certified as a Master Cruise Counselor through the Cruise Lines International Association.
Wendy’s first Disney visit was to Walt’s original Disneyland for her 13th birthday, and she has been hooked on the Mouse ever since. When she wasn’t working with her middle school students, Wendy spent her free time planning memorable vacations for her family and friends before joining the Magical Journeys team in 2012. She specializes in making unforgettable vacations for large families and traveling with children from infants to teenagers. Wendy devours all information related to Disney, Universal, all major cruise lines, and is a trip on the Magic from completing the DCL Grand Slam. Her impeccable attention to detail and scheduling will allow you to spend more time enjoying your vacation and less time dealing with the hassle. Wendy makes the plans, you make the memories!
Debbie was planning trips for family and friends long before she joined Magical Journeys in the summer of 2001, as one of the original team members with the agency. Now, almost 20 years later, this former school teacher is still at the head of the class when it comes to planning a memorable Walt Disney World vacation. She will be sure the numbers add up to the most cost-effective vacation for you and your family.
Debbie has been featured in a series of articles on www.mouseterplanner.com , sharing her thoughts about Disney and her experiences as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and holds a B.A. in elementary education/history from Rider University and an M.S. in human resource management from Widener University.
Debbie still believes in the Magic after all of these years and hopes that you will too when you work together to plan that perfect vacation.
Brittany has been to Disney World countless times (both as a child and as a childless adult) and always has plans to go back. She and her husband even honeymooned there! She loves finding new things to enjoy every trip and adding them to her own ‘must-do’ list. She’s stayed in every category of hotel and has also done some less traditional things there, including having run several runDisney half marathons, taken a Segway tour and gone horseback riding. From resorts to parks to dining, she keeps up on all the updates to make her trip (and yours!) as relaxed and wonderful as possible. In addition to planning Disney vacations, she also has a YouTube channel with lots of helpful Disney travel tips and reviews.
Kathy has been booking travel since 2006 and has helped create thousands of Magical Journeys. Her love for travel is evident and the excitement oozes out of her as she plans trips with clients.
As a College of Disney Knowledge Graduate, a Universal Orlando Specialist, a member of Travel Leaders and an Accredited Cruise Counselor, Kathy has a wealth of information and keeps her clients up to date on new policies, the best rates, special events, activities and more. She’s completed many onsite Agent Education Programs at WDW, Disneyland, Universal Orlando and has attended several Travel Leaders conferences.
However, Kathy believes that the best way to advise her clients is with firsthand experiences which is why she has stayed at every Value, Moderate & Deluxe resort at WDW, all 3 Disneyland resorts, all 7 Universal hotels and has sailed on all 4 Disney Cruise ships! , Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Candlelight Processional, Epcot Food & Wine, Epcot Flower & Garden, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Grinchmas, Private tours, Adventures By Disney, 3/4 and 7 night cruises….she’s done them all and more!
A vacation is an investment and Kathy realizes that all family dynamics are not the same. She will work with you to plan a trip that is cost effective and focused on YOUR family and YOUR budget. Finding you the best price and watching for discounts is top priority! She is very honest and always has your best interest at heart.
Kathy’s clients are more than just “customers” to her. She has formed many friendships and bonds over the years with clients from 12 different countries. When recently asked to describe Kathy in 1-5 words, the most common words used by her clients are, “Knowledgeable, Friendly, Amazing, Dependable, Quick/Responsive, Dedicated and Magical”.
When you become her client, you become her family and she will see to it that you are well taken care of. She is very attentive; emails are answered promptly and she is always happy to schedule a call if you need to speak by phone. When Kathy is away and out of the office, there is always a plan in place as she teams up with Wendy to ensure you are never left without assistance.
Grateful every morning that she has a job she loves and one that allows her to help others make special memories, Kathy looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication with you!
Whether you are planning your first family trip, a large family reunion, a multi-generation trip, a honeymoon or even a solo trip, Kathy will be happy to guide you on your way to your most “Magical Journey”.
Melissa has been a Disney Destinations Specialist for 17 years. She has helped families celebrate monumental life experiences and create lasting memories. She now continues the legacy for the “grown up kids” that once traveled with their parents.
A graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, and the Universal Studio’s Specialist Program, Melissa has learned the details the Orlando Vacation area has to offer. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, making a dollar stretch has long been a priority. She exercises determination and persistence when pricing vacations, always exhausting money saving possibilities.
Melissa is truly dedicated to helping her clients make the most of their “Magical Disney Experience”. Melissa is ACC certified as an Accredited Cruise Counselor through the Cruise Lines International Association.
In 1997, Karen developed a love for Disney while planning her family’s first trip to Disney World. She was instantly captivated with learning about the theme parks, resorts, and dining options. Her curiosity soon became her passion. Before she even got home from their vacation, she was ready to plan their next trip. She was hooked by the Disney magic! Since then, she spent her yearly family vacations at Disney World.
Karen has stayed in every resort category from value to deluxe and has been on numerous Disney Cruises. While she is a graduate of College of Disney Knowledge, most of her experience is firsthand. She experienced Disney World with her children when they were little, as teenagers, and now as adults. She has plenty of knowledge and input that she can gladly share with you!
Much to her delight, Karen was able to turn her passion for Disney into a dream job in 2000 by booking vacations with Magical Journeys. There is no other job in the world she would rather have! She has helped countless families book their dream vacations over the years. The best part? She still wakes up every day, excited to start making magic for her clients.
Karen will work with you to customize a vacation to suit your individual style and budget. Her persistence in checking daily for discounts and careful attention to detail will assure you get exactly what you want at the best possible price.
Karen would be honored to help you plan your Disney adventure. Whether it’s your first trip or your 100th – she would love to help you get started planning your magical journey!
As a College of Disney Knowledge graduate, knowing Disney from coast to coast comes easy for Denise. Having grown up just 15 miles from Disneyland, she was the unofficial tour guide for visiting family and friends. After moving back to the Midwest, she turned her husband and children in to Disney lovers by taking them to Disney World many times. Denise lives just north of Orlando and visits the parks throughout the year. Even though she can drive from home, she still loves staying at the Disney resorts just for the immersive feel, with Animal Kingdom Lodge being her favorite.
Living in Florida, Denise has a chance to attend classes and tours of Disneyworld, Universal Orlando and several cruise lines. She is an Accredited Cruise Counselor through Cruise Line International and a Universal Resort Specialist. Outside of the US, Denise has become an agency specialist in Disneyland Paris. She also books Adventures by Disney, Sandals and Beaches.
As the mother of three children, Denise has lots of tips and tricks for those traveling with every age group. She also has personal experience dealing with food allergies on vacations. You are in good hands with Denise.
Sara loves working with people and was planning trips for family and friends long before graduating from the Disney College of Knowledge. As a mom with 2 active kids, and a background in social work, she is a master scheduler and able to look at things from all directions. This is a perfect mix as she helps families customize vacations to maximize fun and relaxation.
Sara has planned trips for large groups, and specializes in first visits and traveling with special needs or mobility issues. Disney is a place that Sara believes holds a special kind of magic that blends fantasy with family and creates forever memories. Sara is also Universal Orlando Resort certified and can plan a variety of options to meet your needs. She will always keep an eye out for discounts along the way!
Wendy’s love of Disney began as a young child when the highlight of the week was Sunday evening “family time” watching the Wonderful World of Disney! Her first trip to Walt Disney World in 1986 “sealed the deal” and she became a Disney travel enthusiast from that time onward. Flash forward to 2004 and Wendy joined Magical Journeys bringing her love of all things Disney, Universal, and Cruising with her. When not vacationing with the Mouse, you will find her stretched out on a deck chair on a Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, or Princess ship soaking up the sun!
Creating family memories and priceless moments for her clients are a priority to Wendy. From your first contact with her, you will hear the words “Stop and smell the roses…your children are only small once” and she believes that the smallest vacation moment can end up being the perfect memory that her clients will remember forever! No two clients are the same and she absolutely does not believe in “cookie cutter” vacations. Her priority is creating a trip that fits the needs and budget of each of her clients. Often her ability to think outside the box leads her clients looking for a truly special travel experience to explore the world through an Adventures by Disney tour or exotic cruise location.
When chatting with Wendy, you will also hear her other favorite phrase “I don’t give up until the Fat Lady sings and this Fat Lady is tone deaf”. Persistence is one of her key strengths and she works until the day of travel to secure the best pricing and promotions for her clients. Whether you are looking at a short weekend away to visit the “Mouse” or planning a 10-day cruise, she keeps her clients budget a top priority.
One of her key priorities has always been that her clients is know there is always “someone at the other end of the email or phone” which is why she and Kathy work as a team to ensure you are never left without assistance when they are on vacation or out of the office due to an emergency. They truly work as “2 bodies/1 brain”!
When asked, she will tell you that the biggest “perk” of her job are the friendships that have been created over 15 years of planning “Magical Journeys”. Clients become part of Wendy’s family and get the same treatment as her kids – she worries about you and often checks in to be sure that everything is going well in your life! Wendy recently asked her clients to describe her in five words or less. The words “compassionate, dedicated, persistent, friendly, professional, organized, and knowledgeable” were used over and over by her clients along with “sense of humor” and “patient”!
Wendy’s credentials include: College of Disney Knowledge graduate, Universal Orlando Specialist and Accredited Cruise Counselor as well as being Special Needs Teacher in her “former work life”. Her years in the classroom give her the experience to deal with any extenuating circumstances or special needs that may arise for her clients during the planning process.