I have had a love for Disney for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, I remember getting so excited to see the Disney movies like Bambi, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty at the theater with my mom. I loved acting out the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White as I listened to my Read-Along Records. I remember being so envious of a friend that was fortunate enough to go to Disney World shortly after Space Mountain opened.
I had never been to Disney until I was an adult. My first trip was September 2012 when my husband and I took my then 3 year old daughter. While I was super excited to go on vacation, I never understood all the hoopla over going to Disney until I went. I always just considered it another amusement park, but Disney themed. Disney is SO MUCH more than an amusement park. It transports you to another world, another place. A place where adults get to be kids again and it’s OK! A place where you get to see childhood through your own children’s eyes. A place where you can shut out everyday life and be fully immersed in vacation AND your family. It’s truly MY happy place. Since that first visit where I literally teared up walking down Main Street for the first time and seeing my daughter's first experience meeting a princess, I can’t imagine NOT going to Disney for vacation. We have been every year since. My husband and I often say, “We’ve been bitten by the mouse…and bit HARD”. Even though we have been 5 years in a row, it never gets old. There is always something new to do or discover. Every year we have our “favorite” things we MUST do, but we try to add new things too. Every year has been a completely different experience.
The best part is…I love planning my vacation as much as I like taking my vacation, but I also know how much research I did our first year. Who am I kidding, I’ve done it every year. I’ve spent hours scouring over the Disney site, blogs and forums. I want to get the most out of my vacation. I also know, this process is not for everyone. That’s why I want to help others in planning their vacation….because in my world, planning a trip to Disney is the next best thing to being at Disney.
I am a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and a Universal Parks & Resorts Vacation Specialist.
Kellie’s Walt Disney World Favorites:
Value Resort: Pop Century
Magic Kingdom – Pirates of the Caribbean, Small World, Mickey’s Haunted Mansion, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Move-it-Shake-it Celebrate it, Festival of Fantasy Parade
Epcot: Gran Fiesta Tour (this just makes me happy), Living with the Land
Hollywood Studios: Star Tours, Beauty and the Beast LIVE on Stage, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks
Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest, It’s Tough to be a Bug
Akershus - authentic Norwegian food that is super yummy! Must try the meatballs. This is my very favorite restaurant in all of Disney.
Sunshine Seasons – MANY options and choices
Columbia Harbour House: Shrimp…MMM! Fantastic Quick Service that’s more like table service
Crystal Palace: Breakfast Buffet – Delicious. So many options.
Be Our Guest – Love going to lunch here. It’s considered quick service and the food and atmosphere is FABULOUS.
Gaston’s Tavern: Great place for a snack, must try a cinnamon roll
ABC Commissary – great place for quick service, many choices and air conditioned
Fairfax Fare – great BBQ
Hollywood and Vine – Cute for the little ones
Starring Rolls Café – delicious baked goods. Great snack stop
Flame Tree Barbeque – MMMMMM!
Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich – I don’t know what it is about the ice cream in this ice cream sandwich, but there is nothing else like it.
Kellie has been amazing planning our family’s Disney World and Universal Studios vacation. We are a family of 6, all adults, and have not been to Disney, our favorite vacation spot while the kids were growing up, in years! Things have definitely changed and she has guided us through the entire process of where to stay, Disney bands, dining reservations, fast passes, etc! She has been patient with my numerous emails and conscious of our family budget. I highly recommend Kellie if planning a Disney and/or Universal vacation! ~ Micci H.
Kellie was beyond excellent! She planned our first Disney family trip( that we took at the beginning of September) and did a phenomenal job ! She did EVERYTHING, from booking our dinners to fast passes . All of her recommendations were perfect for our family . Our trip was everything we expected and more and we have her to thank! She made the whole process so easy and stress free! ~Krystle R.
My husband and I decided to plan a LAST minute trip to Disney. We were so overwhelmed with the options and how to fit everything in just a few days with a 6 year old and a 4 month old. We were so thankful when Kellie took over! She went through what was important for us and gave suggestions, which were all right on! We were able to maximize our every penny as well as utilize every moment of our short trip. We had an amazing time and we are so thankful to have someone plan our trip customized to our needs and our wants! She definitely took the stress out of our trip and turned it in to a fun, magical experience!!! ~Marti B.