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Michelle Clayborne

Michelle started her love of Disney as a young child with her first visit to Disney World in 1971. Throughout her childhood, she visited often as her grandparents lived close by. With these fond memories, she knew she needed to pass this experience down to her two children and extended family members.  They have stayed in all levels of hotels and can help you pick just the right one for your family. She regularly visits both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

By planning these trips for family members, she has had a wide range of experiences to plan the perfect vacation. She also has a lot of experience planning for food allergies as she has a few family members with allergies. In addition to allergies, she has also planned vacations using the Disney DAS pass which allows for guests to receive extended accommodations when needed due to disabilities.

Michelle wants to you have a magical vacation and to make sure the only worry you have is where you are headed on your next vacation.

Areas of Focus: Military Families, Families with Food Allergies, Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line

Linda Stephens

Raised by a stewardess mom and an air-traffic controller dad, travel is definitely in my DNA.

My favorite destinations? Cruise vacations and Disney and Universal parks!

But, even more than actually traveling, I most enjoy helping others discover their favorite destinations!

I’m often referred to as a “geek” or “nerd” by friends and family – I guess because I enjoy listening to all the podcasts and reading all the articles about travel (best time of year, best packing list, best pre-cruise hotels, etc.) so I can offer hints and tips that will help reduce stress and multiply vacation satisfaction!

My favorite part of working as a Magical Vacation Planner? Being part of an amazing team of agents that work together and share expertise and continuously grow so that every client receives outstanding service.

Cariss Milano

Cariss grew up loving Disney movies and was fortunate to visit Disneyland a few times as a child and teenager. After moving to Southern California in 2000 to attend college, her PASSION for Disney really began when she started working at the Disneyland Resort. Cariss worked for “The Mouse” a total of 7 years, three and a half of those years being in Guest Relations as a VIP Tour Guide. As a former Cast Member, she helped countless families have memorable magical vacations. Even after she left the resort to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts, Cariss continued to stay up to date on what was new and exciting at Disney. Her friends and family consider her their go-to resource on all things Disney.

Cariss married her very own “Prince Charming”, Anthony, this past fall and spent countless hours planning their honeymoon to Walt Disney World. They had such a wonderful time; they decided to become Premier Annual Passholders. They sneak away from Central California down to Anaheim as often as they can to visit Disneyland to see what’s new and take advantage of their passholder perks.

When Cariss saw the opportunity to turn her expertise and passion for Disney in to a career as a Magical Vacation Planner, she couldn’t wait to help others plan unforgettable vacations. She knows that planning a Disney vacation can often be stressful and overwhelming, and she wants to help you with all the details, from your accommodations to entertainment suggestions. As a chef and foodie, one of her favorite things to help you with is your dining plans and restaurant suggestions!

Whether you want a romantic get-away, multi-generational family vacation, or a fun bachelorette trip for the girls, Cariss can tailor your dream vacation to your needs and wants. No trip is too big or small. She looks forward to getting to know about you and your family and providing you with personalized VIP service.

Nancy Cardenas

Disneyland is where my love for Disney travel began. I have been an annual pass holder for many years and have 100+ visits to Disneyland under my belt.

My first visit to Walt Disney World was in 2007 where I only had 2 days to visit. I absolutely fell in love and knew I had to get back for a longer trip. That trip was in 2009 with my family and was magical. I have been lucky enough to visit 6 other times since then. My most absolute favorite thing to do while visiting Walt Disney World is watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from Main Street.

I have sailed on The Disney Dream, Magic, and Fantasy. I look forward to completing the Grand Slam of Disney Cruising when I sail on The Wonder for my birthday. I am excited for the three new ships coming out.

Specialty areas: Walt Disney World Planning, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruising, Universal Orlando Resort.

Vanessa Kinney

Vanessa Kinney has been going to Disney destinations since the age of two. Her passion for Disney has grown as she went through life and she leads a life that is truly Disney. Her dreams came true in 2014, when her then fiancé proposed on Tom Sawyer’s Island in Walt Disney World and they continued their happily ever after their Disney themed wedding with another visit to the World and a cruise on the Disney Fantasy for their honeymoon. Vanessa loves the history of Walt Disney and the back stories of so many details around the parks and resorts. She believes Disney parks and resorts are so much more than theme parks; they are an immersive experience like no other and she will aim to help you jump right into these remarkable stories.

Vanessa enjoys running and runDisney events are her favorite. She is constantly looking for the latest Disney parks news. She can often be found listening to Disney theme park music when she’s not in the parks. Vanessa has personally planned family trips, girls’ trips, runDisney trips, and even romantic honeymoons. With having experienced unique opportunities like piloting the Jungle Cruise and being a guest princess in a Disneyland parade, Vanessa will strive to make every moment of your vacation just as magical as every precious memory she has made at her most favorite places on earth.

Vered Kamaji

Vered lives in San Diego, CA and is a wife and mother of two amazing children. She has loved all things Disney since her first visit to Disneyland at just 2 years old. She has traveled to Disneyland at least twice a year for the past 38 years and has visited Disney World many times as a child and with her own family who share her passion for Disney and travel. She has been on Disney Cruise Line, Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.

Vered joined Magical Vacation Planner in 2016 as a way to share her passion for all things Disney. She loves to help families experience the magic of Disney and she would love to help your family in planning the best vacation ever!!

In addition to being a Magical Vacation Planner, Vered runs her own vacation rental business with resort condos & villas for rent in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Canada & Mexico.

“If you can dream it, you can do it”. ~Walt Disney.

Areas of Focus: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Family Trips, Traveling with Children, Dining and Resort Recommendations

Cristy Simpson

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” – Walt Disney

Every time I walk under that sign at Disneyland, I get goosebumps. At a young age, I fell in love with the Disney experience and now I share this love with my family, friends, and clients. I’ve been called the “go to” for Disneyland advice among friends… be it a family vacation, adult getaway, or runDisney event, I’ve done it all. As a Disneyland AP holder I visit the parks as often as possible and I love to try something new each time I go.

In 2017 I got to cross off some items on my “Disney Bucket List” when I took my first Disney Cruise and returned to Walt Disney World for my first visit in 10 years. Soon, I’ll be visiting Aulani, Disney’s Resort & Spa in Ko’Olina Hawaii. Bucket list… check!

I love sharing my travel experiences and Disney knowledge with others and look forward to putting it to use as I plans magical vacations for my clients.

Areas of focus: Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, Walt Disney World, family travel, adult getaways, multi-family travel, allergy friendly dining, runDisney.

Sharri Picard

Aside from being a huge fan, Disney is firmly rooted in my family’s history and memories… Visiting Disneyland as a child, engaged at Snow White’s Wishing Well, married at the Disneyland & Grand Californian Hotels, experiencing both the 50th & 60th Disneyland celebrations, bringing our daughter for her first visit at just weeks old, and countless Disney travels… Disney holds a special place in my heart! And I’m now thrilled to use that love of everything Disney, combined with my love of travel and planning, to assist other families in creating magical memories & experiences of their own!

I have been a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder for over thirteen years, visited the Walt Disney Resort and Disney’s Aulani Resort, sailed on Disney Cruise Lines, honeymooned at Sandals Grand Bahamian, and traveled to various locations domestically and internationally… But Disney’s Castaway Cay island will always be my favorite place on the planet! I love to experience new things, meet new people and cultures, and, honestly, probably my favorite thing to do during travel, is eat! I consider myself an amateur “foodie,” and love interesting and amazing food & beverages! Having a husband and daughter of my own, I am experienced in traveling with children and families; and my background in event coordination, hotel sales, and wedding sales & planning, makes me the perfect person to entrust all of your vacation needs – every little detail, and every wish come true, to make your special trip everything that you dreamed!

Hollie Edwards

Hollie enjoys all types of travel, but has a special attachment to Disney destinations. She spent her childhood visiting Disneyland where she fell in love with all things Disney. Her love for Disney grew even more when she became an adult and saw the magic through her children’s eyes. She loves the memories she makes with her husband and three kids visiting Disneyland and Disney World and sailing with Disney Cruise Line. Grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins join them on all the fun too! Hollie cherishes these magical vacations with her family.

Hollie has experience planning travel for both small and large groups, accommodating family members of all ages. Planning can be overwhelming and traveling can be stressful. However, it is Hollie’s personal and professional goal to help you plan for the perfect vacation, so you can sit back and count the days to making magical memories!

Adrianne Raia

Adrianne first visited Disneyland at age 2, convinced she had Pixie Dust running through her veins. Her love of all things Disney began during that trip, a love that has grown throughout her life and is now shared with her family. As Annual Passholders, along with her husband and two daughters, Adrianne has adventured and explored her way through Disneyland and California Adventure, discovering all of the hidden gems the parks have to offer.

Adrianne has stayed in all three of the Disneyland Park hotels, as well as many of the Good Neighbor hotels located near to the parks making her uniquely qualified to help your family make the best lodging decisions for your trip. She has visited Disneyland during all of the various special events that happen throughout the year, such as Mickey’s Halloween Party, the Festival of Holidays and the Lunar New Year and even participated in RunDisney events, like the Tinkerbell 5k. No matter what time of year your family decides to visit, Adrianne can make sure that you do not miss out on any of the magic!

Adrianne’s other love in life is travel, and she has visited most of the United States and traveled extensively throughout Europe, even making time to see Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Wherever your heart desires to go, let Adrianne sprinkle some of her Pixie Dust on your vacation, creating magic and memories that will last a lifetime for your family.