• Andrea Strunkstein

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Andrea lives in Fallston, MD. She is a mother of two – one son and one daughter. She enjoys anything Disney related and especially loves collecting Disney Dooney & Bourke handbags, Disney Pandora, and Disney Pins. She finds her handbags to be a great conversation starter and they allow her to display her enthusiasm for Disney every day. She first visited WDW as a teenager in 1999 and knew that one day she wanted to share that magical experience with her own children. She has been visiting WDW with her children since her first child was two and stays in a different resort each time. She hopes one day to stay in them all. Andrea has also cruised on the Disney Fantasy multiple times. Andrea is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge and has attained a special knowledge of Disney Destinations. She enjoys planning Disney trips for her family and friends and is very excited to be a part of Magical Vacation Planners.

  • CJ Ayd

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    CJ has been a Disney fan since his first exposure as a 6-year old boy watching Illuminations: Reflections of Earth . He has been adding to his Disney knowledge ever since by staying in several Disney World resorts, experiencing the various dining options, and attending special events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and multiple visits to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. A massive “Disney Foodie”, CJ has experienced Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival multiple times , including its preview event, and multiple demonstrations and seminars. In 2017, CJ sailed on Disney Cruise Lines to experience the magic at sea and is running his first of many runDisney events in April 2017. CJ describes Walt Disney World as his “home away from home”.
    CJ planned he and his wife’s Disney Honeymoon and actively participates in Disney social media to share his love of Disney. CJ’s love of Disney is why he joined Magical Vacation Planner to help clients plan the vacation of their dreams. Follow him on Instagram: TheZipADeeDooCrew for lots of fun Disney photos and insights to help you hold on to the magic from home.

  • Jenni Gilfoy

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    My love for Disney began as a child through multiple family vacations to the most magical place on earth. I remember the true joy experienced as a child and now that love and joy has flourished as I get to see the same joy and witness the true meaning of Disney magic through my own children’s eyes. There’s nothing that brings more happiness to myself then to share this magic with others. Every visit to Disney I am able to see everlasting memories that are being made with my children. Dining is one of my favorite experiences in Disney, as the character meals bring out so much love, joy and happiness in my children and myself. Just as much as I love bringing joy to my own family, I desire to be able to bring this magic to yours as well. Disney is a place of happiness where magic truly happens. Everyone deserves to experience this time after time.

  • Jenny Koppenhaver

    Personal Vacation Advisor - Team Leader

    Jenny has visited the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida consistently since 1973. Jenny won over her high school sweetheart/ husband’s love for camping and taught him the ropes for becoming a “Disney Enthusiast” early on in marriage. Yes folks it can be done!

    After several trips to Walt Disney World, in 2007 and 2008, during the Year of a Million Dreams campaigns, Jenny and her husband lived outside of the gates of Disney World from January to April to escape the Maryland winter and to give their five children a “Year of a Million Dreams”- TWICE! She has raised her children on all things Disney from the parks to the sea! Disney Cruise Line has become a favorite with our children. Now the kids are older and they still love Disney just as much as they did when seeing their favorite characters come to life for the first time.

    The bubble of being with your family and loved ones even for just a week without life’s interruptions is what drives us all to a Disney vacation whether its Walt Disney World Resorts, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Aulani or Adventures By Disney.

    Becoming a Magical Vacation Planner in 2010 was a dream come true. Extending concierge-like service to clients and planning a Disney vacation is like watching someone open the best present in the world over and over! Having five children and always bringing friends to Disney helps her be able to share how to travel with a larger group and have a great Disney experience.

    Jenny is ready to help you plan and learn all the secrets of success to making a Disney vacation stress free and enjoyable for your whole party! Hakuna Matada!!!

  • Julie Nenichka-Reed

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Julie Nenichka-Reed is a Disney Vacation Specialist. She has spent the last 18 years vacationing at Disney destinations around the world. Her expertise in Disney family travel will provide a smooth vacation through her customer focused planning techniques. This has earned her the respect form friend and family which she plans vacations for on a personalized level. When not planning vacations for others Julie works as a nurse, as well as a wife of an Active Duty Marine and the mother to two teenaged girls. She is looking forward to planning your next vacation experience.

  • Krista Lewis

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Krista has been going to Disney since she was a baby. It has always been her favorite place. When she was in College she applied fir the Disney College Program and got in ! She worked a whole semester as a Skipper at Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom. When she returned to college she was a campus rep for the program, helping to select applicants. Krista has always loved planning her Disney Vacations to Disney World and on the Disney Cruises, she also helped her friends and family plan. Now she loves helping everyone plan their Magical Vacation. Krista now has a baby of her own and is planning his first trip. Krista is looking forward to helping you plan your Magical Vacation. She is also certified in Sandals/Beaches vacations also and would love to help you get away to an all inclusive vacation.

  • Laura Showalter

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Laura’s passion for travel and love of spending time with her husband and two children give her the unique ability to plan your family’s dream vacation.

    It is the joy her family experiences at Disney Destinations (especially her children) that brought her to Magical Vacation Planner. The magical memories she has created with her own family has inspired her to share her love of all things Disney so that other families can create magical memories too!

    Whether you’re a Disney newbie or a Disney veteran, Laura will take care of planning your vacation so all you have to do is ENJOY THE MAGIC!!

  • Meg Davis

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Meg has always enjoyed the Disney Magic, it has been with her since she was a kid. To the point that in her college years she participated in the Disney College Program, and went on to work as a Cast Member at Walt Disney World for 3 years. Of those 3 years her entire career was focused in the area of ticketing and her first job was a vacation planner. Meg is thrilled to be back helping others get the most out of their Disney vacation!
    What Meg loves most about Disney is the happiness it brings others and there is always something new to try. 5 years ago she went on her first Disney Cruise and has been obsessed ever since. Also since working at Walt Disney World, she has participated in 5 RunDisney events! Needless to say with Disney there is always something new and something fun for everyone!
    Meg cannot wait to pass along her Disney knowledge and help families plan their magical vacations!

  • Nate Aiello

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    I can’t go to Disney enough. That place does something to me and my family that just warms our souls. With over 40 trips to that magical world now, we have no intention on stopping. It’s our GO TO vacation spot. After joining DVC in 2015, we try and get down 3 times a year. Growing up, my parents always wanted us to have a lot of fun and dream big. I think that’s part of the reason we went to Disney so much. Fast forward to a little over ten years ago when my son Jack was born (named after Jack Skellington). I was a single father and wanted to start a tradition with him, give him something he can always dream of/about, and look forward to. So I started taking him to Disney every year for his birthday. That turned (quickly) into the best thing I could have ever done. My high school BF and I got back together and now we all encompass all that is the Mouse! We began going and searching everything we could and researching everything we could. How can we do all 4 parks in one day? When s the best time to hit the rides? How can we cut across through the firework lines? Etc… I take time to make sure my family has the best time, and I want others to see the beauty of all of it like we do. I love that place and all it encompasses from the 2 finger pointing to the above and beyond service, to the recycling and power grids. We are a Disney Family. We are Huge Star Wars, Toy Story and Cars fans. We have a 10, a 3 and one due any minute so we specialize in kids trips too! We are doing MNSSHP, we have done both new years and christmas. Galactic nights and Celebration. We go in the Summer and during spring break and can help maneuver anyone, anywhere.

  • Nikki Roland

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Nikki is a lover of all things Disney! From carrying around her Mickey blanket and singing “Tale as Old as Time” as a toddler, to strolling through Epcot and Magic Kingdom as an adult, Disney holds a permanent place in Nikki’s heart. She is so excited to share her passion and excitement for Disney and use it to help others plan their special trips! She has spent time at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, with a growing bucket list of Disney destinations and excursions. Nikki has visited a variety of the resorts, parks, events, restaurants, and shops. Her favorite memories include completing the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Glass Slipper Challenge (half marathon & 10K), dressing as Queen Elsa for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, experiencing an upside-down rollercoaster for the first time on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and being told by Cinderella’s Castle Staff that she could pass as her twin. She is a dedicated collector of Disney pins, watcher of Disney Princess and Pixar movies, and eater of all Mickey-shaped foods.

    In the past, nothing has made Nikki happier than planning Disney vacations for her friends and family. To her, it is fun, not work. So, whether it is your first Disney vacation with your young children or your tenth Disney vacation with adult friends, whether you prefer glass slippers or lightsabers, Nikki will make sure to customize the perfect escape that you are sure to remember for years to come!

  • Suzanne Heiss

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Suzanne joined the MVP team in 2015. She has been fascinated by all the facets of Disney World since her very first trip in 1992 as a college student. She and her husband spent their honeymoon in Disney World, and she and her family have visited Disney World countless times over the years.

    Suzanne has enjoyed bringing her children to Disney World through the years, and she specializes in planning vacations for families with children of all ages and needs. Using her personal experience, staying at resorts on property and dining at most restaurants on property, Suzanne is able to make confident recommendations for your family plans based on your family’s personal preferences. She can even point out to you the attractions or experiences that may be “scary” or “loud” for younger guests, and those resorts with the exact amenity that matters most to your family. She is familiar with all the special events and tours at Disney World, and can answer your specific questions about Disney’s Magic Bands, Fast Passes, and My Disney Experience.

    In addition to her Disney World Experience, Suzanne and her family have sailed on Disney Cruise Line. Their favorite destination is of course, Disney’s Castaway Cay! They love the relaxed but luxurious atmosphere of the Disney Ships and the limited crowds on board. She describes it here, “It’s like finding a whole new Disney Park without the crowds and walking!”

    As a Magical Vacation Planner, Suzanne is eager to get to know her guests’ preferences and is willing to provide as little or as much assistance with the vacation planning as her guest prefers. Some of her guests ask her to plan every detail, while others prefer that she teach them the ropes and let them plan the specifics. Either way, Suzanne remains available before and throughout the entire vacation for any questions that may arise.

    Areas of Expertise: Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Family Vacations, Traveling with Children, Traveling with Gluten Sensitivities

  • William Carrier

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    William’s first visit to Walt Disney World was as a child on a large family vacation when he was 6 years old and immediately fell in love with Disney. He returned again when he was 10 years old visiting brand new Epcot. William’s next visits were as a High School Sophomore, Junior and Senior travelling to Florida with his High School baseball team for Spring Training.

    Now, as an adult, William is able share his love of Disney with his wife and 2 boys, first returning to Disney in 2008 and then becoming Disney Vacation Club Members in 2011. Some of William’s favorite memories include his youngest son’s first meeting with Mickey as he ran up to him and gave him the biggest hug.

    William is a recurring annual pass holder and travels to Disney World multiple times per year. He has also been on multiple Disney cruises, has stayed at many of the Disney resorts including Vero Beach as well as having attended both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and multiple Food and Wine Festivals.

    William is the planner in the family and has been planning not only his families vacations but also his extended families vacations to Disney World. His goal is to help you have the most magical vacation possible and help you and your family create memories to last a lifetime.

    Areas of Focus: Walt Disney World; Resort and Disney Dining Recommendations; Character Dining; Fast Pass Planning; Family trips; First Visits; Multi Generational Trips, Trips with and without Children; Disney Cruise Line.