• Ashley McNamee

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Ashley is a self proclaimed Disney addict. She follows updates on the parks religiously and enjoys going to Walt Disney World Resort whenever possible. She is a stay at home mother of 3 small children three years old and under. Ashley enjoys singing, dancing, sewing, and reading in the little spare time she has.

  • Diane Lawson

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Diane fell in love with Disney many years ago on a trip with her family as a child. Her passion for Disney grew as an adult when she became a parent and wanted to introduce her children to the Magical World of Disney. She loves experiencing as much as possible with her husband and 2 children. As her children have grown, she has been able to experience many different types of vacations at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line.

    Diane and her family have celebrated Birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas while on Disney vacations. Choosing a favorite is too hard to do because each experience is different and magical in its own way. Diane and her family visit Disney destinations a few times a year and can’t wait until the next time. Disney is a way of life for her family and when they aren’t in Disney, they are planning their next trip and looking for fun new experiences.

    Diane joined Magical Vacation Planners in 2015 because she enjoys helping make Magic happen for others. She has stayed at many of the resorts and eaten at many of the restaurants around Walt Disney World. Diane has experience with My Disney Experience, Fastpass+, Magic Bands, Dining Plans and transportation in and around Walt Disney World. She has been on multiple Disney Cruises and spent multiple vacations at Disneyland. She has helped family and friends plan trips for years and looks forward to helping you!

    Areas of focus: Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Dining, Resorts, Celebrations, Family trips, Families with children, Families with teens, Multiple-Family trips, Multi-Generation trips

  • Melissa Simpson

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    They took one last look, tears in their eyes, and whispered: “Thanks Mom, this has been the best week of our whole lives.”

    In that moment, Melissa knew giving a person the best time of their life was her calling.

    Melissa and her husband have a large Disney family. With 5 children to plan for, Melissa’s experience began with her own annual Disney trips. Year over year, planning a magical time for her family of diverse travelers.

    Melissa is your Disney Family Expert.

    She works with people of all lifestyles from luxury to those on a tight budget. Delivering the dream experience to all. And customizing her service to your needs.

    As a mom of 5, she gets it. Your trip will include all complimentary activities available to your family. Melissa provides clients with an experience that meets their unique vision of perfection.

    A mom and a Project Manager, she is a skilled multi-tasker who handles many things at once so you don’t have to. All leading up to one grand finale, your vacation.

    Melissa became the unofficial Disney consultant to her family and friends. They all said she should “do it for a living”. After hearing it dozens of times, Melissa finally decided to follow her calling.

    She uses her passion for sharing the magic to enhance every aspect of your family vacation. After all, the best way to start a vacation is to relax and let someone else do the work.

    Get in touch with Melissa, today, and give your family the best moment of their lives!

  • Sarah Schmitt

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m super excited to help you plan your dream vacation! I grew up on Disney movies so naturally my love for Disney grew up with me. Anywhere you go whether its on the cruise or to a park it will truly be magical and I cannot wait to help you get to your desitination!

  • Shana Marx

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Shana has been a Magical Vacation Planner since 2015. Growing up traveling as a competitive dancer instilled her love for all things travel and that has flowed over into her adult life as well. With many visits to Disney, Universal, and cruises under her belt she can help you plan the most magical vacation for your family, friends, or group! Shana believes that the secret to a great trip is planning ahead of time and making magical moments to last a lifetime, including excellent dining and added extra experiences.

    Shana is a mother to a beautiful princess and also a wife to her wonderful husband and just relocated from Memphis, TN to the Greenville, SC area. When she is not out traveling or planning magical vacations for others she is a Senior Portfolio Manager for a mortgage company. Contact Shana today to plan a great vacation for you and your family.

    Areas of Expertise: Disney, Universal, Cruises, All-Inclusive resorts, Family Trips, Honeymoons, Group Trip, Dining Recommendations, and Extra Experiences.

  • Terri Lisenby

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    Terri is known by her friends as the Disney Expert. She and her family live in South Carolina but spent 45 days in Disney World in 2013. She has stayed at almost every resort on Disney Property and has been to very special event they offer. Her favorite time to go to Disney is at Christmas. The parades, the decorations and the special foods always start her Christmas season off right.

    Terri loves helping current friends and new friends have the best vacation possible. She gets to live through their experiences as well.

    Areas of Focus: Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Tips for planning with children of all ages, Dining tips and Fast Pass + tips.

  • Veronica Townsend

    Personal Vacation Advisor

    As a resident of the Charleston, SC area I’m blessed to have the ability to visit the Walt Disney World resort frequently. Charleston is close enough to drive to Disney yet far enough it feels like vacation. My family and I are also grateful to benefit from the very generous discounts that Disney offers military members. It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that Disney is truly my “happy place”. The cheerful cast members, impeccable grounds, sounds of laughter and an abundance of FUN is why it is my most favorite destination! From a stay in a standard room at Pop Century to the concierge level at the Grand Floridian Disney has never disappointed me. One of the best aspects of Disney is that there is always something new to discover. With roughly 25-30 trips in the past 12 years one goal is always to try something that is “new to us”. It can be a new resort (I’ve stayed in 11-12 if you include Shades of Green), a new restaurant/quick serve/cart (I’ve dined at about 70) or a new experience (I’ve enjoyed the Pirate and Pals Cruise, the Halloween and Christmas Parties, Dessert Events and Afternoon Tea! I’m thankful that no matter how much I see or do there’s always more! As a mom to three children I value the moments, memories, and the escape for a little while that a Disney vacation can offer.
    Having recently discovered that I suffer from NTPMNDV (Need to Plan My Next Disney Vacation) I believe that the best way to relieve the symptoms would be to plan vacations for as many folks as I can. Disney has so many wonderful surprises, some of which are unknown or overlooked, and I would like the opportunity to share them and my own experiences with other family’s to make their dream vacation as magical as can be.