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Maggie Ballantyne

Walkersville, Maryland Travel Agent
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Maggie Ballantyne

Maggie Ballantyne

Walkersville, Maryland Travel Agent
Wishes Family Travel, an independent agent with Wishes Family Travel, SC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 4
15 Reviews | 93% Recommended
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Specializing in Family Vacations & Adult Getaways

I love designing vacations for families that will create lifelong memories while allowing them to spend time with one another. This could be in a theme park, onboard a cruise, or at an all-inclusive family resort. I also love helping the adults get away whether it be for a honeymoon, an anniversary, a bachelorette trip, or just because!

My Travel Specialties

Enthusiastic Family Travel Planner

Dancing with Donald in my happy place!
My two favorite things since day one have always been travel and Disney, so a job that combines the two really is my dream come true!  After graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, I moved to Florida to become a Disney Cast... Read more from my Enthusiastic Family Travel Planner bio.

All-Inclusive, Luxury Resort Travel Agent & Expert

Sandals South Coast in Jamaica!
I will never forget my first visit to an All-Inclusive resort. It was paradise. The sand was white, the water was crystal blue, the staff members were always there to say hello with a smile, and I never had to lift... Read more from my All-Inclusive, Luxury Resort Travel Agent & Expert bio.

Cruise Planner

Wishes Family Travel takes on the Disney Dream
Once you step foot onto the cruise ship, everything you need is at your fingertips! I will be sure of it! Up until that point, I will be there to make sure you have everything you need. I specialize in planning cruises... Read more from my Cruise Planner bio.

Worldwide Travel Planner

When I was 8 years old I boarded a plane with my family for the first time in my life and off we went to Ireland! I loved this trip and if I had not been bit by the travel bug... Read more from my Worldwide Travel Planner bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Super Agent
Certified Sandals Specialist
College of Disney Knowledge Certification
Master's Degree in Royal Caribbean
Certified in Discovery Cove Bookings
IATA
Pleasant Pro Academy Certification
Universal Travel Specialist
Alaska Certified Expert - Gold Status
Pleasant Pro Academy Ambassador

My Travel Stories

The Cat himself was waiting to say
Universal Characters While Social Distancing
Universal Orlando
I did it!
Racing Thru Disney

Racing Through the Parks

The report time for the race bus is 3:30 am, which means I am awake even earlier. All to go for a run. So why do I do it?

First, I would never ever wake up that early to run unless it is a Disney event like the ones hosted by runDisney.... Read more from my Racing Through the Parks story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 15 Reviews | 93% Recommended

Trained, Traveled, Trusted

Reviewed By LA - Clemson, SC | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie knows her stuff! She is available day and night to answer any questions I might have about travel. When I am planning my vacation she takes as much input from you as you want to give and has excellent suggestions for things you don’t know about. She created an entire custom itinerary for me for a Universal trip that took thought and knowledge that I couldn’t have gotten from a computer. The best part is- her services come at no cost to you! What could be better? I will never travel without her help as my travel agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Thank you for being the world's most loyal client! I love planning your trips and love even more seeing how much fun you have! Your willingness to try new things adds even more fun to the planning experience!
11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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A race for the ages!

Reviewed By Catherine Horner - Tulsa, OK | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
She made things so easy and was very quick to respond to all of my questions. It is my first Disney half marathon, so I wanted to make sure I get registered, and Maggie got me my bib no problem! She is very professional and I recommend her to anyone needing assistance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
I was so happy you reached out to me! I can't wait to see you race weekend!
12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Spectacular in these Trying Times

Reviewed By Kelsey - North Bethesda, MD | Traveled to Barbados ~ Caribbean
Maggie has been SO amazing throughtout our entire process. Every step of the way and every question I had Maggie was so helpful. Maggie has been incredible when plans have changed and I would reccomend her to any family members or friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
I am so happy you have caught the Sandals AND Disney bug and love these places as much as I do! Thank you for being such a great client!
11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Magical Bachelorette!

Reviewed By McCall - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie was so easy to work with! I contacted her last minute to help me finalize plans for a girls weekend and she coordinated with all the ladies going on the trip and made everything happen! She even sent me a package of goodies right before we left. She was a perfect person to ask questions and help finalize our plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Your pictures with the Knight Bus are still some of my favorite! I loved working with you too! Thanks for booking with me.
11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Disneyland fun!

Reviewed By Emily - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to Disneyland ~ California ~ USA
While living out on the West Coast, Maggie helped plan 3 trips to Disneyland for me. Each one surpassed all of my expectations and was special in their own way. If not for Maggie's expertise, these trips would not have been nearly as fun or care-free. She offers so many recommendations and tailors each trip to what works best for you and your party. I can't wait for Maggie to help plan my next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Thanks for always being so supportive and loyal. Disneyland is my favorite park and I am glad I got to plan trips there for you and with you!
11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Couldn't recommend Maggie enough

Reviewed By olivia - Lexington, Kentucky | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie has booked all things Disney for me - cruise, park tickets, vacation packages. She literally does it all, and she makes my life sooooo much easier. All I have to do is decide what I want, and Maggie does the rest. And when I'm not so sure what exactly I want, she always has helpful suggestions! I can't believe I ever booked vacations without her, and I will definitely not be planning another without her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Thank you so much!! I love working with you and planning your trips!
9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Best mother/daughter trip!

Reviewed By Ms. B - Walkersville, MD | Traveled to Kissimmee ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie was very accommodating and took all of my personal requests into consideration. I felt like she really understood how I wanted to approach my days in the parks and put a lot of time into planning an itinerary that would work for my personal requests. She planned the perfect trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Everyone likes to experience Disney World in a different way! I loved helping you figure out a way that would work the best for you! My favorite part of your itinerary was the Animation Experience at Animal Kingdom, dining with the princesses at Cinderella's Royal Table, and the Ferrytale Sparkling Dessert Cruise!
14 of 26 people found this review helpful
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Maggie is Wonderful!

Reviewed By Melissa - Beaufort, SC | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie planned a trip for me and some friends to Walt Disney World and she was wonderful! Very generous with her time!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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My first cruise!

Reviewed By Ms. B - Walkersville, MD | Traveled to Port Canaveral ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie kept me up to date with all the information I needed for smooth sailing! Her emails leading up to the trip provided the essential and fun information that I needed to take all of the guess work out of my first cruise.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
I love how excited you were for the Senses Spa, Cove Cafe, and Castaway Cay! Thanks for booking with me!
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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St Lucia made easy!

Reviewed By Christina - San Antonio, TX | Traveled to St Lucia ~ South Africa ~ Africa
Maggie was so helpful in finding us a great deal, communicating with us every step of the way, and made the trip extremely easy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Makes things wonderful

Reviewed By Erin - Damascus Maryland | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
She is so knowledgeable and on top of everything. She makes sure she checks to see if better deals have posted to get us the best discounts. She also gives us many recommendations for dining, packing and where to go.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Experience

Reviewed By Meg - Frederick, MD | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Working with Maggie was an absolute pleasure. She is extremely knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for travel is contagious. As I investigated the trip, my plans were continually changing and Maggie was so accommodating with coming up with a variety of alternatives for me to consider. In addition to helping secure our travel, she was indispensable when it came to giving insider tips on specific food and attractions. Again, an absolute pleasure to work with, and would highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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A Truly Magical Disney Planner

Reviewed By Sarah - Frederick, MD | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie is knowledgeable, responsive, and puts her clients first. She takes the time to get to know you and customizes your vacation to fit your interests, needs, and desires. She is the absolute best at what she does and will be used by our family for years to come!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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January Girls Trip!

Reviewed By Lizzie - Frederick, Maryland | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Maggie does a great job at planning a trip that is catered towards all your needs! She made sure for our trip we got the most out of our time in Disney and got to experience new things while we were there! Maggie is also great at making sure everything about your trip is clear and easy to understand - she does the hard work so you don’t have to think while you’re on your trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
Thank you so much! I love planning a girls weekend in Disney!
9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Maggie Was The Relief We Needed In A Pandemic!

Reviewed By Emily - Rockville, MD | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Maggie was a HUGE help in planning our trip to Sandals Negril! She made the booking process easy and stress-free. Unfortunately, due to COVID19, we were forced to cancel our May vacation. Not only did Maggie move our trip for us, she even got our room upgraded to ocean view for no additional cost! I don’t know how she did it but I’m certainly glad she did - we are so looking forward to our trip this October! She kept us informed the whole time so we never had to stress. Thank you Maggie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Maggie Ballantyne responded:
I am sorry your trip had to be moved, but I am so glad you are going to travel again soon! Thank you for trusting me with your vacation! I can't wait to hear all about it!
10 of 23 people found this review helpful
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