Walt Disney World, Florida ~ A Dreamer's Paradise
Sunset over World Showcase at Epcot
Walt Disney World is OPEN!! If you're considering a Disney vacation in this COVID19 world, please contact me so I can make sure you are aware of the safe practices, procedures, and requirements.
I don't specialize in Disney Destinations because I took classes or studied books. It’s because I truly have a passion for Disney. I take my own personal vacations to Disney Destinations and have been to them literally dozens of times.
Walt Disney World. A place that automatically brings thoughts of Cinderella’s Castle with fireworks exploding above.
I’ve spent a large amount of time learning about the many resort hotels, the restaurants, the recreation, and of course the parks themselves. Especially since they are all constantly changing! Disney is known for creating memories and making dreams come true. The memories those trips have created will be with me forever.
Minnesota is my home and I’ve enjoyed helping plan Disney vacations for families here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul since I started in this business over 25 years ago. Over the years that has expanded to include families all over the United States.
A Walt Disney World vacation is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Are you traveling with a large multi-generational group with an age range of 5 to 75? Are you traveling with friends and looking for an “adult Disney” experience? Are you a family of four, taking your children to Walt Disney World for the first time?
For first timers, it’s my job to help you to navigate through the overwhelming amount of information that can be found on the internet. Your friends and relatives have all sorts of advice for you based on their own vacations. But this isn’t their vacation, it’s yours! I can simplify the entire process by narrowing down the Walt Disney World vacation that’s best for your family based on your budget as well as the desires of your family to create magical memories.
For the beloved “Disneyphiles” like me who return to the various Disney Destinations again and again, I can help your next trip be unique from those of years past. Backstage tours, signature dining, a new resort experience, and recreation opportunities will make each trip extraordinary. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach await you in sunny Florida.
I would consider it an honor to help you build the path towards making the Disney dreams come true for you and your family.
My Areas of Expertise
When using the restrooms, go to the far end of the bank of toilet stalls if you have that option. Most people go for the stall that's closest to the door so those are the stalls that are used most often. Instead, walk just a few steps more to find a... Read more from my Walt Disney World in the COVID19 Universe-Part III story.
In Part II and III of my article, I want to offer my own personal experience in visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the pandemic. The ins and outs, the good, the bad, and the MAGICAL!
I need to mention that the rules at Walt Disney World and the rules set forth... Read more from my Walt Disney World in the COVID19 Universe-Part II story.
Below is a URL that will link you to the Walt Disney World “Know Before You Go” Guide. Copy and past that URL into your browser. This is a live page that is being updated as policies and procedures for the re-opening of the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts are announced and... Read more from my Walt Disney World in the COVID19 Universe-Part I story.
Have you ever been to a Disney theme park and wished that there was a Fastpass for other things besides the attractions?? When they come up with a Fastpass system for a stall in the women's restrooms, I will be all over that one. But until they do, I will just... Read more from my Mobile Ordering at Disney Parks story.
If you're having a hard time getting your head around the "Virtual Queues" and "Boarding Groups" that are needed in order to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you're not alone! Until I was able to experience it for myself, I just didn't get it! Plus, the... Read more from my Star Wars:Rise of the Resistance - Boarding Groups story.
Want to be the hit of your next party? Want to appear as if you are a master mixologist? Then I suggest you sign up for a "Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!" lesson during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This hands-on mixology course will teach you tricks of... Read more from my Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! story.
"Me, me, me! I want to stand in line!!" Said no one. Ever.
For those frequent Disney Parks guests who would love to be treated like a rock star OR for first timers who want to visit each park's tops attractions as smoothly as possible, then a VIP tour guide is the answer!
What are Extra Magic Hours?
This is a benefit only for guests who are staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and select Disney Springs hotels. On any given day, a select Walt Disney World theme park is scheduled to open an hour before the posted park opening time and/or scheduled... Read more from my Busy or Quiet? The Truth About Extra Magic Hours story.
So you’ve decided to go to Walt Disney World! Your vacation package is booked and now it’s time to start thinking about the fun little details that are going to make your trip extra special. For those traveling in the autumn or during the holiday season, Walt Disney World offers seasonal... Read more from my Seasonal Party Tickets - Are they worth it? story.
Attention to detail
Thanks Laurie for your professional and fun planning!
Pam and Steve Oslos
Thank you, Pam & Steve! Working with you has always been a privilege. Your kind words mean so much and I'm very grateful!
Another Great Memory!
It's always such a pleasure to work with you ladies! Looking forward to the next one and I have lots of new ideas for you!
We went to Disneyworld Florida. Destination below did not let me choose that.
Thank you! So glad you had such a wonderful vacation!
Thanks, Cassie! Knowing you and your extended family had such a great trip has definitely made me smile. Thrilled to hear that you want to visit the Walt Disney World Resort again and I look forward to working with you again in the future to make that wish come true!
Trip of a lifetime
It was an honor to help you plan the trip of a lifetime! I'm so happy that everything about the trip went to beautifully for you. You had some wonderful things to enjoy during this vacation. Hopefully many new memories to cherish forever. I'm really looking forward to helping you plan yet another trip of a lifetime in 2020!!
Thank you for your kind words, Sarah! Hearing that you had such an amazing vacation is music to my ears.
Thank you for your kind words! So happy to hear that you had such a wonderful vacation and that the plans we made together were so helpful for your family!
Another great cruise planned by Laurie
Thank you, Paul! It's an honor to know that you have such confidence in me. It's definitely a pleasure to work with you and your wife to plan these wonderful Disney Cruise vacations for your family and I look forward to many more in the future!
Our family of 10 had the greatest time.
I'm grateful for the chance to work with your family and help you plan a wonderful Walt Disney World vacation. Thank you!!
Great trip to Florida
We are already talking about going again because we had so much fun!
Yay! I'm so happy that dreams for your next Disney vacation are already underway. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your wonderful Disney vacation experience. Looking forward to helping you make those next Disney vacation dreams come true!
Awesome, awesome trip
Your words bring a smile to my heart! It's been such a pleasure to work with you through the years. I truly enjoy working with families that love Disney Destinations as much as I do. I have no doubt that you have may more Disney vacations in your future and I look forward to helping you plan each and every one!
It's always a pleasure to work with you, Gary. You've got some wonderful things on your vacation "to-do" list and helping those become a reality for you is something I am proud to be a part of.
Best trip of our lives!!!
You've brought tears to my eyes. I am so very honored by your sweet words, Kelly! It's always a pleasure to work with you and plan new adventures for you and your family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Lots of Glorious Sunshine
Thank you, Laura! I'm very happy to hear that your cruise brought you sunshine and happiness!! It was a pleasure to help you with your vacation.
Great Disney Trip
It was a pleasure to work with your family, Daryl. Thanks so much for allowing me to be your Disney travel advisor!
Even experienced travelers benefit from Laurie Zel
It was such a pleasure to work with you, Denny & Pam! It's fun to plan a trip for adults to enjoy Walt Disney World and get a glimpse of what's it's like to be a kid again. I hope you made some wonderful memories together. Thank you for your business and thank you for your service to our great country.
The Happiest Place on Earth!
Thank you for your sweet words, Bonnie! It was my pleasure to help you plan your Walt Disney World vacation where all those little details can make a big difference in the trip. The destination and the planning has certainly changed through the years, but it's a place that's just as magical as ever! I'm so glad that you found tings to be so simple and easy for you because that's my goal. I hope to work with you again on your next adventure!
Laurie is a Disney Expert
Christine, you are so very kind. Over the years I have really enjoyed planning your family's magical adventures and I look forward to helping you with many more!
An amazing family vacation!
It's been a pleasure to work with you through the years to help you plan your family vacations! Thank you so much for your kind words. I look forward to helping you make lots of new family memories in the future!
Unforgettable Jamaican experience!
Your sweet words mean so much! The hard work certainly paid off when I heard that you had such an amazing experience during your trip. I'm honored that you found such value in working with me. Stories like yours are exactly why I love my job and having clients such as yourselves. Can't wait to help you plan your next adventure!
Amazing trip that save me time in planning!
Answering questions is exactly what I'm here for and I was very happy to do so! It was a pleasure to help you plan this trip for you and a friend who was having so many first-time experiences in America. It was great to be a small part of helping to build those special memories!
Disney land and sea 40th and 14th Birthday
I'm thrilled that experienced Disney travelers such as yourselves found value in using a travel agent - and honored that you chose me to be that trusted advisor! It was great to work with your small group to create a great vacation for everyone. Thank you for your kind words!
Excellent family trip to Florida
Thank you Travis! I'm so glad your family had such a great time on your vacation and hope I can assist you again in the future!
Disney Trip 2020 - Christmas Edition
It was a pleasure to work with you, Ben! So happy to hear that you had a great trip despite the changes that needed to be made. I look forward to working with you again in the future!
Disney World Vacation
Thank you for your kind words, Karen. I'm so glad to have been of help for your Disney vacation and hope to work with you again in the future!
Thank you for allowing me to be your travel agent and I hope to work with you again soon!
the trip was great..
Thank you! I'm honored by your kind words and so happy your vacation was wonderful.
Disney it was magical!
Thank you, Judy! I enjoyed helping your family create a truly magical Disney vacation!
Incredible first famly trip to Walt Disney World!
Helping you to plan this Walt Disney World vacation was truly a pleasure! Answering your questions and making everything as seamless as it can possibly be for you is exactly why I'm here. I'm just thrilled that you are now officially Walt Disney World fans that plan to visit again and again. And each time you do, I will be here to make sure each trip is unique and special. Thank you for kind words!
We loved our family trip to Walt Disney World!
I'm thrilled that your trip was so wonderful and stress-free! That's exactly what I love to hear. Because that's exactly how a vacation should be. Thank you for your kind words! Looking forward to helping you plan another adventure someday soon!
Magical Vacation and Fabulous Travel Agent!
Helping you plan these Disney vacations has been a pleasure! Thank you so much for your sweet words. I have so much fun helping people plan multiple trips through the years and make different from the last. Here's hoping there will be many more magical experiences in your future and I hope to be a part of them!
Nothing short of spectacular!
I am absolutely thrilled that your Rhine River cruise with Adventures by Disney was so spectacular! It's always a pleasure to work with you and help to make your trip as outstanding as it could possibly be. I look forward to helping you with your next adventure!!
Best family trip ever!
Thank you so much! I know this trip meant alot to you and I'm so pleased it was everything you had hoped it would be!
Surprise Birthday Trip - Outstanding Experience
Your sweet words have brought a tear to my eye! I'm so honored that I could be a small part of this wonderful "Adult Disney" experience for you and your wife. Your enthusiasm for planning this wonderful surprise was heartwarming. I have no doubt that the memories of this trip will be with you forever. I can't wait to work with you again to help you plan your next vacation together! Sending you both warm wishes and sweet journeys down memory lane.
Definitely the Most Magical Place on Earth!
It was certainly a pleasure to work with you in putting this dream trip together! I'm delighted that everything went so well for you and your family. Making things as easy as I possibly can so that you can just relax and enjoy yourself is my mission. Thank you for your kind words and I hope I can help you with another vacation some time in the future!
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to work with you again and I definitely look forward to helping you plan your next Disney adventure. Making each vacation special is part of the fun of planning Disney vacations for guests who like to return to the parks again and again. See ya real soon!
Every last detail!
Your sweet words have touched my heart! Making memories for families that will live in their hearts forever is exactly why I do what I do. I couldn't be happier that you had such an amazing experience with your family. I wish the weather had been just a little cooler for you, but I know you made the best of it! It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope to do so again in the future.
Exciting trip with the whole family, Disney World
Thank you so much, Cindy! I'm honored by your kind words. It's been a pleasure to help you with your Walt Disney World vacations and I look forward to helping you with your next adventure!
Memories to last forever.
Thrilled that your trip was stress free and enjoyable for all!
Another Fantastic Disney Vacation
Thanks so much, John! I'm honored to have repeat clients such as yourself. Looking forward to helping you plan your next adventure!
You crack me up, Bryan! So glad you found that working with me was such a winning experience!
Thank you for your confidence in me through the years! I've enjoyed working with you to create these journeys for you and look forward to many more opportunities in the future!
It's always a pleasure to work with you and your family! Thank you for your kinds words!
This was the best Disney trip we have had.
Laurie is an excellent travel agent.
Our destination was Disneyworld FL.
You are so very kind. It's always fun to work with Disney lovers such as myself! And I'm honored that this trip ranks as one of your best. Helping families make amazing Disney memories is truly my passion and I'm so happy that I could help make that happen for you!
Another great trip!!!!
I am deeply honored by your kind words, Racquel. I love what I do and am thrilled that it shows through in my commitment to help people not just have a good vacation, but a truly magical vacation. It's always a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to helping you plan your next adventure!