James Dolan

Montville, New Jersey Travel Agent
An independent agent with Mickey Guru Travel Company in Merrimack, NH, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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James Dolan

Montville, New Jersey Travel Agent

An independent agent with Mickey Guru Travel Company in Merrimack, NH, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Disney Vacation Expert

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World
Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World

I'm a master at planning Disney Vacations.  My tips, advice, and attention to the small details are tailored to the unique needs of each of my clients.  As the founder of MousePlanning.com, I have planned it all including:

  • first time Disney vacations
  • traveling with infants, children of all ages, and tweens & teens
  • romantic getaways
  • multi-generational family trips
  • special needs travelers
  • large groups and solo travelers


Although Walt Disney World is my first love and passion (I've personally vacationed over 50 times at the Most Magical Place on Earth), I certainly haven't neglected the other Disney Destinations.  I travel at least once per year to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, and I am a veteran passenger aboard the Disney Cruise Line.  I have also vacationed at Disneyland Paris in France.

Additionally, as a byproduct of planning countless Disney vacations, I've also picked up considerable experience in planning trips to other Orlando and Southern California area destinations, including Universal and SeaWorld.

When I'm not ensuring that people’s vacations are practically perfect in every way, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our four children, and I coach girls travel softball.

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Great Disney Trip Thanks to James!

Reviewed By JS - Kansas City, KS | Traveled to
James planned our Disney trip and we couldn't have done it without him, we would've been lost and overwhelmed not knowing what to do or how to navigate our way. We had a wonderful trip and we are truly grateful. We even called a few times during our trip and he picked up right away, so thankful!!! We would use him again for future Disney trips, hands down. He knows everything.
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Awesome planner - awesome trip!

Reviewed By Deena - Jackson, NJ | Traveled to
Would highly recommend James Dolan! We had a great trip to Universal Orlando! We had never been before and he answered all my questions (months and months of questions). I felt very prepared and didn't have to worry about anything once we landed. He is very knowledgeable and very responsive!
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Would Not Travel to Disney without a TA like James to assist our family

Reviewed By Sifuentes Family - New Jersey | Traveled to
James is very friendly and easy to communicate with. No matter how many times we write to him with questions or concerns he always answered our questions no matter how big or small. He is always on top of the special discounts even before Disney releases them and tries really hard to get everything he can applied to our trip to bring down the cost. He works really hard to get all of our Advanced Dining Requests which saves us the hassle of getting up early in the morning with everyone else traveling on the 180 day mark. We are always pleasantly surprised by the small added touches James puts forth for our trip. Even during the course of our vacation James likes to check-in to make sure our room, etc. is satisfactory. I have many Disney vacations under my belt, but I can no longer imagine planning a vacation alone. Once you use an agent like James you don't want to plan any vacations without him.
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So helpful and extremely knowledgeable

Reviewed By Sarah - Pine Brook, NJ | Traveled to
This was our first trip to Disney world with our 2 daughters ages 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. James was so helpful from the very beginning with hotel suggestions, even switching hotels to accommodate dining plan promotion, to the end of the trip while we wanted to change some things while we were there. He had great tips, and a huge help in planning our vacation. I am definitely going to use him again, and would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
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The most perfect vacation!

Reviewed By Cuvo Family - Easton, PA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
James was an excellent travel agent. He took his time with me to ensure my family had the best time. He always answered my questions thoroughly! We could not have asked for a more perfect week!
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Great Vacation

Reviewed By Susan - Marlboro, New Jersey | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
James was a pleasure to work with. He helped me plan every aspect of my trip. He answered all of my questions and gave very good advice.
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My 4 year old says Thank You!

Reviewed By VK - Miami Beach, FL | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
I could tell James genuinely cared about my family's Disney World experience and did his upmost to make sure we had a great experience. Planning a Disney World vacation today can be overwhelming and James took care of it all. James also had a few tricks of the trade that resulted in me saving some money. Will definitely be using his services in the future.
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Such a fun vacation!!

Reviewed By Case - Victoria, Texas | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
We have worked with James in the past and recently went through him again for our Disneyworld/Universal trip. He is always very helpful and very knowledgable, and gives great tips! We love working with him and will use him again in the future! I would highly recommend going through him for your next trip!
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A wonderfully planned trip. A most pleasant experience!

Reviewed By TF - Clark NJ | Traveled to
Mr. Dolan was most informative and always was one step ahead of our planning schedule. His advice helped us avoid pitfalls and he always kept our trip on a most positive path. I would definitely use Mr. Dolan again and would recommend him without reservation.
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Awesome experience thanks to James!

Reviewed By Amy - New York | Traveled to
We are throughly satisfied with the services we received and cannot wait to have James help us plan another vacation! He made everything so easy and gother us every single dining reservation we wanted...our two year old was thrilled! It was our first time working with a travel agent and I couldn't imagine doing it with his help!
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Always helpful!

Reviewed By Mouseplanner - Houston, Texas | Traveled to
James was amazing at helping. We had to change our vacation several times and he was always so helpful. He is very knowledgeable.
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Fantastic!!

Reviewed By Samantha K - Bloomfield, NJ | Traveled to
I had never been to Disney (or even planned a vacation) before and I didn't know what to expect! James helped with everything from booking the hotel to buying the park tickets, and even gave some great tips for things to do throughout the park! If you're planning on booking your vacation through James, you're in the right hands. =)
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James is the best!

Reviewed By Melissa - LP, New Jersey | Traveled to
James helped us plan or Disney vacation this past year and we couldn't of been happier!! James helped with reservations for the hotel and dinners. His recommendations were on point and his tips on getting around are the best! We will definitely been using his Mouse Planning services again!!
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Disney Was a Blast, thanks to James :)

Reviewed By Stacy - Springfield, nj | Traveled to
James was very knowledgeable and helpful through every aspect of our planning and i wouldn't ever do it any other way! He did a great job keeping us up to date on when to make dining reservations and fast pass selections as long with making AWESOME recommendations on where to eat. Weeks prior to us leaving he would send weekly emails with great tips and advise, which was VERY helpful :)
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He took the work out of planning!

Reviewed By Jenn - South Florida | Traveled to
Responsive, thorough and so helpful!! So appreciative for insider tips and tricks and details I never would have known about!!
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James was excellent. He was always available..

Reviewed By Barb & Bob Z - Toms River , NJ | Traveled to
Working with James made our Disney experience Magical. He kept in close contact with us at all times. All of his reminders kept us on schedule. Having a Mouse Planner was so much better then years ago when you called Disney Travel and never could talk to the same agent. If we plan another trip we will definitely contact James Dolan again!
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Incredibly helpful!

Reviewed By aconner - Arlington, MA | Traveled to
As a single mom and full time teacher, I was totally overwhelmed by the logistics of planning a Disney trip. James Dolan not only made all the reservations for me, he was full of wisdom and advice that proved invaluable before and during our family trip. My dad kept saying to me, "I'm so impressed by all the planning you've done!" Well, it wasn't me, it was James! I can't express my gratitude enough.
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Great experience!

Reviewed By Nicole - Danbury, CT | Traveled to
James made planning our Disney World trip a blast! As it was our first family trip to Disney World, I was overwhelmed and had no idea where to even begin. James guided me every step of the way, from choosing a hotel (Grand Floridian), to character dining, to fast pass selections. Always patient and thorough, he was available to answer any question I had. James gave me invaluable advice from his years of experience, and gave great suggestions based on our family's needs and wants. Working with James saved us a lot of time and a lot of money. I would, without a doubt, recommend him to anyone planning a Disney trip!
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James was very helpful to make our vacation enjoyable!

Reviewed By Kim - Montville, NJ | Traveled to
James was very knowledgeable & helpful throughout the planning process for our Disney vacation. James was responsive to all my emails & provided many suggestions based on our needs.
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Helpful, Knowledgeable and Patient.

Reviewed By Eric Wallace - Silver Spring, MD | Traveled to
James Dolan did an excellent job of helping my family and I prepare for our trip to Disneyland. He recommended a very good hotel, the AnnaBella, that wound up saving us a substantial amount of money over staying in the resort. It was in a convenient location and offered a small separate room for our daughter at a reasonable cost. James helpfully explained the ways that Disneyland has changed since the last time I was there ~30 years ago, including how to use Fast Passes. I especially appreciate that he talked me into getting a Park Hopper ticket that included California Advventure, which we enjoyed a great deal. James was a great help to us and I recommend him without hesitation to anyone who is planning a Disney trip.
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James helped to make our trip great!

Reviewed By Kelly - Springfield, PA | Traveled to
James helped us every step of the way in planning our Disney trip. We had not been there in five years, and it was our first time staying on Disney property, so there was a lot to figure out~James helped us so much with suggestions for things that we hadn't even thought of and answers to questions that we did think of. Our trip went so smoothly, and we go to do and see so much in our 6 days there. It was definitely a "magical" time! I'm so glad we found James to help us plan our trip! We will definitely be working with him when we go again!!!
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Very knowledgable and helpful

Reviewed By Smitty - Maryland | Traveled to
James did a great job in putting our trip together for 22 people. Everything was perfect from his choice of the Disney property for us to stay at, to all of our dinner reservations. He sent helpful hints every week the month prior to us leaving for our trip that were very useful once we were at Disney.
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Couldn't have done it without him!

Reviewed By JLS2442 - Colorado | Traveled to
James was such a help to us! We planned a Walt Disney World trip for 4 different families from different states and he coordinated everything for us! He was so good to respond to us when we called or wrote, no matter what he was doing! He even called me one time from a parent teacher conference for his child. :) He gave us great recommendations of places to eat, things to do and where to stay. Everything he told us was spot on! One of our families wanted to get into a certain place to eat but they waited too long to make their reservation and when they tried to do it themselves, the system said there was nothing available. I don't know how he did it, but James was able to get them a reservation and they were delighted! Our next vacation trip will definitely be planned by James, Walt Disney World or anywhere else!
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Even while we were away...James was answering our last minute questions! Definitely a Disney expert!

Reviewed By Trish - Lincoln Park, NJ | Traveled to
James was fantastic. He kept us notified on what we needed to do prior to the trip for preparation. While on the trip he was so helpful in answering last minute questions about reservations, park information, magic band questions and even was able to set up a car service to pick us up at the airport for our return (because we overlooked that piece). There was no confusion at all with our reservations, hotel and tickets because James handled everything! I defintiely would recommend James to anyone spending their money on a Disney vacation. He helps get you the most for your money and his insider tips are great!
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Bucket list trip

Reviewed By Disney Dreamer - South Alabama | Traveled to
When I was considering a trip to Disneyland, I had no idea where to start. I looked up travel agents for Disneyland, and after reading reviews, I chose James Dolan. He came highly recommended and I can see why now. He was very easy to work with. He has a vast amount of knowledge about Disneyland and the surrounding area. I used many of his tips and recommendations, and this was one of the best Christmas vacations we have ever had! If you chose him, you will not be disappointed. When I plan another trip to that area, I will definitely give James a call. Thank you James, for helping to make this trip, and our walk in Walt's footsteps the most wonderful and memorable vacation!!
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Harry Potter Planning

Reviewed By Harry Potter Planning - Boston, MA | Traveled to
James was excellent: knowledgeable and responsive. He developed a detailed plan for our visit on a very busy day. Waits were still long, but we were able to do much much more than if we had just tried to plan on our own. James also recommended lunch places, which worked out well. I highly recommend James Dolan!
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wonderful.

Reviewed By clorinda - denver co | Traveled to
James is awesome. He made our first family trip absolutely wonderful. He was very knowledgeable. Friendly. He was willing to help me anytime. 24 / 7. We cant wait to plan our next trip with him.
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Picky Reviewer

Reviewed By chipr26 - Lodi Wisconsin | Traveled to
Lets start with Universal. Park Rides were a dream with Fast Pass any ride as many times never ever waited more then 5 min. for any ride. I did feel like we may have been the minority when it came to English speaking people at the Parks. I thought that the 20.00/ 27.00 charge for Parking per day was absurd. Ate two meals in Hard Rock The Kitchen Breakfast which was excellent but overpriced. at almost 100. for 4. Food for Dinner at Kitchen was good but limited choices and took long time to get our food. Facility was great and rooms VG but we lost water in the building for 5 hours one day so we missed a dinner res. but they comped the parking and a $38.00 for a 10 in pizza with a coke in room. Thought food in park was weak in taste and way way over priced. Disney the Room at Poly. was great and big enough for 4 adult as you said. Disney as expected was great and what you expected. I'm not sure about the food plan yet we had to force ourselves to eat the fast Service at the end. Boat House food was Excellent but this is the the issue with the food plan, You pay for a potatoes, you pay for a salad, Who goes and has a piece of meat and desert @2 point Each. and nothing with it. I would not have done the plan if I knew that clearly. still had a 100. bill no alcoholic with plan there. I did not think that much of the concierge service at the Poly not very knowledgeable. Also phone in room worked sometime and not and we had issues with refer, overheating. Personal comment is I know a Guy and his wife going on 70 should have done just one place either Disney or Universal not both in one week just based on walking.. Also wished I knew about Airline check in at Disney hotel. Did not learn till Bell guy came up. Good Trip, Expensive, It's amazing that, that many people and afford to go there. America what a wonderful country !!
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The biggest help I could ask for!

Reviewed By Josie - Otsego, MI | Traveled to
I feel like I am fairly knowledgeable about Disney World and could plan a great trip but when I was placed in charge of planning a trip for 6 adults and a seven year old I knew I would need some help. 5 of the 7 had never been before so I wanted to make sure that they had the best trip possible so I contacted Destinations in Florida and James answered back. He helped me all the way from booking the trip to the restaurants and giving us amazing tips along the way. If we had any problems (and we had quite a few) he took care of it right away and I was never without answers for very long. I couldn't ask for a better travel agent and I'll be using him for our next trip!
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First Disneyland Experience "Magical", Thanks To James!

Reviewed By Steve Swanson - Columbus, OH | Traveled to
When it came time to book my first-ever Disneyland trip, I was at a loss. I've been to WDW in Florida so many times, and I know the travel routine for that park, but Disneyland accommodations are completely different, and I knew I'd need help. James came highly recommended by a friend, and his reputation is well-earned. James knew practically everything about the parks, the hotels, the surrounding area...everything! I even had a last-minute emergency with my flight landing after the last Disneyland shuttle would be running for the day, and while I was in the air to CA, James was working diligently, resolving my hotel shuttle situation. If you need a Disney travel agent, I'd send you to James every time.
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First Disney Vacation

Reviewed By Mom of 4 Girls and 1 clueless husband - Mankato, MN | Traveled to
Disney World is an enormous place and of course we wanted our family to experience it all. I was so thankful when I found this company, instead of spending hours upon hours reading websites and books. James made sure we left Disney feeling as if we did see everything we wanted to see. His itineraries worked well for our family of six and they were easy to understand and follow; without them I would of felt lost. I would recommend anyone who was in our situation (first timers) to James.
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Wonderful vacation

Reviewed By Nancy - Clark, NJ | Traveled to
James is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Disney. He gave most helpful suggestions about where to stay, dine and play. Also gave Disney "perks" that otherwise I would not have been aware of. (Rider swap). James answered every question I had and I had a lot of them. He was also very patient and returned calls or emails promptly. Would definitely recommend James for Disney travel. I will use him on my next trip.
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A GREAT TRIP!

Reviewed By DM110903 - NJ | Traveled to
My mother and I took my 5 year old daughter for the first time to Disney for a "girls weekend" and our trip was amazing! James was so knowledgeable and planned everything from start to finish so our trip was just tons of fun! I had a lot of questions and he was great (and patient) at answering all of them. I highly recommend James Dolan...can't thank him enough for making this trip to Disney a great one! ...Thanks James!!
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I Highly recommend James Dolan!

Reviewed By Christina - United States | Traveled to
This was our first Disney trip, and James was extremely helpful with absolutely everything! He recommended restaurants, even gave us a couple different itineraries so we could have a plan of what to do. He answered all of my questions (and I had a lot of them) and even helped me through some flight changes, which he didn't really have to do considering I booked the flight on my own instead of through him. He made suggestions to try and save us money, and after the trip, he emailed me to see how things went. If you're headed to Disney World I definitely recommend using him as your travel agent! He knows SO MUCH about Disney, and is just as friendly as he is helpful.
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Fantastic Trip

Reviewed By Becca - Utah | Traveled to
Amazing job at assisting a large group plan a Disney cruise. We were especially grateful with his help with some complications in our personal lives that necessitated some last minute adjustments. It was an amazing vacation!
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Knowledgeable about All things Disney

Reviewed By DJet333 - Clifton, NJ | Traveled to
James Dolan helped me and my family plan the perfect Disney vacation. From helping with dining reservations to what the best times to avoid the largest crowds. He treats you like a friend instead of a client. It is clear he loves Disney and his job. He also knew just as much about Universal Orlando. If you want to have a magical Disney vacation I couldn't recommend James Dolan any higher.
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Made trip planning so much easier!

Reviewed By Samantha - Bloomfield, NJ | Traveled to
So I've never been to Disney before and I wasn't really sure what to expect...but James booked the hotel and the park passes, and walked me through the website and how everything worked! I was stressed out at first about planning but not anymore! Thanks =)
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Highly recommend!

Reviewed By Teresa - Easton PA | Traveled to
James is extremely knowledgable and is a huge help when planning my Disney vacations. He is very patient and accommodating with all my questions. James is always very proactive with reminders during all the stages of our vacation which is so helpful. I recommend him to all my friends who mention wanting to go to Disney!
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James began the process of turning my family into lifelong Disney fans!

Reviewed By Dan - columbia, SC | Traveled to
I doubt that Walt in his prime knew as much as James about the most magical, fun place on Earth.
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You'd think he worked for Walt himself

Reviewed By RGoltsch - Caldwell, NJ | Traveled to
My family was planning our journey to the Happiest Place on Earth last year in honor of our daughter's graduation from high school. While I like to consider myself a savvy traveler, my expertise is on business travel. I had quite a few questions on the ins and outs of getting my family to Disney World, and James was able to answer them quite thoroughly. His knowledge is not just that of a person that read a few books on the parks, he has obviously been there many times. His tips were both helpful and insightful. If you need someone to lead you through the myriad options that face a family as you prepare to book a trip to visit Mickey and friends, you couldn't do better than to enlist James as your guide.
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James Dolan: My Disney World Expert

Reviewed By Kartist - Montville, New Jersey | Traveled to
With James Dolan's knowledge and experience, our 10 day Disney World trip was organized and jam-packed. His professionalism and expertise made this the most fulfilling Disney experience for both the kids and us adults. And his tips, suggestions and secrets were spot on. Looking forward to James helping plan our 2020 trip. Thank you very much James!!
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It felt like James was my very own private travel consultant

Reviewed By JABC - New Hampshire | Traveled to
James was incredibly helpful during every step of planning our trip to Disney World & Universal Studios. He sent me reminders, and always answered questions I had amazingly promptly. I felt like he was as excited about our trip as we were! He answered questions that even Disney Cast Members couldn't answer. He had the inside scoop about every park detail imaginable. I highly recommend him as a professional, friendly, detailed travel agent!
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James helped us have the best trip possible!

Reviewed By Casey - Lincoln Park, New Jersey | Traveled to
We had a great time working with James for our Disneyworld trip this past February! He was very knowledgeable and so incredibly helpful in making our trip the very best it could be. I would definitely recommend him for any of your travel needs, especially those regarding Disneyworld!
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Super Travel Agent

Reviewed By PeterKnapp - United States | Traveled to
James did an excellent job of helping me plan my week long Disney vacation and was available to help during the vacation. His knowledge of Disney and the FastPass+ process (which I found very complicated) was invaluable. I recommend Jame unconditionally!
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James is Fantastic!!!

Reviewed By Kerri - Old Bridge, NJ | Traveled to
I booked our first family Disney trip with James. I was a litle nervous and overwhelmed but after speaking with James I knew I was in good hands. He helped with every step of the planning and offered us some really great tips from dining options, Fast Pass, general park info - everything! We also decided to do a day trip to Universal and James took care of all of the arrangements from tickets to car service. I did not have to worry about a thing. He answered all of my questions in a timely manner and was very pleasant to work with. I will definitely reach out to James the next time we go - he is a true professional!
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