Meet Our Team
Jo Anne S. Smoot
Like many young children, Jo Anne fell in love with Disney at a very early age but it was her wedding at the Polynesian Resort in March of 2003 that made such a huge impact on her dreams to one day have a career within the Disney travel industry. Jo Anne and her family travel often and enjoy being frequent Disney guests. She is always on top of all things Disney and knows how to make your Tripcation a magical and memorable one for you and your family.
Erica V. Ellis
Team Manager, Senior Travel Advisor
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. While these were not Erica’s first words, anyone who knows her would attest that these words came closely thereafter! Her Disney experiences are vast and varied, from family trips with children to vacations as an adult with friends, Erica has done it all! An avid runner, she has also participated in several Walt Disney World run Disney events, and she has enjoyed time at the parks during special events like Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Erica and her husband are self-proclaimed foodies and love all the options that are available for Disney guests, from character dining to fine dining over a glass of wine. Let Erica help guide you through the wide variety of dining experiences available. As the Disney authority in her family and friend circle, Erica has been helping her loved ones plan their tripcations for several years. She’s now eager to pass along her expertise to you! Genie said it best, “today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories”. Erica would love to help you create a magical Disney experience that turns into lasting memories for you and your family.
Team Manager, Travel Advisor
Beccy grew up in Southern California going to Disneyland! Her parents and may family members worked at Disneyland at one point so, she was at the park all the time growing up. As an adult that love of Disney has only gotten deeper. Beccy honeymooned at Disney World and goes at least once a year with her family. Their record is 5 times in a 12-month period. This isn’t a hobby for her – it is a passion. Beccy’s family also love to cruise with the Disney Cruise Line and have sailed to Alaska, the Caribbean over Thanksgiving and Cozumel over Christmas. They enjoy combining their cruise with stays at Walt Disney World Resort! There are a million options, probably literally a million different options for all the things you can do and experiences you can have when at Disney World, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney or the Disney Cruise Line. Beccy will walk you through all of them and help plan a trip just for your family.
Natalie has had a passion for Disney since she was very young, visiting many times with family and friends. She is truly a “big kid” and loves the way Disney turns dreams into reality. Natalie enjoys adventure and loves roller-coasters and thrill rides. Among her favorite rides are The Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Space Mountain. Natalie would love to assist you and your family to create a magical, exciting, and memorable vacation.
Lorie and her husband do not have any kids of their own, but they are big kids at heart. She loves Disney and goes as often as she can. The “Happiest Place on Earth” isn’t just a slogan for her, it truly is her ‘happy place’. She can’t wait to help you plan your next Magical Tripcation!
Anyone who knows Kathryn, knows how much her love for Disney. She has found a way to share her love with you! Kathryn is officially a Disney Travel Planner and would love to help you plan your Disney Vacation! Best of all….Kathryn’s services are FREE! Ask her anything and let’s plan your vacation!!!
April Bennett basically lives, eats, sleeps, breathes, sings, dances, and dreams Disney…. And has done so her entire life! April is a wife, mother of 2, sister, and daughter of beautiful Disney fans. They are an entire family who knows the parks, the characters, the history, and the traditions! Let April plan the trip of a lifetime for you and your family!
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Brooke is a stay at home mom with a passion for helping people and a love for planning. She knows just about everything travel, having been a flight attendant for 6 years before settling down to start a family with who else, but a pilot. From someone who’s life involves traveling almost every month around the country and around world, who better to understand the stress of planning a vacation! Her first Disney experience was to Disney World as a teenager. That first trip planted a love for Disney that has spanned almost 20 years. She recently was able to share that love with her young son, finally taking him on his first of many magical Disney adventures. Why worry about your next Disney vacation when you can let someone who knows all about planning vacations plan your Magical Tripcation!
Michelle is a pastor’s wife, mother of four, and a Disney fanatic! She fell in love with all things Disney on her first Disney trip. She loves it so much that is slowly transforming her home into a Disney wonderland. She would love to sprinkle some pixie dust so your Disney trip will be unforgettable, stress free, and simply magical. Hablo espanol!
Bethany is a homeschooling mother of 3 and a proud wife of a San Antonio FireFighter. She has taken Walt Disney’s words “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” and used that to open a business which she successfully owned for 5 years. Bethany is also a certified life coach. She and her family have a love for Disney and visit every chance they get. To see people happy and helping them to achieve their goals is the very heart of Bethany. Allow her to help you plan your Disney trip, and make it one that will be stress free and full of magical memories.
Kristy Deshotels Dye
Kristy is a wife and mom of two boys and currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana. When she’s not caring for her family, traveling or loving all things Disney, she spends the school year as the director of a Mother’s Day Out program. While she experienced Disney World as a child multiple times, she also spent her honeymoon there as well. Now, she brings her own family there for amazing memory-filled vacations! Let her plan a tailor-made vacation for your family today!
At age 5, Emily’s parents took her on her first trip to Walt Disney World. While watching the Kids of the Kingdom dance at a castle show at the Magic Kingdom, Emily turned to her parents and said, “I am going to do that some day” while pointing to the dancers… and she did! After college, Emily spent two years working as a performer throughout the Walt Disney World parks from the Main Street Electrical Parade to the Castle shows. She also danced at both the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and now makes visits every year to enjoy the holiday party traditions. Emily made frequent visits to Disney with her family growing up, as an adult and now with her own family and has stayed at every hotel on Disney property and eaten at almost every restaurant. She has also visited Disneyland Paris and vacationed on the Disney cruise ships. She loves to keep up with all the new Disney comings and goings and plan wonderful experiences for all her family and friends. She has a “behind the scenes” perspective to help you plan a incredible vacation. Emily is now excited to pass along her knowledge to you to help create a magical vacation.
Stephanie has been given the name “The Disney Whisperer” by her close friends and family. She has been living the Disney Dream for years. In fact, it was under the Disney Wishes fireworks where her hight school sweetheart proposed, Disney World was where she ran her first marathon and Main Street USA was where her son got his first haircut. Stephanie and her family loves to meet and greet the character’s in unusual ways, such as the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage. Character sightings and autographs are an essential part of her family’s trips. Stephanie knows where all the good spots are to find your favorite characters, just ask her! She is also an avid runner and loves a good Disney race. She’s completed the Goofy Challenge, Princess Half Marathon, Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, Tinkerbell Half Marathon and is signed up for the 2016 Star Wars Rebel Challenge. One day she hopes to complete all the Disney Races; including Disneyland Paris (because what could be better than running Disney in Paris)!! Let Stephanie be YOUR “Disney Whisperer” and plan the Disney vacation or RunDisney getaway of YOUR dreams. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – Walt Disney
Linda has no doubt that she has loved Disney longest, having visited Disneyland as a youth in the 70’s! She and her husband, along with their five daughters stayed at Walt Disney World about a combined 15 weeks, and each of them are Princesses! Some have also taken Disney cruises, two have been to Paris Disney, and two worked as cast members at WDW as part of college coursework for their Mouseter’s and Ducktorate Degrees! Linda’s college degree is in Nursing (specializing in Informatics), and she loves working from her home on Kauai and enjoys a visit to Aulani on Oahu! Disney trips are great whether with children or as adults (especially if part of us never gets old!) She and her family enjoy raising sugarloaf pineapple and other tropical fruits on their property. Linda occupies any spare time with cooking and reading and enjoy time at the beach, exploring, watching movies, and dining out as blissful pleasures. We have the best ‘jobs’ there are! Let’s make magic!
Philip’s fascination with Disney started at a young age. When he was a child Philip and his family would gather by the TV every Sunday evening to watch “The Wonderful World of Disney”. As Philip grew older his love of Disney also grew and continues to do so. So much that he spends months preparing their yearly Disney themed Christmas light display set to music. Philip and his family visit Disney World Orlando at least once a year, have been to Disneyland several times, and have been on multiple Disney Cruises including the Bahamas, Caribbean, and a large family cruise to Alaska.
With over 20 years of customer service experience Philip knows that getting to know you is key to getting the most out of your Disney adventure (along with planning and a little pixie dust of course). Philip loves getting to know people, understanding their likes and magical Disney wishes. So, whether if it’s just you and your spouse, or mom, dad, and the kids, or a family reunion, Philip is ready to help create a magical Disney adventure of a lifetime.
Like many young children, Jeff fell in love with Disney at a very early age watching the Disney channel every day and dreaming of going to Walt Disney World. He finally made his first trip as an adult with his wife and as they say, “The rest is history!” Jeff and his wife travel to a Disney property every year now since they became Disney Vacation Club members, and he is always planning the next trip. Whether it’s a weekend getaway to Disneyland, or a full vacation to Aulani, Jeff is always looking forward to the planning details. The opportunity to work with Magical Tripcations gives Jeff the great privilege of planning a magical vacation for you and your loved ones. Remember there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day!!
Disney has always been a part of Ashley’s life; From regular family vacations as a child, to visiting family members in the Disney College Program, and now traveling as a wife and mother. This family tradition continues because of the magic of Disney and she cannot wait to help you experience it for yourself! As a travel planner, Ashley stays up to date on all that Disney has to offer through blogs, guides, books and special Disney offers. She enjoys helping others plan and coordinate individualized trips for memories that last a lifetime!
Cara has been in love with Disney for almost 40 years! She grew up in Florida, so her family visited quite often. She first visited Mickey and Minnie in Orlando just after she turned 2 years old. Cara is sad to say she did cry when first meeting Minnie – and there’s a picture to prove it! But no worries, they’ve improved their relationship since then. Now, Cara makes it a point to get a “happy” picture with Minnie each time she visits. The only way to explain a Disney vacation is simply one word: Magical! Cara and her family go at least once a year to the parks in Orlando, and she and her hubby celebrate their wedding anniversary each year with a cruise. Yes, you can go on a Disney cruise without your children; but, shhh, don’t tell them that! Cara promises they’re planning a cruise with them in mind very soon. Each time she walks down Main Street, she gets teary-eyed. Disney truly is the happiest place on earth! There is nothing Cara would like more than to help make your Disney dreams come true for you and your family – with the help of a little pixie dust, of course!
Lizeth has a great passion for all things Disney, and has gained many unique insights into both Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks through multiple visits over the years. She is also fluent in Spanish, and has experience traveling to Disney with children requiring special needs. Lizeth wants to share her knowledge with you and capture all your interests to create a customized itinerary for you and your family. Lizeth can’t wait to help you plan your next Magical Tripcations!
Eliza and Joshua Murray
Eliza and Joshua (Josh) Murray are a husband and wife team, that have Disney permanently imprinted on their hearts! Josh is a Firefighter and HazMat Technician with the San Antonio Fire Department and if the department would allow it, he would have Mickey ears on his fire helmet. Eliza has over 18 years of travel industry experience and has spread her joy of Disney in spirited discussions with friends and co-workers about her magical memories! This enchantment with all things Disney has been passed along to their two children. Once they discovered that they could be a part of the Disney magic, well, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help create someone else’s happily ever after. This duo would love to help you discover the wonders that await you and to help make your Disney dreams come to life!
Linda and Pete Padron
Pete and Linda Padron have raised their 2 daughters at Disney since 1988 and are now starting on their grandchildren. Their 6 year old granddaughter has been to Disney World 3 times since she was 4. They have been to Disney World 13 times and are returning in November and Disneyland 4 times and they have been on 2 Disney cruises as well, both to Alaska. They are experienced Disney travelers and would love to help you plan your Disney memories as well. Disney is not just for children as Pete and Linda have been 3 times without their daughters. They refuse to grow up. Email us at of give us a call, they promise to get back to you right away!
Krystal’s Disney experiences began as a young child, traveling to Walt Disney World a few times with family.
But her love for Disney really took shape when she was 15 and went on the most magical family
vacation ever! Fast forward 4 years, Krystal came upon an opportunity to become a cast
member by participating in the Walt Disney World College Program. She immediately jumped
at the opportunity and moved to Florida without looking back. She loved it so much, she ended
up becoming a 3x College Program alumni and upon completing her programs she moved to
Lake Buena Vista to live and work at the most magical place on Earth for an additional year. During
her time there she stayed or visited almost every property, rode every ride, saw every show,
and ate more food and treats than she cares to admit. Since moving back to TX she has
returned to Disney many times to visit friends and most importantly to give a big hug to her best
friends Chip and Dale. She is now a stay-at-home mom to two little princesses and can’t wait
to take them on their first magical vacation very soon! Let her use her “inside” knowledge to
help make all of your Disney vacation dreams come true!