Meet Our Vacation planners
My name is Amanda and I am the owner of Living With The Magic Vacations! I have a love and passion for helping families find the perfect vacation! From the complexities of a Walt Disney World or Universal Studios vacation to something more laid back, like Disney Cruise Line, Sandals or Beaches…you name it and I can assist. Vacation should be the most relaxing thing you do but with an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, it’s often not! Let me take the stress out of planning that perfect vacation!
Concierge Travel Manager
Hi! I’m Megan, Concierge Travel Planner and Managing Agent with Living with the Magic
Vacations. From the age of 2 most of my family vacations were to Disney World, which is where my love for everything Disney began. I currently live in Loudoun County, VA with my husband, our son and daughter. After meeting my husband I introduced him to the world of Disney vacations, and not surprisingly he fell in love with it just as much as I did. In 2012 we were married and honeymooned in Disney World and now love sharing our love of Disney and Disney vacations with our kids!
Concierge Travel Planner & Junior Lead Agent
Hi! I’m Jennie Garst, a lucky Travel Agent with Living with the Magic Vacations and life-long Disney fan! My love of all things Disney began early on, as I had the privilege of growing up in a family that made many wonderful memories together with our nearly annual trips to Walt Disney World. This special Disney legacy has now been passed on to my own family. It began when, on our first trip as a couple to Disney World, my husband proposed to me. It has continued as we have taken our two children on multiple Disney vacations–Disney World, Disneyland, and, our current favorite, Disney Cruise Line!
Concierge Travel Agent
Hi! I’m Beth, Travel Agent with Living with the Magic Vacations! I visited Disney World once as a child, but my obsession didn’t begin until the first trip my husband and I took with our oldest daughter in 2006. Since then we’ve taken every opportunity possible to visit with our 3 girls, from a single day at Magic Kingdom with family after my brother-in-law’s wedding to our most recent trip when we surprised the girls by adding a family vacation onto the end of my oldest daughter’s girl scout trip to Disney. It helps that my husband loves Disney as much as I do! I’ve explored Disney World with 1 toddler and 20 teens, each experience was unique and so much fun!
Concierge Travel Agent
I’m Brianna May, a Travel Agent with Living with the Magic Vacations. My love for all things Disney started when I was a small child; my mother and I lived right outside of Orlando for quite some time and would go as often as we could. Those trips left such lasting memories on me that I now enjoy sharing my love of Disney not only with my own family but with my friends and clients as well. My husband and I have been married for eighteen years and we have two children. Our children’s first trip to Disney World was also my husband’s. It was so very magical to see Disney through their eyes and continue to get to watch their love of Disney grow. Any chance we get, you will see us making a trip to The Most Magical Place On Earth!!
Hi, I’m Ashley Berndsen, a Travel Agent for Living with the Magic Vacations. I have loved Disney since I was a little girl, with my first trip to Disney World at just three months old. I now have a family of my own and our favorite vacation spot is always Disney. The little touches that Disney creates makes the magic, from the exceptional service, delicious food, to the state of the art attractions and shows, it truly makes for a wonderful getaway at any age! We have traveled to Disney World as a family multiple times, embraced a Disney Cruise with an infant, and prior to children, enjoyed adult time at Disney World and single time at Disneyland. I have years of experience and Disney knowledge that I am eager to pass on, especially tips and trick to save money and snack credits while in the parks.
Hi! I’m Sarah! I grew up as a fan of Disney but only made it to the parks once as a child. But ever since my husband and I decided to get married in Disney, we have made up for my lack of trips as a kid. The obsession really started when I was hired as a Cast Member for the Disney Store. Ever since that time, I have made about 8 trips and stayed at 10 of the Disney resorts, with a goal of staying at all of them someday. Being a Cast Member allowed me to bring Disney Magic to those who may not have had a chance to experience the magic at the parks.
Hi, I’m Stephanie a travel agent with Living With The Magic Vacations. I’ve always enjoyed traveling, planning vacations for friends and family and LOVE itineraries. I went to Disney World a few times as a child but my love for all things Disney became a passion in 2013 when my Husband and I took our children for the first time. I have been back several times since then, each time more magical then the last and I can never wait to go back. It’s the Disney experience that makes all the difference and that attention to detail is what I strive for with my clients.
Travel Agent & Certified Autism Travel Professional™
Hi! I’m Leigh Connelly, a travel agent with Living with the Magic Vacations. My love of Disney World began with my first trip at age two. Since then, I have been back more times than I can count and love balancing old favorite Disney stops with new attractions and restaurants. My love of Disney was renewed in 2009 when I completed my first Run Disney race and I got to high five Mickey as I crossed the finish line.
Hi! My name is Lauren Pettis, and I am a travel agent with Living With The Magic Vacations. I grew up going to Walt Disney World for family vacations, and the magic that I felt as a child has never dissipated! Since having my son, however, my love of Disney has grown even stronger as I’m able to relive it all through his eyes. Travel has always been a passion of mine, and I strongly believe the experience of traveling and all that comes with it (family memories, exposure to other cultures, different cuisines, etc.) is the greatest gift we can give our children. I have planned numerous vacations across the country and internationally with our now two-year-old son, so I understand how to design an adventure-filled or relaxing vacation with the whole family in mind. I’d be honored to help you plan the vacation of your
Hi! I am Suzanne a mom of two; a boy and a girl whose interests couldn’t be more opposite of each other but form a common front when it comes to our vacations. We all love a good road trip. Especially, if the road ends in Orlando. I am a firm believer in travel being the best gift and that it promotes a learning of culture, new experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Hi! I’m Kelly Van Eerden, a travel agent with Living with the Magic Vacations. I currently live in Jenison, Michigan with my husband, daughter and son. I have been to Disney World over 20 times in my life. 18 of the trips have been in the last 11 years. We went on my kids first trip with extended family 11 years ago and watching my kids experience the magic of Disney was incredible! The first trip was when they were 4 & 7 years old. Now that they’re both teens, we still continue to go and they love it. We recently celebrated my daughters graduation with a 2 week trip.
Travel Agent & Certified Autism Travel Professional™
HI! I am Andrea Trelles, travel agent with Living with the Magic Vacations. I love to travel and I LOVE all things Disney.
Growing up in Florida, my family and I visited Walt Disney World several times a year. From riding 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to visiting Mickey Mouse and eating our way through Epcot, our family time was magical each visit. Though the attractions have changed over the years, the real magic of Disney has not. Bringing families together and making memories for a lifetime is true joy. I have enjoyed taking my husband and then my own family to Disney over the last 17 years and making new memories. We hugged Mickey and every Princess on my twins first visit at age 3. We welcomed my husband home from a deployment and surprised our kids with a little help from Darth Vader and the Jedi at Hollywood Studios. And I cried a flood of tears watching my son with autism watch fireworks for the very first time in the park! As a homeschool mom we have completed many lessons at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot – there is so much to learn and discover in the parks. My family has thoroughly enjoyed our Disney Cruises as well, snorkeling in sparkling waters and even swimming with dolphins and sea lions!
Hi! I’m Kelsey Goodnight, a Travel Agent with Living With The Magic Vacations. I grew up loving all things Disney, but never had the chance to experience the real magic that is a Disney Park, until my husband took me for my first trip about 7 years ago. Since our first trip together, I have been hooked! I have now traveled to Walt Disney World 7 times, and I have been able to experience something new on each and every trip. I LOVE planning our trips and I always get a little disappointed when the planning stage is over. I have helped family members plan their trips, and I love seeing them experience the Disney magic for the first time.
I’m Lauren Fresh, a wife and mom of two boys who are 9 and 7. I’ve been traveling to Disney World with my family since the summer after 3rd grade. The magic of walking into the gates has never left me and I LOVE sharing that with my family. As a mom now, I love to experience Disney through the eyes of my boys. We began traveling with them to Disney World when they were just 3 and 15 months old. Travel is one of my favorite things to do! I love to experience the world and I think it’s a wonderful chance for my children to learn. We travel often with our kids!
Hello, I’m Melanie Frodel, your Living With The Magic Vacations Travel Agent. From my
first visit as a little girl with my mom, to today, with my own family, I’ve loved Disney.
Every time I take a trip, I plan on doing something different; be it staying at a new hotel,
visiting the newest park attraction or one of the many fine dining restaurants, I want to
see it all and take in as much as possible. Planning a trip to Disney, by yourself, can be
overwhelming. I’m here to put you at ease. Let me help you make wonderful memories.
After all, they call it the “Happiest Place on Earth” for a reason. I’ll be sure to fulfill your
Hi! I’m Melissa, a travel agent with Living With The Magic Vacations. Growing up in Paris, France I was lucky enough to take countless trips to Disneyland Paris. It is a place that holds so many special memories for me! When I got married, neither my husband or I had been to a Disney Park as adults. We went for the first time together in 2015 and have been back every year since! I believe in the magic of Disney. Whether it’s a hug from Mickey or rides that make you smile until your cheeks are sore, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Hi! My name is Stacy Cook and I am a travel agent with Living with the Magic Vacations! I have always had a love for all things Disney, but my love for Walt Disney World began in 2013 when I planned a trip for my boyfriend (now husband), on his first trip to Disney World. We had such a magical experience that we have returned every year since (7 times!), and set sail aboard Disney’s Fantasy cruise ship. We became engaged and celebrated a magical Disney Fairytale Wedding and honeymoon in Walt Disney World in 2016. We also have many more trips planned for the future to multiple Disney Destinations.
Hi! My name is Lisa, and I’m a wife, mom of three teenagers and a 9-year-old, and an extreme extrovert. Though I have always loved travel, the interest grew dramatically after we moved internationally. My husband and I made the decision that our children did not need things; they needed to see the world. We decided that for Christmas 2011, we were going to skip the presents. We asked grandparents to give the presents the kids would have received to local charities, and we headed on our first ever cruise! As we traveled to Belize, Honduras, and Mexico, I watched my children fall in love with traveling and in spending time with each other. We were all hooked! Over the past 8 years, we’ve visited 3 continents with our four children.