Contributors

Aleisha M.

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Aleshia M. * NDM 150

NDM 150

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Boardwalk Resort / Wilderness Lodge

DDL Specialty – Disney with Allergies, Disney with Young Children

Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought.  Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations.

Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.


Charlene K.

Charlene K

Charlene K. * NDW 101

NDW 101

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom (Esp. Fantasyland)

Favorite Resort – Animal Kingdom Lodge

Charlene grew up watching all the classic Disney movies and dreaming of being a princess but only recently became a full-fledged Disney Fanatic when her Prince Charming finally talked her into taking their family of seven on a WDW vacation (after 10 years of begging). Now, Charlene is often found pinning Disney tips, reading Disney blogs, and strategically planning out their next Disney vacations. Out of their five children, there is only one little princess, with whom Charlene can live vicariously through, meeting Disney princesses and watching all the magical Disney fairytales together.

Charlene is also an Independent Travel Agent with Ears of Experience, LLC, specializing exclusively in Disney Destinations. Contact her to start planning your magical vacation.


Chris W.

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Chris W. * NDD 300

NDD 300

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom, with Epcot a very close second

Favorite Resort – Animal Kingdom Lodge/Kidani Village

DDL Specialty – Amateur (very!) photography and WDW Park/Resort audio

Since going to Walt Disney World and Disneyland at a young age, Chris has always enjoyed Disney music, TV shows, movies, and trips to Walt Disney World. But his appreciation of the overall Disney experience has greatly increased over the last few years. While waiting for the next chance to work on his Disney photography skills, Chris passes the time listening to Park/Resort audio, WDW podcasts, and checking out the work of other Disney photographers. To Chris, there are no bad Disney trip photographs or photographers.

Non-Disney pursuits include spending time with his wife and children, watching and listening to baseball broadcasts, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and LSU. Chris is a third generation professional engineer in Baton Rouge, working mainly on asbestos, lead, mold and demolition projects.


Don H. – 

Don H. * NDD

Don H. * NDD 59

NDD 59

Favorite Park – Disney California Adventure

Favorite Resort – Old Key West
DDL Specialty – Collectibles

Don wasn’t a typical Disney fan growing up, really not familiar with the movies, characters and/or theme parks. He was a DC Comic fan. It was with the birth of his daughter that he was introduced to Disney. For some, it ‘all started with a Mouse.’ For Don, it all ‘started with a Mermaid.’  He learned of the Disney films and characters through her eyes and now is a die-hard Disney fan. He has been a Disney Vacation Club member since 2003 and visits Walt Disney World twice a year and Disneyland/Disney California Adventure at least every other year.  Don is a HUGE Cars fan, which is the reason Disney California Adventure is his favorite park. Radiator Springs is like stepping into the film for him. Don also ran a website about the Walt Disney Classics Collection from 1997 until 2012 when the line was suspended.  In 2007, he started his blog. When not visiting the parks and collecting Cars diecast, he is a Controller for an accounting firm in Pittsburgh, PA (home of the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers).


Donna Kay A. –

Disney DonnaKay * NDM 501

Disney DonnaKay * NDM 501

NDM 501

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Yacht Club

DDL Specialty – Disney Family Movie Adventure Night Coordinator

If you’ve seen Disney DonnaKay on the web, you already know there’s nothing she loves more than planning Disney parties! She loves everything Disney from the history to the theme parks to the movies. She is an entertaining Disney Fanatic!! A true Alabama girl, born and raised, she lives with my husband, Mike, and son, Dakota on a 150 acre farm in Troy.


Genevieve P.

Genevieve P - NDW 101

Genevieve P. * NDW 101

NDW 100

Favorite Park – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Favorite Resort – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Genevieve is an Orlando based writer with a love for her adopted city. Growing up in Canada she would dream about her next Disney adventure. After marrying a fellow Disney Geek, they picked up their life and moved to Orlando. When she isn’t found roaming the parks, she is sitting at her desk writing about them. Disney consumes her life, and she wouldn’t want it any other way. Always on a quest for her next Dole Whip with her handsome husband Ryan.


Jackie P.

NDM 456 * Jackie P.

Jackie P. * NDM 456

NDM 456

Favorite Park – Disneyland Park

Favorite Resort- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy

DDL Specialty- Disney Cruise Line

Jackie has visited the Disney Parks, (Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts) over twenty-five times, visited Aulani, and sailed nine times with Disney Cruise Line on all four ships in the fleet. Having a special needs family member places another dimension of planning for and visiting the Disney Parks and sailing with Disney, and she firmly believes that it is these vacations that have allowed her family to see the greatest developmental improvements in their now teen aged son.

 


Jen I.

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Jen I. * NDM 486

NDM 486

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Wilderness Lodge

DDL Speciality – “Once Upon A Time” Recap & Discussion Coordinator

Jen wears polka dot dresses with crinolines, and rocks a faux-hawk and the ukulele.  When she’s not completely immersed in working on one theatrical production or another,  she’s busy homeschooling her kids, making costumes and throwing elaborately themed parties.  Jen lives in a small town on the coast of North Carolina, with her amazingly supportive husband, Adrian, and their two boys, Max and Milo.  She shares some of their adventures on her blog, Sartor.


Jill L. – 

Jill L. * NDM 117

Jill L. * NDM 117

NDM 117

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Bay Lake Tower

DDL Specialty – Disney Fashion Accessories

Jill’s first trip to Disney was way back in 1978. She still remembers the first glimpse of the Magic Kingdom with her parents. She still has some of those unused original tickets buried in a box!
Jill met and married her Prince Charming (Jeff) and they have 2 Princes (Riley and Aidan). Mickey and Minnie were kind enough to pop in at our wedding (thanks to their parents) and they had an amazing Disney honeymoon. Both of the boys had their first haircuts at the Main Street Barber Shop when they were a year old. In 2009 they became proud DVC owners at Bay Lake Tower.Jill graduated from the College of Disney Knowledge, made it to “Round 2” of Moms’ Panel selections and beta tested for the Disney InsidEARS website. She *might* have a small obsession with Disney Dooney and Harvey Seatbelt bags. She also love collecting Disney iPhone cases, Chamilia beads and other jewelry finds.Jill is known for always showing a Disney Side in a small way.


Letty N.

Letty N. * NDM 527

Letty N. * NDM 527

NDM 527

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Wilderness Lodge

DDL Specialty – Disney History and Walt Disney Corporation

Letty has loved all things Disney since she was child. Her first visit to the world was back in 1978. Since then she has returned as a spring break college student; as a young woman traveling with her boyfriend (now husband); and her last visit as a wife and mother of twin girls. Every trip was magical. Keeping her Disney fix between visits, she immerses herself researching all she can about the Disney Company. She reads about resort operations, movie profits, cruise lines, theatrical productions, merchandise, and global operations. She looks forward to sharing her research about this company that has created magic for generations.


Lucinda A.

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Lucinda A. * NDM 139

NDM 139

Favorite park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Bay Lake Tower

DDL Specialty – Photographer, Wordless Wednesday

Disney has been a part of Lucinda’s life for as long as she can remember.  In the winter of 1975, her parents surprised Lucinda & her sisters with their first real family vacation to Walt Disney World. There was no Epcot then and the area around the Magic Kingdom was fairly bare. It was the trip of a lifetime though and according to Lucinda, “we had the most fabulous fun there.”

Lucinda has vacationed almost exclusively at WDW with her family as an adult and in the last couple years, picked up her family to move to Cinderella’s backyard with her family. She is very happy to be a Disney local, at last.


Kelley L.

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Kelley L. *NDM 490

NDM 490

Favorite Park – Epcot Center

Favorite Resort – The Yacht Club

DDL Specialty – Military

Kelley is a Disney-loving Army wife originally from Charleston, SC and now living in the shadow of Cinderella Castle in Windermere, FL.  She is a former Disney cast member who enjoyed working at Epcot, the Disney-MGM Studios and on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club.  Her family spends quite a bit of time on Disney property playing in the parks and eating at their favorite restaurants, The Plaza and Olivia’s.  Kelley works with Fairy Godmother Travel and will be happy to help you plan your dream vacation to any Disney destination.


Marc A. –

Marc A. * NDU 6

Marc A. * NDU 6

NDU 6

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Bay Lake Tower

DDL Specialty – Broadway & Disney in NYC

Growing up as a child, Marc watched Disney animated movies. But it wasn’t until his first visit to Walt Disney World as a young adult, that he fell in love with Disney. Since then the love has spread from just the parks and TV & movies to how he visits (current Passholder and DVC Member), to running (runDisney), and to Broadway (Lion King, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Aladdin, etc.)  The biggest impact Disney has had on Marc is the people it has brought into his life & friendships he treasures, his O’hana.


Mary Beth C.

Mary Beth C. * NDM 6

Mary Beth C. * NDM 6

NDM 6

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Port Orleans French Quarter

DDL Speciality – Scrapbooks

Mary Beth is a Canadian Disney mom to two Neurotic Disney Kids and a wife to her husband who still doesn’t “get it” when she talks about Disney. Until a couple years ago, she assumed she was the only person in the world who thought about Walt Disney World every day and night. Needless to say she was pleasantly surprised when she found the on-line community of Neurotic Disney People.

Her other passion outside of Disney is scrapbooking, and truly doesn’t feel life is complete unless she has a Disney trip album to work on. She has been scrapbooking for over 15 years and belongs to various scrapbooking forums as well.

Her secret wish is to be Tinkerbell as she flies out of Cinderella’s Castle during Wishes, and her favorite food item at WDW is the corn bread at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. When resting at WDW you can find her resting by the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter. Mary Beth’s favorite park is the Magic Kingdom as it is the first one she ever visited and is the one with the most special memories!


Melissa M. –

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Melissa M. * NDM 542

NDM 542

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – The Polynesian Village or Disneyland Resort

DDL Specialty – Disneyland, Character magic and helping overcome “PDVD”  (Post Disney Vacation Depression)

Melissa fell in love with the magic of Disney when she was little girl growing up in Mass, on her first trip to WDW when she saw Chip stroke a little girl’s face at a character breakfast at the Polynesian. She was hooked. Every other year she went with family. In college, she applied for the College Program and was hired at Typhoon Lagoon. At the end, she auditioned for the entertainment/character dept. and the next summer went back and worked VERY closely with Mickey 🙂 She even celebrated her wedding at the Poly and honeymooned at WDW. Now with 2 princesses of her own and working in TV news, she is in sunny California and visits Disneyland at least twice a year, sometimes four. She loves to help people plan their trips, finds herself saying “Have a Disney Day” and taking pictures to help people capture family memories. She delights in sprinkling Disney magic at home, work or play.


Olivier S. –

Oliver S. * NDD 263

Olivier S. * NDD 263

NDD 263

Favorite Park – EPCOT

Favorite Resort – Contemporary

DDL Specialty – Disney Home Movie Making

Born in France (and still living there), Olivier discovered WDW in the mid 1970’s when he was 10 during a trip to Florida with his parents. Since then, he has been a Disney fan. He was also lucky to have encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. Today Olivier works as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. You can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after.


Rebecca B.

Rebecca B. * NDI

Rebecca B. * NDI 266

NDI 266

Favorite Park –  Epcot

Favorite Resort –  Grand Floridian

DDL Specialty – Disney for young adults & what it is like being an NDP in college

Disney has been a huge part of Rebecca’s life since she was a little girl. She went to Walt Disney World for the first time in 2000 and has been over 70 times since! Few things give her greater joy than passing under the WDW welcome arch. Currently, Rebecca is a full time student at Middle Tennessee State University and is working toward two degrees, one in Vocal Performance and one in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies. She has two main goals in life: to become a professional opera singer and to work for the Walt Disney Company. Her favorite Disney film is Lilo & Stitch, her favorite Disney character is Stitch, and her favorite Disney princess is Mulan. She is so thrilled about being a DDL Contributor and cannot wait to share her Disney experiences with you!


 

Sherri J.

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Sherri J. * NDM 237

NDM 237

Favorite Park – Animal Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Wilderness Lodge

DDL Specialty -DDL Riddle of the Month

Sherri grew up in Beckley, West Virginia watching “Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday night. She studied art at West Virginia University, which led to an appreciation of Walt Disney’s genius as an artist. Later, she and Mark, NDD#102, met and married and only afterwards realized that they were both huge fans of the Disney brand. Since discovering that they are “Disney people” Sherri and her husband have made yearly trips to Walt Disney World, while raising their two children to believe that wishes can come true. While at work, she enjoys being referred to as the “Disney guru.”


Stacey S. –

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Stacey S. * NDI 261

NDI 261

Favorite Park – Disneyland

DDL Specialty – International Disney Fan

Stacey is a lifelong Disney fan. She grew up watching the fantastic Disney films and TV shows of the 90’s, so an obsession with all things Disney was very much inevitable. Stacey heralds from Australia, a country that has an unfortunate lack of Disney stores, groups, merchandise and activities. Not having Disney at her fingertips has meant that Stacey has had to creative her own ways to show her Disneyside. Her first trip to Disneyland in 2002 started a whole new love affair with the Disney Parks. She has returned 6 times since and she has definite plans to return as many more times as possible.


Stephanie M.

Stephanie M. * NDM 544

Stephanie M. * NDM 544

NDM 544

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Bay Lake Tower

DDL Speciality – Dining In Disney

Stephanie was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She still lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and 2 young daughters who are 6 and 9. She first visited Walt Disney World with her parents in 1978 when Magic Kingdom was the only park!  She reconnected with Walt Disney World in 2007 when she and her husband planned a trip with their first daughter, who was 15 months old at the time. Visiting with her young daughter showed a different side to a WDW vacation and she fell in love with the Disney magic all over again.

Stephanie and her family have been back to Walt Disney World every year since and even became Disney Vacation Club members.  Stephanie’s second daughter had her first trip when she was 9 months old, so she loves giving vacation planning tips to families with young children. Stephanie also loves dining at Walt Disney World and she is the person in the restaurants taking food pictures!

Stephanie is so excited to be contributing to the Disney Driven Life and can’t wait to start sharing tips and experiences!


Tamela H.

Tamela H. * NDM 543

Tamela H. * NDM 543

NDM 543

Favorite Park – Magic Kingdom

Favorite Resort – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

DDL Specialty – Living your Disneyside

Tamela loves living her Disneyside in the parks and Everywhere!   Since, at age of 4 Tamela has loved the joy and memories that Disney has added to her life. After being diagnosed with Lupus in her early 30’s, she has cherished everyday and there is no better way then living life showing her Disneyside!  Tamela enjoys planning vacations, photography, parties, and just going about her daily activities but one thing is for sure, she will always be Showing her Disneyside!  Tamela’s husband (Dale) and sons (Daelan and Landen) enjoy sharing the love of Disney with her!