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Meet our Magical Travel Planners

ROBIN BAILEY - Huntersville, NC

Robin Bailey has been a huge Disney Fan for as long as she can remember!  Visiting Walt Disney World as a child, her favorite vacation memories include : monorail riding with the train captain in the front seat (remember when you could do that?), the smell of the Bakery and Confectionary flowing out on Main Street USA (real? will never tell!), the famous hairy leg in The Pirate's of The Caribbean Ride, and the endless laughter and memories made with her mom, dad, and 4 brothers.

 

Years later, Robin would return to The Most Magical Place on Earth as an official Cast Member working at Epcot on several rides and attractions throughout the park. She fell in love all over again with the

Magic that Disney creates for each and every guest every single day! And she learned an immeasurable amount from the amazing cast member training that only Disney Destinations provide.  

 

So, in 2012, when Robin began her career as a specialized Disney Vacation Planner, it was just a natural fit and felt like she was"coming home".  Since then, Robin has planned vacations for over 1000 families worldwide!  In 2016, she opened Magical Travelers LLC and while her specialty will always be Disney Destinations, Robin is thrilled to offer travel planning for dozens of other family destinations including Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity, Princess, and many more!

Robin lives in Huntersville NC with her husband and two amazing kiddos who provide more Magic in her world every day than she could have ever wished for!

Email Robin for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:  

 

rbailey@magicaltravelers.com

KRISTEN BOGUNIA - Concord, NC

Kristen Bogunia has worked for the YMCA for 21 years and thoroughly enjoys working with people.  She had the privilege of visiting Disney World and Universal Studios throughout her childhood several times.  It was her family's favorite place to vacation!  

When the opportunity came to help others with their vacations, Kristen knew it was a "perfect fit".  Before she became a travel planner, she had been helping friends for years with their Disney vacations and other travel.  So this is a dream come true for her!  She thoroughly enjoys helping families plan their vacations to the most magical place on earth!

 

Kristen lives in Concord, NC with her husband and three children.  Her "party of 5" absolutely LOVES to visit Disney World and has several favorite attractions!

Kristen's picks:

Favorite Ride (as a child):  It's A Small World - as a little girl I always loved dolls and to see them sing and dance was pure magic for me!  20000 Leagues Under The Sea was a VERY close 2nd!  

Favorite Ride (now):  Seven Dwarfs Mine (because my children absolutely LOVE it!) and Soarin' at Epcot

Favorite Restaurant:  Cinderella's Royal Table

Favorite Disney Treat:  A Dole Whip!  The BEST dessert ever!

 

Email Kristen for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:

 

kbogunia@magicaltravelers.com

LORI BURTON - Cornelius, NC

Lori Burton has visited Walt Disney World many times throughout her life- as a child, a teenager, a college student, a young adult, and as a mom. All of these visits have given her perspective that she applies when planning trips for her clients. Her favorite part of working as a travel agent is knowing that her hard work in planning every detail results in making magical memories for her clients that will last them a lifetime.   She lives in Cornelius, NC, with her husband and three children.

 

Lori's picks:

Favorite ride- Splash Mountain

Favorite resort- Polynesian and Port Orleans

Favorite show- Festival of the Lion King

Favorite restaurant- Pinocchio Village Haus (table watching passengers ride Its a Small World)  

Email Lori for complimentary quotes and travel planning at: 

 

lburton@magicaltravelers.com

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MARY ROSE COOLEY- Virginia

Mary Rose made her first trip to Disney World in 2009 when she was 27 to run in a Disney Marathon.

 

"Let me tell you, going to Disney later in life does not make it less magical! Needless to say I've been back many times since and find something new and special every trip." 

 

Mary Rose and her family live in Northern Virginia. Her husband is active duty military and she has 2 wonderful children. 

 

"I worked several years in the hospitality industry and loved helping others book and plan events. I cant wait to help you plan your magical vacation!"

Mary Rose's Picks:

Hotels: Animal Kingdom Lodge (small kids), Yacht Club, Beach Club (adults/older kids) or Port Orleans. 

 

Favorite Treats: Cronut ( croissant doughnut), nudel gratin ( baked mac and cheese) at Sommerfest in Germany at Epcot and soft serve ice cream or float at the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck at Animal Kingdom. 

 

Rides: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Avatar Flight of Passage and Haunted Mansion 

Email Mary Rose for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:

mcooley@magicaltravelers.com

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MEGAN HOENIG- Austin, TX

Megan still remembers riding Space Mountain over and over with her Dad when she was little! Some of her fondest memories are trips to Disney World with her parents. Her favorite memories today have been seeing the Disney Magic through her little girls’ eyes! Imagine the tears when Megan and her Dad watched the girls see Cinderella's Castle for the first time!

Megan has always been the Disney ‘go-to’ for her family and friends. Now she’s excited to turn that passion into a career. Megan will help you plan an unforgettable trip, and build memories to last a lifetime!

Megan lives in Austin, TX with her husband, daughters, and maltipoo Gracie.

Megan’s Disney Favorites:

Favorite Ride (as a child): It's A Small World, Tower of Terror and Space Mountain!

Favorite Ride (now): Soarin’ & Peter Pan

Favorite Resort: Port Orleans Riverside. We love taking the boat over to Disney Springs, and the hair-braider on-site was a Magical touch for my girls!

Favorite Theme Park: Magic Kingdom with Epcot as a close second:)

Favorite Show: Lion King at Animal Kingdom & Festival of Fantasy Parade

Favorite Restaurant: Hollywood & Vine, Tony’s Town Square and Chef Mickey

Favorite Character Experience: Rafiki

Email Megan for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:

mhoenig@magicaltravelers.com

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RENEE MOORBY- Warwick, RI

 

Renée has had a love of all things Disney since she got her first Tigger stuffed animal when she was two years old.  As a child she wanted to be an artist and animator and always dreamed of visiting the Happiest Place on Earth.  However, her first vacation to Walt Disney World didn’t come until 2006 when she went with her husband’s family and their first 2 children.  It was an emotional experience; everything she had hoped it would be and more.  The thing she loves most about a Disney vacation is that it is truly something the whole family can enjoy together, regardless of age.  The sights and experiences are always evolving, making every trip different from the last! 

 

Joining Magical Travelers and becoming a Disney Travel Agent is a dream for someone who is a self-proclaimed Disney addict.  She has helped many friends over the years plan and negotiate the myriad of options facing them as they try to plan trips.  The excitement and anticipation are as great when helping someone else as it is for herself!   As a Disney Travel Agent, she has even more tools and knowledge at her disposal to help clients plan the most magical experience for their family.

Renée lives in Warwick, RI with her husband Chris and 3 amazing children, who are all huge Disney fans (she is raising them right).  She looks forward to helping others make their Disney dreams come true.  It’s a small world after all, and what better way to see it than through the magic and wonder of Walt Disney Travel?!

Renée’s Favorites:

Favorite Experiences:  Walking under the train station at Magic Kingdom and encountering the sights, smells and sounds of Main Street, USA.  It’s an emotional experience every time!  Getting up close and personal with the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom – it’s awe-inspiring!

Favorite Rides:  Big Thunder Mountain (Magic Kingdom), Soarin’ (Epcot), Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios), Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)

 

Favorite Dining:  Crystal Palace breakfast (Magic Kingdom), ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort for breakfast or dinner, and for quick service you can’t beat Sunshine Seasons at Epcot

Email Renée for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:

rmoorby@magicaltravelers.com

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KIM NICCUM- Myrtle Beach, SC

Kim Niccum grew up in California which allowed her the opportunity to visit Disney Parks all her life. Some of her first memories of joy would be when visiting Disneyland when she was a child with her family. Disneyland will always have a special place in her heart due to all those memories with her family and friends. Not to mention that husband proposed to her there. She was a season pass holder for 10 years for both Disneyland and California Adventure, which attributes to Kim’s vast knowledge inside the two Disney parks, Downtown Disney and surrounding hotels. 

 

In 2016 Kim moved to South Carolina with her husband, daughter, two stepdaughters and her two French bulldogs. She has since added an English bulldog to her big family. Moving to the East coast brought her closer to the Disney World Parks and both Universal Studios parks. She now frequents those parks the year with her family. 

Kim was in the education industry for many years, however, she quickly realized that her true passion was planning vacations for her family and friends. This was realized after she was dubbed “the go-to person” for friends and family that came to her for vacation tips, park tips, as well as hotel questions that she enjoyed researching and assisting them on.  When she’s not planning vacations, Kim enjoys crafting. She makes decals and presses them on shirts, water bottles and door décor for family and friends traveling to Disney. Kim has been on several Disney Cruise ships over the years, and most recently took a Disney European cruise. While in Europe, she and family took advantage of the time there and visited Disneyland Paris.

With so many Disneyland, Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and Universal Studios experiences, allow Kim to assist you in planning your perfect Magical Traveling experience of your own. 

 

Kim’s Disney Favorites:

Favorite Resort- Art of Animation at Disney World / Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland 

Favorite Parks- Magic Kingdom at Disney World / Disneyland in California. 

Favorite Rides- Disney World- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT
Disneyland- Haunted Mansion & Thunder Mountain

Favorite Restaurants- 
Disney World Parks- Mama Melrose Ristorante at Hollywood Studios.
Disneyland- Blue Bayou which is inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. 
Disney Springs- Earl of Sandwich and Morimoto Asia

Favorite Treat- 
Magic Kingdom and Disneyland- Dole Whip and during the holidays I grab a Gingerbread Mickey head cookie/ Disney Springs- Any cookie at Gideon’s Bakehouse

 

Email Kim for complimentary quotes and travel planning at: 

KNiccum@magicaltravelers.com

 

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KRISTI ROCKENBACH - Seattle, WA

 

Kristi Rockenbach loves to travel and help others plan their own adventures! She believes that getting away with family and friends brings unique opportunities to create bonds and core memories that last a lifetime. Some of her all-time favorite vacations include an extended family cruise to Alaska, honeymoon in Hawaii, girls' trip to Charleston and of course, Disney World and DIsneyland trips with her husband and two Disney-obsessed kids.

For Kristi, the magic is in the details! She loves to secure that coveted dinner reservation, pick the perfect hotel room, and recommend an amazing photo spot. She loves making a strategic game-plan for Disney and Universal to maximize time in the parks and believes that having a well-planned family vacation is the key to making the experience enjoyable for everyone. She would love to help you minimize the stress of travel planning and maximize the time to relax and make magical memories!

After spending most of her life in Texas, Kristi is now a proud Pacific Northwest resident. She moved out west with her family in 2015 and can't imagine living anywhere else. They live in a little suburb east of Seattle, WA called Sammamish and absolutely love the community and stunning scenery. Summer-time weather in Seattle is absolute perfection and even the frequent moody, rainy days have grown on her!
 

Kristi's Disney picks:

Fav Resort: Polynesian at Walt Disney World / Grand Californian at Disneyland

Favorite Rides: Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder, Space Mountain

Favorite Treat: Dole Whip

Favorite Quick Breakfast: Ronto Morning Wrap at Ronto Roasters

Favorite Restaurants: 'Ohana and Tusker House at Walt Disney World

Pym's Test Kitchen and Blue Bayou at Disneyland

Email Kristi for complimentary quotes and travel planning at:

Krockenbach@magicaltravelers.com

LALANIA TAYLOR- Austin TX


Lalania Taylor lives in Austin, Texas, with her wonderful husband and two super-cool kids.

For many years, before becoming a travel agent, Lalania had offered advice and tidbits to friends about their own upcoming adventures.


Lalania especially loves helping people plan trips to Disney properties. Disney holds such a
special place in her heart. "I literally get teary-eyed when I walk down Main Street to this
very day. The nostalgia is amazing and I love sharing the magic of Disney with others
for this reason!" 


When the opportunity to become a Travel Agent arose, it just felt right for Lalania. 

"It doesn’t feel like a job and, honestly, it’s the most excited I have been in a
long time about my career. I love the fact that helping my clients plan their adventures
will create memories that will last a lifetime! It’s a privilege and an honor to be part of
that."

 

Lalania's Favorites:

Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge. Standing on our balcony the first time we took the kids there and watching giraffes walk right by was one of the coolest things ever!

Theme Park: The Magic Kingdom, because of the nostalgia of it. Animal Kingdom is a very close second!

Favorite Restaurant: Tusker House, located inside the Animal Kingdom park.

Favorite Vacation Memory as a child:  Going to Walt Disney World with my grandparents and brother for the first time.

Email Lalania for complimentary quotes and travel planning at: 

 

ltaylor@magicaltravelers.com

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